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U.N. Agencies Appeal For Support For More Than 10 Million Facing Hunger In Yemen

“The United Nations on Thursday urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A Sanaa news conference by U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and World Food Programme [WFP] executive director…

International Community Must Address Gap In Children’s Health Inequality

“Globally, the pervasive disparities in the health and wellbeing of children are detrimental not only to the poorest and most vulnerable children and their families and communities, but also to the whole of society,” a Lancet editorial states, and writes, “To eliminate such disparities, three major questions need to be…

Guardian Examines Barriers To Prescribing ART To All Children Under 5 As Recommended By WHO

Noting the WHO in June “published new guidelines on the prescription of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for the treatment of HIV positive patients,” which included “a recommendation to prescribe ART to all children under five, whatever their CD4 count (a measure of the strength of the immune system),” The Guardian’s “Global…

Maternal Mental Health Should Be Priority On Global Agenda

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Sara Gorman, an MPH candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, examines the need for an increased focus on improving maternal mental health. “Integrating mental health programs with maternal health programs is not only as important in saving mothers’ lives…

LAC Health Summit Addresses Inequities In Health Status

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of “a series to coincide with A Promise Renewed in the Americas: ‘Reducing Inequalities in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Summit’ during September 10-12 in Panama,” Veronica Valdivieso, deputy health team leader for USAID’s Regional Sustainable Development Office, Latin America and…

Female Community Health Workers Essential To Meeting Health MDGs

John Clemens, executive director of the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about the importance of female community health workers, who “are a cornerstone of Bangladesh’s strategy for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5,” he states.…

Kenya’s AIDS Indicator Survey Shows Country Making Progress In Prevention, Treatment

“Kenya is making great strides in tackling HIV/AIDS, with a fall in the HIV-positive population and a surge in the number of people getting tested and receiving treatment, according to a government survey released on Tuesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “[T]he number of Kenyans living with the disease fell from…

‘Solutions At Hand’ To Achieve Fistula-Free Generation

“We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia,” Pamela Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth, and Joseph Ruminjo, a consultant obstetrician-gynecologist and…

IRIN Examines Maternal, Child Health In Laos

“Health experts are reviewing a years-long effort to reverse a deadly trend for mothers and newborns in Laos, which has the highest death rate in Southeast Asia for both groups,” IRIN reports. “Offering free maternal and child health care since 2011 and doubling health expenditures in the past decade have…

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