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Experimental TB Vaccine Does Not Protect Infants, Study Shows

“Hopes that a much needed new tuberculosis [TB] vaccine was on the way, the first for 90 years, have been dashed by trial results showing it did not protect babies against the disease,” the Guardian reports (Boseley, 2/4). “The vaccine, known as MVA85A, is the most advanced of more than a dozen TB vaccines…

MSF Claims Aid For Vaccines Subsidizing Pharmaceutical Companies, Guardian Reports

“Large sums of public money intended to ensure children in the developing world are immunized against disease are effectively being used to subsidize Big Pharma, doctors working in the field claim,” the Guardian reports. “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) … says vaccines bought with U.K. and other donor governments’ money cost too much…

‘Impatient Optimists’ Blog Reflects On Recent Global Maternal Health Conference

In this post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson, deputy director of maternal, newborn, and child health at the foundation; France Donnay, senior program officer for maternal, neonatal and child health at the foundation; and Melanie Walker, deputy director of global development special initiatives…

USAID Newsletter Focuses On Child Survival

USAID provides a child survival update in this special issue of its newsletter, “Global Health News.” The newsletter includes an update on child survival and development in India; information on the Grand Challenge’s “third call for innovative prevention and treatment approaches to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths”;…

African Heads Of State Meet To Address Maternal Mortality, MDG 5 Goal

African “heads of state gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit met at a side event on Sunday, Jan. 27 to renew their commitment to reducing the maternal mortality rate on the continent,” Inter Press Service reports. The news service notes the 2009 launch of CARMMA,…

Nigerian President, Norwegian Prime Minister Release Report On Saving Lives Of Women, Children

Nigerian “President Goodluck Jonathan and the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, have said this year will be ‘a tipping point for change’ and global awareness for saving more lives, especially those of women and children,” Nigeria’s This Day reports. In a report released on Tuesday in Oslo, titled “Accelerating Progress in Saving the…

Madagascar Faces Challenges In Vaccinating Children

“In Madagascar, pneumonia is responsible for 21 percent of deaths among children under five years old — making it the leading cause of death for this age group,” but “[t]he recent introduction of a vaccine to protect against pneumococcal disease, the leading cause of severe childhood pneumonia, is attempting to…

Increased Resources Needed To Continue Progress Lowering Child Mortality Rates

“The last decade has seen extraordinary progress with child mortality rates coming down significantly all over the world. Yet 6.9 million children still die each year, most from preventable causes,” Raymond Chambers, founder and co-chair of Malaria No More and the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, writes in a…

‘Helping Babies Breathe’ Program May Help Save Newborns’ Lives, Studies Show

“Training midwives and other birth attendants to help babies start breathing immediately after birth may prevent stillbirths and newborn deaths in the developing world, two new studies suggest,” Reuters reports, noting, “So-called birth asphyxia — when babies are born not breathing — is one of the major causes of newborn…

African Health Officials, Child Health Experts Gather For Child Survival Summit In Ethiopia

“Representatives from African health ministries, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and child health experts [gathered] in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 16-18 to share strategies to increase child survival rates,” IIP Digital reports. “The African Leadership for Child Survival — A Promise Renewed conference follows last year’s Child Survival…