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Investments In Reproductive Health Will Save Lives

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of investments in reproductive health. Wall Street Journal: How Investing in Reproductive Health Could Pay Off Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth “Every day, 800 women and girls around the world die of pregnancy and childbirth complications. … Access to…

The Lancet Publishes Series On Midwifery

The Lancet: The power of midwifery Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, and Olaya Astudillo, assistant editor at The Lancet “Midwifery is commonly misunderstood. The Series of four papers and five Comments we publish today sets out to correct that misunderstanding. … As governments slowly come to an agreement about…

Save The Children Commends U.S. Senators For Introduction Of Maternal, Child Health Bill

Save the Children: Save the Children Action Network Applauds U.S. Senators Coons, Graham and Cardin for the Introduction of the Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014 “Save the Children Action Network applauds U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), all members…

Trial Examines Method To Improve Maternal, Newborn Care

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Saving lives in childbirth: do we have a game changer? Mariam Claeson, director of the maternal, newborn, and child health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Atul Gawande, surgeon, writer, and public health researcher; and Aparajita Ramakrishnan, deputy director of the…

During Travel To India, Bill And Melinda Gates Discuss Global Health Efforts

News outlets report on Bill and Melinda Gates’s visit this week to India. Hindustan Times: Bill Gates shares Modi vision of affordable toilets “Having stepped down as chairman and then turning to a ‘technology adviser’ for Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, he now spends his time trying to save people…

Drug Mix-Up Caused Deaths Of Syrian Children; Opposition Coalition To Issue Final Report

News outlets report on the vaccine mix-up in Syria that led to the death of at least 15 young children. Forbes: Vaccine Mix-Up In Syria Not Uncommon In U.S., Canada “…A preliminary investigation by the National Coalition revealed that instead of the measles vaccine, the infants received atracurium, a neuromuscular…

Study Shows 40% Of Pregnancies Worldwide Are Unintended

Guttmacher Institute: New Study Finds That 40% Of Pregnancies Worldwide Are Unintended “Of the 213 million pregnancies that occurred worldwide in 2012, 40 percent — about 85 million — were unintended, about the same proportion as in 2008, when 42 percent of all pregnancies globally were unintended. The new study,…

WHO To Investigate Vaccine Mix-Up That Killed At Least 15 Children In Syria

News outlets report on the death of at least 15 Syrian children after they were administered a contaminated measles vaccine. Associated Press: 15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations “At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days…

Maternal Mortality Improves In Afghanistan Despite Poor Public Health System

Inter Press Service: Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan “…Many women have no other option than to rely on public services, and the result speaks volumes about Afghanistan’s commitment to maternal health: some 460 deaths per 100,000 live births give the country one of the four worst…

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