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Health Workers Aid In Progress Toward Maternal Health MDGs In Malawi

Al Jazeera: Lifelines: Between Life and Death “…Until recently, Malawi had the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world for a non-conflict country. But it has achieved a dramatic turnaround towards the 2015 global MDG targets…” Al Jazeera’s “Lifelines” examines the role of health workers in maternal health (5/15).

PRI Examines C-Section Birth Rate In Brazil

PRI: In Brazil, half of all mothers have c-sections — whether they want it or not “Cesarean sections were intended as emergency surgery to get a baby out of a woman’s womb when complications arose during vaginal childbirth. But in some parts of the world, they are almost standard practice…

Women’s Ability To Decide When To Have Children Impacts Families, Societies

Huffington Post: Two Simple Words: I Decide Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “…When women have the power to decide if and when to have children, their families become healthier, stronger and more economically solvent. … While the battle for sexual and reproductive health and rights continues…

Experts Warn Of HIV Treatment Gaps Among Children, Adolescents Worldwide

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: AIDS among children, teenagers a ‘Hidden Epidemic’ The blog summarizes remarks made by experts at a congressional briefing held Thursday on the crisis of pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS care (Aziz, 5/15).

World Sees Large Gains In Life Expectancy, WHO Report Says

Media outlets discuss the WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2014” report, which was released on Thursday. Bloomberg Businessweek: People Live Longer as Child Mortality Falls, Treatments Improve “Life expectancy around the world surged in the past two decades as the rate of child mortality declined in Africa and wealthier countries improved…

830M Women Lack Adequate Maternity Protection, ILO Report Says

Media outlets highlight a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO), which reviews maternity and paternity law and practice in 185 countries and territories. U.N. News Centre: Amid vast global gaps, maternity, paternity protections make headway, U.N. reports “Despite progress in maternity benefits and a positive trend in supporting…

U.N., The Guardian Back Campaign To End FGM In U.S.

The Guardian: Ban Ki-moon: FGM a ‘human rights violation’ that must end “The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday described the practice of female genital mutilation as a ‘human rights violation’ that needed to end, on the day the Guardian threw its weight behind a campaign against the…

Maternal Mortality Still High In India, Study Shows

Deutsche Welle: India still grappling with maternal deaths “…[A]bout 45,000 women … die every year during or soon after childbirth in India. … [The] story is a grim tale of death by sepsis in hospitals, which is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in the nation…” (Vaidyanathan/Narayan, 5/13).

ACTION Releases Update To Its Donor Immunization Record

ACTION: Updated Donor Immunization Record Shows Impressive Accountability on Vaccines ACTION, a global partnership of advocacy organizations, recently “released an update to its Donor Immunization Record, revealing an impressive global accountability picture on child vaccines: 14 out of 17 major donors have delivered on their commitments to the GAVI Alliance…”…

Campaign Urges Leaders To Include Reproductive Health, Rights In Development Agenda

Huffington Post: ‘I Decide’: A Campaign Calling on World Leaders to Put Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the Heart of Global Development Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “…We think it is time to break the cycle of poverty. We think it is time…

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