Women & Children


Undocumented immigrants lining up for a health care at a volunteer mobile free clinic on a farm in south Georgia, 2015.

A Medical Provider’s Perspective on Treating Undocumented U.S. Immigrants

As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More


The State and global health delivery

It was a rainy afternoon. I arrived at the district social affairs office for their monthly evaluation meeting just in time for Baried, the state Read More


The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More


Innovation Can Accelerate Progress Toward Improving Health Of Women, Children Globally

Huffington Post: The Power of Innovation to Save Moms and Babies Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID “…We will need new tools and new ways of doing things to achieve our goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths, no matter where they live. While innovative…More

A Medical Provider’s Perspective on Treating Undocumented U.S. Immigrants

Undocumented immigrants lining up for a health care at a volunteer mobile free clinic on a farm in south Georgia, 2015.

As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More

Addressing Threats To Contraceptive Security Critical To Achieving SDGs, Universal Access To…

Devex: Big questions remain about global contraceptive access Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, and John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition “…[I]t will take much more than funding alone to meet the growing global need for contraceptives. The supply chain that moves family planning products into the hands of the women who…More

What’s all the buzzzzzzzzzz with Mosquitoes?

The Zika virus is taking the world by storm lately. Miami, Florida is in the spotlight for being a literal hotbed of daily cases of new infections, with other Southern states reporting rapid growth of risk areas. Despite their efforts to thwart this pernicious insect, we’re seeing it spread much more quickly than anyone imagined. But is Zika the only bite that matters? Can mosquitoes transmit other vector-borne illnesses just as dangerous?

Investing in early childhood development essential to helping more children and communities…

An estimated 43 percent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to findings from The Lancet’s new Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale.

Human Capital Summit highlights need to invest in the youngest children

The World Bank Group convened a Human Capital Summit on the opening day of the Annual Meetings to make the economic case for investing in the early years of children to drive future growth and development.Nine developing countries heeded the call, pledging to improve nutrition, health and education programs for young children. They became the first wave of countries expected to make similar pledges over the next few years to tackle childhood malnutrition, lack of early stimulation and learning, and other problems affecting the health and development of children. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim warned that the future competitiveness of countries in the world economy will depend on whether their young people are able to reach their potential. Failure to eliminate childhood stunting will have high economic costs – a loss of 7 percent per capita of GDP, on average, and as high as 9 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 10 percent in South Asia, according to a recent analysis by the World Bank Group. Kim illustrated the dangers of undernutrition, under-stimulation, and other threats to the health and welfare of young children in a presentation at the beginning of the event.

Child dehydration test outperforms WHO standard

The ‘DHAKA score’ assesses dehydration in diarrhoea-affected children best, says new study.

‘Sold’: the movie that’s launching a global fight against child sex trafficking

Move over documentaries – Sold is making a strong case for feature films as tools for advocacy. Based on a novel by Patricia McCormick, Sold is a heartbreaking film about a 12-year-old Nepali girl who finds herself trapped in the horrors of child sex trafficking. Since its initial theatrical release in April, Sold has evolved into a global campaign with partners that include Save the

Rights groups seek justice for child victims of police violence at Rio 2016

Weeks after the end of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, child rights advocates are calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to compensate child victims of police violence for the abuses made against them. Police violence against children has been well documented months before the start of the summer Olympics in Rio de

News in the Humanosphere: Mass protests defeat proposed Polish abortion ban

Following protests by tens of thousands of women, Polish lawmakers on Thursday rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft proposals drawn up by an independent

Taking parasitic worms out of childhood

Growing children already have a big job to do: fight disease, grow long bones and strong muscles, and build the sharp minds they’ll need to be teachers, leaders, and possibly parents someday. Yet worldwide, many little bodies are being held back by supporting parasitic worms. Imagine a child with two plates to fill—and only enough […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesEnding malaria by protecting mosquitoesPATH and the Clinton Global Initiative: over a decade of global health impactA lifesaving investment: $50 to save 10 newborns ;

Female sterilization not an answer to global contraception

The last week of September marks two days dedicated to improving reproductive health: World Contraception Day  (September 26) and Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortions  (September 28).  Both days are committed to improving the reproductive health and choices of women worldwide. With the vision of making every pregnancy a wanted pregnancy, World Contraception Day aims to help the estimated 225 million women in developing countries who have an unmet need for contraception. Reports such as the UN’s 2015 Trends in Contraceptive Use Worldwide include somewhat promising data, such as 64% of married or in-union women use a modern contraceptive method. This figure is lower in developing countries, including 17 countries in Africa where modern contraceptive use is below 20%.

Gender equality is ‘impossible’ without better data on girls, new report says

Millions of girls will continue to be at risk unless better statistics and data are gathered to understand the reality of their daily challenges, according to a report released today by child rights organization Plan International. The report, called Counting the Invisible, makes the case that not only is there a huge gender data gap – a cause already championed

Article Examines Differences Among Abortion Laws In Mexico, Latin America

Council on Hemispheric Affairs: Mexico’s Choice Abortion Laws and their Effects Throughout Latin America Sarah Faithful, research associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, discusses the history of abortion laws in Mexico and the wide differences among laws across Mexican states. Faithful specifically examines the impact of Mexico City’s abortion laws and explores the potential…More

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