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The Daily Scoop: Presidential Debate, Get Well Malala, and More

October 22, 2012

Here are a few things that caught our eye today. What's on your mind? Share in the comments below.

1. The U. S. presidential debate on foreign policy is tonight. What would you ask Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? We believe that the United States and other governments should continue to invest in global health and development because foreign aid is working. Sweden set a good example by recently increasing its aid budget by $363 million in 2013, which will save and improve millions of lives around the world. We can't turn our backs on the world's poorest people. In fact, we've put out a call for creative ways to tell the world that aid is working. Submit your idea!

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Oxfam is also encouraging the candidates to talk about hunger -- it's a moral, economic, health and national security issue.

2. Malala Yousufzai is making progress but still very ill. The world is abuzz about the 15-year-old Pakistani girl, who was shot on her way home from school on October 10, two days before International Day of the Girl. Malala is an advocate for girls' education and was outspoken against the Taliban. Pakistan has the lowest youth literacy rate and is one of the world's most dangerous countries for women. Show your support for Malala and girls like her: join Team Malala on Catapult or send #GetWellMalala wishes through CARE.


3. Cuddle your kid! Nick Kristof reported on a study that encourages cuddling as a tool to empower kids and fight poverty. Scientists studied rats and found that those who had been licked and groomed by their moms performed better while navigating mazes, were more social, and lived longer than rats with less cuddling. This isn't surprising when you consider the power of Kangaroo Care for human babies. We know that skin-to-skin contact is life-saving for newborns around the world -- especially when they are born premature in low-resource settings. It's inspiring to see simple solutions that improve well-being and help kids.

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