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MDG4: Reduce Child Mortality

MDG4: Reduce Child Mortality
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UN to acclaim Bangladesh on MDG performance

Sep 16, 2010 12:40 PM In the forthcoming General Assembly meeting, the UN will acknowledge Bangladesh’s performance on MDGs especially reducing child mortality which has garnered worldwide acclaim.
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Singhbhum: Ekjut promises health for women, children

Sep 15, 2010 01:28 PM An NGO which works in the remote tribal areas of Jharkhand, is making a huge difference in the way new and expectant mothers, and their infants are taken care of. The result is a massive decline in maternal and child mortality in these otherwise “inaccessible” areas.
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Pakistan to witness massive child mortality

Sep 14, 2010 04:16 PM Pakistan is at the threshold of witnessing a wave of child mortality owing to unavailability of ration and lack of proper treatment of malnourished children in the flood hit areas. Water borne diseases arising out of poor sanitation further threaten lives of the children.
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Sri Lanka - a role model for best maternity practices

Aug 23, 2010 03:39 PM Unlike many Asian countries, Sri Lanka boasts of excellent health indicators including the practice of breastfeeding among women. Professor Priyani Soysa from Colombo has revolutionised the health system through institutional and behavioural interventions, which have ensured that Lankan children are raised hale and hearty.
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New infant care model saves lives

Aug 19, 2010 04:52 PM Infant care in the remote areas of India's eastern state, Jharkhand has been revisited under the Reproductive and Child Health Programme. The latest approach trains health workers in villages to focus on prevention, treatment and management of malnutrition, and minor childhood diseases.
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India: 6 lakh girls go missing at birth annually

Jul 14, 2010 01:11 PM According to UNPF, roughly 1,600 girls a day have gone missing at birth in India from 2001-2007. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister and Delhi Chief Minister have called for the education and empowerment of girls and women to end the practice of pre-natal sex-selection.
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Bring down maternal mortality, says report

Jun 07, 2010 07:04 PM According to a latest study by UN, the maternal mortality rate in South Asia continues to be the highest in the world, next only to sub-Saharan Africa. Report points out that Indian state Madhya Pradesh witnesses the highest number of maternal deaths in the country and requires immediate attention of the government.
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Child mortality declines in poor countries

May 24, 2010 07:16 PM The international figures reveal that under-five child mortality has come down globally and cuts in child mortality have been faster in many poorer countries. The study points out that death rate of infants have not fallen in the UK, along with the USA, New Zealand and South Korea, as anticipated.
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WHO calls for renewed commitment for measles control

May 24, 2010 12:47 PM The World Health Assembly of 193 countries passed a resolution to work collectively for measles eradication. Emphasising on determined commitment to deal with the disease, assembly has warned that if measles outbreaks continue MDGs aimed to reduce child mortality will not be met.
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Myanmar: Ignorance jeopardises Chin children's health

Jan 25, 2010 12:16 PM Poverty, low levels of literacy, and low accessibility to health services are compounded by lack of knowledge about health, hygiene and nutrition, exposing Myanmar's poorest children to deadly diseases.
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Healthy feeding practices to tackle malnutrition in India

Jan 12, 2010 04:02 PM UNICEF’s positive deviance programme is enabling sustained behavioural change among parents in a poverty-stricken village in eastern India. The initiative encourages mothers to cook more nutritious meals and use existing solutions to improve feeding practices.
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Footballers promote fight against malaria in Africa

Dec 04, 2009 11:13 AM In a continent where every thirty seconds, a child dies of malaria, celebrity footballers have joined a campaign to fight against the killer disease. The 2010 Soccer World Cup, to be held in South Africa, presents a solid opportunity for raising mass awareness about it.
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Nairobi finds innovative ways to tackle malnutrition

Nov 23, 2009 12:17 PM Fortified flour and chewing gums are new and cost-effective ways of reducing malnutrition. A conference on nutrition held recently in Nairobi concluded that these innovative methods could save millions of children when combined with community outreach programmes.
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Community participation key to children's well being

Sep 09, 2009 06:00 PM Community mobilisation and sensitisation play critical role in achieving holistic development of a child, says a new report jointly released by Save the Children and Public Interest Foundation in India’s national capital. There is a need to take small efforts that can multiply with the greater involvement of people.
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Afghan women spread awareness on child health

Sep 02, 2009 11:43 AM The Women Courtyard initiative in Afghanistan is helping prevent newborn deaths by spreading the word on polio immunization and other vaccine preventable diseases. Groups of women are trained as health workers, who then visit households to reach out to mothers and children.
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Tackling chronic malnutrition in Nepal

Jun 04, 2009 11:17 AM A UNDP project in Nepal’s Jumla district is being implemented to provide better health services and reduce malnutrition. As part of efforts to localise MDGs, mothers are taught about proper nutritious diet for their babies and other essential steps to ensure children’s growth.
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A model for neonatal care

Jun 01, 2009 01:53 PM The sick and newborn care unit at a hospital in western India is proving to be a lifesaver for infants. The state-of-the-art facility provides free of cost treatment to those below poverty line and is being replicated across the state to reduce the infant mortality rate.
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Poor sanitation 'biggest child killer'

May 12, 2009 04:23 PM A new report by WaterAid reveals that children are dying more due to poor sanitation than diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Increased investments in sanitation would significantly bring down child mortality.
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Maternal height linked to child deaths in India

Apr 30, 2009 03:52 PM Children of shorter mothers are 70% more likely to die due to underweight and anaemia, says a study about India by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Another key finding suggests the presence of inter-generational transfer of poor health from mother to offspring.
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Malnutrition threatens children's lives in Pakistan

Apr 07, 2009 12:40 PM In Pakistan’s Sindh province, child mortality rate is alarmingly high and is, in fact, worse than the national average. Children in this region have little immunity to diseases like diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections and TB due to malnutrition.
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