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Ending FGM, Child Marriage Depends On Increased Momentum, Support

Huffington Post: Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere Patrick Davies, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Washington “…We know that this campaign [to end female genital mutilation and child marriage] can’t be driven by government action alone. I firmly believe we can all play a part…

News Outlets Report On U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Discuss Health-Related Issues Facing Africa

As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, taking place in Washington, D.C., continues, news outlets report on the summit’s proceedings and discuss health-related issues facing Africa. The Hill: Attacking ‘a hidden, deadly’ issue “More than 250,000 women die each year in Africa from maternal complications, constituting 51 percent of the world’s maternal deaths. Preventing maternal and…

GHTC Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: Drug-resistant malaria, MDGs, World Breastfeeding Week, LHHS appropriations, and more Nick Taylor, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights “some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week” (8/4).

Nigeria Approves Funding For Maternal, Child Health

The Guardian/AllAfrica: Nigeria: Govt Approves Subsidies for Pregnant Women, Children, Health Care Funding “The federal government has approved the implementation of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) subsidy funding for pregnant women and children under the age of five year[s]. The measure is aimed at enlarging the number of beneficiaries of the…

UNICEF Promotes Breastfeeding Campaign

U.N. News Centre: U.N. promotes ‘effective’ breastfeeding, aims to cut on breast-milk substitutes “The United Nations children’s agency [Monday] said it is working with governments, the private sector, and local communities to make it easier for women to breastfeed their infants, and to end false marketing of breast milk substitutes…”…

News Outlets Recognize World Breastfeeding Week

News outlets report on World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place August 1-7. AllAfrica/South Africa News: South Africa: Breastfeeding Week Gets Underway “As World Breastfeeding Week kicks off today, the Department of Health [in South Africa] has encouraged families, communities, and employers to provide a supportive environment for mothers to breastfeed…”…

Health Workers Vaccinate Children In Pakistan, Despite Death Threats

NPR: Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains “…Being a front-line health worker usually isn’t controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. The Taliban went on an offensive against polio immunization in 2012 after it became clear that the CIA used a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to…

Child Marriage Won’t End Without Proper M&E Of Programs

Huffington Post: Child Marriage Won’t End Until We Start Documenting What Actually Works: Advocates Agnes Odhiambo, senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch “…Part of the problem [regarding child marriage] has been a lack of documentation and evaluation of existing programs to end child marriage, so there is little…

UNICEF Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week 2014

UNICEF: A letter from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2014 Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, discusses the importance of breastfeeding in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place August 1-7 (8/1).

U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit Should Focus On Establishing Maternal, Child Health Plan

The Hill: Concentrate on Africa’s Children Mark Shriver, senior vice president for strategic initiatives with Save the Children, and Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete “…The U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit on August 5 and 6 offers an opportunity to boldly commit to prioritizing maternal, newborn and child survival in Africa. The good…