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Ebola Orphans Sometimes Struggle To Find Care As Disease Stresses Extended Families

The Guardian: Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone face isolation from hard-hit relatives “…In Sierra Leone, one of three west African nations hardest hit [by Ebola], the disease has sliced not only through entire extended families but the kinship networks that traditionally support orphans in Africa…” (Mark, 9/8).

UNICEF Document Cites ‘Stunning Figures’ On Malnutrition In Sudan

New York Times: Malnutrition Crisis in Sudan Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “Here’s an internal UNICEF document citing stunning figures for malnutrition in Sudan, particularly in Darfur. … [T]his document suggests that the suffering continues at horrifying levels. … According to UNICEF’s Representative in Sudan, Geert Cappelaere, children are…

UNICEF Releases Report Detailing Violence Against Children

News outlets discuss findings from UNICEF’s recently released report on violence against children. Agence France-Presse: One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: U.N. “Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new U.N.…

Brazil Leads In Maternal Milk Bank Development

Associated Press: Brazil’s maternal milk banks model for globe “Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid for their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers was so costly it limited the country’s ability to expand the program’s reach. That has…

Girls In Niger Fight For Rights Against Child Marriage

Deutsche Welle: Fighting against child marriage in Niger “While Niger has made some gains, like reducing child mortality, it’s still a pretty bad place for women and girls. Three out of four girls under 18 are married, which means they were forced to marry as minors, and can’t complete their…

Achieving Medical Goals Of Sexual Health Requires Promoting Comprehensive Agenda

The Guardian: Sexual health isn’t just about health – it’s about sex too Pauline Oosterhoff, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies “Should tax money be spent for research on pornography in Bangladesh? How about on sex worker organizations’ efforts to legalize sex work? Do humanitarians have a right…

Vaccinating Pregnant Women Can Help Newborns Develop Immunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A Mother’s Gift: Vaccinating Mom Can Protect Baby Too Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses new research showing the immunity pregnant women receive from vaccinations can be passed on to their infants (9/3).

Blog Post Discusses Abuse In Maternal Health, HIV Programs

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: ‘Abuse runs deep’ in maternal health and HIV programs, says advocates Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses how “disrespect and abuse towards women in the maternal and reproductive health care world contributes to the HIV/AIDS epidemic”…

Zimbabwe’s Infant, Maternal Mortality Rates Improve, U.N. Says

News outlets discuss findings from a U.N. report showing Zimbabwe’s infant and maternal mortality rates have improved over the past five years. The Herald: Zim’s social sector on recovery path “Last Friday, the national statistics agency, ZIMSTAT, released preliminary results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted between February…