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Commonwealth Of Nations Must Develop Plan To End Child Marriage

“Child marriage is a devastating human rights violation that has robbed, and continues to rob, millions of girls of their childhood,” as the practice “forces them out of education and into a life of poor prospects, with increased risk of violence, abuse, ill health or an early death in childbirth,”…

Article Examines Impact Of NTDs On Children’s Lives

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog describes some of the impacts neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) can have on the lives of children, including chronic pain, scarring and fatigue. “As a new Archives of Disease in Childhood article, ‘Global trends in neglected tropical disease control and…

GlobalPost Examines Efforts To Reduce Child Mortality In Bangladesh

In an article published as part of a GlobalPost special report titled “The Seven Million,” the news service examines child health in Bangladesh, writing, “Counter to the common perception of Bangladesh as hopelessly impoverished, the country has made dramatic strides in reducing overall child mortality in recent decades.” The news…

Congressional Briefing Highlights Midwives’ Global Impact

“Four seasoned midwives — with a combined century of experience in building strong societies by promoting the health and safety of mothers and their babies — delivered a compelling case last week at a congressional briefing for the United States to lead a movement to strengthen midwifery at home and…

GlobalPost Blog Examines History Of ORS Use In Bangladesh

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines the history of the use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) — a blend of salt, sugar, and clean water — in Bangladesh, writing, “A simple electrolyte blend, ORS was formulated to treat cholera by U.S. and Bengali researchers in the late 1960s at the Pakistan-SEATO, the…

UNICEF Warns High Temperatures In Syria, Middle East Increase Children’s Disease Risks

“The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns soaring summer temperatures in conflict-ridden Syria and neighboring countries of refuge are putting millions of children at risk of disease,” VOA News reports. “According to UNICEF, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are threatening the health and well-being of some four million children affected by the…

Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves Head Speaks About Group’s Strategies, Goals In Devex Interview

In an interview with Devex, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Executive Director Radha Muthiah discusses “how the small secretariat manages such a complex alliance [with more than 700 partners] and what other ‘mega partnerships’ can learn from the alliance’s experience.” She highlights the alliance’s flagship report (.pdf), titled “Igniting Change:…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address WHO Report On Violence Against Women

According to a new report from the WHO, published in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council, 35 percent of women worldwide are victims of sexual or physical violence. The following opinion piece and editorial address the report’s findings. The…

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