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Twitter Chat Examines Global Newborn Health

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, recaps a Twitter chat about global newborn health with Gary Darmstadt, director of family health at the Gates Foundation. “A robust online conversation between Social Good Moms, experts, researchers, bloggers,…

Challenges Of Access Remain Under Kenya’s Free Maternity Services

“Kenyans welcomed with excitement when President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that maternity fees for mothers who deliver in public hospitals be abolished” on June 1, but “the celebrative mood was short lived as people started to realize that the challenges go far beyond a waived fee,” Xinhua reports. “While hailing it…

Addressing Malnutrition ‘In India And Beyond’

Purnima Menon, a research fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and Venkatesh Mannar, president of the Ottawa-based Micronutrient Initiative (MI), both co-authors of The Lancet 2013 Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “The Lancet series outlines the…

PEPFAR Achievements Deserve Applaud, But More Focus Should Be Afforded To Meeting Contraceptive Needs Of Women Living With HIV

“In recent weeks, global health policymakers, implementers, advocates and others have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of [PEPFAR],” Ward Cates, president emeritus with FHI 360; Rose Wilcher, a technical adviser with the research utilization team at FHI 360; and Heidi Reynolds, deputy director for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases for…

India Moving Forward With National Food Security Law

“India has decided to introduce one of the most ambitious food aid programs ever attempted, adding the right to food to others enshrined in Indian law such as free speech and equality of all citizens,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh … pushed through…

World Bank Announces $700M Bond Issuance For GAVI Alliance Immunization Programs

“Millions of children in the world’s poorest countries stand to benefit from a $700 million bond issue, whose proceeds will help fund immunization programs by the GAVI Alliance,” a World Bank press release reports. “The transaction — with buyers on five continents — was by far the largest by the…

Doctors Face Challenges In Treating Drug-Resistant TB Among Children

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” on Tuesday reported on the challenges of treating children with tuberculosis (TB), particularly drug-resistant TB, a “growing epidemic.” TB drugs are not designed for children, which “means they aren’t packaged in smaller doses, and may not even have been tested for child-specific effectiveness…

Researchers Developing Clinical Trial To Evaluate Early Infant Treatment As HIV Cure

Nature News examines ongoing research efforts into an HIV cure, writing, “At a symposium on HIV cure research on 29 June at the International AIDS Society’s biennial meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, investigators will describe how they are racing to design a clinical trial to test whether [aggressive treatment begun within…

Commonwealth Of Nations Must Develop Plan To End Child Marriage

“Child marriage is a devastating human rights violation that has robbed, and continues to rob, millions of girls of their childhood,” as the practice “forces them out of education and into a life of poor prospects, with increased risk of violence, abuse, ill health or an early death in childbirth,”…

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