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U.N. Report Shows Child Rights Violated In Conflict Situations

U.N. News Centre: Child rights being violated in conflict situations with total impunity, says U.N. official “The rights of children are being violated in conflict situations with total impunity, a United Nations official said today, as she presented a report on grave abuses committed against children in places such as…

Global Development Lab Act Introduced In Senate

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: USAID Global Development Lab bill introduced in Senate Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the USAID Global Development Lab bill that was introduced in the U.S. Senate in June and would authorize USAID “to expand public-private…

Antiretroviral Delivery Device For Newborns To Be Tested In Zambia

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: Zambia Could Be First Country to Distribute Pratt Pouch Nationally Kate Stratten, senior program manager at IntraHealth International, writes about the Pratt Pouch, a simple antiretroviral delivery system designed to enable HIV-positive mothers to administer nevirapine to their newborns following birth, and IntraHealth’s partnership with “Duke University’s Pratt…

Rwanda, Ethiopia Provide Examples Of How To Reduce Child Mortality

Inter Press Service: Looking to Africa’s LDCs to Learn How to Save the Lives of Millions of Mothers and their Babies “Every year, three million newborn babies and almost 6.6 million children under five die globally, but if the rest of the world looked towards the examples of two of…

Bangladesh Aims To Improve Maternal Health With Text, Voice Messages

IRIN: Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap “Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services…

Opinion Pieces Address Maternal, Child Health

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding maternal and child health. Huffington Post: Not Just Baby Steps: Global Action Gives All Newborns a Fighting Chance to Survive and Thrive Katie Taylor, deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health “…This week, USAID is joining a global movement to give…

‘Unsung Heroes’ Provide Hope For Children In War-Torn CAR

CNN: Why children in Central African Republic should matter to us all Mia Farrow, UNICEF goodwill ambassador “…Within Central African Republic, every system has crumbled. Malnutrition and disease stalk children. … Yet in the midst of this grim scenario, there are unsung heroes: Doctors and health workers are risking their…

Global Action Plan For Newborns Announced At MNCH Partners’ Forum

World Health Organization: Landmark global action plan outlines strategy to prevent 2.9 million newborn deaths “…New financial, policy, and private sector commitments to save newborn lives from 40 partners [are] to be announced at 2014 Partners’ Forum. Investments in quality care at birth could save the lives of three million…

Blog Posts Highlight Maternal, Child Health Efforts In Nepal, Rwanda

Two “Impatient Optimists” blog posts discuss maternal and child health. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: Saving Lives in Nepal Praveen Mishra, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population in Nepal, discusses factors that contribute to Nepal’s success in maternal and…

Sudanese Children Facing Crisis, UNICEF Says

Voice of America: U.N.: Millions of Sudan’s Children Facing Acute Crisis “The U.N. Children’s Fund said Sudan today is home to one of the biggest children’s crises in the world. UNICEF warns conflict, displacement, and underdevelopment are putting children at risk of death, disease, and disability…”