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India’s Upper House Of Parliament Approves National Food Security Bill

India’s upper house of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, “late on Monday night passed the National Food Security Bill by voice vote after an almost 10-hour-long debate,” the Hindustan Times reports. “The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill and so it now needs the president’s assent to become a law,”…

Guatemala’s Government Announces Child Malnutrition Statistics

Guatemala’s government on Wednesday announced at least 62 children under age five have died of malnutrition so far this year, and “[n]early 9,800 youngsters have been diagnosed with chronic malnutrition, the secretary for food security, Luis Monterroso, told reporters,” Agencia EFE/GlobalPost reports. “Half of Guatemalan kids under five do not…

Indian Government Deserves Praise For Food Security Bill

“To legislate food as a right for every citizen in a country is a bold step for our nation, and with 810 million people expected to benefit from the biggest program in the world to fight hunger, we hope that no child will ever go to bed hungry again,” Jayakumar…

Examining Free Maternity Care In Kenya

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jane Otai, a 2013 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a senior program adviser for Jhpiego, a non-profit global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, writes about the “positive step” of free maternity care in Kenya, but…

Midwives Play Important Role In Reducing Maternal Morbidity, Mortality In Afghanistan

“Midwives are an integral and inseparable component of the health care delivery system …, play[ing] a vital role in improving maternal and neonatal health worldwide,” public health consultant Aziz Baig writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “In developing countries like Afghanistan, midwives bring great hope to the tens…

Education, Training Key To Improving Health Care

“When I visit [communities] on behalf of Every Mother Counts (EMC), the campaign I founded to reduce preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth around the world, I am reminded that what’s often most needed is education and access to others who are educated,” Christy Turlington Burns writes in the…

IRIN Examines Malnutrition in Laos

“Economic growth in Laos is propelling the country towards achieving middle income status by 2020, yet chronic malnutrition among children under five years old remains a pervasive challenge, experts say,” IRIN reports. “Steady economic growth over the past decade — eight percent in 2012 — has contributed to a drop…

Debate Continues Over Causes Of, Solutions To Malnutrition In India

Noting “India’s lower house of parliament Monday approved an ambitious proposal to address child malnutrition that would provide food at a subsidized rate to nearly two-thirds of the country’s 1.2 billion people,” GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines an ongoing “debate about the causes of India’s high malnutrition rate.” The blog reviews…

Essay Recommends Expanding Pediatric HIV Agenda

In an essay published in PLOS Medicine, Scott Kellerman, global technical lead for HIV at Management Sciences for Health, and Nandita Sugandhi, clinical adviser at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, examine the global plan to eliminate new HIV infections in children and keep their mothers alive, as well as pediatric…

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