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India Looks To Eliminate Measles Following Success With Polio

NPR: After Ending Polio, India Turns To Stop Another Childhood Killer “…On Thursday, health officials declared India — and the entire Southeast Asia region — free of polio. … It also means that India, for the first time, has the tools and infrastructure to tackle other childhood diseases. At the…

Improved Pneumonia Vaccine, Health Monitoring Systems Could Reduce Child Deaths In Kenya

IRIN: Pneumonia vaccine shows promise in Kenya “Better uptake of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in children under five alongside more robust health monitoring systems at community level could help stem pneumonia related-deaths in children in Kenya: 20 percent of deaths in children under five are attributable to the…

Health Workers Say Water Shortages Contribute To Rotavirus Infections In Cameroon

VOA News: Cameroon Medics Battle Rotavirus “In the past 12 months, thousands of children in Cameroon have died of severe diarrhea caused by rotavirus, with thousands more said to be hospitalized. Although the United Nations has come in to help with a vaccine, local medics say the situation is difficult,…

U.K. Aims To Advance Women’s Human Rights By Eliminating FGM, Child Marriage

Devex: Girls and women transforming their future Justine Greening, U.K. secretary of state for international development “…In too many communities and countries, simply being born a girl is enough to define and limit what you can achieve in your life. If we are to give girls and women a chance…

Canadian PM Harper Makes Maternal, Child Health a Priority

Canadian Press/GlobalPost: Expert says Harper’s kids and moms priority a good one “[Canadian] Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to host international talks later this spring on child and maternal health is a crucial step towards eradicating preventable diseases that still kill children, says an international health group…” (3/27).

PRI’s ‘The World’ Reports On Impacts Of Obstetric Fistula

PRI’s “The World”: Scarred by childbirth, mothers are finding help to heal and start over “…Obstetric fistula affects hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa. For many, it is far more than a physical ailment. It can turn them into outcasts…” (Kelto, 3/24).

Economic Growth Not Strongly Associated With Improved Child Nutrition, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in the Lancet Global Health examining the association between economic growth and child undernutrition. NPR: A Booming Economy Doesn’t Save Children From Malnutrition “Lack of food is the leading cause of child death worldwide, killing 3.1 million children each year and accounting for…

Proper Nutrition In First 1,000 Days Is Critical To Our Future

Huffington Post: The 1,000 Day Investment for Our Future Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger “…Hunger and malnutrition can stake their claim in the lives of the next generation before they ever take their first breaths. Without proper foods and nourishment, a mother may…

’1,000 Days’ Engages Individuals With Online ‘March For Nutrition’ Campaign

The Guardian: March for Nutrition 1,000 Days Campaign “… Researchers have identified the first 1,000 days of a child’s life — from a woman’s pregnancy through a child’s 2nd birthday — as a critical window of time that sets the stage for a person’s intellectual development and lifelong health. We…