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Countdown To 2015 Initiative Releases Report Detailing Progress On Maternal, Newborn, Child Health

“Progress on maternal, newborn and child health, in the 75 highest-burden countries, most in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where more than 95 percent of all maternal and child deaths occur, has been laid out in a new 220-page report, ‘Building a Future for Women and Children,’ which is published by the Countdown to 2015 initiative,” a Countdown to 2015 press release reports. “Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010,” the press release states. It details a number of the key findings from the report and notes that the report’s release “coincides with a two-day [Child Survival Call to Action] forum to chart a course toward the end of preventable child deaths, taking place June 14-15 in Washington, D.C.” (6/13).

The Guardian Examines Results Of Countdown To 2015 Report, Provides Interactive Map

“More than 50 countries look set to miss both Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for cutting mortality rates for young children and mothers by the 2015 deadline, according to” the Countdown to 2015 report, “Building a Future for Women and Children,” released by the WHO on Wednesday, the Guardian reports. “The Countdown report echoes many findings of the WHO’s World Health Statistics 2012 survey, published last month, which found that although improvements in the poorest areas have accelerated, ‘large variations in health … persist both between and within countries,'” the newspaper notes. The Guardian goes on to detail the key findings of the report and provides a link to an interactive map of key indicators for progress on health-related MDGs (6/14).

African Heads Of State Meet To Address Maternal Mortality, MDG 5 Goal

African “heads of state gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit met at a side event on Sunday, Jan. 27 to renew their commitment to reducing the maternal mortality rate on the continent,” Inter Press Service reports. The news service notes the 2009 launch of CARMMA,…

Post-2015 Development Goals Should Address Shortcomings Of Current MDGs

“Later this week, a group of 26 people will meet in Liberia to discuss how the world should tackle global development challenges over the next decade or two,” Ben Leo, global policy director of the ONE Campaign, writes in a TrustLaw opinion piece. “The so-called High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons…

Alleviation Of Global Hunger An Urgent Agenda For World Leaders In 2013

“The fact that an inexpensive and readily treatable condition that affects 868 million people, kills 2.3 million children per year, and was targeted as a Millennium Development Goal, should remain uncontrolled year after year is as shocking as it is shameful,” a Lancet editorial writes about global hunger. “Moreover, that…

Women, Girls Central To Global Health, Development Agendas

Noting the U.N. Millennium Development Goals created in 2000 and the process to determine development goals for 2030, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[W]e have seen the importance of investing in women and girls and keeping them at…

High-Level Panel On Post-2015 Development Agenda Wraps Up Second Meeting

The U.N. Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda wrapped up its second meeting on Friday in Monrovia, Liberia, with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a co-chair of the panel, “say[ing] it is possible to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide within our generation,” Liberia’s The Inquirer reports. Cameron co-chairs the panel with…

Learning From Development, Global Health Failures Critical For Program Successes

Noting that many development agencies and organizations publicly “documen[t] their triumphs and innovations,” Sam Loewenberg, a 2012 Nieman Foundation global health reporting fellow at Harvard University, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Global health and development projects frequently go off course, and it’s not unusual for them to fail…