India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Apr 17, 2015

India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Charity workers have teamed with an impoverished village in eastern India to develop what they say is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water — costing less than one U.S. cent. After years of suffering illnesses from drinking polluted ground water, residents of Madusudankati ...

Child poverty affects brain development

Apr 11, 2015

Child poverty affects brain development

Children of richer, better-educated parents have bigger brains and more cognitive skills than their less-fortunate peers, but social help and teaching can help to overcome the differences, according to a recent study. The distinctions were most profound in regions of the brain supporting language ...

Apr 11, 2015

Kids in poverty need better diet

The government is planning a nationwide survey on how income affects child health, but what it really needs to focus on is making sure kids in low-income households can eat properly.

'Doctors' keep Cambodia healthy

Apr 10, 2015

'Doctors' keep Cambodia healthy

When the phone rings, former Khmer Rouge soldier Ken Mon grabs a bag stuffed full of medicine, jumps on his motorbike and heads for an impoverished Cambodian village with the haste of any diligent local doctor. Yet the 55-year-old Mon has no formal medical ...

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Apr 7, 2015

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

by Didi Tang

Timid by nature, Shi Jieying took a risk last month and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbag factory, one of a surging number of such labor protests across China. Riot police flooded into the factory compound, broke up the strike and ...

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

| Apr 4, 2015

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

by Mark Schreiber

The oft-seen expression ichioku sō-chūryū translates roughly as “the perception of ‘the 100 million,’ i.e., the entire nation, as belonging to the middle class.” This perception was never meant to be all-inclusive — certainly Japan has individuals with extreme wealth and others who suffer ...

Fund in the works to reduce child poverty

Apr 3, 2015

Fund in the works to reduce child poverty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a fund to help alleviate child poverty Thursday, in a country where one in six children is classified as poor. The move follows a law passed by the Diet last year aimed at tackling an issue that critics say ...