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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).

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Reflections on the INCAP Oriente Longitudinal Study of early life nutrition: An interview with Aryeh Stein

Aryeh Stein, MPH, PhD, is a nutritional epidemiologist and Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health of the Rollins School of Public Health at Read More

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WHO: oral antibiotics save more infant lives

New York Times: Oral Antibiotics Are Found to Save More Infant Lives “…[R]esearchers have found that giving oral antibiotics to newborns in danger, a simpler protocol than the injectable antibiotics recommended by the World Health Organization, could save the lives of many of the 630,000 newborns who die each year. As a result of three…More

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Parental doubt drives drop in vaccination

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


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 ;


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

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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).


Reflections on the INCAP Oriente Longitudinal Study of early life nutrition: An interview with Aryeh Stein

Photo from Katia Moore

Aryeh Stein, MPH, PhD, is a nutritional epidemiologist and Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health of the Rollins School of Public Health at Read More


WHO: oral antibiotics save more infant lives

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New York Times: Oral Antibiotics Are Found to Save More Infant Lives “…[R]esearchers have found that giving oral antibiotics to newborns in danger, a simpler protocol than the injectable antibiotics recommended by the World Health Organization, could save the lives of many of the 630,000 newborns who die each year. As a result of three…More


Placing women at the centre of the food system

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Marc Van Ameringen | “Each year International Women’s Day shines a spotlight on women, putting them at the centre of development and equality efforts. For Read More


Child and maternal deaths tumble, East Africa leads the way: U.N. | Reuters

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JOSEPH D’URSO | LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) “Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 countries in the world between Read More


The World Sees Progress Against Undernutrition, but it’s Uneven | Inter Press Service

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Inter Press Service  | “Nutrition failures are due not only to insufficient food access, but also to poor health conditions and the Read More


Nutritional Supplements’ Effects on Health Systems: The Case of Nutributter in Nicaragua

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  Plumpy’nut, Medika Mamba, Nutributter—many of us have heard of these peanut-butter based nutritional supplements, which have, in many ways, revolutionized childhood nutrition interventions in Read More


Fighting and Islamic State force 670,000 Syrian children from schools

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The simple act of going to school is getting harder and more dangerous for children in Syria. At least 68 attacks were leveled against schools in 2014 and some 670,000 children have recently experienced disruptions to their education, warns the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The group says at least 160 children were killed at school last


2014: Year of the Social Determinants of Health?

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As I reflect on the major events of 2014, I’m surprised by the underlying themes of social inequality and a global desire to do things better. Read More


Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

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Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage Read More


“If I Take My Medicine, I Will Be Strong: ” Evaluation of a Pediatric HIV Disclosure

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Background: Despite known benefits, only a small proportion of HIV-infected children in sub-Saharan Africa know their status and limited disclosure interventions exist.


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