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Measles Epidemic Affecting Tens Of Thousands Of Children In DRC, MSF Warns

“A measles epidemic has affected tens of thousands of children in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), overwhelming health facilities, says medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),” IRIN reports. “‘Most health centers are either not functional, out of medical stocks or inaccessible for the majority of the population. Many children die in…

NPR Blog Examines Debate Over Option B+ HIV Prevention Strategy

NPR’s “Shots” blog examines the debate over Option B+, a strategy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission that “aims to put every pregnant woman with HIV on triple-drug treatment and keep her on it for the rest of her life — even if the virus has not yet damaged her immune…

Grand Challenges Brazil Seeks Innovation In Preventing, Managing Preterm Birth

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Steven Buchsbaum, Gary Darmstadt, and Rachel Lenington of the foundation state, “Announced this week, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have launched a call for proposals to promote innovation in health research to…

WASH Advocates, Maternal Health Task Force Blog Feature ‘WASH & Women’s Health’ Series

In “the first [post] in the series ‘WASH & Women’s Health,’ which WASH Advocates is coordinating for the Maternal Health Task Force blog,” Rebecca Fishman, director of operations and special projects at WASH Advocates, writes, “The blog series will be published ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8), World Water Day (March 22), and…

IPS Examines Health Implications Of Child Marriage In Afghanistan

Inter Press Service examines the relationship between child marriage and the health of women and girls in Afghanistan. “In Afghanistan, the maternal mortality rate is on the rise; hospitals are filling up with anemic women and girls; and in over 200 districts, high schools are devoid of even a single female…

Private Sector Helps Advance Health, Well-Being Of Women, Children

“Every pregnant girl or woman, wherever she lives, is connected to all of the other mothers-to-be around the world through the hope that their babies will be born strong and healthy,” but “[t]he sad truth is that for millions of these girls and women, their own survival and that of…

World Closer Than Ever To Ending Pediatric AIDS

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Chip Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, highlights the foundation’s “first annual ‘Global Champions for a Mother’s Fight’ gala, an opportunity to honor some of our heroes in the battle against pediatric HIV/AIDS and discuss global change,…

Progress On Reducing Maternal Mortality In Nigeria Requires Cooperation

Referencing the phrase “impatient optimists,” coined by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Aminu Magashi, an adviser for the USAID-funded Targeted States High Impact Project, writes in Nigeria’s Daily Trust, “Although in many developing countries, the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 of improving maternal health by 2015 will not be achieved,…

Opinion Pieces Address Save The Children Breastfeeding Report

Save the Children on Monday released a report (.pdf) examining “[t]he four major barriers that prevent mothers from breastfeeding” — community and cultural pressures, the shortage of health workers, a lack of maternity legislation, and inappropriate promotion of breast-milk substitutes.” According to the report summary, “a series of recommendations — to governments, international…

Blog Examines Child Survival Efforts In India

“Last week, the Government of India held a star-studded National Summit on Child Survival, ‘co-convened’ with USAID and UNICEF,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant for the global health team at the CGD, write in the center’s “Global Health…

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