Women & Children


Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More


Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More


Sebastiana’s eyes: a reflection on providing care

After a long and warm clinic day seeing kids in one of the Mayan communities we work, I asked Yoli, our auxiliary nurse in charge Read More


U.S. Congress Should Support International Family Planning Programs

The Hill: Family planning saves lives, so why did the House cut it? Lisa Bos, director of government relations at World Vision U.S. “…Culture, religion, and myths drive [some families in developing countries] to have many children, regardless of the health impact. Parents lack information about why timing births to a mother’s healthiest years (ages…More

‘If I go with him, I can’t talk with other women’: Understanding women’s resistance to, and…

Publication date: October 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 166 Author(s): John Kuumuori Ganle, Isaac Dery, Abubakar A.

World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016: Rethinking education for the new millennium

Education gives people the skills and tools they need to navigate the world and is crucial to the overall development of an individual and society at large. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10 percent in developing, low-income countries.

Robot baby found to increase teenage pregnancy

Exposing girls to a baby simulator does not put them off becoming a young parent, study finds.

Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More

Childhood maltreatment as a risk factor for diabetes: findings from a population-based survey…

It is well established that childhood maltreatment (CM) is a risk factor for various mental and substance use disorders.

Long-Term Outcomes Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury in Childhood and Adolescence: A…

by Amir Sariaslan, David J. Sharp, Brian M. D’Onofrio, Henrik Larsson, Seena Fazel Background Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and mortality in children and young adults worldwide. It remains unclear, however, how TBI in childhood and adolescence is associated with adult mortality, psychiatric morbidity, and social outcomes. Methods and Findings In a Swedish birth cohort between 1973 and 1985 of 1,143,470 individuals, we identified all those who had sustained at least one TBI (n = 104,290 or 9.1%) up to age 25 y and their unaffected siblings (n = 68,268) using patient registers.

In Koulikoro, Malian Women with Fistula Find Compassion and Solidarity

As I listened to the obstetric health histories of the women who came to the Koulikoro referral health center in Mali last month, I got a brief introduction to how obstetric fistula has affected their lives.Each one had come to the facility hoping to undergo a successful repair surgery to heal her fistula (a childbirth injury that can occur during obstructed or prolonged labor). And their accounts revealed some unmistakable parallels:Sali is 27 years old and developed obstetric fistula during her second pregnancy. After laboring for three days, she received an emergency cesarean to remove her stillborn child. She’s lived with a fistula for nine years and has lingering incontinence after receiving two previous fistula repair operations. Of two total pregnancies, she has only one living child.Their stories reflect a health system that offers inadequate access to high-quality perinatal care

India to launch online system for children to report sexual abuse

A simple classroom comment box has finally begun to chip away at the silence that has shrouded pervasive child sexual abuse in India for generations. India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development, in a 2007 study, found that more than half of all children surveyed had suffered some form of sexual abuse but had not

In Papua New Guinea, empowering women is smart business

Oilmin Holdings, a logistics management company providing services to the oil, gas, and mining industry in Papua New Guinea, did not employ all that many women, but they had a star performer in Rose.   Rose had risen from administrative assistant to office manager in the company’s headquarters in Port Moresby.  Her boss at Oilmin wanted her to go further up the chain, but in their industry, the next logical step – and one required for senior management roles – was managing a field site. It required long hours and smarts. Rose was willing and able, but it also meant a very remote location.

Parental response to a letter reporting child overweight measured as part of a routine national…

Rising rates of childhood obesity have become a pressing issue in public health, threatening both the mental and physical well-being of children.

Scoping review: Strategies of providing care for children with chronic health conditions in…

Objectives To identify and review strategies of providing care for children living with chronic health conditions in low- and middle-income countries.

Child marriage in the Caribbean: My Nani’s story

Sunny skies and beautiful beaches come to mind when you think about the Caribbean. But beyond the turquoise water lies a history of underage marriage, a practice that still lingers throughout the region.   My Nani (the Hindi word for maternal grandmother), came from a low-income family from the island of Trinidad. Growing up, she worked on a sugar plantation with her siblings.

Genetically Predicted Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Risk: Mendelian Randomization Analyses…

by Yan Guo, Shaneda Warren Andersen, Xiao-Ou Shu, Kyriaki Michailidou, Manjeet K. Bolla, Qin Wang, Montserrat Garcia-Closas, Roger L. Milne, Marjanka K. Schmidt, Jenny Chang-Claude, Allison Dunning, Stig E. Bojesen, Habibul Ahsan, Kristiina Aittomäki, Irene L

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