UN 'Zero Mothers Die' campaign pushes women toward life & away from maternal mortality

UN 'Zero Mothers Die' campaign pushes women toward life & away from maternal mortality

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNAIDS) UN General Assembly, NEW YORK, AMERICAS: Efforts to reduce high maternal and child mortality received a welcome boost with the launch of a new global campaign, Zero Mothers Die, at an official high-level side event held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Unveiled at the 5th Women Leaders Forum […]

Comprehensive data is vital for global women's empowerment

Comprehensive data is vital for global women's empowerment

Lisa Anderson for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: If countries can’t be convinced to invest in the welfare of women and girls because it’s the right thing to do, they might be persuaded by numbers that prove that it’s the smart thing to do for their societies […]

Ethiopia’s children now have greater chance for life, says new UNICEF report

Ethiopia’s children now have greater chance for life, says new UNICEF report

Marthe van der Wolf for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) United Nations – New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, says Ethiopia has achieved one of the Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality by more than two-thirds. Ethiopia reduced its under-five mortality rate by 67 percent between 1990 and […]

United Nations agency head calls for swift measures to stop diabetes and other diseases

United Nations agency head calls for swift measures to stop diabetes and other diseases

WNN Breaking (WNN) London, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: The UNDP – United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark called Monday for swift, firm measures to halt a global surge in diseases such as cancer and diabetes, saying they belong “permanently on the global development agenda.” “Failure to curb the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) now […]

HEALTH: How we live and die

HEALTH: How we live and die

IRIN – Wednesday, 19 Decmeber 2012 (originally published 14 Dec) LONDON, 14 December 2012 (IRIN) – We all know we are going to die, but how and when it happens depends largely on who we are and where we live. We think we know the major risks – perhaps malaria or AIDS-related diseases in Africa, […]

MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives join modern birth clinics

MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives join modern birth clinics

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Betraka, MADAGASCAR, AFRICA: Madagascar’s traditional midwives, or ‘matronnes’, are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications. Yet they are now being recruited to a campaign to get women to deliver in clinics or hospitals, part of a move to lower […]

South Sudan Women Choose Family Planning, Longer Lives

South Sudan Women Choose Family Planning, Longer Lives

Hannah McNeish – Voice of America – Friday, 09 November 2012 (originally published 08 Nov) JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN — In war-ravaged South Sudan, a lack of basic health and education, early marriage, and a culture that values big families have led to alarming child mortality rates, and given the poverty-stricken nation the highest maternal […]

UNICEF pledges to prioritize global child survival to reduce deaths

UNICEF pledges to prioritize global child survival to reduce deaths

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, New York, N.Y., U.S.: As more than 100 countries pledge to prioritize child survival globally, countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically reduce child mortality over the span of two decades, says a new UNICEF report released on […]

Global child mortality numbers drop as 2015 expectations remain cautious

Global child mortality numbers drop as 2015 expectations remain cautious

Emma Batha – WNN Breaking (WNN/Reuters/AlertNet) London, UNITED KINGDOM: Annual maternal deaths have fallen by almost half since 1990 and the number of children under five dying has dropped from 12 million to 7.6 million (2010). But more than 50 countries are unlikely to meet internationally agreed targets for cutting mortality rates for young children […]