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Gates Foundation Evaluating Two Behavior Change Approaches To Save Newborn Lives

“Two approaches have emerged recently to save newborn lives using behavior change in communities with high rates of newborn death,” Gary Darmstadt, head of the Family Health Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Wolfgang Munar, senior program officer in the division, write in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”…

Countries Engage In Public Awareness Activities Surrounding Global Handwashing Day

“From Ethiopia and Yemen to Bolivia and Vietnam, millions of children [on Tuesday took] part in the sixth annual United Nations-backed Global Handwashing Day, driving home the message that the simple use of soap and water can slash highly preventable diarrheal diseases that kill 1,400 children under five every day,”…

BBC News Series Examines Maternal Mortality In Afghanistan

Lyse Doucet, chief international correspondent for BBC News Magazine, examines maternal mortality in Afghanistan. “For our 100 Women series, I’ve spoken to Minister of Health Suraya Dalil at Malalai Hospital, the oldest and largest hospital in Kabul,” she writes and introduces a short video of her visit there. She also…

Blogs Address Global Handwashing Day

Two blogs address Global Handwashing Day, recognized on October 15. Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Victoria Fan, a CGD research fellow, and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant for the CGD global health team, say, “[We] would urge child survival advocates to raise the…

GAVI Alliance On Track To Immunize Quarter Billion Children By 2015, Report Shows

“The GAVI Alliance … has announced it is on track to immunize a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases by 2015,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 10/14). “That’s the conclusion of the Mid-Term Review report, a comprehensive and transparent assessment published [Monday] aimed at examining the progress GAVI has…

Opinion Pieces Address Need For Inclusion Of Women, Girls In Post-2015 Development Agenda

The following is a summary of opinion pieces calling for the inclusion of women and girls in the post-2015 development agenda, published in recognition of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. Eliza Anyangwe, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog: Anyangwe, content manager for the blog,…

Secretary Kerry, Melinda Gates Recognize International Day Of The Girl Child

In a statement marking the International Day of the Girl Child, recognized on October 11, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the day “is a chance for us to reaffirm our commitment to girls’ rights, to celebrate their value to society, and to address the unique challenges they still…

GAVI Alliance Releases Mid-Term Review

The GAVI Alliance released its 2013 Mid-Term Review, which reports on the organization’s 2011-2015 strategy. The report, including an overview and sections on results, challenges, prospects and key indicators, is available online (October 2013).

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