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News Outlets Examine Biggest Global Health, Development Stories Of 2013

News outlets look back at the biggest global health and development stories of 2013. Lancet correspondent Tim Dehnel highlights challenges that arose this year in the global polio response, the emergence of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), the emergence of the H7N9 strain of bird flu in China, and advances…

Examining Pathway To Improve Survival Of Preterm Infants In Low-, Middle-Income Settings

“It is heartbreaking to know that there are low-cost interventions to manage preterm birth and care for preterm infants, but without enough frontline health workers and without implementation of known interventions, more than a million preterm babies die every year,” Sarah Alexander, the director of external relations at the Global…

Opinion Pieces Examine Health Needs Of Children During Holiday Season

The following is a summary of opinion pieces examining the needs of children around the world this holiday season. Marion Roche, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: Noting “[d]iarrhea remains the second leading cause of death in children under five years old” and “is also the leading cause of malnutrition in children…

Work To Stop Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission ‘In 2014 And Beyond’

Huffington Post: Reaching the Tipping Point on Pediatric AIDS Chip Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation “Through the leadership of Nelson Mandela and others, and the actions of countless individuals, South Africa reached a tipping point at which freedom, which once seemed impossible, became inevitable.…

Blogs Review Global Health In 2013

The following blogs review multiple global health issues addressed over 2013. The Gates Notes: Good News You Might Have Missed in 2013 “I thought I would share a different kind of list: some of the good news you might have missed. I’ve limited my list to global health and development,…

January 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The January issue of the WHO Bulletin features a news article on ending female genital mutilation, a research article on maternal health care in rural Zambia, and a policy and practice paper on designing drug regimens for drug-resistant TB, among other articles (January 2014).

PLOS Paper Examines Relationship Between Child Mortality Reductions, Foreign Aid

This paper by Eran Bendavid of the Stanford University School of Medicine, published in PLOS ONE, aimed “[t]o determine the extent to which the narrowing of child mortality across wealth gradients has been related to foreign aid to the health sector in low- and middle-income countries. … Foreign aid to…

More Effort Needed To Improve Myanmar’s Family Planning Services

IRIN: Burmese family planning left behind “Despite donor funding to advance Myanmar’s health care system, experts say more work is needed in life-saving family planning services, which have yet to receive the support they need. … At 200 deaths per 100,000 live births, Myanmar’s maternal mortality rate is one of…

Exclusive Breastfeeding Is Best, But Challenges Remain In Swaziland

Inter Press Service: Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland “…Exclusive breastfeeding — giving the baby nothing but breast milk — for six months is recommended by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), by [the Swaziland Infant Nutrition Action Network (SINAN)] and by the Ministry of Health. … Yet many…