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E.U. Must Stand Firm Against Initiative That Could Threaten Sexual, Reproductive Health

EurActiv: The E.U. must stand firm against ‘One of Us’ Sirpa Pietikäinen, member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the European People’s Party “A European Citizens Initiative (ECI) by a group called ‘One of Us’ could severely impact E.U. development funding for maternal health if it is successful. … This…

Promoting Gender Equity Will Break Down Barriers To Contraceptive Use

Huffington Post: Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute “…[I]t will take more than expanded access to contraceptive services to ensure that all women are capable of spacing or limiting their pregnancies. So long as a woman’s reproductive freedom is constrained by her…

Campaigners Remain Skeptical Over Nestlé’s Infant Formula Marketing Policy

The Guardian: Campaigners remain unpersuaded by Nestlé’s baby milk marketing policy Oliver Balch, freelance writer specializing in the role of business in society “… The Swiss firm [Nestlé] certainly espouses the ‘numerous benefits’ of breast milk and provide tips on breastfeeding. Yet its official infant formula policy falls short of…

Children Receive Less Effective Diarrhea Care In Private Sub-Saharan African Hospitals

“Children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from diarrhea are receiving lifesaving treatment at a lower rate when visiting private hospitals as compared to public ones. Closing that gap would save an estimated 20,000 lives each year,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in a post on Humanosphere. Murphy examines the findings…

The Atlantic Examines Factors Surrounding High C-Section Rate In Brazil

The Atlantic: Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections “…Brazil has a free, public health care system, but many of its wealthier residents — about a quarter of the population — use a private insurance scheme that functions much like the U.S. medical system. … The economics of private insurance certainly…

Public-Private Partnerships Benefit Global Health, GAVI CEO Writes

In a post featured on PSI’s “Impact” blog, GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley writes about the benefits of public-private partnerships in global health. “…One example of this public-private partnership model is my organization, the GAVI Alliance, whose mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access…

Private Sector Must Play Role In Maternal, Child Health Initiatives, Canadian Minister Says

Canadian Press/CBC News: Private sector a key partner in Harper maternal health initiative: Paradis “Canada must have help from private-sector companies to meet its key development goal of reducing infant mortality and improving the health of young mothers in poor countries, says the country’s aid minister. Tying Canada’s overseas development…

UNICEF Calls For Increased Investment In Syria’s Children

The Guardian: Syria’s children need guaranteed funding to prevent a ‘lost generation’ “The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years’ guaranteed funding,…

U.N., U.S., E.U. Call For Action On South Sudan; U.N. Official Expelled From Sudan

News outlets report on the humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan. Devex: UNFPA chief’s expulsion: Another humanitarian crackdown in Sudan? “The international aid community was dealt another blow this week in Sudan, when the government ordered the head of the U.N. Population Fund to leave the country…” (Ravelo, 4/11).…