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Final Day Of Global Maternal Health Conference Focuses On Human Rights

In her last report from the Second Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, Jocalyn Clark, senior editor of PLoS Medicine, writes in the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog about the final day of the three-day conference. She describes two sessions she attended focusing on human rights and maternal health.…

DRC Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission, PlusNews Reports

“The HIV infection rate has declined among pregnant women in the Republic of Congo from 3.4 percent in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2012, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, which said it had taken specific action to help this section of the population,” PlusNews reports. “‘This significant decrease…

African Health Officials, Child Health Experts Gather For Child Survival Summit In Ethiopia

“Representatives from African health ministries, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and child health experts [gathered] in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 16-18 to share strategies to increase child survival rates,” IIP Digital reports. “The African Leadership for Child Survival — A Promise Renewed conference follows last year’s Child Survival…

‘Helping Babies Breathe’ Program May Help Save Newborns’ Lives, Studies Show

“Training midwives and other birth attendants to help babies start breathing immediately after birth may prevent stillbirths and newborn deaths in the developing world, two new studies suggest,” Reuters reports, noting, “So-called birth asphyxia — when babies are born not breathing — is one of the major causes of newborn…

Increased Resources Needed To Continue Progress Lowering Child Mortality Rates

“The last decade has seen extraordinary progress with child mortality rates coming down significantly all over the world. Yet 6.9 million children still die each year, most from preventable causes,” Raymond Chambers, founder and co-chair of Malaria No More and the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, writes in a…

GlobalPost, Humanitarian Agencies Examine Impact Of Childhood TB

Noting the WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Monday issued a joint statement calling for an additional $1.6 million a year to fight tuberculosis (TB) in low- and middle-income countries, GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog examines the global impact of childhood TB, writing, “While health…

Determining The Right Questions For Global Health Research

“Asking the right questions is the first step to generating the ‘downstream’ evidence needed for the implementation of health policies and practices, as my colleague E. Callie Raulfs-Wang described in her March 12 blog,” Kristina Gryboski, technical adviser for the USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program, writes in a…

USAID Has Played Vital Role In Global Efforts To End Preventable Child Deaths

Noting USAID last week “released its first progress report examining how reforms enacted three years ago have strengthened the agency’s relentless focus on results,” Nicole Schiegg, a senior adviser at the agency, writes in the GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog, “One of the strongest examples of leveraging innovation and partnership is…

Preventing 4.4M Child Deaths In Next 1,000 Days Is Possible

“To reach the goal of decreasing deaths of children who have not yet reached their fifth birthday to four million in 2015, we estimate that 4.4 million children’s deaths must be averted in the next 1,000 days,” U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers writes in the Huffington Post’s “The…