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Indonesia Must Make Expensive Changes To Lower Maternal, Child Mortality, Report Says

New York Times: Indonesia Urged to Spend to Make Birth Less Risky “If Indonesia wants to better its ’embarrassingly suboptimal performance’ in deaths of newborns and their mothers, it will have to make far-reaching and expensive changes in its health care system, American and Indonesian experts say in a new…

More Than 1M Babies Die On Their First Day Of Life, Save The Children Reports

News outlets report on the new Save the Children report, titled “Ending Newborn Deaths” (.pdf). ABC News Australia: Developing nations urged to support mothers giving birth “The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report…

U.S., U.N. Officials Urge Syria To Allow Unfettered Humanitarian Aid Access

News outlets highlight comments from U.S. and U.N. officials on the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria, where the U.N. and its partners say an entire generation of children is at risk. The Hill’s “Floor Action”: Kaine: ‘World will be watching’ if Syria blocks humanitarian aid “Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)…

Gates Foundation, Former Sen. Frist To Cooperate On Maternal, Child Health Initiative

The Tennessean: Gates Foundation teams with former Sen. Bill Frist “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is teaming with a local non-profit founded by former Sen. Bill Frist to promote women’s health in developing countries. Frist announced the partnership Monday. The Gates Foundation will focus on a new initiative spearheaded…

Blog Post Explores Caesarean Section Delivery Rates Worldwide

Writing in the Health Affairs Blog, Christine Spencer, an associate professor and executive director of the School of Health and Human Services at the College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore, explores global caesarean section delivery rates. “…World experience with caesarean deliveries provides an opportunity for cross-national learning in the…

PRI’s ‘The World’ Launches Multimedia Series On Pregnancy, Childbirth Worldwide

PRI’s “The World” has launched a multimedia series, titled “The Ninth Month,” that explores pregnancy and childbirth across cultures and continents. PRI’s “The World”: In Nepal, the manual labor doesn’t stop for expectant mothers “…It is common here for women to do backbreaking work in the fields, but Januka is…

UNICEF Launches $2.2B Appeal To Aid Children In Crisis Situations

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF launches record $2.2 billion aid appeal to help children in emergencies “The United Nations today launched a $2.2 billion appeal to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations, the majority of whom are in and around war-torn Syria. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ‘Humanitarian Action…

AIDS Expert Calls For Universal HIV Testing For Children In Zimbabwe

Thomson Reuters Foundation: HIV-positive teens dying after hospitals and guardians fail to test them “Thousands of HIV-positive children are suffering and dying unnecessarily because of late diagnosis, a Zimbabwe-based expert on HIV/AIDS said, calling for universal testing of children entering health facilities in high prevalence countries…” (Migiro, 2/19).

Lancet Infectious Diseases Reports On Impact Of Diarrheal Diseases In Pakistan

Lancet Infectious Diseases: Childhood diarrhea in Pakistan “Statistics on Pakistan’s burden of diarrheal diseases are hard to come by. The country’s disease surveillance mechanisms are woefully inadequate. Nor is there a working civil registration system for births and deaths. Still, estimates suggest that roughly 45,000 children are killed by diarrhea…

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