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Research Addresses Preterm Birth, Stillbirth Health Issues, Highlights Preventive Interventions

New research published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth notes some of the “serious short- and long-term health issues” associated with preterm births and identifies steps that can be taken to reduce the number of stillbirths and premature births worldwide, United Press International reports. Each year, 13 million babies are born preterm and there are 3.2 million stillbirths, according to the research. “Neonatal deaths account for more than 42 percent of mortality in children under age 5 – a rise from 37 percent in the year 2000, the report said,” UPI writes (2/22).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Study Examines Childbirth Practices, Outcomes In Asian Countries A Lancet study examines childbirth practices and the relationship between these practices and maternal and perinatal outcomes in nine Asian countries, as assessed by a WHO global survey. Based on the analysis of over 107,000 deliveries, the authors conclude, “To improve maternal…

WFP Has Reached 600,000 Haitians With Food Voucher Plan

On Thursday, a food distribution voucher campaign that launched last Sunday, “hit all 16 fixed distribution points around the capital” of Port-au-Prince, CNN reports. “So far, 600,000 people affected by the devastating January 12 earthquake have been able to collect food under this plan, said Marcus Prior, spokesman for the United Nations World Food Programme. ‘We’re encouraged by the way the system is working to get food out into the city to those in need, but still have a long way to go,’ Prior said” (Basu, 2/5).

$1.2B Needed To Aid Women, Children In 28 Countries ‘In Crisis,’ UNICEF Says

UNICEF on Thursday launched a $1.2 billion appeal aimed at providing “life saving emergency assistance to millions of children and women in dire need,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 2/4). “The appeal is part of UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action Report 2010, released in Geneva … which spotlights the desperate situation of children and women in 28 countries and territories facing deep humanitarian crises,” the U.N. News Centre writes (2/4).

Opinions: U.S. Global Health Initiative; WHO And H1N1

U.S. Isn’t Backing Off Its Commitments To International Health President Barack Obama’s FY2011 budget demonstrates that the U.S. “isn’t backing off its commitment to aid other nations,” according to a VOA News editorial by the U.S. government. “Specifically, President Obama is proposing to boost U.S. efforts to promote health and…

Also In Global Health News: Contraceptives In The Philippines; China Health System; TB Vaccine; Carlos Slim Foundation

Despite Church’s Opposition, Philippines To Distribute Contraceptives The government of the Philippines “will provide contraceptives to poor couples who request it despite strong opposition from the dominant Roman Catholic church” to which more than 80 percent of the country belongs, Agence France-Presse reports. President Benigno Aquino said during a visit to the United States last…

MDG Summit: Funding The Global Fund; Arab World’s ‘Own Challenges’

BusinessDay reports that following last week’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) summit at the U.N. in New York, advocates “have called on rich nations to double their pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, saying it desperately needs more money if the world is to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015.” According to the article, the advocates are concerned that the $40 billion maternal and child health initiative announced by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week at the summit “might divert money and attention from the Global Fund.”

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