child health http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/41619/all en Panel examines cost of not investing in global child health http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/cost-inaction-live-webcast-HSPH-child-health <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health hosted a discussion of the consequences of failing to help the world's poorest children. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">BOSTON &mdash; A panel discussion titled &ldquo;<a href="http://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/cost-inaction">The Cost of Inaction: The Consequences of Failing the World&rsquo;s Children</a>,&rdquo; was presented Tuesday by The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with GlobalPost.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>The panel focused on the Cost of Inaction (COI) approach to evaluating interventions, especially for children affected by poverty or HIV/AIDS. The COI approach focuses on the social and economic cost of <em>not</em> doing something, as opposed to evaluating the costs and benefits of doing something.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/cost-inaction-live-webcast-HSPH-child-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Health Global Pulse Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Emily Judem 5816022 at http://www.globalpost.com Tracking global health funding on Capitol Hill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/global-child-health-funding-capitol-hill-congress <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost walks the halls of Congress in search of answers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Stale, cool air pushed through 2172, the Foreign Affairs Committee room in the Rayburn building of the House of Representatives. Suited congressional leaders trickled into the cavernous room from separate doors on either side of the elevated dais, Republicans on the left and Democrats on the right, and ambled to their assigned, ranked seats. Dozens of attendees sat hushed in the back, waiting for the latest hearing to begin.</p> <p>Titled “Securing US Interests Abroad: The FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget,” the April 17 hearing was one of the first to be held on President Obama’s budget for the next fiscal year. The hearing also marked the first time Secretary of State John Kerry testified before Congress in his new position.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/global-child-health-funding-capitol-hill-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Global Pulse Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:56:57 +0000 Marissa Miley 5823756 at http://www.globalpost.com USAID Administrator testifies on Capitol Hill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/usaid-administrator-testifies-capitol-hill-senate-rajiv-shah <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rajiv Shah addresses the budget for 2014, including global health, before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Global health was one of the budget lines discussed on Capitol Hill today in a <a href="http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/congressional-testimony/april-24-2013-testimony-administrator-rajiv-shah-senate-foreign-relations">congressional testimony</a> from Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Shah appeared before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to address the agency&rsquo;s priorities in the 2014 fiscal year.</p> <p><a a="" href="http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/congressional-testimony/april-24-2013-testimony-administrator-rajiv-shah-senate-foreign-relations"> </a></p> <p>In his opening remarks, he emphasized the importance of child health.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe we can end preventable child deaths within two decades and are committed to that model,&rdquo; Shah said, after explaining that USAID has had to make some &ldquo;tough decisions&rdquo; to cut 22 country programs in global health in order to prioritize those countries where the burden of disease is greatest. Shah added that USAID&rsquo;s efforts have contributed to a reduction of under-five child deaths around the world, from 7.6 million to 6.9 million today.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/usaid-administrator-testifies-capitol-hill-senate-rajiv-shah" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Health United States Global Pulse Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:18:00 +0000 Marissa Miley 5824587 at http://www.globalpost.com Q&A: Haiti readies rotavirus vaccine rollout http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/haiti-readies-rotavirus-vaccine-rollout <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GAVI Deputy CEO Helen Evans spoke with GlobalPost about the rotavirus vaccine in Haiti. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>On Saturday, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/haiti">Haiti</a> raised awareness about its plan to roll out the rotavirus vaccine, which prevents the most severe form of diarrheal infection among children.</p> <p>Diarrhea is a top cause of death for children under five, killing an estimated <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)60222-6/fulltext">700,000 children</a> each year. The infectious disease is the <a href="http://www.childinfo.org/files/maternal/DI%20Profile%20-%20Haiti.pdf">second leading cause</a> of death among children in Haiti, according to UNICEF.</p> <p>The GAVI Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing vaccines to poor countries around the world, was instrumental in facilitating Haiti’s rotavirus campaign.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/haiti-readies-rotavirus-vaccine-rollout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Health Haiti Global Pulse Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:08:53 +0000 Marissa Miley 5827893 at http://www.globalpost.com Health of newborn babies key to reducing child mortality, report finds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/health-newborn-babies-key-reducing-child-mortality <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Save the Children calls attention to newborn health and the slow progress in reducing newborn mortality. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nearly three million babies die within the first month of life – more than one million on the same day they are born – largely from preventable causes, according to a <a href="http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.8585863/k.9F31/State_of_the_Worlds_Mothers.htm?msource=wenlpstw0513">new report</a> published today. </p> <p>Newborn deaths today account for 43 percent of all child deaths, up from 36 percent in 1990, the report said. The highest newborn mortality rates were in sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of newborns who died each year slightly increased in that time period. