Human Development

A shame to forget the poorest of the poor

President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Photo: EPA

All eyes will be on Bali this week as Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hosts a meeting that will define the next global development agenda. The UN High Level Panel for the post-2015 agenda, co-chaired by Yudhoyono, has put ending extreme poverty on their agenda - but this goal will only be realised if the world tackles rising inequality.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 2:37am

Bernard Chan wants public policy consultations via social networks

Councillor Bernard Chan wants the government to extend its consultation on new policies to online social networks

An executive councillor has urged the government to extend its consultation on new policies to online social networks to reach more people and avoid calls for endless discussions.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:21am

Mum knows best at well-stocked store

Maclaren Quest stroller

As one of Hong Kong's original baby superstores, Bumps to Babes offers a vast range of goods for expectant mothers, newborns, toddlers and children up to the age of eight. With more than 2,000 items in its Horizon Plaza outlet, parents are spoilt for choice.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:08am

Indians rethink reluctance to adopt

Hearing Indians talk about adoption has tended to be a distressing affair. It is absolutely the last resort for childless couples. Images of adorable babies and toddlers in orphanages do not melt their hearts. For many Hindus, a child is not just a child; they are bothered by all sorts of considerations pertaining to his or her origins.

22 Aug 2012 - 7:29am

Relationships: reducing family tensions and stress

Illustration: Corbis

"My younger son's bad behaviour in school is driving me crazy. He is undisciplined, incapable of following rules, and has conflicts with his schoolmates and teachers," says Melinda, a perfectionist mother of two sons, aged 15 and six.

17 Aug 2012 - 2:09pm

Another milk formula brand fails iodine test

Another Japanese baby milk brand, Meiji, has been found to contain too little of the nutrient iodine, the Centre for Food Safety said yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Iodine for infants: ensuring they have the key nutrient

Q: If my baby is found to be suffering from iodine deficiency, what is the treatment?

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Baby milk legislation to be speeded up

The government will speed up legislation to close loopholes that exempt baby food from nutrition-labelling rules in the wake of tests that showed two brands of Japanese baby formula lacked a nutrient vital to brain development.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Parents warned on milk formula

Hong Kong health chiefs have urged parents not to feed their babies two brands of Japanese milk formula after they were found to lack the vital nutrient iodine.

The government is offering free check-ups for babies who have been fed the Wakodo and Morinaga brands to see if they suffer from iodine deficiency, which can harm the thyroid gland and affect brain function.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Breastfeeding frenzy raises awareness

Hundreds of new mothers across the mainland participated in breastfeeding flash mobs to mark World Breastfeeding Week, which ends today.

The activities were held in more than 10 cities at the weekend, with an aim of raising what the organisers said was poor public awareness about breastfeeding.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Paternity leave can improve employee loyalty while helping to increase birth rate

There have been calls for statutory paternity leave to be introduced in Hong Kong.

This is partly because the birth rate in the city is falling and there are demands to provide more incentives for couples to start a family. One incentive would be statutory leave for new fathers. I would support the enacting of such legislation.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm


Look of the week

Holey holiday dresses

Vintage-style crochet and lace dresses are uber-cool in the heat. Throw over a swimsuit, or tank top and leggings, or do the Hipster thing by pairing with Converse or Oxfords.

Citrus shine

Bright and summery, add a splash of citrusy gorgeousness to your make-up bag with an orange lipgloss.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm

More breastfed, despite lack of policies to help

A growing number of Hong Kong mothers feel breast is best for raising their baby - but the city still lags behind its Asian counterparts in terms of policies and facilities to encourage breastfeeding, a new study has found.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Why the feeling's mutual

I have been involved in teaching part of a master's degree programme in family education and family counselling for the past eight years. When students finish the programme, they have a 'family perspective', which makes a difference in their approach to working with families.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Growing pains for dads

Apprentice chef Ah Wun had high hopes for the future. One day, he told himself, he would save enough money to open his own restaurant. But his girlfriend's pregnancy three years ago has thrown a spanner in the works. 'I never wanted to get married,' he says. 'I thought that if I just had to fend for myself, I would be able save a lot of money.'

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am