My three children have died – should I try IVF or trust in God?

Ruba and Saqib both carry a gene for an incurable condition, which means their children have a one-in-four chance of dying in early childhood. They’ve already lost three. Ruba now wants IVF, to select a healthy embryo. Saqib is putting his trust in Allah. And some relatives want them to separate and remarry. Ruba Bibi…

In Remote Villages, Surprising New Measures Save Children With Malaria

During malaria season, children who live in remote villages are at tremendous risk. When parasites transmitted by mosquitoes swarm into the brain, the disease can kill within 24 hours. Often parents do not realize quickly enough how close a toddler is to death. More than 90 percent of malaria deaths are in children under five…

Cambodia releases surrogate mothers who agree to keep children

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last year an Australian nurse was jailed after recruiting Cambodian surrogate mothers Thirty-two surrogate mothers charged with human trafficking in Cambodia for carrying babies for Chinese clients have been released after agreeing to keep the children, officials say. The women were arrested in June in a raid as part…

Lego Foundation and Sesame Street Team Up to Help Refugee Children

Can play help refugee children heal from trauma? That’s the belief behind a new partnership formed by the Lego Foundation, Sesame Workshop and organizations working with Syrian and Rohingya refugees. In its first major humanitarian project, announced on Wednesday, the foundation will provide $100 million over five years to the makers of “Sesame Street” to…

‘I don’t want to burden my children’: Life in an Indian care home

Image copyright Sayan Hazra For the elderly living in care homes, life is both calm and chaotic. Photographer Sayan Hazra spent more than a year chronicling the lives of residents at one such care home in southern India. There are more than 100 million Indians over the age of 60, according to the 2011 census….

New Hope for African Children With Sickle-Cell Disease

A drug that protects children in wealthy countries against painful and sometimes lethal bouts of sickle-cell disease has been proven safe for use in Africa, where the condition is far more common, scientists reported on Saturday. More research remains to be done, experts said, but knowing that hydroxyurea — a cheap, effective and easy-to-take pill…

A Generation of Widows, Raising Children Who Will Be Forged by Loss

“You are not alone,” she told Mrs. Shams. “There are many women like you in Afghanistan.” In the hours after her healthy daughter was born, Mrs. Shams broke down. “I was in pain, but the loneliness of it was much stronger,” she said. “I cried a lot — for being a woman, for being a…

Climate change: Australian school children stage strike in protest

Organizers estimated around 15,000 left their classrooms in 30 locations across the country, including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, carrying signs reading “procrastinating is our job not yours” and “I’ve seen smarter Cabinets at Ikea”. Friday’s protests followed similar protests in Canberra and Hobart earlier this week. As the children prepared for three days of protest,…