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Kangaroo Mother Care Helps Mothers Bond With Infants

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson and Cyril Engmann of the foundation’s family health team, and Gary Darmstadt, a senior fellow in the foundation’s Global Development Program, discuss “Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), a practice of holding a newborn baby skin-to-skin, [that] was introduced…

Widespread Malnutrition In Afghan Children Threatens Country’s Future

The Guardian: Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition “Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country’s feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid poured into health, education and other areas…” (Graham-Harrison, 1/26).

USAID’s Nutrition Strategy Important For Ending Preventable Child Deaths

“USAID released a comprehensive Nutrition Strategy on their website for public comment on December 20, 2013. … USAID’s efforts to improve nutrition are critical to success of the U.S. government’s ability to advance global development, particularly in the areas of ending preventable child deaths, improving health, driving greater progress against…

Lancet Editor-In-Chief Urges Donors To Support Women’s, Children’s Health

The Lancet: Offline: Ban Ki-moon’s global health initiative in jeopardy Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet “An important element of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s flagship Every Woman, Every Child initiative is under threat. That was the conclusion of last week’s stakeholder meeting on Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, held…

Debunking Newborn Myths

In a post for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow for the foundation’s Global Development Program, makes a case for debunking newborn myths. He writes, “We now have the opportunity to build on the extraordinary advances made in maternal and child health, and…

More Can Be Done To Help Children In Afghanistan

New York Times: Child Hunger in Afghanistan Werner Schultink, chief of nutrition at UNICEF Referring to a January 5 New York Times article on child nutrition in Afghanistan, Schultink writes, “Under the leadership of the Afghan government, last year UNICEF and partners treated some 185,000 children under five with acute…

U.N., Partners Launch Program In Malawi To Prevent Childhood Stunting

U.N. News Centre: U.N. and partners launch new project to prevent stunting among children in Malawi “A new United Nations-backed project is being launched today in Malawi to tackle stunting, which affects nearly one million children under the age of five in the southern African nation. The stunting prevention project…

Global Community Must Implement ‘Roadmap For Childhood TB’

Huffington Post: Creating a Global Roadmap to End Childhood TB Stephan Rabimov, business development and marketing manager, International Management Development Program “…As per international guidelines, young or HIV-infected children in contact with an adult with TB should be offered preventive treatment that can reduce the risk of their developing TB…

Philippines Stepping Up Measles Vaccination Program

Wall Street Journal: Philippines to Step Up Measles Vaccination Efforts “The Philippines is stepping up a measles vaccination program in and around Manila ahead of a nationwide campaign later in the year to stem an outbreak of the virus, which killed more than two dozen children last year…” (Larano, 1/21).

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