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Opinion Pieces Discuss Gavi Pledges, Organization’s Next Steps In Supporting Childhood Immunizations Worldwide

Devex: Equity, accountability key next steps after Gavi replenishment Patrick Bertrand, executive director of Global Health Advocates France, and Jack Ndegwa, vaccines advocacy manager for the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium; both members of the Gavi Civil Society Steering Committee and the ACTION global health advocacy partnership “…ACTION — an international…

Despite Improvements In Somalia’s Hunger Levels, 730K Face Acute Food Insecurity, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: U.N. “Over 38,000 Somali children are at ‘high risk’ from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, U.N. experts said Thursday…” (1/29). U.N. News Centre: U.N. forecasts ‘worrisome’ 2015 outlook on humanitarian front for…

Relaxation Of One-Child Policy In Shanghai Prompting Few Women To Have Second Child

New York Times: In Shanghai, Easing of One-Child Rule Isn’t Seen as Cure for Challenges Ahead “…With one of the lowest fertility rates in China and the country’s fastest-aging population, the city is growing anxious about the demographic and social welfare challenges ahead, researchers say. Under relaxed family planning rules…

Upcoming Delhi Conference Presents Opportunity To Review, Strengthen Global Strategy For Women, Children, Adolescents

The Lancet: Women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health: who will lead? Editorial Board “…In less than a month in Delhi, India (Feb. 26–27), a consultation will take place on transitioning the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-15) into a post-2015 environment. … Although these changes should ensure a much…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses closing the treatment gap for children with HIV, the role of midwives in efforts to eliminate malaria in Myanmar, and the Fund’s 2015 strategic review (1/29).

UNICEF Appeals For Record $3.1B To Help Children In Humanitarian Emergencies

Thomson Reuters Foundation: UNICEF makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis “The U.N. Children’s Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a ‘new generation’ of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it…

USAID Report Addresses Maternity Care, Midwives’ Working Conditions

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: USAID Tackles Respectful Maternity Care, Better Working Conditions for Midwives Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, discusses a new report from USAID, a follow-up to its June 2014 report titled “Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action.” She writes, “We are…

Gates Foundation CEO Discusses Goal Of Reducing Maternal Mortality By Two-Thirds By 2030

Scientific American: Gates CEO: Let’s Shrink Maternal Mortality In a Scientific American podcast, “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann talks about some of what needs to be done to make a reality of the foundation’s aspiration to cut maternal mortality by two-thirds by 2030…” (Mirsky/DiChristina, 1/27).