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Global Efforts To Address Malnutrition Should Factor In Immunization

“On Red Nose Day, we are reminded of the famine in Ethiopia that triggered the first Comic Relief, over 25 years ago,” and “as we reflect, we now know that the link between malnutrition and infectious disease makes for a particularly vicious circle,” Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance,…

Saving Mothers, Giving Life Program Beginning To Draw Attention, Blogs Report

Noting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in June 2012 “announced a new partnership to address the persistent burden of maternal mortality, called Saving Mothers, Giving Life,” which aims “to reduce maternal mortality by 50 percent in eight districts in Zambia and Uganda in just one year,” Karen Grepin, assistant…

UNICEF Report Warns Syrian Conflict Creating ‘Lost Generation’ Of Children

“The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a ‘lost generation’ of millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report [.pdf] released Tuesday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper, the report states, “In Syria, children have been exposed to grave human rights violations, including killing and…

Many Challenges Exist To Delivering Proven Interventions For Preventing Pediatric HIV Infections

Last week’s “scientific report on the ‘functional cure’ of an HIV-infected infant has set the world’s media ablaze with discussion and speculation,” Randal Kuhn, director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Benjamin Young, chief medical officer of the International Association…

IRIN Examines Impact Of HIV Funding On National Health Care Systems

In an article in its “Building Resilience” series, IRIN examines the impact of HIV funding on health care systems in developing countries, writing, “Some have argued that the AIDS epidemic has helped generate an overall increase in health funding and mobilized an international push for more equitable health care access. But others…

Prevention Remains Best Method To Stop Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

“If confirmed by further analysis,” the case of a Mississippi infant being cured of HIV “would be the first time a person has been cured with simple drug treatments, making a lifetime of antiviral therapy unnecessary,” a New York Times editorial states. Born to an HIV-positive mother who did not receive HIV treatment during…

India Needs Political Leadership, Resources To Ensure Children’s Right To Health

“India is making positive strides in reducing child mortality through new policies and ambitious programs, but preventing the deaths of millions of children remains one of the country’s greatest challenges,” health expert and blogger John Butler writes in the Wall Street Journals “India Real Time” blog, noting, “Roughly 1.7 million…

Community-Led Engagement, Greater Access Needed To End Polio

“While the challenges we face in the last polio reservoirs are difficult, they are not intractable,” Bekele Geleta, secretary general of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in an AlertNet opinion piece. “To end polio forever, we must answer a critical question: what is the…

Measles Epidemic Affecting Tens Of Thousands Of Children In DRC, MSF Warns

“A measles epidemic has affected tens of thousands of children in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), overwhelming health facilities, says medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),” IRIN reports. “‘Most health centers are either not functional, out of medical stocks or inaccessible for the majority of the population. Many children die in…

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