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GlobalPost Special Report Examines Global Efforts To Reduce Child Mortality

In a special report titled “Step by Step,” GlobalPost examines global efforts to reduce child mortality, asking, “What works and what doesn’t in the fight against child mortality? What will it take to go the last mile, and end preventable child deaths?” The report includes a map of child mortality…

Iron Supplements Do Not Increase Malaria Risk Among Children, But Safety Questioned

A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed children in malaria-endemic areas who received iron supplements do not have an increased risk of contracting the disease, but “hospital visits for severe diarrhea episodes were significantly higher among children in Ghana given extra iron, raising…

Skoll World Forum ‘Debate & Series’ Examines Health-Related MDGs

“In the lead up to the U.N. General Assembly, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an online debate focused on the last 850 days before the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] expire in 2015,” the “Debate…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. “Sohni Dean and colleagues identify the most important research areas for improving pre-conception care for women in low- and middle-income countries,” including integration of care into the wider health care…

India’s Upper House Of Parliament Approves National Food Security Bill

India’s upper house of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, “late on Monday night passed the National Food Security Bill by voice vote after an almost 10-hour-long debate,” the Hindustan Times reports. “The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill and so it now needs the president’s assent to become a law,”…

Guatemala’s Government Announces Child Malnutrition Statistics

Guatemala’s government on Wednesday announced at least 62 children under age five have died of malnutrition so far this year, and “[n]early 9,800 youngsters have been diagnosed with chronic malnutrition, the secretary for food security, Luis Monterroso, told reporters,” Agencia EFE/GlobalPost reports. “Half of Guatemalan kids under five do not…

Indian Government Deserves Praise For Food Security Bill

“To legislate food as a right for every citizen in a country is a bold step for our nation, and with 810 million people expected to benefit from the biggest program in the world to fight hunger, we hope that no child will ever go to bed hungry again,” Jayakumar…

Examining Free Maternity Care In Kenya

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jane Otai, a 2013 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a senior program adviser for Jhpiego, a non-profit global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, writes about the “positive step” of free maternity care in Kenya, but…

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