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3-Year Study Identifies Key Interventions To Reduce Maternal, Newborn, Child Deaths

A three-year study conducted by the WHO, Aga Khan University, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) “has identified key interventions to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths,” PANA/Afrique en Ligne reports. “According to the study … there is global consensus on the key evidence-based interventions that will sharply reduce the 358,000 women who still die each year during pregnancy and childbirth and the 7.6 million children who die before the age of five,” the news service writes (12/15).

Protecting Displaced Women And Children From Gender-Based Violence

In this post in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, David Robinson, acting assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, reports on gender-based violence (GBV) among refugee populations, writing, “Displaced women and children are especially vulnerable to gender-based violence. … Without legal status or the protection of any…

Antimalarial Drugs Administered During Pregnancy Safer Than Contracting Malaria, Study Suggests

“Antimalarial drugs are safer for pregnant women than contracting the disease,” according to a study from the University of Oxford published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases on Tuesday that “assess[ed] the effects of malaria and its treatment in the first trimester of pregnancy,” HealthCanal.com reports. The researchers examined the medical records of women who attended an antenatal clinic at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in Thailand over a 25-year period and “found that malaria increased the risks of miscarriage from one in five pregnancies (in women without malaria) to one in two pregnancies,” the news service adds (12/12).

AlertNet Examines Effects Of Nepalese Water Shortages On Local Women’s Hygiene

AlertNet examines how water shortages in Nepal are impeding women’s hygiene in the country. The news service profiles the village of Paudiyalthok in the country’s Panchkhal Valley, about 25 miles east of the capital Kathmandu, where “a lack of reliable water sources is affecting many aspects of [residents’] lives, and women are bearing the brunt of changing weather patterns.”

U.S. Acting To Link GBV, HIV Efforts

In this post in the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, report on the relationship between gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV, writing, “The United States recognizes the importance of preventing and responding to GBV within…

Addressing Gender-Based Violence Through PEPFAR Programs

Daniela Ligiero of the State Department, Sasha Mital of the CDC, and Diana Prieto of USAID, who are co-chairs of the PEPFAR Gender Technical Working Group, write about the “intersection between gender-based violence (GBV) and its impact on HIV risk and access to HIV prevention and treatment for most-at-risk populations…

Investing In Women To Reduce Effects Of Climate Change

Women “bea[r] the brunt” of weather-related disasters, but they also are “the key to stopping global warming, and to helping communities around the world adapt to the damage that has already been done,” Mary Pittman, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute (PHI), and Kavita Ramdas, executive director of…

Forbes Interviews Sarah Brown About Her Work In Maternal, Child Health Advocacy

Sarah Brown, international advocate for global maternal and newborn health and wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, answers questions about her work from Forbes contributor Rahim Kanani in this interview excerpt. Brown “discussed the evolution of her interests, the current landscape of maternal and newborn health worldwide, critical levers of progress, leadership lessons in the context of global advocacy, and much more,” according to Forbes (12/7).

Women Face Disproportionately High Risks From Climate Change, UNEP Report Says

“Women, particularly those living in mountain regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks such as human trafficking, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),” released at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the UNEP News Centre reports.

Merck, PATH Form Partnership To Fight Causes Of Maternal Mortality

Pharmaceutical company Merck (MSD) announced Monday it has “awarded a grant to PATH, a global health nonprofit, to identify game-changing technologies with the potential to save the lives of women during pregnancy and childbirth in low-resource settings,” according to a Merck press release. Led by scientists from Merck for Mothers,…

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