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Mobile Technology Can Help Achieve MDGs 4, 5

Writing in the United Nations Foundation blog, Tara Morazzini, an intern at the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Health (MAMA), notes the observance of United Nations Day last week and reflects on progress made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Mobile technologies offer significant promise to advance sustainable development now…

New Report Examines District-Level Health Data In South Africa

South Africa’s Health-e on Tuesday published six articles highlighting Health Systems Trust’s annual District Health Barometer, which provides district-level data on a wide range of health issues. The first article examines maternal and infant mortality in various provinces and districts (Cullinan, 10/29). A second article lists “some of the worst…

MSF Calls On GAVI To Make ‘Four Key’ Changes

“Several key policy changes are urgently needed at the GAVI Alliance to help reduce the number of children not benefiting from vaccination globally (22.6 million in 2012),” Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) writes in a press release describing “four key areas where changes at GAVI could make an important difference.” Manica…

Devex Examines Global Efforts To Achieve Health MDGs

“[W]ith 800 days to go before the 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of reducing deaths for children under five by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters are unlikely to be met,” Devex reports. The news service “spoke to thought leaders in these sectors to determine the…

Citizens Must Hold Leaders Accountable For Childhood Immunization Funding Through GAVI

“In its Mid-Term Review report released October 14, GAVI announced it is on pace to avert four million future deaths by 2015,” Joan Awunyo-Akaba, the civil society representative on the GAVI Alliance Board, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece, adding, “This progress hinges on the continued efforts of…

Guardian Profiles Filmmakers, Documentary On FGM In Iraqi Kurdistan

The Guardian profiles a film on female genital mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan made by two Kurdish filmmakers, who made history when their decade-long project culminated in the Kurdish parliament outlawing the practice. The newspaper describes the original film and writes, “[T]he story of the 10-year fight against female genital mutilation…

Global HIV/AIDS Response Must Include Children

“One of the most under-reported tragedies of the HIV epidemic is that children continue to be left behind in the HIV response,” Eliane Drakopoulos of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) writes in a Devex opinion piece. “Weak health systems, lack of medical personnel trained in treating children, stock-outs…

Updated Case Report Shows Mississippi Infant Remains ‘Free Of Active HIV Infection’

“A three-year-old Mississippi child born with HIV and treated with a combination of antiviral drugs unusually early continues to do well and remains free of active infection 18 months after all treatment ceased, according to an updated case report published Oct. 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine,” a…

More Public, Government Support Needed To Reduce Global Child Mortality

Noting several Save the Children initiatives to raise awareness and funds to combat child mortality, including the World Marathon Challenge, “a relay race where kids team up and attempt to run a full marathon distance and to beat the world marathon record,” Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles…

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