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Congressional Briefing Recognizes World Immunization Week

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes comments made by Robert Clay, deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, and Lucas Otieno, research officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Walter-Reed Project, who spoke on Monday at a congressional briefing recognizing World Immunization Week (Aziz,…

Investing In WASH Will Lead To Improved Maternal, Child Health

The Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat” blog discusses links between maternal health and WASH, referencing a meta-analysis that concludes “women living in poor sanitation environments are three times as likely to die from maternal health-related issues compared to women who do not, while women living under poor…

Global Health Research Initiative To Fund MCH Research In Africa

SciDev.Net: Fund to improve African maternal, child health launched “The Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) plans to fund leading African and Canadian researchers to find solutions aimed at improving health systems for mothers and children in sub-Saharan Africa…” (Achia, 4/30).

U.S. Committed To Meeting Needs Of Women, Girls Affected By Syrian Conflict

Carla Koppell, chief strategy officer, and Allison Salyer, gender adviser with the USAID Task Force on Syria, write in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the agency’s efforts to meet the needs of women and girls affected by ongoing conflict in Syria. “…USAID has stepped up commitments to meet the needs of women…

5M Children Projected To Face Acute Malnutrition In Sahel

Agence France-Presse: 5 million children in Africa’s Sahel face acute malnutrition “Aid operations need urgent funding in north Africa’s Sahel region where five million children face the prospect of acute malnutrition, U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said…” (4/30).

First 1,000 Days Of Life Critical To Healthy Childhood Development

The Atlantic: 1,000 Days: The Period That Decides the Health and Wealth of the World “For years, ensuring good nutrition during the first 1,000 days was largely absent from national and global development priorities. … But a growing body of research shows that success in primary school depends on good…

Individuals, Private Sector Should Donate More To Reduce Child Mortality

Huffington Post: The World’s 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It Nick Pearson, founder of 1% for Humanity Listing the top 10 countries with the highest child mortality levels as a percentage of their population, Pearson writes, “It can confidently be estimated that only a…

More Research Needed On Early HIV Treatment Newborns, Canadian Researchers Say

Canadian Press/Global Post: Too soon to call early HIV treatment in babies a ‘cure': Canadian researchers “Four HIV-infected children treated right after birth show no detectable virus but its resurgence in a fifth who stopped medication means it’s too soon to talk of a ‘cure,’ say Canadian researchers…” (5/4).

Maternal, Child Mortality Improves Globally But Not In U.S., U.K.

News outlets report on two new studies by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and published in The Lancet that report a decline in overall maternal and child mortality globally, but show that the U.S. and U.K. have surprisingly negative trends. Consumer Affairs: More women dying in childbirth in…

NPR Examines Efforts To Prevent Newborn Deaths

NPR: Saving The World’s Babies Simply Starts Before Birth “Every day, all over the world, newborns die when they don’t have to. … Many of these deaths are not inevitable, doctors say, but innovations aimed at preventing them are just beginning to be deployed…” (Farrington, 5/4).