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UNICEF Appeals For Record $3.1B To Help Children In Humanitarian Emergencies

Thomson Reuters Foundation: UNICEF makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis “The U.N. Children’s Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a ‘new generation’ of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it…

USAID Report Addresses Maternity Care, Midwives’ Working Conditions

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: USAID Tackles Respectful Maternity Care, Better Working Conditions for Midwives Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, discusses a new report from USAID, a follow-up to its June 2014 report titled “Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action.” She writes, “We are…

Gates Foundation CEO Discusses Goal Of Reducing Maternal Mortality By Two-Thirds By 2030

Scientific American: Gates CEO: Let’s Shrink Maternal Mortality In a Scientific American podcast, “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann talks about some of what needs to be done to make a reality of the foundation’s aspiration to cut maternal mortality by two-thirds by 2030…” (Mirsky/DiChristina, 1/27).

Awareness, Treatment Of Obstetric Fistula Gaining Ground In Nepal

The Guardian: Nepal’s ‘poor woman’s problem': how obstetric fistula blights lives “…Though exact numbers are hard to come by, it is estimated that hundreds of women in Nepal’s rural hinterlands are afflicted with this condition because of inadequate maternal care, underage pregnancy, or prolonged or obstructed labor. … Last year,…

Asia’s Largest Vaccine Maker Developing Low-Cost HPV, Diarrheal, Pneumococcal Vaccines

Bloomberg Businessweek: Top-Selling Vaccine Made Cheap Shows Challenge to Merck: Health “…Serum Institute of India Ltd., which makes vaccines injected in 65 percent of the world’s children, is targeting newer vaccines, including one for the human papillomavirus that could be available in late 2018 and sell at a third of…

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…

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…