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Blogs Address Maternal, Newborn Health Issues

In recognition of Mother’s Day, celebrated Sunday, as well as the release of Save the Children’s annual “State of the World’s Mothers” report, the following is a summary of blog posts addressing maternal and newborn health issues. Gary Darmstadt, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog: “We have the…

New PLOS Collection Examines Measurement Of Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Intervention Coverage

PLOS on Tuesday published a new collection, titled, “Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health,” “which presents innovative assessments of the validity of measuring population coverage for interventions in this field,” according to the collection’s table of contents, which adds, “This collection of original research articles and reviews shows…

Global Leaders Need Input From Community On Hunger, Food Security

Noting “the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland this June will focus, in part, on the intersection of hunger, food, nutrition,” Sam Dryden, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agricultural Development initiative, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “As our global leaders draft agendas and assemble working groups,…

Media Outlets Examines Gateses’ Role In Global Health

Noting philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates were in Washington, D.C., last weekend at the 150th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, where they “were commended for changing the trajectory of international public health through their foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Science interviews the couple on a…

Global Vaccine Summit Participants Pledge Funds For Global Polio Eradication Plan

“Health groups [at the Global Vaccine Summit] said on Thursday they could rid the world of polio by 2018 with a $5.5 billion vaccination and monitoring plan to stop the disease taking hold once more now there are only a handful of cases worldwide,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 4/25). Bill Gates,…

Bill Gates Seeks Additional $1.5B In Donations For Polio Eradication Efforts

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is seeking a further $1.5 billion in donations to wipe out polio by 2018 and make it the first infectious disease eradicated since smallpox was wiped from the planet in 1979,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The billionaire, who is contributing about…

Gates Foundation Blog Examines Global Newborn Action Plan

Noting “hundreds of global health researchers, policymakers, civil society leaders, program managers, health practitioners, and newborn champions [are gathering] in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week at the Global Newborn Health Conference to discuss how to improve the poor statistics on newborn health,” Gary Darmstadt, head of the Family Health Division…

Bill Gates Reflects On Global Vaccine Summit In Foundation Blog

“This week I’m going to Abu Dhabi to attend the Global Vaccine Summit to celebrate the tremendous progress the world has made in ending polio and immunizing children,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “We’ll be there to do…

Blog Interviews Head Of Ghana’s Immunization Program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an interview with K.O. Antwi-Agyei, a physician who “manages the Expanded Programme on Immunization in Ghana, where he oversees the day-to-day work to ensure vaccines reach children across the country.” According to the transcript, Antwi-Agyei discusses how vaccines have helped…

Country Representatives, Development Agencies Gather In Johannesburg For Global Newborn Health Conference

“Representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation attended the world’s first global newborn health conference in Johannesburg on Monday,” Business Day Live reports (Magubane/Rapetswane, 4/15). “Representatives from 50 countries are participating in the four-day conference which…

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