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The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More

Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More

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Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More

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The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

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On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More


Progress in south Asia after the launch of the Global Every Newborn Action Plan

Since the launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) at the World Health Assembly in 2014,1 and, in 2015, the launch of the UN Secretary General’s second Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, there has been a renewed focus on improving newborn health globally.2


[Comment] Antimicrobial resistance—a threat to neonate survival

Improvements in child survival have contributed much of the gains in life expectancy at birth during the last two decades. At a global level, neonatal mortality has decreased from 36 to 19 deaths per 1000 livebirths between 1990 and 2012.1 However, the reduction in neonatal mortality between 1990 and 2015 (47%) has lagged behind that of postneonatal under-5 years mortality (58%) globally.2 The Every Newborn Action Plan aims for countries to have ten or fewer neonatal deaths per 1000 livebirths by 2035 (or 12 or fewer neonatal deaths by 2030).


Independent and combined effects of maternal smoking and solid fuel on infant and child…

Objective To estimate the independent and combined risks of infant and child mortality associated with maternal smoking and use of solid fuel in sub-Saharan Africa.


Infant mortality among the Canadian-born offspring of immigrants and non-immigrants in Canada:…

Adult immigrants in Canada have a survival advantage over their Canadian-born counterparts.


Robot baby found to increase teenage pregnancy

Exposing girls to a baby simulator does not put them off becoming a young parent, study finds.


Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More


India to launch online system for children to report sexual abuse

A simple classroom comment box has finally begun to chip away at the silence that has shrouded pervasive child sexual abuse in India for generations. India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development, in a 2007 study, found that more than half of all children surveyed had suffered some form of sexual abuse but had not


Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

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Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More


Aid groups: Saudis should be held responsible for killing children in Yemen

Nearly 2,000 children were killed or hurt last year in a Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign in Yemen, and a group of six aid groups charge that no one is holding the coalition responsible. As the U.N. Security Council meets today to discuss children and armed conflict, the groups – Action Contre La Faim, CARE, Intersos,


The breast and beyond: improving feeding practices in Kenya

Editor’s note: This post originally published on the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) blog and was coauthored by Brenda Ahoya, nutrition advisor, and Justine Kavle, interim nutrition team leader for PATH’s work with MCSP. In Kenya, this year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme is intimately understood: “Breastfeeding—a key to sustainable development.” Sixty-one percent of Kenyan […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHuman milk banks: bringing a superfood to all the babiesSmall insects offer big nutrition and opportunityMeet the superheroes fighting diarrheal disease ;


Human milk banks: bringing a superfood to all the babies

Ask Dr. Jayashree Mondkar what she loves to see, and she’ll say a happy, active baby. “When you see them,” says Dr. Mondkar, professor and head of neonatology at Lokmanya Tilak Medical College and Municipal General Hospital in India, “it feels very nice when they come back chubby and happy and smiley in the well-baby […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesSmall insects offer big nutrition and opportunityMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthWhat women want (in HIV protection) ;


World Breastfeeding Week: Conflicts of interest in infant and young child feeding

In the aftermath of World Breastfeeding Week, leading academics in infant nutrition from the Australian National University, Julie Smith, Libby Salmon and Phillip Baker, examine the challenges that remain in keeping breastfeeding on the global agenda. Cognitive losses from formula feeding cost the world economy $300 billion a year, according to a major study earlier this year.[1] Relatedly, a review of evidence on reproductive cancers calculates that 20,000 women a year – most in high income countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom – die of breast cancer avoidable by extending breastfeeding duration [2]. For children lack of breastfeeding also means increased risk of death, infectious disease, and chronic disease including asthma, obesity and type-2 diabetes. Infant and young child feeding matters for wealthy as well as poor countries. This year’s theme for  World Breastfeeding Week, ‘breastfeeding … the foundation of a country’s development’, [3] should remind governments in high income countries that aggressive infant formula marketing isn’t just a problem for deprived populations in faraway export markets


Zika Possibly Linked To Birth Disorders Other Than Microcephaly, Small Study Suggests

The Guardian: Zika virus could be linked with ‘whole spectrum’ of disorders “A study by scientists in Brazil that suggests a possible link between the Zika virus and rare, but severe, joint deformities in babies has led experts to warn that the virus could be linked to a host of other problems in babies, some…More


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