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USAID Blog Reports On India’s Call To Action Summit For Child Survival, Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, provides an overview of India’s “Call to Action Summit for Child Survival and Development,” which took place last week, writing, “Led by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Summit called for an accelerated response to…

Public Health, Social Policies Can Positively Affect Children’s Lives

“Specific calls for global action on health and other social issues can have a major effect on children’s life chances, concludes a report that compared data on laws and public policies affecting children in 191 countries,” BMJ reports. “Children’s Chances,” a report by Jody Heymann, dean of the Fielding School of Public Health at…

India Announces Plans To Improve Adolescent Health, Evaluate Progress On Child Survival

“India’s health ministry has announced plans to improve the health of adolescents and also to evaluate progress of states and districts on child survival under a fresh package of initiatives to reduce mortality among children under five years old,” BMJ reports. “The announcement, made at a summit on child survival held on 7 to…

Same ‘Bipartisan Energy’ Surrounding PEPFAR Needed To Combat Maternal Mortality

Erin Thornton, executive director of Every Mother Counts, recalls her memories of President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union announcement of PEPFAR in a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece. “[T]hat night, we set out on a path to overcome that fear and take action,” she writes, adding, “Ten…

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…

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…

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…

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…