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Debate Continues Over Causes Of, Solutions To Malnutrition In India

Noting “India’s lower house of parliament Monday approved an ambitious proposal to address child malnutrition that would provide food at a subsidized rate to nearly two-thirds of the country’s 1.2 billion people,” GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines an ongoing “debate about the causes of India’s high malnutrition rate.” The blog reviews…

Essay Recommends Expanding Pediatric HIV Agenda

In an essay published in PLOS Medicine, Scott Kellerman, global technical lead for HIV at Management Sciences for Health, and Nandita Sugandhi, clinical adviser at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, examine the global plan to eliminate new HIV infections in children and keep their mothers alive, as well as pediatric…

Gates Foundation Blog Publishes Posts Addressing Sanitation Issues In China, India

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Doulaye Kone, a senior program officer for sanitation technologies and tools at the foundation, reports on the launch of “the first-ever country-specific Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in China,” writing, “The foundation has partnered with the University of…

IPS Examines Efforts To Improve Maternal Health In Bangladesh

Inter Press Service examines efforts to improve maternal health in Bangladesh. “In the last decade, the Bangladesh government has invested in a maternal health program with support from a number of foreign development partners,” the news service writes, adding, “The health, nutrition, and population program of Bangladesh has adopted a…

Indonesia Launches Pentavalent Vaccine

Nicole Bates, who leads the advocacy strategy for polio and vaccines at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about the launch on Thursday of a pentavalent vaccine in Indonesia. Bates, who attended the launch ceremony, writes, “Yesterday’s launch was remarkable and is testament to the progress we’re…

South African School Provides Education For Pregnant Teens

Agence France-Presse profiles the “Pretoria Hospital School where students, some as young as 13, are given the chance to carry on learning in a country where expectant schoolgirls — and their numbers are alarming — are often expelled.” The news agency notes, “Teenage pregnancy rates remain high in South Africa,…

Early Treatment Of HIV-Positive Infants Might Allow Later Therapy Interruptions, Study Shows

According to results from the long-running CHER trial published online in The Lancet, HIV-positive “[c]hildren who began an immediate course of [antiretroviral (ARV)] drugs were able to interrupt their treatment, giving them a break from the powerful, potentially toxic drugs,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports (8/21). “‘Breaks’ from HIV treatment could help…

Number Of Child Refugees Fleeing Syria Reaches 1M, U.N. Reports

“The number of children among refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war has reached one million, the United Nations said” Friday, Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Yoon, 8/23). “Roughly half of all the nearly two million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of…

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