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The Medicalization of FGM: Why We Should Be Worried

Across the globe, a growing battle is being fought against a practice that has deprived women and girls from realizing their rights to reproductive and Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

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Reducing adolescent smoking in India – Authors’ reply

Historically, most of the smoked tobacco in India has been in the form of bidis, because they are cheap and locally manufactured. Evidence suggests that tobacco use rates are increasing in India, with a clear shift in consumption away from bidis to cigarettes among adults, particularly young adults aged 15–29 years.1 However, there is no such evidence for a consumption shift in adolescents aged 13–15 years despite high bidi smoking rates in this population. We appreciate Mrinal Barua and colleagues’ interest in our paper,2 and for proposing social class-specific strategies to reduce adolescent smoking in India.


9 Countries Commit To Halving Preventable Maternal, Newborn Deaths In Health Facilities Over…

WHO: Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities “Today, nine countries — Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda — committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next five years. Through a new Network for Improving Quality…More


[Comment] Community-based bundled interventions for reproductive and child health in informal…

Community-based bundled health interventions are complex and challenging to implement, monitor, and assess in informal settlements (slums). Such settlements in urban areas are generally characterised by congestion, squalid conditions, deprivation, violence, crime, and poor sanitation. In Asia and Africa, the numbers of informal settlements have grown exponentially in the large and mega cities of low-income and middle-income countries in the past few decades.1 Their growth has been driven by rapid urbanisation and economic opportunities, leading to and prompted by rural-to-urban migration of skilled and unskilled workers.


Thailand Could Serve As Model For Elimination Of Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission, Review Says

International Business Times: HIV: Thailand becomes first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission “In 2016, Thailand became the first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The story of how the country secured this remarkable achievement may serve as a model for other countries in the region, to stop the virus being…More


Knowledge and power in policy-making for child survival in Niger

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Sarah L.


Global Financing Facility Supports Partnerships, Country-Driven Efforts To Improve Maternal,…

Devex: Opinion: Financing healthy futures to meet the SDGs Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child “…Many of the world’s poorest countries, with many dollars from donors, have made progress toward improving the health of their people in recent decades. But their efforts are unprepared for today and for…More


First estimates of the global and regional incidence of neonatal herpes infection

These neonatal herpes estimates mark the first attempt to quantify the global burden of this rare but serious condition. Better collection of primary data for neonatal herpes is crucially needed to reduce uncertainty and refine future estimates. These data are particularly important in resource-poor settings where we may have underestimated cases. Nevertheless, these first estimates suggest development of new HSV prevention measures such as vaccines could have additional benefits beyond reducing genital ulcer disease and HSV-associated HIV transmission, through prevention of neonatal herpes.


E. coli contamination of child complementary foods and association with domestic hygiene in…

Objective To determine the frequency and concentration of E.


Waterpipe tobacco smoking prevalence and illegal underage use in waterpipe-serving premises: a…

Waterpipe tobacco smoking has received little epidemiological and policy attention in the UK despite reports of increasing prevalence alongside an anecdotally non-compliant industry.


A Healthy Start to Life: Cultural Barriers and the Global Trend Toward Early and Exclusive Breastfeeding

There has been accumulating evidence that early initiation of breastfeeding, within the first hour of birth, and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of Read More


Protecting newborns from infection in healthcare settings

Rachel Smith, Medical Epidemiologist Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s International Infection Control Program Each year, a staggering 3.6 million babies globally will die within the first four weeks of life. Tweet This As a mother, the safety of my baby is of utmost importance to me. Yet each year, a staggering 3.6 million babies globally will die within the first four weeks of life. Tragically, many of these deaths are preventable.


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: An Argument For Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Every year, the Guttmacher Institute provides data on pregnancy incidence by intention status and outcome worldwide. In 2012, out of the 213 million pregnancies that Read More


Obstetrics and Equity in Kenya

As a second year OBGYN resident based in San Francisco, I spent my second year elective at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More


A Quiet Crisis: Reproductive Health Among Displaced Syrians

Every day, almost 500 women die during pregnancy or childbirth in humanitarian settings. Additionally, nearly sixty percent of preventable maternal deaths take place in regions Read More


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