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U.N. Reports Examine Trends, Causes Of Maternal Deaths

“New United Nations data show a 45 percent reduction in maternal deaths since 1990,” according to a WHO press release. A new study from the U.N. discusses the steady progress made in estimating deaths and female births, emphasizing the need for accurate data. Another report from the WHO and published…

Program Uses Private-Sector Approaches To Address Maternal Mortality

Writing in the Harvard Business Review blog, Michael Rosenblatt, chief medical officer of Merck, discusses Merck for Mothers, an initiative focused on creating “a world where no woman dies from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.” Rosenblatt says, “Maternal mortality is an enormously complicated problem. … But by applying a business…

Maternal, Child Mortality Improves Globally But Not In U.S., U.K.

News outlets report on two new studies by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and published in The Lancet that report a decline in overall maternal and child mortality globally, but show that the U.S. and U.K. have surprisingly negative trends. Consumer Affairs: More women dying in childbirth in…

More Research Needed On Early HIV Treatment Newborns, Canadian Researchers Say

Canadian Press/Global Post: Too soon to call early HIV treatment in babies a ‘cure’: Canadian researchers “Four HIV-infected children treated right after birth show no detectable virus but its resurgence in a fifth who stopped medication means it’s too soon to talk of a ‘cure,’ say Canadian researchers…” (5/4).

NPR Examines Efforts To Prevent Newborn Deaths

NPR: Saving The World’s Babies Simply Starts Before Birth “Every day, all over the world, newborns die when they don’t have to. … Many of these deaths are not inevitable, doctors say, but innovations aimed at preventing them are just beginning to be deployed…” (Farrington, 5/4).

Africans, Leaders Can Create ‘Better Future’ For African Continent

Washington Post: Africa is on the rise, and we need to help make sure it continues John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state “The best untold story of the last decade may be the story of Africa. … HIV infections are down nearly 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and malaria deaths…

International Day Of The Midwife, Hand Hygiene Day Recognized On May 5

May 5 marks the International Day of the Midwife. “In 2014 the new subtheme ‘Midwives changing the world one family at a time’ sends a strong signal that midwives provide care that changes families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies,” according to a statement…

5M Children Projected To Face Acute Malnutrition In Sahel

Agence France-Presse: 5 million children in Africa’s Sahel face acute malnutrition “Aid operations need urgent funding in north Africa’s Sahel region where five million children face the prospect of acute malnutrition, U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said…” (4/30).

First 1,000 Days Of Life Critical To Healthy Childhood Development

The Atlantic: 1,000 Days: The Period That Decides the Health and Wealth of the World “For years, ensuring good nutrition during the first 1,000 days was largely absent from national and global development priorities. … But a growing body of research shows that success in primary school depends on good…

Individuals, Private Sector Should Donate More To Reduce Child Mortality

Huffington Post: The World’s 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It Nick Pearson, founder of 1% for Humanity Listing the top 10 countries with the highest child mortality levels as a percentage of their population, Pearson writes, “It can confidently be estimated that only a…

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