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PLOS Paper Examines Relationship Between Child Mortality Reductions, Foreign Aid

This paper by Eran Bendavid of the Stanford University School of Medicine, published in PLOS ONE, aimed “[t]o determine the extent to which the narrowing of child mortality across wealth gradients has been related to foreign aid to the health sector in low- and middle-income countries. … Foreign aid to…

More Effort Needed To Improve Myanmar’s Family Planning Services

IRIN: Burmese family planning left behind “Despite donor funding to advance Myanmar’s health care system, experts say more work is needed in life-saving family planning services, which have yet to receive the support they need. … At 200 deaths per 100,000 live births, Myanmar’s maternal mortality rate is one of…

Exclusive Breastfeeding Is Best, But Challenges Remain In Swaziland

Inter Press Service: Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland “…Exclusive breastfeeding — giving the baby nothing but breast milk — for six months is recommended by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), by [the Swaziland Infant Nutrition Action Network (SINAN)] and by the Ministry of Health. … Yet many…

Group In Cameroon Advocates Against Breast Ironing

The Guardian: Empowering girls to speak out against breast ironing Gabriella Jozwiak, a freelance journalist and the Africa programs support volunteer at Y Care International Jozwiak writes about “Came women and girls development organization (Came W&G), which encourages girls to advocate against the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. ……

Health Experts, NGOs Encourage Use Of Midwives To Help Reduce India’s Maternal Mortality

New York Times India Ink: To Lower Maternal Deaths, India Urged to Reconsider Role of Midwives “… With more than 55,000 women in India dying from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications each year, health experts and non-governmental organizations are now pushing the government to re-incorporate midwives into the strained health care…

USAID Announces Award To Address Obstetric Fistula

“Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. … Fistula Care Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement with a ceiling of $74.49M. The overall…

Afghan Insecurity, War Taking ‘Heavy Toll’ On Children

Epoch Times: Afghan Children Pay the Price of Brutal War César Chelala, an international public health consultant “Decades of insecurity and war [in Afghanistan] have provoked a heavy toll on children’s lives and well being. An under-five mortality rate of 199 per 1,000 live births as reported by UNICEF is…

2014 Marks Time To End Hunger, Improve Nutrition Worldwide

Huffington Post Canada: Why ‘End Hunger’ Deserves a Place on Your New Year To-Do List Susanne Courtney, executive director of Action Against Hunger Canada (ACF) “…What we need this year is collective action and commitment on the part of Canadians. By working together, we can dramatically change the lives of…

Blog Examines Effects Of Tobacco Use On Children In China

In a Humanosphere guest post, Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), examines data from an IHME study published this week tracking smokers and cigarettes consumed from 1980 to 2012 and looks at smoking in China. “With all this…

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