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‘We Need More Voices’ To Help End Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Huffington Post: There Is an Ambassador in You Florence Ngobeni-Allen, HIV/AIDS educator and counselor and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) ambassador “…We are just starting to win the battle against HIV/AIDS. There are fewer babies being born with HIV thanks to the work of thousands, perhaps even millions, of…

UNICEF Releases ‘State Of The World’s Children’ Report, Urges Better Data Collection

News outlets discuss a new report from UNICEF, which encourages better data collection for ensuring children’s human rights. RTT News: UNICEF Highlights Importance Of Data Collection In Protecting Children’s Rights “Urging greater efforts to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world’s 2.2 billion children…

5 Lessons From Africa On Integrating Family Planning, Maternal Health

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sirina Keesara of UCSF and Grace Lesser of Jacaranda Health discuss five lessons on integrating family planning and maternal health in resource-constrained settings: “integrate family planning into maternity services,” “get efficient,” “bust myths,” “target men,” and “think…

PMTCT Is ‘First Step’ To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

CNN: Join the fight for an AIDS-free future Nigel Barker, photographer and ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation “…By giving an HIV-positive pregnant woman access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) during pregnancy and breastfeeding, we can almost ensure that her baby will be born and remain HIV-free. Sadly, many…

Survey In Sudan Produces Data On 64 Health, Nutrition Indicators

“Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition…,” according to a UNICEF press release. “…The…

UNICEF Data Show One-Fifth Of Young Girls In Sub-Saharan Africa Undergo FGM

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation affects a fifth of young girls in sub-Saharan Africa “Almost one in five young girls in sub-Saharan Africa are still forced to endure female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a U.N. report that paints a grim picture of the state of the world’s children. Statistics…

Despite Kinks In Progress, Kenya Takes Steps Toward Zero New HIV Infections

Inter Press Service: Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters In Kenya, “PMTCT [prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment] coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).” However, “[e]xperts agree on the main reason behind the reduction…

World Vision’s ‘Child Health Now’ Ghana Campaign Calls For Global Action

The Chronicle: Child Health And Survival — A Collective Duty Of All Micah Ayo Olad, national coordinator for World Vision’s Child Health Now Campaign in Ghana “The risk for maternal death (during pregnancy or childbirth) in sub-Saharan Africa is 175 times higher than in developed countries, and risk for pregnancy-related…

Global Community Must Heed Women’s Health, Stop Gender-Based Violence In Syria

Huffington Post: Stop Sexual Assaults and Violence Against Syrian Women and Girls Tewodros Melesse, director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “The humanitarian situation in Syria has sharply deteriorated and though media interest in the conflict has ebbed and flowed the crisis affecting Syrians has steadily grown. Breaches of human…

Liberia, Malawi, Other Countries Overcoming Challenges To Reduce Child Mortality

NiiAmah Stephens, a program officer for Africa on the Global Policy and Advocacy Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “MDG success in Malawi and Liberia is far from complete — both countries are expected to miss at least five out of…

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