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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…

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…

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…

Blogs Discuss India’s National ‘Call To Action For Child Survival And Development’ Summit

“At the forefront of the fight against child mortality and morbidity, India is leading the global community in placing a renewed emphasis on this important mission,” William Hammink, India mission director, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” adding the country’s “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development” summit, taking place this…

India Holds National Summit On Child Survival, Development

“[M]ore than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members” are gathering in India this week for a national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” IIP Digital reports. The event, “jointly organized by India’s Ministry of…

Chiefs Play Important Role In Decreasing Maternal Mortality In Malawi

If Malawi President Joyce Banda’s mission to decrease the country’s high maternal mortality rate is to succeed, “it will depend, in part, on her government’s ability to harness the country’s true power brokers, Malawi’s 20,000 village chiefs — and sensitize them to the dangers of women giving birth with [unskilled]…

Experimental TB Vaccine Does Not Protect Infants, Study Shows

“Hopes that a much needed new tuberculosis [TB] vaccine was on the way, the first for 90 years, have been dashed by trial results showing it did not protect babies against the disease,” the Guardian reports (Boseley, 2/4). “The vaccine, known as MVA85A, is the most advanced of more than a dozen TB vaccines…

MSF Claims Aid For Vaccines Subsidizing Pharmaceutical Companies, Guardian Reports

“Large sums of public money intended to ensure children in the developing world are immunized against disease are effectively being used to subsidize Big Pharma, doctors working in the field claim,” the Guardian reports. “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) … says vaccines bought with U.K. and other donor governments’ money cost too much…

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