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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…

Kenyan First Lady Will Run London Marathon To Promote Health Care Foundation

Two news outlets report on Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s launch of her health care foundation. The Star: First Lady Kenyatta launches foundation for maternal health “First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has embarked on a campaign to fight new HIV/AIDS infections and increase access to maternal and child health services. The…

Kangaroo Mother Care Helps Mothers Bond With Infants

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson and Cyril Engmann of the foundation’s family health team, and Gary Darmstadt, a senior fellow in the foundation’s Global Development Program, discuss “Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), a practice of holding a newborn baby skin-to-skin, [that] was introduced…

Widespread Malnutrition In Afghan Children Threatens Country’s Future

The Guardian: Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition “Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country’s feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid poured into health, education and other areas…” (Graham-Harrison, 1/26).

USAID’s Nutrition Strategy Important For Ending Preventable Child Deaths

“USAID released a comprehensive Nutrition Strategy on their website for public comment on December 20, 2013. … USAID’s efforts to improve nutrition are critical to success of the U.S. government’s ability to advance global development, particularly in the areas of ending preventable child deaths, improving health, driving greater progress against…

Lancet Editor-In-Chief Urges Donors To Support Women’s, Children’s Health

The Lancet: Offline: Ban Ki-moon’s global health initiative in jeopardy Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet “An important element of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s flagship Every Woman, Every Child initiative is under threat. That was the conclusion of last week’s stakeholder meeting on Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, held…

Debunking Newborn Myths

In a post for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow for the foundation’s Global Development Program, makes a case for debunking newborn myths. He writes, “We now have the opportunity to build on the extraordinary advances made in maternal and child health, and…

More Can Be Done To Help Children In Afghanistan

New York Times: Child Hunger in Afghanistan Werner Schultink, chief of nutrition at UNICEF Referring to a January 5 New York Times article on child nutrition in Afghanistan, Schultink writes, “Under the leadership of the Afghan government, last year UNICEF and partners treated some 185,000 children under five with acute…

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