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CSIS Event Examined Saving Mothers, Giving Life Initiative

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Senior Associate Janet Fleischman and Alisha Kramer, program coordinator at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, write in the center’s Smart Global Health blog about an event held last week and convened by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center that “focused on the…

WHO Should Update Guidelines For Children In Shock, Researchers Say

Two news outlets report on the WHO’s guidance on rapid fluid resuscitation of children in shock, saying scientists warn that thousands could be harmed if the guidelines are not changed. The Guardian: WHO guidance ‘risks killing children’ In her Global Health Blog for The Guardian, Sarah Boseley writes that “[t]housands…

Group Advocates To Improve Maternal Health

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, public health worker Debra Bingham discusses the activities of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). “AWHONN believes that all women should have access to efficacious treatments from trained and supported health workers when they are needed…

U.N. Concerned Over Malnutrition In Syria; Ban Calls Situation ‘Heart-breaking’

Two articles report on the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit with Syrian refugees and concerns over malnutrition. Reuters: U.N. feeds record 3.8 million in Syria but concerned by malnutrition “The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in…

Debunking Newborn Myths

In a post for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow for the foundation’s Global Development Program, makes a case for debunking newborn myths. He writes, “We now have the opportunity to build on the extraordinary advances made in maternal and child health, and…

USAID’s Nutrition Strategy Important For Ending Preventable Child Deaths

“USAID released a comprehensive Nutrition Strategy on their website for public comment on December 20, 2013. … USAID’s efforts to improve nutrition are critical to success of the U.S. government’s ability to advance global development, particularly in the areas of ending preventable child deaths, improving health, driving greater progress against…

Kangaroo Mother Care Helps Mothers Bond With Infants

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson and Cyril Engmann of the foundation’s family health team, and Gary Darmstadt, a senior fellow in the foundation’s Global Development Program, discuss “Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), a practice of holding a newborn baby skin-to-skin, [that] was introduced…

Global Community Must Heed Women’s Health, Stop Gender-Based Violence In Syria

Huffington Post: Stop Sexual Assaults and Violence Against Syrian Women and Girls Tewodros Melesse, director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “The humanitarian situation in Syria has sharply deteriorated and though media interest in the conflict has ebbed and flowed the crisis affecting Syrians has steadily grown. Breaches of human…

‘We Need More Voices’ To Help End Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Huffington Post: There Is an Ambassador in You Florence Ngobeni-Allen, HIV/AIDS educator and counselor and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) ambassador “…We are just starting to win the battle against HIV/AIDS. There are fewer babies being born with HIV thanks to the work of thousands, perhaps even millions, of…