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Thousands Of Children Orphaned By Ebola At Risk Of Stigmatization

News outlets report on UNICEF’s announcement that at least 3,700 children in West Africa who have lost parents from Ebola risk stigmatization. Agence France-Presse: Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF “Thousands of children who have lost parents to the West African Ebola epidemic are being shunned by frightened…

U.N. MDG On Reducing Child Deaths Will Not Be Met, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: U.N. goal on child deaths set to be missed: study “A U.N. target for slashing infant deaths will be missed, mainly through failures to roll back infectious disease and complications during pregnancy, experts said on Wednesday. … The study, led by Robert Black of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School…

Contraceptive Use Low Among Adolescents, Controversial In Zimbabwe, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: Zimbabwe’s Family Planning Dilemma “…The issue of contraceptive use remains controversial and divisive in [Zimbabwe] … While Zimbabwe has made huge gains in some areas of reproductive health, including stemming new HIV infections, according to the Health Ministry, various United Nations agencies have raised concerns about the…

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…