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Madagascar Faces Challenges In Vaccinating Children

“In Madagascar, pneumonia is responsible for 21 percent of deaths among children under five years old — making it the leading cause of death for this age group,” but “[t]he recent introduction of a vaccine to protect against pneumococcal disease, the leading cause of severe childhood pneumonia, is attempting to…

Increased Resources Needed To Continue Progress Lowering Child Mortality Rates

“The last decade has seen extraordinary progress with child mortality rates coming down significantly all over the world. Yet 6.9 million children still die each year, most from preventable causes,” Raymond Chambers, founder and co-chair of Malaria No More and the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, writes in a…

‘Helping Babies Breathe’ Program May Help Save Newborns’ Lives, Studies Show

“Training midwives and other birth attendants to help babies start breathing immediately after birth may prevent stillbirths and newborn deaths in the developing world, two new studies suggest,” Reuters reports, noting, “So-called birth asphyxia — when babies are born not breathing — is one of the major causes of newborn…

African Health Officials, Child Health Experts Gather For Child Survival Summit In Ethiopia

“Representatives from African health ministries, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and child health experts [gathered] in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 16-18 to share strategies to increase child survival rates,” IIP Digital reports. “The African Leadership for Child Survival — A Promise Renewed conference follows last year’s Child Survival…

DRC Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission, PlusNews Reports

“The HIV infection rate has declined among pregnant women in the Republic of Congo from 3.4 percent in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2012, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, which said it had taken specific action to help this section of the population,” PlusNews reports. “‘This significant decrease…

Final Day Of Global Maternal Health Conference Focuses On Human Rights

In her last report from the Second Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, Jocalyn Clark, senior editor of PLoS Medicine, writes in the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog about the final day of the three-day conference. She describes two sessions she attended focusing on human rights and maternal health.…

Blogs Report On Global Maternal Health Conference

Crystal Lander, director of policy and advocacy at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), writes in the MSH “Global Health Impact” blog about the Second Global Maternal Health Conference taking place in Arusha, Tanzania, and she describes a speech by Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s minister of health. She says of the conference,…

Involving Youth In Shaping Global Development Agenda

“The first-ever USAID Youth in Development Policy (PDF) … provides important opportunities to involve global youth in shaping our development agenda and advancing their health and rights,” the Youth Health and Rights Coalition writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” Given that “nearly half of the world’s population — some three billion people…

Global Maternal Mortality Conference Focuses On Quality Of Care

Jocalyn Clark, senior editor of PLoS Medicine, reports on the three-day global conference on maternal health taking place this week in Arusha, Tanzania, in a post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog. She summarizes two speakers’ presentations and writes, “Many of today’s plenary speakers emphasized that with the Millennium…

UNICEF Executive Director Discusses Need For Commodities Market For Life-Saving Medicines

In this Forbes interview, Rahim Kanani of the Skoll World Forum speaks with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake about reducing child mortality and the need for a commodities market to improve access to medicines and health care. Lake said, “By increasing access to 13 overlooked life-saving medicines and health supplies, caregivers –…

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