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Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More

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“Access to information literally saves lives:” free access to UpToDate in LMICs

This week, Yannis Valtis joined us for a short conversation about a new paper he and colleagues recently published in BMJ Global Health. Their study Read More

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Reflections on a year of malnutrition

Malnutrition is frustrating. I often sit in the office, analyzing data from our programs, and feel helpless. Children who stay the same height for two Read More

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Efforts To Train Community Midwives In Afghanistan Help Lower Country’s Infant, Child…

Washington Post: Afghan babies have been dying in huge numbers for decades. Now, something is changing. “…[A] recent Afghan government survey found that between 2001 and 2015, the nationwide mortality rate for all infants had fallen from 66 to 45 deaths per 1,000 live births, and from 87 to 55 deaths per 1,000 for all…More


The Lancet Examines Several Initiatives Underway To Help India Respond To Violence Against…

The Lancet: Gaps in India’s health response to violence against women “…One in three women globally experiences violence in her lifetime, according to WHO. With a third of Indian women being exposed to domestic violence, the scale of the problem in India mirrors the global crisis. Several initiatives are underway to improve the country’s response…More


United State Of Women Summit Highlights HIV Prevention, Care Among Women, Girls Nationally,…

White House Blog: HIV Among Issues Examined During White House’s United State of Women Summit Amy Lansky, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, and Caira Woods, senior policy adviser to the Office of National AIDS Policy and Office of National Drug Control Policy, discuss highlights from last week’s United State of Women Summit,…More


Proper Handwashing Essential To Maternal, Child Health, Infection Prevention

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Let 5-year-old Sherry tell you how handwashing with soap saves lives Myriam Sidibe, social mission director for Africa at Unilever, and Siddharth Chatterjee, UNFPA representative to Kenya “…Access to good hygiene, including handwashing with soap, is an important indicator in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The fact is that there…More


My 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health

Departures often serve to kick-start reflection. After more than 30 years, I will be retiring from PATH and have been thinking about the “then,” when I joined PATH in 1983, and the “now” as I clearly see the conclusion of my time here. PATH was the organization I was keen to join because of my […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsThe Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters ;


Child mortality in Malawi – Authors’ reply

We thank Rob Yates for his letter and agree that Malawi’s consistent absence of user fees in public facilities will have probably facilitated access to care and financial protection, which might have benefited health outcomes. Indeed, a recent analysis by Manthalu and colleagues1 found positive effects of user fee removal on access to antenatal and delivery services in private facilities in Malawi. An analysis by Leone and colleagues2 also found a positive effect of user fee removal on institutional deliveries in Burkina Faso and Ghana.


Local and foreign authorship of maternal health interventional research in low- and…

Researchers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are under-represented in scientific literature.


Many Widows In Sub-Saharan Africa Stripped Of Rights, Advocates Say Ahead Of International Day

Thomson Reuters Foundation: From cleaning corpses to sex with strangers, widow rituals fuel disease in Africa “…Millions of widows in sub-Saharan Africa are left destitute after being disinherited and robbed of their property, women’s rights campaigners said ahead of International Widows’ Day on Thursday. Many … are abused and exploited by their in-laws, forced to…More


Women’s, Girls’ Reproductive Rights ‘Should Be At Heart Of Every Development Program’

The Guardian: The Guardian view on family planning: the unsung human right Editorial Board “…Next month marks the halfway stage of the Family Planning 2020 initiative, an attempt to get 120 million more women and girls in 69 countries using contraception, that was launched at a London conference in 2012. According to the U.N.’s population…More


Emphasis On Equity, Health Care Access Critical To Ending Preventable Child, Maternal Deaths

Huffington Post: Reaching the Unreached: How an Emphasis on Equity Can Help End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID “…Equity is at the heart of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s 2016 Acting on the Call report. … As more…More


Preventing, Managing Zika Requires Rights-Centered Approach For Women

The Lancet Global Health: The right(s) approach to Zika Editorial Board “…[P]oor women in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and elsewhere have been let down by their governments. They are at the center of the [Zika] epidemics; they are scrutinized and lectured, but lack of access to basic reproductive services and restrictive abortion laws have stripped…More


Exclusive Breastfeeding and Cognition, Executive Function, and Behavioural Disorders in Primary…

by Tamsen J. Rochat, Brian Houle, Alan Stein, Hoosen Coovadia, Anna Coutsoudis, Chris Desmond, Marie-Louise Newell, Ruth M. Bland Background Exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) is associated with early child health; its longer-term benefits for child development remain inconclusive. We examine the associations between EBF, HIV exposure, and other maternal/child factors and the cognitive and emotional-behavioural development of children aged 7–11 y. Methods and Findings The Vertical Transmission Study (VTS) supported EBF in HIV-positive and HIV-negative women; between 2012 and 2014, HIV-negative VTS children (332 HIV exposed, 574 HIV unexposed) were assessed in terms of cognition (Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children Second Edition [KABC-II]), executive function (Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment Second Edition [NEPSY-II]), and emotional-behavioural functioning (parent-reported Child Behaviour Checklist, [CBCL]).


Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheets Examine U.S. Role In Global Family Planning, Reproductive…

Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. Government and International Family Planning & Reproductive Health Efforts This updated fact sheet examines international family planning and reproductive health efforts and the U.S. government’s role in FP/RH efforts, including funding and challenges (6/20). Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. Government and Global Maternal & Child Health Efforts This updated fact…More


Slain British MP Jo Cox Remembered As Advocate For Maternal Health, Human Rights

Devex: Remembering Jo Cox: A maternal health advocate extraordinaire “Jo Cox died Thursday from injuries sustained during an attack in her Yorkshire constituency. Cox was a mother of two and a member of the British Parliament. She was the former head of policy and advocacy at Oxfam, former director of the Maternal Mortality Campaign, and…More


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