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With Funding Secured, Malaria Vaccine Pilots Set To Begin In Africa In 2018, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says funds secured for Africa pilots of world’s first malaria vaccine “Funding for phase one of pilot deployments of the world’s first malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa has been secured and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Kelland, 11/17). U.N.…

Puerto Rico Expects 1K Fewer Births In 2016 Due In Part To Zika Virus, Official Says

Wall Street Journal: Puerto Rico Births Projected to Decline “Puerto Rico is expecting about 1,000 fewer babies to be born this year than originally forecast, due in part to the Zika virus, a government official said Thursday. … Birth data offer potential clues about how women of childbearing age across…

Closing Gaps In Measles Vaccination Coverage Should Be Priority For Governments, Particularly In U.S.

The Lancet: Measles vaccination: global progress, local challenges Editorial Board “On Nov. 10, 2016, Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination — Worldwide, 2000-2015, was published jointly by UNICEF, WHO, Gavi, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The publication reports on progress made towards achieving U.N. Millennium Development Goal…

Some Civil Society Groups, Experts Push For China To Allow Single Women To Give Birth

New York Times: With Fertility Rate in China Low, Some Press to Legalize Births Outside Marriage “…Last week, three civil society groups in the southern city of Guangzhou issued a report calling for greater reproductive freedom for single women to counter the country’s low fertility rate. The issue also affects…

Financial Times Publishes Special Report On Maternal, Child Health

Financial Times: Special Report: Maternal and Child Health “The problem of how to reduce the number of maternal and child deaths around the world remains a confounding one. Despite the existence of simple innovations that have been proven to save lives, governments and development workers have struggled to implement change.”…

WHO Panel To Reassess ZIka’s Designation As Global Public Health Emergency

STAT: Is Zika still a public health emergency? “On Nov. 20, 2015, the World Health Organization warned the spread of Zika virus in Brazil might be responsible for a surge in the birth of babies born with tiny heads and underdeveloped brains. On Friday, almost a year to the day…

Gates Foundation Announces Grand Challenges Explorations Awardees, Focused On Family Planning, Child Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: From Assessing Family Planning Needs to Accelerating Drug Development for Childhood Diarrhea — Big Ideas from Grand Challenges Explorations Latest Awardees Steven Buchsbaum, deputy director, and Rebekah Neal, program officer, both with discovery and translational sciences in the Global Health Program of the…

Women In Zika-Affected Areas Need Access To Contraceptive Options, Experts Say

The Guardian: Global health leaders failing women in Zika-hit areas, experts warn “Public health experts are warning that the failure of global health agencies to challenge political and religious resistance to contraception in Zika-affected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean is leading to a humanitarian crisis for women. ……

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