Global Health
0 USAID hosts innovation fair to avert maternal and child deaths

A mother plays with her young son in Mwea, Kenya.Gates Foundation Innovators gathered in Washington DC to show off their ideas and inventions that will help reduce child and maternal deaths. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development puts millions behind 22 grant winners though a partnership between the U.S. Agency…

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2 Saving newborn lives with a cardboard box

BBC It’s a safe bet. Sending cardboard boxes to poor countries will be the next big global child health initiative. The BBC reports today on the history and current use of boxes as newborn beds in Finland. The program started as a form of support for low-income families. In 1949 the…

0 Seattle parties to help ‘Mobile Moms’ in Timor-Leste

Melinda Gates was there. Supermodel Christy Turlington was there. So were a thousand or two others, Seattle’s young humanitarians who started a Saturday evening bash with talks about maternal health but ended it with loud, thumping dance music. This annual Seattle do-gooder event at McCaw Hall, sponsored by the Washington…

Global Health
1 Melinda Gates says family planning should not be controversial

By Keith Seinfeld, KPLU ———————————————————————————————————————————— Melinda Gates is promoting access to contraceptives around the world, and urging everyone to believe it’s not a controversial step. She’s co-hosting a global summit on Wednesday in London, along with the British government. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to overcome religious and…

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0 Contraception could cut global maternal death toll by one-third

The New York Times reports: A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that fulfilling unmet contraception demand by women in developing countries could reduce global maternal mortality by nearly a third, a potentially great improvement for one of the world’s most vulnerable populations. The study, published on…

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