Inter Press Service News Agency examines the prevalence of obstetric fistula in the southern region of Senegal. According to state reproductive health officials in the town of Kolda, 58 percent of births take place at home without medical assistance.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Doctors at a seminar at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday said that at the current rate, it will be impossible for Pakistan to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child mortality and maternal health by 2015, the International News reports.
Fox News examines a U.S.-supported program in Iraq that is equipping women with the skills they need to become nursing aids.
Health Community Should Welcome Human Rights Community’s Help With Reducing Maternal Deaths Efforts by the human rights community to reach the 2015 U.N. Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters “should be welcomed by the health community,” according to a Lancet editorial. “The health community must be willing…
In malaria-endemic areas, vitamin A supplements â€“ which cost about 2 U.S. cents each â€“ can help reduce infections in children by one-third, according to a study published in the Malaria Journal, IRIN reports
The New York Times examines a program being offered at an orphanage in Tanzania that provides emotional and physical support for newborns and young children who are at a high risk of death after losing their mothers in infancy.
Namibia’s recently released second MDG Report 2008 finds that the country is making progress toward achieving some of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.
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IRIN Examines Hardships Facing Parents, Guardians Of Children Living With HIV/AIDS IRIN examines the hardships parents and guardians of the estimated 170,000 Kenyan children currently infected with HIV often face. “Caregivers face the dilemma of how to disclose status to … [HIV-positive] children, and to whom,” as well as other…
The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a “landmark resolution” acknowledging that “preventable maternal mortality and morbidity” is a human rights issue and that national and international efforts to protect women worldwide should be scaled up, the Hudson Valley Press Online reports.
The number of Filipino “women who die yearly due to childbirth and pregnancy complications has doubled in the last four years,” and a reproductive health bill opposed by some lawmakers and stalled in Congress could address this rise in maternal mortality, health groups say, ABS-CBN News reports.