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Health Workers Say Water Shortages Contribute To Rotavirus Infections In Cameroon

VOA News: Cameroon Medics Battle Rotavirus “In the past 12 months, thousands of children in Cameroon have died of severe diarrhea caused by rotavirus, with thousands more said to be hospitalized. Although the United Nations has come in to help with a vaccine, local medics say the situation is difficult,…

U.K. Aims To Advance Women’s Human Rights By Eliminating FGM, Child Marriage

Devex: Girls and women transforming their future Justine Greening, U.K. secretary of state for international development “…In too many communities and countries, simply being born a girl is enough to define and limit what you can achieve in your life. If we are to give girls and women a chance…

Canadian PM Harper Makes Maternal, Child Health a Priority

Canadian Press/GlobalPost: Expert says Harper’s kids and moms priority a good one “[Canadian] Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to host international talks later this spring on child and maternal health is a crucial step towards eradicating preventable diseases that still kill children, says an international health group…” (3/27).

PRI’s ‘The World’ Reports On Impacts Of Obstetric Fistula

PRI’s “The World”: Scarred by childbirth, mothers are finding help to heal and start over “…Obstetric fistula affects hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa. For many, it is far more than a physical ailment. It can turn them into outcasts…” (Kelto, 3/24).

Economic Growth Not Strongly Associated With Improved Child Nutrition, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in the Lancet Global Health examining the association between economic growth and child undernutrition. NPR: A Booming Economy Doesn’t Save Children From Malnutrition “Lack of food is the leading cause of child death worldwide, killing 3.1 million children each year and accounting for…

Proper Nutrition In First 1,000 Days Is Critical To Our Future

Huffington Post: The 1,000 Day Investment for Our Future Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger “…Hunger and malnutrition can stake their claim in the lives of the next generation before they ever take their first breaths. Without proper foods and nourishment, a mother may…

‘1,000 Days’ Engages Individuals With Online ‘March For Nutrition’ Campaign

The Guardian: March for Nutrition 1,000 Days Campaign “… Researchers have identified the first 1,000 days of a child’s life — from a woman’s pregnancy through a child’s 2nd birthday — as a critical window of time that sets the stage for a person’s intellectual development and lifelong health. We…

Women’s Rights Activists Applaud Outcome Of U.N. Commission On Women

Huffington Post: United Nations Commission Calls for Increased Efforts to Promote Gender Equality Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender…

Burkina Faso Should Rethink, Improve Family Planning Services, Study Says

IRIN: Staunching Burkina’s abortions “One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were…

UNHCR Releases Videos Detailing Women’s Stories Of FGM

Huffington Post: U.N. Videos Tell Heartbreaking Stories Of Female Genital Mutilation Victims “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a series of informative videos about female genital mutilation to continue raising awareness on the widespread assault on human rights…” (Couch, 3/24).

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