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South Sudan In Need Of Urgent Health Care For Pregnant Women

BBC News: South Sudan: ‘One of the most dangerous places to give birth’ “Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes due to continuing violence in South Sudan. Many are in need of urgent health care, with pregnant women at great risk. South Sudan is one of the most…

One-Third Of Cameroonian Children Suffer Malnutrition, Stunting

VOA News: Poor Nutrition Stunts Growth of One-third of Cameroon Children “The ratio is a stunning one in three. An estimated one third of Cameroon’s children are smaller than they should be and some of them will not have long to live. UNICEF and other humanitarian relief organizations say as…

Eliminating Maternal Mortality In Developing Countries Could Improve Life Expectancy, Study Says

Media sources highlight a study recently published in PLOS ONE that examines the benefits of eliminating maternal mortality in developing countries. ANI/Business Standard: Eliminating maternal mortality could improve women’s life expectancy in developing countries “Eliminating maternal mortality, which is defined as the deaths related to pregnancy, would result in a…

Political Will, Funding Necessary To End Newborn Deaths

The Hill: Honoring every newborn Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) “…[T]here are existing interventions that, if scaled up, have the potential to reduce newborn deaths by as much as 75 percent. What’s lacking is the political will and funding to deliver…

Education Important For Curbing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it’s by choice? Ola Perczynska, program manager at Her Turn in Kathmandu, Nepal “Despite child marriage being a human rights violation and the negative effects on girls and subsequently their children being well documented, in rural Nepal, an increasing…

‘No Birth Should Be Left Up To Chance,’ Save The Children President Says

Huffington Post: No Birth Should Be Left Up to Chance Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children “…As new research released [on Monday] by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What’s more, two million women give birth entirely alone. ……

Indonesia Must Make Expensive Changes To Lower Maternal, Child Mortality, Report Says

New York Times: Indonesia Urged to Spend to Make Birth Less Risky “If Indonesia wants to better its ’embarrassingly suboptimal performance’ in deaths of newborns and their mothers, it will have to make far-reaching and expensive changes in its health care system, American and Indonesian experts say in a new…

More Than 1M Babies Die On Their First Day Of Life, Save The Children Reports

News outlets report on the new Save the Children report, titled “Ending Newborn Deaths” (.pdf). ABC News Australia: Developing nations urged to support mothers giving birth “The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report…

U.S., U.N. Officials Urge Syria To Allow Unfettered Humanitarian Aid Access

News outlets highlight comments from U.S. and U.N. officials on the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria, where the U.N. and its partners say an entire generation of children is at risk. The Hill’s “Floor Action”: Kaine: ‘World will be watching’ if Syria blocks humanitarian aid “Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)…

Gates Foundation, Former Sen. Frist To Cooperate On Maternal, Child Health Initiative

The Tennessean: Gates Foundation teams with former Sen. Bill Frist “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is teaming with a local non-profit founded by former Sen. Bill Frist to promote women’s health in developing countries. Frist announced the partnership Monday. The Gates Foundation will focus on a new initiative spearheaded…

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