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Africans, Leaders Can Create ‘Better Future’ For African Continent

Washington Post: Africa is on the rise, and we need to help make sure it continues John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state “The best untold story of the last decade may be the story of Africa. … HIV infections are down nearly 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and malaria deaths…

International Day Of The Midwife, Hand Hygiene Day Recognized On May 5

May 5 marks the International Day of the Midwife. “In 2014 the new subtheme ‘Midwives changing the world one family at a time’ sends a strong signal that midwives provide care that changes families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies,” according to a statement…

5M Children Projected To Face Acute Malnutrition In Sahel

Agence France-Presse: 5 million children in Africa’s Sahel face acute malnutrition “Aid operations need urgent funding in north Africa’s Sahel region where five million children face the prospect of acute malnutrition, U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said…” (4/30).

First 1,000 Days Of Life Critical To Healthy Childhood Development

The Atlantic: 1,000 Days: The Period That Decides the Health and Wealth of the World “For years, ensuring good nutrition during the first 1,000 days was largely absent from national and global development priorities. … But a growing body of research shows that success in primary school depends on good…

Individuals, Private Sector Should Donate More To Reduce Child Mortality

Huffington Post: The World’s 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It Nick Pearson, founder of 1% for Humanity Listing the top 10 countries with the highest child mortality levels as a percentage of their population, Pearson writes, “It can confidently be estimated that only a…

Global Health Research Initiative To Fund MCH Research In Africa

SciDev.Net: Fund to improve African maternal, child health launched “The Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) plans to fund leading African and Canadian researchers to find solutions aimed at improving health systems for mothers and children in sub-Saharan Africa…” (Achia, 4/30).

U.S. Committed To Meeting Needs Of Women, Girls Affected By Syrian Conflict

Carla Koppell, chief strategy officer, and Allison Salyer, gender adviser with the USAID Task Force on Syria, write in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the agency’s efforts to meet the needs of women and girls affected by ongoing conflict in Syria. “…USAID has stepped up commitments to meet the needs of women…

U.N. Calls Upon Countries In SE Asia To Coordinate Action For MCH

Jakarta Post: WHO calls for coordinated action to save mothers, children “Three world agencies — the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) — call upon countries in Southeast Asia to ensure the survival of and improved quality of…

‘Collective Action’ Can Help Improve MCH In Kenya

Huffington Post: Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time: Maternal Health in Kenya Abbas Gullet, secretary general of the Kenyan Red Cross, and Siddharth Chatterjee, representative at UNFPA Kenya “…As we race towards the Millennium Development Goals, [Kenya] is set to meet many of the development targets by 2015. On…

Investing In WASH Will Lead To Improved Maternal, Child Health

The Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat” blog discusses links between maternal health and WASH, referencing a meta-analysis that concludes “women living in poor sanitation environments are three times as likely to die from maternal health-related issues compared to women who do not, while women living under poor…

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