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How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika – The New York Times

A sudden, sharp increase in babies with “no foreheads and very strange heads” was baffling doctors in Brazil. That set off a search for answers Read More

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Forecasting paediatric malaria admissions on the Kenya Coast using rainfall

Background: Malaria is a vector-borne disease which, despite recent scaled-up efforts to achieve control in Africa, continues to pose a major threat to child survival.

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National, regional, and worldwide estimates of stillbirth rates in 2015, with trends…

Progress in reducing the large worldwide stillbirth burden remains slow and insufficient to meet national targets such as for ENAP. Stillbirths are increasingly being counted at a local level, but countries and the global community must further improve the quality and comparability of data, and ensure that this is more clearly linked to accountability processes including the Sustainable Development Goals.

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How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika – The New York Times

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A sudden, sharp increase in babies with “no foreheads and very strange heads” was baffling doctors in Brazil. That set off a search for answers Read More


Global Community Should Support Sexual, Reproductive Health Initiatives For Women, Girls In…

RH Reality Check: How We Are Failing Women and Girls in Humanitarian Emergencies Jamie J. Hagen, a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the global governance and human security program, discusses findings from a UNFPA report and other research on protecting the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls in…More


Roads are biggest killer of adolescents

Collisions killed around 115,000 young people in 2013, while about 76,000 died from HIV/AIDS, shows study.


Zika Virus: A Report from CSIS

On February 1, Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), acting on the recommendations of 18 infectious disease experts, stated: “I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”


Screen-based sedentary behavior and associations with functional strength in 6–15 year-old…

Physical strength is associated with improved health outcomes in children.


Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment (SPACE): rationale and study protocol…

Young children are prone to low levels of physical activity in childcare.


Zika: Women told to delay pregnancy, but lack reproductive rights to heed call

In response to the recent outbreak of the Zika virus throughout Latin America, health officials in El Salvador have urged women not to get pregnant until 2018 in an effort to combat an increase in a birth defect known as microcephaly, which is suspected to be caused by the mosquito-borne illness. “We’d like to suggest


Why mothers still deliver at home: understanding factors associated with home deliveries and…

Maternal mortality has declined by 43 % globally between 1990 and 2013, a reduction that was insufficient to achieve the 75 % reduction target by millennium development goal (MDG) five.


Questions Remain Over Association Between Zika, Microcephaly, Number Of Birth Defect Cases

GlobalPost: On Brazil’s Zika front lines, cases of microcephaly are actually dropping “Brazilian doctors at the epicenter of the Zika virus crisis told GlobalPost that the number of suspected cases of microcephaly, a birth defect linked to the virus, peaked at their hospital weeks ago and has declined significantly since then…” (Carless, 2/3). New York…More


New Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet Examines Adolescent Sexual, Reproductive Health Needs,…

Guttmacher Institute: Adolescents’ Need for and Use of Abortion Services In Developing Countries This new fact sheet released by the Guttmacher Institute “incorporates data from three recent studies of adolescent sexual and reproductive health needs and services in developing countries. It includes information about unsafe abortion incidence in specific countries and in the developing world…More


Foreign Policy Explores Reported Increases In Incidence Of Rape, Teenage Pregnancy In West…

Foreign Policy: The Ebola Rape Epidemic No One’s Talking About “…Only now are we learning that Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone saw a surge in teenage pregnancy likely caused by an increase in the incidence of rape during the [Ebola] epidemic. In parts of Sierra Leone, the teenage pregnancy rate increased 65 percent during the…More


Opinion Pieces Discuss Potential For Mosquito Elimination, Latin American Women’s Access To…

USA TODAY: Mosquitoes, this time it is war Alex Berezow, founding editor of RealClearScience and a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors “…It is time to launch a global initiative to eradicate [mosquitoes]. … Malaria, West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and various types of encephalitis are all transmitted by these tiny bloodsuckers. ……More


‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative Can Help Improve Health, Lives Of People Worldwide, U.S. First…

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: First Lady Michelle Obama Inspires Action To Help Let #62MillionGirls Learn The blog post summarizes First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the recent American Magazine Media Conference, where she discussed the “Let Girls Learn” initiative. “First Lady Obama underscored the devastating consequences faced by 62 million girls who are not…More


Maternal, Newborn Health Roadmap Provides ’10 Critical Actions’ For Post-2015 Agenda

PLOS Collections Blog: The Global Development Framework in Transition: Where are Mothers and Newborns in the Post-2015 Era? Koki Agarwal, director of USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP); Ana Langer, a professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task…More


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