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Survey In Sudan Produces Data On 64 Health, Nutrition Indicators

“Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition…,” according to a UNICEF press release. “…The…

PMTCT Is ‘First Step’ To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

CNN: Join the fight for an AIDS-free future Nigel Barker, photographer and ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation “…By giving an HIV-positive pregnant woman access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) during pregnancy and breastfeeding, we can almost ensure that her baby will be born and remain HIV-free. Sadly, many…

5 Lessons From Africa On Integrating Family Planning, Maternal Health

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sirina Keesara of UCSF and Grace Lesser of Jacaranda Health discuss five lessons on integrating family planning and maternal health in resource-constrained settings: “integrate family planning into maternity services,” “get efficient,” “bust myths,” “target men,” and “think…

UNICEF Releases ‘State Of The World’s Children’ Report, Urges Better Data Collection

News outlets discuss a new report from UNICEF, which encourages better data collection for ensuring children’s human rights. RTT News: UNICEF Highlights Importance Of Data Collection In Protecting Children’s Rights “Urging greater efforts to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world’s 2.2 billion children…

‘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…

Xinhua Highlights Several Reports Examining Maternal Health Promotion In Asia

Xinhua: News Analysis: Developing Asia still grapples with high maternal mortality rate “Ensuring women’s access to family planning education and services will slash high maternal mortality incidence and sustain the gains achieved in promoting maternal health in developing Asia, health experts said…” (Sarmiento, 1/31).

Kenya’s First Lady Launches ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’

A UNAIDS feature story examines First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta’s launch of “the ‘Beyond Zero campaign’ [which] is part of the initiatives outlined in the Strategic Framework for the engagement of the First Lady in HIV control and promotion of maternal, newborn and child health in Kenya that was…

Health Systems Must Reform To Meet The Needs Of Women, Newborns

Margaret Kruk, assistant professor in health policy and management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Nana A.Y. Twum-Danso, a senior program officer for family health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, write in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about several myths surrounding maternal and neonatal health.…

Guardian Launches Women’s Rights And Gender Equality Section

The Guardian: Women’s rights and gender equality in focus “…On Tuesday, The Guardian launched a women’s rights and gender equality section to provide a specific focus on the pressing issues affecting women, girls and transgender people around the world, and the critical work being carried out by women’s rights movements…”…

Rotavirus Vaccine Is Critical Component Of ‘Our Collective Anti-Diarrhea Toolkit’

Huffington Post: Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine Marion Roche, technical adviser with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) “…Rotavirus causes about one-third of diarrheal deaths in children; vaccinating children against it could save hundreds of thousands of lives and make life easier for so many parents. … The rotavirus vaccine definitely…