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/health-newborn-babies-key-reducing-child-mortality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Health Global Pulse Tue, 07 May 2013 20:38:45 +0000 Marissa Miley 5832186 at http://www.globalpost.com Child health highlights from WHO’s health statistics report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-health-highlights-who-s-health-statistics-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 2013 World Health Statistics Report focuses on progress to health-related Millenium Development Goals. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">Today the World Health Organization published its annual <a href="http://www.who.int/gho/publications/world_health_statistics/EN_WHS2013_Full.pdf">World Health Statistics report</a>, which presents the most recent health data for WHO member states and reports on countries’ progress toward the health-related UN Millennium Development Goals.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-health-highlights-who-s-health-statistics-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Health Global Pulse Wed, 15 May 2013 21:49:41 +0000 Marissa Miley 5838724 at http://www.globalpost.com India clears path for new, more affordable rotavirus vaccine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/low-cost-rotavirus-vaccine-holds-promise-not-panacea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new vaccine may help the 100,000 Indian children under 5 who die annually of diarrhea, but scientists say that health systems must also be improved. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scientists in India made news around the world on Tuesday when they announced that they had developed a<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/130515/india-vaccine-created-prevent-child-killing-rotavirus"> low-cost vaccine </a>that could prevent a severe form of diarrhea caused by rotavirus.&nbsp;</p> <p>Indian company Bharat Biotech International manufactured the vaccine, in collaboration with the Indian government and nearly a dozen Indian and international partners.</p> <p>At $1 per dose (for three doses), the oral vaccine Rotavac is a fraction of the cost of existing rotavirus vaccines and could go a long way to reducing childhood mortality. Globally, rotavirus leads to 435,000 deaths of children under the age of 5 each year &ndash; an estimated 100,000 of which are in India.</p> <p>Diarrhea is India&rsquo;s third leading cause of under-five death, according to the World Health Organization, and scientists say that around 30 percent of diarrhea is caused by rotavirus.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/low-cost-rotavirus-vaccine-holds-promise-not-panacea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health India Health Global Pulse Fri, 17 May 2013 16:08:57 +0000 Marissa Miley 5840220 at http://www.globalpost.com Defying the odds: Bangladesh makes strides in child health http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/bangladesh/130618/defying-odds-bangladesh-strides-child-health <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Counter to the common perception of Bangladesh as hopelessly impoverished, the country has made dramatic strides in reducing overall child mortality in recent decades.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">Bangladesh&rsquo;s child and maternal health statistics are actually better than those in India, where the economy and resources far exceed those of its poorer neighbor to the East. How has Bangladesh come so far, and what are the challenges that remain?</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/bangladesh/130618/defying-odds-bangladesh-strides-child-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Bangladesh Want to Know Health Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Amy Yee 5860299 at http://www.globalpost.com A picture of health in Zambia for children under five http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/health-zambia-children-under-five-pneumonia-vaccine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Health correspondent Marissa Miley reflects on the country’s recent pneumococcal vaccine rollout. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOSTON &mdash; It&rsquo;s been several days since I returned from Zambia. The jetlag has eased its grip and I can sleep past six o&rsquo;clock in the morning. As I prepare to write about what I saw and heard for our Special Report on child mortality, &ldquo;The Seven Million,&rdquo; I&rsquo;ve been poring over the photographs I took throughout my trip to invigorate my reporting.</p> <p>As I look through the nearly 1,000 photos I snapped, their thumbnails dotting one scrollable window on my computer, I&rsquo;m struck by the still images of Zambia&rsquo;s health system: dusty benches outside a health clinic in the rural northern district of Lufwanyama; tall brick and iron fences bordering a private health facility in a suburb of Lusaka; two pediatric pharmacies housed at the nation&rsquo;s premier hospital, University Teaching Hospital &ndash; one for those who can afford the 750 Kwacha (around $140) &ldquo;high cost&rdquo; fee that makes them eligible for expedited services and more plush accommodations, and the other for those who cannot.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/health-zambia-children-under-five-pneumonia-vaccine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Global Pulse Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Marissa Miley 5898146 at http://www.globalpost.com Step by Step: Focus on malaria http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5919049 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photographer John Stanmeyer comments on the tragic toll malaria takes on children and families around the world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <p>Photographer John Stanmeyer has taken his camera around the world for an in-depth look at malaria. He comments on his photographs, the people he met on his journey, and the tragic toll malaria takes on children and families around the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="661" height="367" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/screen_shot_2013-11-13_at_12.25.47_pm.png?1384363575" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2013:09:06 14:22</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("0ffd52c3d8bf7", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> child health Special Reports Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:22:00 +0000 Emily Judem 5919049 at http://www.globalpost.com Step by Step: The Twins of Panna http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5921723 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>GlobalPost health reporting fellow Harman Boparai travels to India to take a deeper look at child health in his home country.