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Nepal’s Maternal, Neonatal Health Progress Threatened After Many Prenatal Clinics Damaged In Earthquake

Agence France-Presse: Fears grow for Nepal’s pregnant women after quake “…Some 70 percent of prenatal clinics that had been providing crucial services to pregnant women were severely damaged in the Nepalese districts hardest hit by the quake. … Now with monsoon rains slowing rebuilding and relief efforts, fears are mounting…

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Washington Post Examines Child Marriage In Bangladesh, Interviews Photojournalist Who Documented Weddings

Washington Post: The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen’: Child marriage is as popular as ever in Bangladesh “…Although [15-year-old] Nasoin Akhter’s marriage is technically illegal in Bangladesh, laws against child marriage are rarely enforced. And despite what government officials promise and the fact that outside organizations consider it a…

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USAID Maternal, Child Health Efforts Saved Millions Of Lives Since 2008, Report Shows

USAID: Maternal and Child Survival Initiative Saves Millions of Lives “The United States Agency for International Development [Wednesday] released a new report showing that its maternal and child survival efforts have resulted in nearly two-and-a-half million more children surviving and 200,000 maternal deaths averted since 2008 in USAID’s 24 priority…

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India PM Modi Opens Call To Action Summit 2015 Aimed At Ending Preventable Child, Maternal Deaths

News outlets report on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opening address at the Call to Action Summit 2015. DNA India: Want to ensure that no child in India dies due to lack of vaccination: PM Modi at Global Call to Action Summit “Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the…

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The Guardian Examines Reasons Behind High Rates Of Sexual Violence, Pregnancy Among Girls In Guatemala

The Guardian: Rape, ignorance, repression: why early pregnancy is endemic in Guatemala “…Cultural practices, endemic violence, and the hold of the Catholic church over decisions on reproductive health make girls in Guatemala easy prey for abuse and vulnerable to early pregnancy…” (Forsell/Lyche, 8/27).

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Kenya To Target 1.5M Children In Border-Area Polio Vaccination Campaign

Xinhua News: Kenya to conduct polio vaccination campaign at border regions “Kenya plans to carry out its second round of [a] polio vaccination campaign targeting 1.5 million children under the age of five in the border counties at the end of August, officials said on Tuesday…” (8/25).

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Strategies To Encourage Vaccination Must Be Tailored To Local Communities

Devex: Why we should not hesitate to vaccinate Philippe Duclos, executive secretary for the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization “…There is no ‘magic bullet’ or single intervention strategy that works for all instances of vaccine hesitancy. We need tailored strategies to improve vaccine acceptance, using effective communication to…

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Indian Women Work In Teams To Uncover, Report National Medical System Failings Through Text Messaging

The Guardian: Meet the women fighting corruption and saving mothers’ lives in India “…As part of a team of 40 volunteers, [21-year-old Monika Singh] routinely visits a cluster of villages to interview expecting and new mothers and their families. The aim is to unearth failings in the medical system and…

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Silicone Bracelets Help Remind Parents Of Childhood Vaccination Schedules

New York Times: Vaccinations Bring Hope, Bracelets Deliver Reminders “…[V]accine schedules are increasingly complex, and young mothers often forget to take children in for shots on time. … [The company] Alma Sana makes flexible silicon bracelets [… that] fit around a newborn’s ankle, and serve as tiny calendars…” (McNeil, 8/22).

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Uganda’s Health Information System, Use Of Data Helps Prevent Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

ONE Blog: Data is helping Uganda eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission Betty Kagoro, communications specialist, and Erik Friedly, associate director for communication, both at the CDC-Uganda, discuss the importance of data in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Uganda, writing, “Preventing Uganda’s children from acquiring HIV at birth is achievable, but…

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