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
Maternal & Reproductive Health
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
Devex: Australia responds to the global gag rule “Australia [Wednesday] announced $9.5 million Australian dollars ($7.3 million) in funding for the International Planned Parenthood Foundation. The move was seen by many as a pointed rebuke to President Donald Trump’s controversial reinstatement of a strengthened ‘global gag rule,’ which bars any foreign NGO that offers or…More
BMJ Blogs: Danielle Solomon: The global gag rule is only one of many barriers to contraceptive access Danielle Solomon, specialist registrar in genitourinary medicine and HIV at the Mortimer Market Centre in London, discusses the Mexico City policy in the context of other barriers to access to sexual and reproductive health education and services in conflict situations.…More
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
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.
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
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
Considerable evidence suggests maternal psychopathology influences that of their offspring.