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Investigational Rotavirus Vaccine In Late-Stage Clinical Trials

Reuters: Sanofi’s Rotavirus vaccine enters late-stage trials “French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday an investigational vaccine designed by its Shantha Biotechnics unit to protect young children from severe diarrhea had entered late-stage clinical trials in India. The vaccine is aimed at rotavirus infections which cause gastroenteritis…” (Callus, 10/14).

Polio Risk Growing In Pakistan, Conflict Zones In Middle East

News outlets report on the growing risk of polio in Pakistan and conflict zones in the Middle East. Deutsche Welle: Conflict and polio “Polio is on the rise in countries at conflict, such as Syria and Iraq. The disease was eradicated there 14 years ago. But regional conflict and a…

U.N., NGOs Recognize International Day Of The Girl Child

News outlets report on the International Day of the Girl Child, recognized annually on October 11. The Guardian: Day of girl child marked by clarion call to ‘walk the walk’ on gender equality “Despite new legislation and proactive policies such as quotas, the world is failing to deliver on equality…

Activists Say Africa Can End FGM In 20 Years

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Africa can end ‘child abuse’ of FGM by 2035: activists “Africa can end female genital mutilation (FGM) in 20 years, activists said on Friday as they launched a continent-wide campaign, calling the ancient ritual a form of child abuse aimed at controlling women’s sexuality…” (Migiro, 10/10).

Bangladesh Serves As Model For Reducing Maternal Mortality

The Lancet: Challenges of achieving and tracking MDG 5 Saifuddin Ahmed of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health “…No woman should die from pregnancy complications. That women still die from preventable and treatable maternal causes is our egregious failure. Bangladesh has set an example of a country that…

State Department Blog Posts, Press Release Discuss International Day Of The Girl Child

The U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog features several posts about the International Day of the Girl Child, recognized on October 11, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released remarks to honor the day. DipNote: Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls are a Smart Investment…

Advocates Worry Focus On Maternal Health Risks Fading In Post-2015 Development Agenda

GlobalPost: Why maternal health and mortality matters “The world could be a lot less safe for mothers after 2015. As the deadline for the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, advocates for maternal health say the issue is in danger of fading in future models of sustainability…” (Mendoza, 10/9).

Family Planning Important Focus For International Day Of The Girl

Delaware Online: Celebrate International Day of the Girl Judith Herrman, professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing “As we celebrate International Day of the Girl this Saturday, one focus that should gain greater attention is that of ensuring that young women around the world are able to have…

Ebola Outbreak Could Contribute To Increase In Maternal, Child Mortality

IRIN: Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality “Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies…” (10/8).

Better Antenatal Care Could Avoid Unnecessary Maternal Deaths In South Africa, Report Says

News outlets report on a recently released Amnesty International report on maternal health in South Africa. The Guardian: HIV stigma causing avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa, says Amnesty “Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa, partly because of well-founded fears that their HIV status…