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Countries Worldwide Should End Total Abortion Bans; U.S. ‘Must Continue To Stand Alongside Nations To Improve’ Health, Lives Of Women Globally

Miami Herald: El Salvador, Dominican Republic can stop sending pregnant women to their deaths U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) “…Trump’s broad [Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance] directive hinders the substantial good of U.S. humanitarian efforts. Moreover, the [directive, also called the Mexico City policy or global gag rule,] takes…

Engaging Youth, Policymakers Can Help Bring Sustainable Improvements For Child Well-Being Worldwide

Devex: Opinion: Sustainable change begins with listening Anne Lynam Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund International, and Leslie Gamero, country director for ChildFund International Honduras “For 80 years, ChildFund International has worked to improve the well-being of children worldwide, evolving its approach according to children’s needs and the context they live in.…

Advocates Worry Decline In Funding Will Follow Drop In Child Marriage Prevalence

Devex: With improvements in child marriage fight, some fear a funding drop “…While this decline [in child marriage prevalence] of more than one-third has drawn praise, it also doesn’t fully represent the realties on the ground, according to groups that focus on child marriage. And some fear the rare positive…

U.N., Partners Urgently Request $111M In Humanitarian Funding For DPR Korea

U.N. News: DPR Korea: U.N. says $111 million needed to provide life-saving aid, tackle malnutrition “The United Nations and its partners are urgently requesting $111 million in humanitarian funding to assist millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including children whose growth has been stunted because…

El Salvador Must Reform Abortion Ban To Support Efforts To Reduce Maternal Mortality

The Conversation: The unspeakable cruelty of El Salvador’s abortion laws Lisa Kowalchuk, associate professor at the University of Guelph “…In El Salvador, the clock is ticking towards a May 1, 2018, deadline for reform that would decriminalize abortion in two situations: When the life of the pregnant woman is in…

New U.N. 10-Step Guidance Encourages Health Facilities To Support Exclusive Breastfeeding For All Infants, Ideally For 2 Years

Reuters: Hospitals must support breastfeeding which saves lives — WHO, UNICEF “Babies, even those who are premature, underweight, or sickly, should be exclusively breastfed, from the maternity ward and ideally for two years, the U.N. agencies said on Wednesday…” (Nebehay, 4/11). U.N. News: U.N.’s advice for hospitals: Help mothers breastfeed…

U.N., Partners To Vaccinate 1B People In Africa Against Yellow Fever

U.N. News: U.N.-backed campaign to protect nearly a billion people in Africa from yellow fever by 2026 “Amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners, has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African…

More News In Global Health

Agence France-Presse: ‘Emergency’ malnutrition in Rohingya refugee kids: study (4/10). Al Jazeera: The plight of Pakistan’s Lady Health Workers (Adil, 4/10). BBC News: Tanzania launches early-age cervical cancer vaccine (4/10). CIDRAP News: MERS studies spotlight infections in health workers, kids (Schnirring, (4/10). The Guardian: Africa’s unsung scientists finally get their…

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