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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…

San Francisco Chronicle Profiles Garment To Help Prevent Postpartum Hemmorhage

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles “a simple, neoprene garment developed for postpartum use by a [University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)] researcher,” meant “to prevent [women] from going into shock, oxygen loss and organ failure due to excessive bleeding during birth.” According to the WHO, “[p]ostpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause…

GAVI Alliance Board Chair Reflects On 2013 Mid-Term Review

Writing in the ONE blog, Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the GAVI Alliance Board, reflects on the organization’s 2013 Mid-Term Review, released last week, which found the alliance is on track to “immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and prevent four million future deaths in the process.”…

Uganda Launches First-Ever ‘Adolescent Girls Vulnerability Index’

“Uganda has become the first country in the world to institute an Adolescent Girls Vulnerability Index [.pdf], thus recognizing the unique challenges that teenage girls face and their effect on society as a whole,” VOA News reports. The index, released earlier this month by the Ugandan government and UNICEF, “could…

PPPs ‘Critical To Deliver Messages To New Mothers’

“Lifebuoy joined forces with [USAID] and its Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) to create a neonatal program to raise awareness of the link between newborn survival and handwashing with soap,” Anila Gopal, global social mission manager at Unilever-Lifebuoy, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” She continues, “Public-private partnerships are critical…

Despite Achievements, GAVI Alliance Continues To Face Challenges In Childhood Immunization Efforts

A Lancet editorial discusses the GAVI Alliance’s 2013 Mid-Term Review, released this week, noting the report “examines the organization’s progress midway through the period 2011-15” and states that “by 2014, 73 countries with GAVI’s support will introduce five-in-one pentavalent vaccines, including fragile states — Haiti, Burma, Somalia, and South Sudan.”…

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