Women & Children

Featured

no image

The Rise of Violence Against Women up the Global Health Agenda

In recent years violence against women (VAW) has won itself a steady position on the global health policy agenda. Historically, women have faced power inequalities Read More

world-health-day-image

Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.

Image fc142061acommunityworkerchecksonthehealthofmotherandchildinmalawa879c939164e4f09b50018304df1302a__autocropped_lat_autocropped.jpg

A Real Test for the GFF: Improving Maternal and Child Health in Conflict Settings

A highlight of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was the launch of a new Global Financing Facility (GFF) to end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. This partnership will bring together countries, UN agencies, multilateral groups, private sector investors, and civil society organizations in order to close the $33 billion annual funding gap for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH).

Latest

Resource Management, Partnerships, Innovative Financing Important Under New Development Agenda,…

Devex: UNFPA chief: New development architecture will mean adaptation, more cooperation “The architecture of the development agenda and how it will be financed has changed, but the U.N. Population Fund is adapting and looking to new partnerships and innovative financing to continue to promote reproductive health and family planning. ‘I think that management of resources…More


Costs and cost-effectiveness of community health workers: evidence from a literature review

ObjectiveThis study sought to synthesize and critically review evidence on costs and cost-effectiveness of community health worker (CHW) programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to inform policy dialogue around their role in health systems.


Parental doubt drives drop in vaccination

Safety concerns and inconvenient delivery are barriers to vaccine acceptance, WHO warns.


How SCHISTO-H lurks behind the scenes of global women’s health

Malaria is the most destructive parasitic illness, by many accounts, but the second most is much less well-known. Schistosomiasis [shis-tuh-soh-mahy-uh-sis] infects over 250 million people. It is a common in areas with stagnant water where the where the parasitic flat-worms can enter even unbroken skin and take up residence in a host. The flat worms then produce thousands of eggs per day that can overwhelm the host’s organs. The disease itself is effectively treated with praziquantel but reinfection can occur quickly


New Supreme Court Order Affects Philippines Family Planning Law, Curbs Free Contraceptive…

VOA News: Philippines’ Family Planning Law Finds Challenges “A long-awaited reproductive health law in the Catholic-majority Philippines that took effect a year ago is still facing challenges. Health service providers are dealing with a new Supreme Court order curbing some free contraception for the poor…” (Orendain, 8/18).


DKT Pakistan Working To Increase Country’s Contraceptive Prevalence Rate

Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Pakistan: A Tough but Vital Place to Do Family Planning Juan Enrique Garcia, country director of DKT Pakistan, discusses the organization’s efforts to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate for modern methods in Pakistan by overcoming several cultural, social, and logistical challenges (8/6).


USAID Works To Improve Young People’s Access To Reproductive Health, Family Planning Services

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Empowering Youth: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health Ellen Starbird, director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID, discusses the agency’s efforts to improve youth’s access to family planning and reproductive health services. “…When we support young people’s aspirations and engage them in the global conversation on family…More


Breastfeeding still underused in the U.S., despite obvious health benefits

Unlike most things that sound too good to be true, the list of benefits from breastfeeding is so long (and growing) that this practice could qualify as a bonafide magic bullet for health and wellness. Whether in a poor or rich country, studies show breastfeeding significantly reduces the risk in infants for respiratory tract infections,


Breastfeeding: giving a boost to babies’ best food

“I learned not to feed the babies [solids] straight after giving birth to them.” Even though she’d had four previous children, it was the first time this new mother had received postnatal support, and she was pleased to share what … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA first: European regulators give thumbs up to malaria candidate vaccineA day in the life of a global health advocateA very small hero and a lifesaving vaccine ;


Visualizing cervical cancer: Leading killer of African women

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women in 40 of the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the most reliable health statistics. In high-income countries, cervical cancer ranks in the bottom half of all new cancer cases – below gallbladder, mouth, or brain cancers. In places like Ethiopia, Ghana, and


The Rise of Violence Against Women up the Global Health Agenda

no image

In recent years violence against women (VAW) has won itself a steady position on the global health policy agenda. Historically, women have faced power inequalities Read More


MUAC can screen for Low Birth Weight and More in Pregnant Women

Simple color coded devices for triage always come first on our list at Maternova. In humanitarian settings a quick, lightweight band to wrap around an arm and make a referral decision is a lifesaver. MUAC tapes used to screen pregnant women As mentioned in a prior blog post, MUAC tapes are used to assess the malnutrition status of pregnant women. The mid upper arm circumference has been shown to correlate well with Body Mass Index (BMI) and the MUAC does not change much over the course of a pregnancy.


Ebola vaccine shows huge promise in the field

The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is “highly efficacious” in preventing the disease, shows clinical trial in Guinea.


Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

world-health-day-image

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.


Older Posts »