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South Sudan Conflict Causes Surge In Malnutrition, Aid To Fall Short

News outlets report on the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and its worsening hunger and aid crisis. Agence France-Presse/News24: At least 7 million need aid in Sudan “Worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing…

Mobile Reminders Help Pregnant Women, Mothers In Ghana Keep Health Care Appointments

BBC News: Joining up Ghana’s health care to save lives “…[Pregnant women in Ghana are being] reminded about their appointment[s] by messages sent to a mobile phone, through a system called Mobile Midwife. … Mobile Midwife is part of the Ghana mobile technology for community health (Motech Ghana) initiative –…

Poor Sanitation In India Contributes To Childhood Malnutrition

New York Times: Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition “…Now, an emerging body of scientific studies suggest that … many of the 162 million children under the age of five in the world who are malnourished are suffering less a lack of food than poor sanitation…”…

Women’s Rights Activists Push To End FGM In Gambia

Inter Press Service: Time to “Drop the Knife” for FGM in The Gambia “Women’s rights activists in the Gambia are insisting that more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness should be sufficient to move the government to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice remains widespread in this…

World Must Address Reproductive Rights For Women, Girls

Devex: On World Population Day, a startling picture for women and girls Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW — Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung “…[O]n World Population Day, we must acknowledge that we are failing the 500 million girls in low- and middle-income countries. If we are to properly address the challenges…

Malaria Interventions During Pregnancy Help Prevent Cases, Deaths, RBM Report Shows

News outlets discuss a new report from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership on the impact of malaria interventions on maternal and child health. The Guardian/IPP Media: Roll Back Malaria campaign averts 94,000 newborn deaths “A newly released report by the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership [shows malaria interventions during pregnancy…

Evaluation Helps Understand Factors Influencing Child, Maternal Mortality

Humanosphere: Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why Katie Leach-Kemon, a Humanosphere contributor and policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses the importance of evaluation to help understand the factors contributing to reductions in child and maternal mortality…

Experimental Dengue Vaccine Shows Positive Results In Study Among Asian Children

News outlets report on a study that finds an experimental dengue vaccine shows promising results in clinical trials. Bloomberg Businessweek: Dengue Vaccine Shows Promise Against 3 Out of 4 Viruses “The most advanced experimental vaccine against dengue protected some children against the disease in a study, though a more effective…