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Children In Middle East Suffer Detrimental Effects Of War, Experts Say

News outlets report on the negative effects of war and violence on children in the Middle East. U.N. News Centre: Not a single child untouched by recent Gaza conflict, says U.N. rights expert “There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in…

Improving Maternal, Child Health Remains Vital MDG, Post-2015 Development Focus

The following editorials and opinion piece address issues surrounding maternal and child health care. The Lancet: Women, children, and adolescents: the post-2015 agenda Editorial Board “…A new concept of health that moves away from the notions of absence of disease and survival towards wellbeing, resilience, and capability could be integral…

Patients Facing Health Challenges Other Than Ebola May Be Unable To Get Needed Care

News outlets report deaths from causes other than Ebola likely will increase as struggling health systems in West Africa are unable to treat patients. Reuters: ‘Collateral’ death toll expected to soar in Africa’s Ebola crisis “Deaths from infectious diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia are likely to soar in West…

World Bank, Partner Countries, NGOs Launch Global Financing Facility For MCH

Media sources report on the formation of a new Global Financing Facility to address maternal and child health issues. Reuters: Donors launch $4 billion health fund to cut mother and child deaths “The World Bank has announced a new global fund to invest about $4 billion in health care for…

ICRW Launches Report On Ending Child Marriage

VOA News: Empowering Girls is Key to Ending Child Marriage “A new report highlights strategies to end child marriage, a harmful practice that turns millions of young girls worldwide into child brides. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) launched the report in Washington and hosted a panel discussion…

Tools Available To Prevent Pediatric Tuberculosis

Huffington Post: The Preventable Disease We Should All Be Fighting Against Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson “Childhood tuberculosis (TB) is a serious problem that has received inadequate attention, in large part because we simply didn’t know the magnitude of the problem. … This is not acceptable,…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Importance Of Addressing Women’s Health Now, Moving Forward

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of addressing women’s health, including maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, and ensuring women’s health issues are reflected in development goals moving forward. Huffington Post: Which Way to Better Health: A Roadmap to Save Mothers and Newborns Liya Kebede, founder of the…

Experts Express Concern Over High Rate Of C-Sections In South Africa

The Guardian: Cesarean section rates in South Africa ‘recklessly high,’ warn experts “More than two in three South African mothers in private hospitals give birth by cesarean section, way above the international average, research has shown…” (Smith, 9/24).

Campaign To Reduce Maternal Mortality Using Mobile Technology Launched

Media sources report on the launch of a new campaign, Zero Mothers Die, aimed at reducing maternal mortality by providing mothers with access to health care information through mobile phones. Newsweek: The $30 Pink Cellphone That Could Help Save the Lives of Pregnant Women “A new campaign launched Monday is…