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Midwives Can Prevent Two-Thirds Of Maternal, Newborn Deaths, U.N. Report Says

Media outlets highlight a new U.N. report, titled “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014.” Humanosphere: Midwives can avert two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, says U.N. “…Increasing the number of midwives could prevent as many as two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths, says a new report released today by…

U.N. Launches Video Campaign To End Sexual Violence

U.N. News Centre: ‘It is time to act,’ Ban declares at launch of video campaign to end sexual violence “Speaking at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual violence through gender equality, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that it is time to demand action to eliminate a scourge…

Declining Aid, Ongoing Conflict Leave Millions Hungry In DRC

News outlets continue coverage on the humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). U.N. News Centre: Insecurity, funding shortfall leaves millions hungry in DR Congo — U.N. “Senior United Nations officials for the Great Lakes region of Africa are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to draw…

Midwifery Report Provides Outline To Broaden Maternal, Child Health Care In LMICs

The following opinion pieces address the availability of midwifery care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as the “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014” report. Huffington Post: Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360, and Patsy Bailey, senior scientist with…

‘World Needs To Ensure’ Women, Infants Survive Pregnancy, Childbirth

Huffington Post: Healthy Babies Michael Møller, acting director general of United Nations Office at Geneva “…Babies should be born healthy and the world needs to ensure this happens. … The public launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan will be in Johannesburg at the end of June. Experts here in…

Letter Asks U.N. SG Not To Appoint Ugandan Official As Head Of General Assembly

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: With Uganda foreign minister set to lead United Nations General Assembly, human rights, HIV treatment advocates urge action Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses an open letter addressed to…

Somalia’s Food Security Situation Worsens As Country Experiences Late Rains

U.N. News Centre: Late rains give rise to concerns about harvest prospects, food security in Somalia — U.N. “The United Nations today voiced increasing concern over the food security situation in Somalia, as food stocks from the previous harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply, and the country…

Improved Basic Sanitation Critical For Safety Of Women, Girls

The Guardian: Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid; Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International; Corinne Woods, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign; and Nick Alipui director of programs at UNICEF “Two teenage girls have been…

June 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The theme of the June 2014 WHO Bulletin is BRICS and global health. The issue includes several editorials, news stories, and research and policy papers on the topic (June 2014).

U.N., World Bank Leaders Urge World To Invest In MCH At Summit

News outlets report on the final day of the Saving Every Mother Every Child summit, held last week in Canada. Canadian Press/Huffington Post Canada: Maternal Health Summit: Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary General, Urges Canada To Boost Foreign Aid “The secretary general of the United Nations is calling on Canada to…