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Pakistan Cross Border Movements Threaten Polio Eradication Efforts In Afghanistan

IRIN: Cross border movements threaten Afghan polio eradication efforts “For health care workers, Torkham border crossing connecting eastern Afghanistan to neighboring Pakistan straddles one of the most important regions in the world: Close to the border are some of the world’s few remaining reservoirs where the polio virus is endemic…”…

WHO Contraception Guidance Released Ahead Of International Women’s Day

News outlets report on the WHO’s release of new guidance on access to contraception and family planning services. U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency issues guidance on access to contraceptive information, services “With preparations under way to mark International Women’s Day this Saturday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)…

Prevalence Of Violence Among Pregnant African Women High; HIV Infection Is Risk Factor

Inter Press Service: Dangerous Combo: Violence in Pregnancy and HIV in South Africa “…An estimated one in four South African women experience intimate partner violence in the 12 months leading up to childbirth. Violence in pregnancy is associated with pregnancy loss, miscarriage and neonatal death, higher rates of postpartum depression…

Successful Child Development Just As Important As Child Survival

“Five million more children a year now survive to see their 5th birthday than was true 25 years ago. … While there is cause for celebration — five million more 5th birthdays worth of celebration! — we are failing to ensure that every one of these children is thriving, not…

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

The following opinion pieces address International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Huffington Post: International Women’s Day: Give Yourself the Chance to Be Extraordinary Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global “…As you are thinking about what International Women’s Day means to you, I encourage you to look for inspiration from…

Half Of All Children Under 5 In Afghanistan Suffer From Malnutrition

BBC News: Afghanistan: ‘Half of children’ suffering malnutrition “Half of all children under five in Afghanistan are suffering from the effects of malnutrition, according to estimations. After 13 years of Western military intervention and billions of dollars spent on aid, the United Nations says the situation is critical, especially in…

U.N. Increasingly Concerned About Humanitarian Situation For Children In CAR, South Sudan

Media outlets discuss U.N. humanitarian efforts to help children in the Central African Republic and South Sudan crises. Reuters: U.N. says C. Africa, S. Sudan refugees ‘in poor shape,’ children hardest hit “People fleeing conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan are growing increasingly sick and hungry with children…

CDC Blog Discusses Link Between HIV, Maternal Health In Africa

Writing in the CDC’s “Our Global Voices” blog, Isabella Danel of the CDC Division of Reproductive Health discusses progress in improving maternal health in Africa and the impact that HIV has on maternal mortality. “…The HIV epidemic is an important reason maternal mortality has not decreased much — or has even…

Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Not Affect Maternal, Child Health Program, Official Says

News outlets continue to report on reaction to and implications of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Associated Press/Washington Post: Aid cuts, delays hit Uganda’s poor health sector “The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said…

10M Children In Middle East To Receive Polio Vaccination, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: 10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: U.N. “Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday…” (3/2).

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