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UNICEF Urges World Economic Forum Participants To Focus On Marginalized Children

Huffington Post: U.N. Calls On Davos Participants To Do More For Kids Affected By Violence, Poverty, Disease “…More than 2,500 participants are expected to attend the five-day [World Economic Forum] event in Davos, Switzerland, where business leaders, politicians, and Nobel laureates are tackling such heavy topics as deepening global inequality…

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Religious Opposition Continues Against Philippines’ Reproductive Health Law, Efforts To Provide Free Contraception

GroundTruth Project/PRI: Catholic leaders battle against free birth control in the Philippines “…[T]he unmet need for birth control may become a thing of the past as the Philippines begins to roll out free contraception under its new reproductive health law. … The path to free family planning services for the…

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Childhood Vaccinations Provide Lifelong Health, Economic Benefits

Huffington Post: A Birthday Gift to Last a Lifetime Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…[T]he impact of immunization only begins with a vaccine shot. Where sickness impoverishes, health empowers, and not just individuals but economies too, helping to lift them out of poverty, potentially reducing dependence on…

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Technology, Innovation In Health, Education, Agriculture Will Help Further Reduce Inequality Over Next 15 Years, Gateses Say In Annual Letter

News outlets highlight the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual letter, released on Wednesday, as well as comments made by Bill and Melinda Gates in a related interview. Agence France-Presse: World’s poor headed for better lives in 2030: Gates “The lives of the poor will improve faster in the next…

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Improving Population Health, Including Sexual, Reproductive Health, Critical For Economic Growth

Huffington Post: Focus on the Finances of Sexual Health Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “…For the first time last year [Davos] organizers started to elevate their conversations to include health. They realized that to improve the health of the economy they would need to improve…

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Redouble Efforts To Reach MDGs In Final Year To ‘Make Good On Our Promise’

Huffington Post: Let’s Build on Our Success Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of Save the Children International “…The MDGs stand out as one of the resonant and unifying political agreements ever achieved. There are 90 million people living today whose lives would have otherwise been cut short. We’ve proven we can…

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Haiti’s Health, Development Landscape Should Be Viewed With ‘Fuller Lens’

Humanosphere: Visualizing Haiti’s new and improving health landscape In a guest post, Lauren Hashiguchi, a policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, including progress in the health sector. She includes graphics and writes, “Half a decade after the…

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True Sustainable Development Impossible Without Improving Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Health, Rights

The Guardian: Sustainable development is only possible if women’s health is prioritized Ann M. Starrs, president and chief executive of the Guttmacher Institute “…In the months ahead, government negotiators and civil society will grapple with many competing priorities as they try to reach a consensus on a new global development…

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Schools Reopen In Ebola-Hit Guinea, Showing Cautious Signs Of Recovery

Devex: Why reopening schools today in Ebola-hit Guinea isn’t just about education “…The Guinean minister of health announced Friday that schools will reopen [Monday], only days after a World Health Organization report stated that new Ebola cases were at their lowest in the country since August. … According to experts,…

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MSF Urges Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline To Cut Pneumococcal Vaccine Prices For Children In Developing Countries

The Guardian: Pharmaceutical companies told to slash price of pneumococcal disease vaccine “Two giant pharmaceutical companies should lower the price of a new vaccine against pneumococcal disease that is needed by children in developing countries, but is unaffordable for some of their governments, say the volunteer doctors of Médecins Sans…

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