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Blog Examines Health, Development Consequences Of Adolescent Pregnancies

In the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) “Development Channel” blog, Lynn ElHarake, research associate for CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program, “discusses how motherhood in childhood undermines economic growth, health, gender equality, and development.” She discusses a report published by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) last month that examines the…

Bangladesh Sees Major Progress In Health Indicators, Studies Show

“Bangladesh has had 40 years of exceptional progress in health, with infant mortality down, life expectancy up and good disease control, all despite being one of the world’s poorest countries, researchers said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. “‘Over the past 40 years, Bangladesh has outperformed its Asian neighbors, convincingly defying the…

U.N. Urges Early Testing Of More Children At Risk Of HIV Infection

“More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. “Children are the ‘forgotten’ victims of the AIDS epidemic,…

Humanitarian Response Continues In Philippines

News outlets continue their coverage of the humanitarian response in the Philippines. “Nearly two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the central Philippines, experts and activists here are warning that post-disaster reconstruction needs to be more transparent than past efforts, while also focusing on a long-term assistance strategy that…

Merck To Expand Its Maternal Health Program Begun In Developing Countries To U.S.

“Merck & Co on Tuesday said it is expanding its ‘Merck for Mothers’ program, which aims to reduce pregnancy-related deaths from impoverished countries such as Senegal and Zambia, to the United States — a stark reminder of how far the country lags other wealthy nations on key measures of health,”…

Blog Examines Efforts To Accelerate Adoption Of Kangaroo Mother Care Globally

“In Istanbul, Turkey, a city where East meets West, and emblematic of our challenge to meld state-of-the-art science with age-old parental instincts to provide newborn children with food, warmth and love, a group came together on [October 21-23] to ‘bend the curve’ on newborn survival through acceleration of adoption of…

Using Antenatal Steroids, Kangaroo Care Would Help Save Premature Infants

Noting “[m]ore than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old,” March of Dimes Foundation President Jennifer Howse writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, “November 17 was the third annual World…

International Community Observes World Toilet Day

“Some 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, the United Nations said, and more than one billion practice open defecation — a problem that contributes to countless deaths from preventable diseases,” the Associated Press reports, noting World Toilet Day is observed November 19. “Each year, more than…

New York Times Examines Device Developed To Aid In Obstructed Labor

The New York Times examines an invention by Jorge Odón, an Argentine car mechanic, which can be employed in the event of obstructed labor “to save babies in poor countries, and perhaps to reduce caesarean section births in rich ones.” The newspaper notes, “With the Odón Device, an attendant slips…

Preventing Childhood Diseases In India Must Be Prioritized

“As India celebrates Children’s Day [on Thursday], the frightening UNICEF statistic that 1.4 million children under five die every year in this country, the vast majority of them from preventable diseases, should not be forgotten,” T. Jacob John, a retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College in Vellore,…

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