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Harman Boparai </div> </div> </div> <p>GlobalPost health reporting fellow Harman Boparai travels to <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/india">India</a>, where he was once a physician, to take a deeper look at child health in his home country. This story is focused on twin girls born in India's Panna District, which has one of the nation's highest child mortality rates.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1530" height="860" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/screen_shot_2013-08-22_at_1.54.23_pm.png?1382556167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2013:09:06 14:17</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("fc8db650db250", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> child health Special Reports Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:17:00 +0000 Harman Boparai 5921723 at http://www.globalpost.com Step by Step: The path to ending preventable child deaths http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5923505 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>What works and what doesn’t in the fight against child mortality? GlobalPost investigates.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s not all bad news in the global effort to reduce child mortality. In fact, the number of children who die every year before age five has declined significantly in the last two decades and continues to drop at record rates. But the fight is far from over. Of the nearly seven million young children who died in 2011, the majority died from preventable causes. What works and what doesn&rsquo;t in the fight against child mortality? What does it take to go the last mile, and bring this number down to zero? GlobalPost investigates.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1024" height="683" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/print-js_malaria_061207_20002.jpg?1382556005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2013:09:06 13:54</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("a4d5620b6976d", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> child health Special Reports Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:54:00 +0000 Emily Judem 5923505 at http://www.globalpost.com Child mortality rates are falling, but Millennium Development Goal is still far off http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-mortality-rates-unicef-mdg-a-promise-renewed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A report released by UNICEF Thursday says the world will not meet the UN's Millennium Development Goal on child mortality until 2028. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elizabeth Stuart </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">The number of children who die before their fifth birthday declined by nearly 50 percent between 1990 and 2012, from more than 12 million to 6.6 million, according to a new <a href="http://progressreport.apromiserenewed.org/img/apr_progressreport_2013.pdf">UNICEF report.</a></span></p> <p>Despite the good news, the world is not on track to reach the United Nations&#39; Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to cut the 1990 child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. Unless the world more than quadruples the annual rate of reduction in child death, it won&rsquo;t meet the MDG until 2028.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-mortality-rates-unicef-mdg-a-promise-renewed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Health Global Pulse Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:01:00 +0000 Elizabeth Stuart 5932586 at http://www.globalpost.com Millennium Development Goals: When failure means success http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/millennium-development-goal-child-health-united-nations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Global health advocates are calling for accelerated reductions in child mortality to meet the 2015 deadline, even though they know we won't reach the UN goal. Why many still consider MDG 4 a success story. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Miley </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Politicians in suits, entrepreneurs in jeans and philanthropists, aid workers and journalists dressed somewhere in between descended upon New York City this week for the annual meeting of the United Nations.&nbsp;</p> <p>And with about 800 days to go until the Millennium Development Goal deadline, conversation around 2015 cropped up everywhere, from cocktail receptions at UN headquarters in East Midtown to rapid-fire panel sessions at the <a href="http://mashable.com/sgs/#sgs">Social Good Summit</a> on the Upper East Side.</p> <p>Two questions prevailed: What can we do to reach the MDGs by 2015? And what new development goals should come after 2015? That the president of the UN&rsquo;s 68th General Assembly declared this year&rsquo;s theme &ldquo;The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage&rdquo; only elevated the stakes for discussing the answers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/millennium-development-goal-child-health-united-nations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Global Pulse Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:13:00 +0000 Marissa Miley 5945856 at http://www.globalpost.com Opinion: 'The moment of truth' for child survival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-survival-ORS-MDG-Michael-Merson <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pioneering doctor on child survival says now is the time to remember the highly successful Child Survival Revolution of the 1980s. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael H. Merson </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In the 1970s, I joined the World Health Organization to help start and lead its new diarrheal diseases control program. The goal of the program was to reduce diarrheal mortality using a highly effective method of rehydrating patients by mouth using a solution composed primarily of salt, sugar and water.</p> <p>In 1982, I wrote a paper with a colleague estimating that 4.6 million children under age 5 died each year from diarrhea &mdash; a shocking figure. Today, under-5 deaths caused by diarrhea have declined by 90 percent. Why? The treatment is inexpensive, easily administered at home, and it works.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-survival-ORS-MDG-Michael-Merson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> child health Global Pulse Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:27:35 +0000 Michael H. Merson 5948915 at http://www.globalpost.com