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Report Shows Jamaica’s Progress Towards Achieving U.N. MDGs

Jamaica has already achieved some U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets and is “on track” to attain five more, according to a report that mapped the country’s progress toward the MDGs, the Jamaica Observer reports.

Opinion: Governments Must Take ‘Concrete Action’ To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Morbidity

With the U.N. Human Rights Council’s June session coming up, governments have a “chance to prove that they value women’s lives by taking concrete action” to recognize “preventable maternal death as a violation of women’s rights,” Mary Robinson and Alicia Yamin, advisory council members of the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights, write in a Boston Globe opinion piece.

Combination Of Interventions Could Reduce Childhood Pneumonia Deaths By 90%, Study Says

A combination of measures taken to improve nutrition, indoor air pollution, immunization and child pneumonia case management could reduce total child mortality worldwide by 17% and global pneumonia deaths by more than 90%, according to a study published in the June issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, UPI reports.

WHO Recommends Worldwide Use Of Rotavirus Vaccine For Children

To reduce an estimated half million deaths and two million hospitalizations from diarrhea caused by rotavirus each year, the WHO on Friday recommended that oral rotavirus vaccines be added to national childhood immunization programs, broadening access to the vaccine in the developing world, Reuters reports.