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Lancet Infectious Diseases Reports On Impact Of Diarrheal Diseases In Pakistan

Lancet Infectious Diseases: Childhood diarrhea in Pakistan “Statistics on Pakistan’s burden of diarrheal diseases are hard to come by. The country’s disease surveillance mechanisms are woefully inadequate. Nor is there a working civil registration system for births and deaths. Still, estimates suggest that roughly 45,000 children are killed by diarrhea…

USAID Commits $15M Toward Maternal Health In Zimbabwe

Bernama: Zimbabwe Receives US$15 Million For Maternal Health “The U.S. government will provide US$15 million as support towards the reduction of maternal and child deaths in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean news agency New Ziana reported. U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said at a closing ceremony of the USAID’s Maternal and Child…

Nepal Should Recognize Uterine Prolapse As Human Rights Issue, Amnesty Says

Reuters: Nepal must toughen fight on women’s ‘fallen womb’ crisis — Amnesty “…Uterine prolapse — a medical condition in which the uterus is displaced from its normal position into the vagina — affects women worldwide but is more common in Nepal, where one in 10 is affected, rights group Amnesty…

Child Malnutrition Continues To Challenge Rwanda, Despite Economic Gains

Xinhua: Child malnutrition remains serious challenge for Rwanda “Chronic malnutrition among children remains a significant public health problem in Rwanda despite the remarkable economic progress the country has made over the past few years, said a report released here Wednesday. Three out of 10 children are suffering from malnutrition in…

News Outlets Continue Coverage Of Study Showing Meningitis Vaccine Needs No Refrigeration

News outlets continue coverage of a new study showing a meningitis vaccine remains stable and effective without refrigeration. IRIN: Meningitis vaccine out of the cold “A pilot meningitis A immunization campaign targeting more than 155,000 people in Benin with a vaccine that does not require constant refrigeration has demonstrated clear…

Girls Are Our ‘Greatest Return On Investment’

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Denise Dunning, founder and executive director of Let Girls Lead and Champions For Change — both organizations that work on women’s and girls’ health — makes the case for investing in girls. She asserts “there are 600 million girls living…

Global Community Must Take Action To Promote Adolescent Health

Huffington Post: Why Adolescent Health And Why Now? Zulfiqar Bhutta, Robert Harding chair in global child health and policy and co-director at the Centre for Global Child Health, and Stanley Zlotkin, chief of the Centre for Global Child Health “…It is clear that this age group has been shockingly ignored…

‘Leadership’ Needed To Improve Breastfeeding Rates Worldwide

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shawn Baker, interim director of nutrition at the Gates Foundation; Mariam Claeson, interim director of maternal, newborn, and child health on the foundation’s Family Health team; and Werner Schultink, chief of nutrition at UNICEF, discuss the importance of breastfeeding…

Progress On Women’s Rights Good But Unequal, U.N. Report Says

News outlets report on a new U.N. report, the International Conference on Population and Development Global Review Report, which says progress on women’s health and rights is steady but unequal. The Guardian: Big gains made on women’s health, but access still unequal, says U.N. “Efforts to ensure women’s access to…

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