With at least 17% of girls marrying before the legal age of 18, Georgia has one of the highest child-marriage rates in Europe, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Often off-the-record, with parents refraining from registering them for several years, child…

Over a 7-year period, Peru managed to reduce the rate of children with stunted mental and physical development by tackling chronic malnourishment.   The country uses a cash incentive program for households in poverty. To receive a $30-per-month stipend, parents must obtain…

Nearly 1/3 of the world’s newborn deaths occur in India where 58,000 babies die annually from superbugs. With that number bound to increase, "India is absolutely in the frontline for the problem of antibiotic resistance globally," says Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the…

The rate of newborns in the US suffering from a syndrome linked to opioid exposure in the womb shot up almost 300% from 1999 to 2013, according to the CDC. Examining available hospital data from 28 states during those years, the researchers found that incidence of Neonatal…

Touted as an environmentally friendly way to make cars and cosmetics sparkle, mica has a dark side. It is tainted with the blood of children who have died mining for the mineral in India.

Expressing shock and anger at images that show abuse of juvenile inmates in an Australian detention facility—including some that are reminiscent of Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, according to The Guardian—the country’s prime minister has ordered an investigation.…

A generation of kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has reached adulthood. And they’re finding it difficult to wean themselves off the medications used to overcome the condition. The problem is rooted in the 1990s, when the number of ADHD…

Tanzania passed a new law making child marriage illegal under any circumstances, with a 30-year jail term for Tanzanian men who marry or impregnate schoolgirls. The law focuses on protecting girls, but is also designed to work hand-in-hand with Tanzania's free education…

Treating autism early may offer the best hope for those affected, but the stigma and lack of awareness surrounding the diagnosis in Egypt stand in the way. “Autism is a tough issue in Egyptian society. It can be viewed as a curse, and children are sometimes caged. But…

Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) cause many of children’s health problems today, as youth are biologically more vulnerable to climate change. Reviewing the evidence, Frederica Perera, director of the Columbia Center for Children'…