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Rapid Deployment Of Health Workers Lowers Child Mortality In Mali

The New York Times reports on a study published last week in PLOS ONE showing the rapid deployment of community health workers in Yirimadjo, Mali, helped create “a 90 percent drop in deaths among young children from 2008 to 2011.” Lead author Ari Johnson of the University of California San…

MAMA Helping Women Through Pregnancy, With Childbearing

Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog about MAMA South Africa, a program “launched with the support of global partners USAID, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation, the mHealth Alliance, and BabyCenter.” She notes, “In addition, Vodacom…

Invest In Health Workers For Better Health Care Delivery

In a guest post in IntraHealth’s “Vital” blog, Vanessa Kerry, founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, examines the need to invest in health workers, writing, “For essential caregivers — whether they’re physicians, midwives, or skilled birth attendants — training can mean the difference between life and death.” She highlights…

Proactive Health Care Model Reduces Child Mortality In Mali, Study Shows

“The mortality rate among children under age five living in Yirimadjo, Mali, southeast of the capital, Bamako, decreased by nearly tenfold over three years after the Malian Ministry of Health and NGOs Tostan and Muso introduced a new health care model: proactively seeking out patients and treating them early,” IRIN…

Nearly 230M Worldwide Children Do Not Have Birth Certificates, UNICEF Says

“Around one third of the world’s children under the age of five have not had their births registered and do not officially exist, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and neglect, … UNICEF said on Wednesday,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports (Batha, 12/11). “Almost 230 million youngsters under the age of…

Huffington Post Publishes Infographic On Child Marriage

Noting “December 10 mark[ed] the anniversary of the presentation of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes that there are ‘equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family,'” the Huffington Post’s “World” blog states, “But, because of the widespread practice of child marriage, 14…

Investing In Breastfeeding Will Help Future Generations Thrive

“Out of 135 million babies born each year, 83 million are not properly breastfed. … Several resolutions on infant and young child nutrition adopted by the [WHO] … have committed governments, global communities and the United Nations to a plethora of actions; yet the rates of optimal infant and young…

France Deploys Troops To CAR To Disarm Fighters, Quell Violence

“French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants,” Agence France-Presse reports (Cariou, 12/9). “A 1,600-strong French force has been sent into the CAR, deployed after days of communal fighting claimed 400…

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