Infant & Child Health


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


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


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


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


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

Unless More Effort Made, Child Malnutrition Will Persist Beyond 2030, Save The Children Report…

The Guardian: Malnutrition will not end by 2030, warn campaigners “Millions of children will continue to suffer far into the next century from physical and mental stunting as a result of undernutrition, Save the Children has found, despite world leaders pledging last year to eradicate all forms of malnutrition by 2030…” (Hodal, 8/5). Thomson Reuters…More

Honduras Reports Suspected Zika-Linked Deaths, Birth Defects; Cuba Reports 2 New Locally…

Agence France-Presse: Zika suspected in 6 deaths in Honduras “Six people have died and 10 babies have been born with defects in Honduras in cases feared to have been caused by Zika, the health minister said Tuesday. Tests were being carried out to confirm whether the cases were the result of the virus, which is…More

In Unprecedented Domestic U.S. Travel Advisory, CDC Warns Pregnant Women, Those Planning…

The Hill: CDC warns pregnant women to avoid Miami over Zika “Federal health authorities are warning pregnant women not to travel to the parts of Miami where mosquitoes are believed to be spreading the Zika virus…” (Ferris, 8/1). POLITICO: CDC issues Zika travel warning for Miami “…The CDC is also warning women planning to become…More

Confirmed Reports Of Local Zika Transmission In Florida Prompt U.S. Senate Democrats To Call…

Devex: Cecile Richards on the Zika funding blockade “Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has fought her fair share of battles to protect the health services organization’s work around the world. Now she’s fighting for the opportunity to tackle a global threat: Zika. Richards stopped by the Devex studio after meetings on Capitol Hill where she…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

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