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U.K.-Supported Initiative In Sierra Leone Aims To Reduce Maternal Mortality

The Guardian examines Evidence 4 Action (E4A), an initiative recently launched in Sierra Leone with support from the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) that aims “to empower local communities to force health care up the political agenda by giving them the evidence they need to fuel arguments for higher…

Al Jazeera’s ‘South2North’ Reports On Maternal Health In Africa

Al Jazeera’s “South2North” reports on “maternal health and the impact it has on children, women and the communities in which they live” in Africa, noting, “A recent African Union report shows sub-Saharan Africa is trailing behind its 2015 Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent.” According to…

Clinic In Niger Helping To Heal Physical, Mental Scars Left By Obstetric Fistula

In opinion pieces published on Saturday in the New York Times, columnist Nick Kristof and Erin Luhmann, the winner of Kristof’s annual “Win-A-Trip” contest, discuss obstetric fistula and the experience of Hadiza Soulaye, who received treatment for the condition at the Danja Fistula Center in Danja, Niger. In his column,…

World Bank Survey Shows Gaps Between Midwife Knowledge, Care Given In Kenya

“In Kenya, 82 percent of midwives correctly diagnose their patient’s condition but only 28 percent give the full treatment required, the World Bank said on Friday, highlighting the challenge of reducing maternal deaths in the country despite the introduction of free maternal health services last month,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.…

USAID Working With Angola To Implement New HIV Treatment Guidelines

Noting the release of new WHO HIV treatment guidelines that “pave the way toward lifelong treatment for all pregnant and breastfeeding women with HIV, regardless of CD4 count or clinical stage,” B. Ryan Phelps, medical officer for PMTCT and pediatric HIV in USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and Melanie Tam, PMTCT intern…

World Population Day 2013 Highlights Importance Of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

“With 16 million girls under 18 giving birth and 3.2 million of these teens experiencing unsafe abortions each year, the U.N. has focused the theme of 2013’s World Population Day on teenage pregnancy, highlighting the important role that teen girls play in positively impacting future generations and underscoring the importance…

Opinion Pieces, Blog Posts Address World Population Day

The following is a summary of opinion pieces and blog posts published in recognition of World Population Day, observed annually on July 11. According to the Huffington Post, “the U.N. has focused the theme of 2013’s World Population Day on teenage pregnancy, highlighting the important role that teen girls play…

New Issue Of The Lancet Includes Series On Global Kidney Disease

“A series beginning in today’s Lancet seeks to provide a global perspective on kidney disease,” the journal reports in an editorial highlighting several articles on renal issues. “The prevalence of kidney disease is likely to be underestimated,” the editorial notes. The current issue of The Lancet, No. 9887, also includes…

India Out Of Pediatric TB Medicines, HIV Testing Kits, MSF Warns

“India’s public health system has run out of life-saving tuberculosis medicines for children and critical testing kits for AIDS patients, causing an outcry among patient groups who warn that the shortages could cost lives and worsen problems of drug resistance,” the Financial Times reports. “Leena Menghaney, Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]…

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