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Efforts Must Intensify To Reduce Child Mortality, Study Says

According to a study published on Thursday in The Lancet, there will still be 5.4 million deaths among children under age five in 2035 if historical trends of successful interventions continue, HealthDay News reports (Preidt, 9/19). Researchers, led by Neff Walker of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “project[ed] rates of child…

Special Issue Of The Lancet Looks At Progress Toward MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda

“Ahead of the September 25 United Nations General Assembly, which will evaluate the efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], and look ahead to the post-2015 development agenda,” The Lancet on Friday published a special issue focusing on the “Countdown to 2015.” According to the executive summary, “A…

Huffington Post Opinion Pieces Address Child Mortality Issues Ahead Of U.N. General Assembly Session

Ahead of the U.N. General Assembly’s 68th session and its general debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage” (September 24-October 2, 2013) — the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” and “Impact” blogs posted separate series of opinion pieces addressing child health. The following is…

Yemen Human Rights Minister Demands Parliament Outlaw Child Marriage

Huriya Mashhour, Yemen’s human rights minister, “said she would press parliament for the minimum age of marriage to be set at 18 after [a] child, identified only as Rawan, reportedly died from internal bleeding after marrying a 40-year-old man,” The Guardian reports. “We are asking to fix the legal age…

Al Jazeera America Examines Congo’s Improvements In Maternal Health

Al Jazeera America examines maternal health in the Republic of the Congo, noting the country has made significant progress in reducing maternal mortality, especially in the last two years. “David Lawson, the country director for UNFPA, a partner in the maternal health projects, says that if progress continues at the…

World Vision Report Examines Health Inequality For Children

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the World Vision report (.pdf) titled “The Killer Gap: A Global Index of Health Inequality For Children,” which examines “the gap between those who have and don’t have access to health” information, education, treatment and care. According to the blog,…

Global Health Governance Posts New Articles To Summer 2013 Archive

Global Health Governance posted several new articles in its Summer 2013 Archive on Tuesday. The archive includes articles on setting global and national agendas for universal health coverage; no-cost maternal care in sub-Saharan Africa; medicine and health supply distribution in Uganda; China’s role in global health diplomacy; the WHO’s leadership role…

Frontline HCWs Essential To Achieve Development Goals

“As world leaders gather this week to discuss the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Framework, no subject of conversation will be more important than the need for more frontline health care workers,” Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, writes in the Skoll World…

Scores Of Children Sickened In India After Being Given Wrong Vaccine

“A government committee in the Indian state of West Bengal will submit its report Tuesday on a medical error that saw the wrong vaccine administered to more than a hundred children under the age of five,” TIME reports. “More than half of the children — who were vaccinated at a…

Community Health Workers Key To Reaching Zero New HIV Infections Among Children

“During the upcoming meeting of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s governments, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and the private sector should take an important step toward reaching the goal of zero new HIV infections among children,” because after decades of work, this goal can be reached “within the short…

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