A United Nations-backed scheme that delivers vital immunizations to those who need them the most announced today that it will provide funding for 37 more developing countries to introduce vaccines against the two leading causes of death among children – diarrhoea and pneumonia.

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Pneumonia remains the leading cause of death among children under five years of age, with HIV contributing a large share to the burden of disease. But since the 1980s, there has been no updated knowledge of what causes child-hood pneumonia. A new international study involving about 12 000 children is investigating the causes of this disease.

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While lauding the progress made over the past year in the global effort to save women’s and children’s lives, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted that millions of them are still dying needless deaths and called for advancing the goal of saving 16 million lives by 2015.

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Researchers say just nine of 137 developing countries will achieve ambitious targets to improve the health of women and children.

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For a brief media-saturated minute, child marriage took center stage earlier this summer when then 16-year-old Courtney Stodden and 51-year-old "Lost" actor Doug Hutchison announced they had wed. Though many expressed shock, Stodden is not alone; according to a 2002 report from the Centers for Disease Control, some 6 percent of American women have entered into their first marriage by age 18. Now, researchers are taking a hard look at such arrangements, conducting one of the first studies to consider their possible mental health effects.

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Deaths of mothers and babies fall by almost two-thirds after programme offering women money for hospital deliveries

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Stricken by chronic conflict and recurring drought for decades, Somalia now has the world's highest mortality rate for children under the age of five, according to the latest data released by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

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A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older.

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Monday, 12 September 2011 11:43

NIGERIA: Breastfeeding and Child Well-Being

 

The fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) sets apart August 1 to 7 every year as World Breastfeeding Week is indication that breastfeeding is, indeed, an unmatched way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants as well as an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers.

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Children and young people continue to lack accurate and comprehensive knowledge of HIV and how to avoid sexual transmission of HIV. The silence around sexuality in general and children’s sexuality in particular generates misconceptions, myths and misinformation which contribute to children and adolescents risky sexual practices.

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