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USAID Commemorates, Highlights Key Global Health Achievements In 2015

Huffington Post: 2015 in Review: Commemorating a Year of Key Global Health Achievements Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID “…For the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the broader global health community alike, 2015 was a momentous year. Today, I…

Oral Polio Vaccines Pose Risk Of Outbreaks Among Inadequately Immunized Populations

Vox: We’ve almost eradicated polio. Ironically, a big threat now is vaccines. “The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, the horrible paralysis-inducing disease that primarily infects children. But the tail-end efforts are at risk from the very thing that made eradication programs a success: the vaccines themselves. ……

Saving Lives At Birth Announces Round 6 Of Grand Challenge For Development

Saving Lives at Birth: Round 6 Broad Agency Announcement “USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, to find the tools and approaches to help the mothers…

Blog Posts Discuss Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: USAID Delivers: Quality Care for Expectant Moms Results in Fewer Stillbirths Katie Taylor, deputy child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID and deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Global Health, discusses USAID’s commitment “to saving the lives of mothers and children,” including the agency’s involvement in The…

Gates, Dangote, President Buhari, Others Sign Agreements To Ensure Childhood Immunizations, Polio Eradication Efforts In Nigeria

African Independent Television: Bill Gates, Dangote Sign MoU With Nigerian Governors On Polio Eradication “Bill Gates, Alhaji Aliko Dangote in conjunction with northern states governors on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Routine Immunizations in Kaduna. The northern states that signed the agreement include, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto,…

El Salvador Health Officials Urge Women To Avoid Pregnancy Until 2018 Amid Zika Virus Spread

Reuters: El Salvador urges against pregnancies until 2018 as Zika virus spreads “El Salvador on Thursday urged women in the Central American nation to avoid getting pregnant until 2018 to avoid their children developing birth defects from the mosquito-borne Zika virus which has rampaged through the Americas…” (Renteria/Stargardter, 1/21).

UNICEF Issues $2.8B Appeal To Assist Children In Emergencies, Conflicts In 2016

News outlets report on various aspects of UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2016, which calls for $2.8 billion in aid. Agence France-Presse: One in nine children globally live in conflict zones: UNICEF “Some 250 million children — one in nine children worldwide — live in countries affected by violent conflicts,…

Near Universal Breastfeeding Could Prevent 800K Child Deaths Annually, Lancet Series Says

The Guardian: Breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 child deaths, Lancet says “If almost every mother breastfed her children it could prevent more than 800,000 child deaths a year, yet governments are failing to promote and support breastfeeding, with rates remaining far below international targets, new research has found. Poor government policies,…

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