Infant & Child Health



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


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


Why the World Can’t Wait for Universal Preschool

As a pediatric resident I spend a lot of time with preschool-aged children in the hospital or at clinic. I have the privilege of watching Read More


SPO, Discovery and Translational Science, MNCH Job (Seattle, WA, US)

DivisionGlobal Health ProgramDepartmentDiscovery Cross CuttingLocationSeattleFoundation OverviewGuided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We have four missions to: • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive; • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives; • Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and • Inspire people to take action to change the world. Key to enabling these missions is our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H

The association between socioeconomic deprivation and secondary school students’ health:…

The aims of this study were to examine indicators of socioeconomic deprivation among secondary school students and to determine associations between household poverty, neighbourhood deprivation and health indi…

Child rape: U.N. pot calls the kettle black in Ivory Coast

The headline from a new U.N. report says that the rate of rape remains high and that the perpetrators are eluding justice. Ironically, it is not about U.N. peacekeepers and foreign forces, but about the west African country Ivory Coast. According to the United Nations Operation inCôte d’Ivoire report, in the five years since the country returned

One Year After Surgery, Haiti Triplets on the Move

Photos by Aliesha J. Porcena / Partners In HealthManoucheca Ketan (center) says “it’s magical” watching her triplet daughters, Marian, Michelle, and Tamar. The thing about triplet toddlers is that they never sit still. Twenty-month-old Tamar, Michelle, and Marian Bernard walk, run, squirm in their seats, dance, and generally create chaos for their parents, Manoucheca Ketan and David Bernard. But instead of being a headache, their movement is a source of constant relief and joy

Two-Thirds Of People In Countries Where FGM Occurs Oppose Practice, UNICEF Data Show

U.N. News Centre: Majority oppose female genital mutilation in countries where practice persists — U.N. agency “New data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveal that about two-thirds of men, women, boys, and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end. ‘Although female genital mutilation is…More

A.U. Commissioner Calls Child Marriage ‘Harmful Traditional Practice’

VOA News: African Union Commissioner Condemns Child Marriage “The African Union Commission launched a campaign against child marriage two years ago, and it’s trying to make it a priority for the continent’s heads of state. The commissioner for social affairs, Sierra Leonean medical doctor Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, said figures from 2014 suggest about a third…More

U.S. Senate Impasse Over Zika Funding Hardens Ahead Of Friday Adjournment

The Hill: Senators block dueling Zika proposals for second day “Senators blocked dueling proposals funding a response to the Zika virus for the second time this week with days left before lawmakers leave for a recess that lasts until September. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) tried to bring up the $1.1 billion deal spearheaded by Sens.…More

Activists Welcome Efforts To End Child Marriage In Tanzania, Gambia But Say Tradition,…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzania High Court rules against child marriage but cultural beliefs still a concern “A landmark court ruling raising the legal age of marriage for girls in Tanzania to 18 will have little impact in ending child marriage if parents continue to marry off their daughters for bride price rather than educating them,…More

New strategies to end violence against children

WHO and partners today launch 7 interlinked strategies to reduce violence against children. The approaches have all been tested and all have shown concrete results. By bringing them together, WHO hopes to dramatically reduce instances of violence against children. Over the past year, up to 1 billion children have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence, according to a recent study published in “Pediatrics”.

Global leaders and youth advocates launch new partnership and fund to end violence against…

Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. End Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, the academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children. “The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is mobilizing the world,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “There could be no more meaningful way to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

The Paediatric Admission Quality of Care (PAQC) score: designing a tool to measure the quality…

Background Evaluating clinician compliance with recommended steps in clinical guidelines provides one measure of quality of process of care but can result in a multiplicity of indicators across illnesses, making it problematic to produce any summative picture of process quality, information that may be most useful to policy-makers and managers.

Philippines Only Asia-Pacific Nation With Rising Teenage Pregnancy Rate, UNFPA Says

Associated Press: Philippines only country in Asia where teen pregnancy rising “The Philippines is the only Asia-Pacific country where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades and the slow decline of its overall fertility rate may deprive the country of the faster economic growth expected in places that have more working-age…More

Why I fight pneumonia

Nearly a decade ago, I joined the fight against pneumonia. The reasons were compelling then and still are. But, what I witnessed one hot day in The Gambia continually reminds me why I stay the course. I officially joined up when I signed on at PATH to lead a vaccine development project to fight the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMeet the superheroes fighting diarrheal diseaseMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthPolio, pride, and love: the story of an exceptional mother and her son ;

‘Uruguay Model’ Offers Opportunity For Women To Undergo Safer Abortions Despite Legal…

New York Times: From Uruguay, a Model for Making Abortion Safer Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “…It started 10 years before [Uruguay legalized abortion in 2012], with a medical protocol called the ‘Uruguay Model.’ Described by its architects as an ‘intermediate step’ toward allowing abortion, the protocol was designed to make safer the many abortions then…More

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