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‘Safe, Economical, And Effective’ Emergency Contraceptives Can Benefit Pakistanis

Huffington Post: Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The misunderstood savior for Pakistan? Farahnaz Zahidi, writer, editor, media trainer, and communications expert “…[The Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)] is a safe, economical, and effective method of contraception. It has very few side-effects and can be used more than once with the consultation of a…

International Partners Must Accelerate Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Newborn, Child Deaths

Bangkok Post: Upholding the rights of newborns Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the WHO Southeast Asia “…WHO has been prioritizing ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in the Southeast Asia Region. … Accelerating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health would require governments to ensure sufficient, sustainable, and…

Global Community Must Invest In Syria’s Health Care Workers, System

The Guardian: We must not let Syria’s health service fail Rola Hallam, medical director for Hand in Hand for Syria, and Donna McKay, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights “…As world leaders meet this week in London to address the spiraling refugee crisis, stopping the wholesale destruction of Syria’s…

World Should Encourage, Support Breastfeeding

Huffington Post: Breastfeeding can save lives and boost the economy — but mothers need more support Flavia Bustreo, WHO assistant director general for family, women’s, and children’s health, and vice chair of the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Reaching the global breastfeeding target will require rapid progress, but experience…

Governments Must ‘Take Lead’ On Ending Childhood Obesity

Newsweek: Ending Childhood Obesity is a Global Challenge Sania Nishtar and Peter Gluckman, co-chairs of the WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity “…[O]nly a concerted whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach can hope to stem the rise in obesity. … [G]overnments must show leadership because the sectors involved are much broader than…

Expanding Global Response To Pediatric TB Critical To Advancing Child Health

International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Out of the shadows: shining a light on children with tuberculosis Eric Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis “…In order to contribute to the overall improvements in child health, we must change the way pediatric TB is identified and treated. Critically,…

Opinion Pieces, Letter To Editor Address Zika Virus Response

New York Times: Room for Debate: How to Stop the Spread of Zika Multiple authors “The World Health Organization is warning that the Zika virus, believed to cause brain abnormalities in infants, is ‘spreading explosively’ in the Americas, and that four million people could become infected by the end of…