04 DECEMBER 2014 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK — A new report from the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA finds a staggering lack of basic sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries. The report, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014, finds that currently, 225 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraceptives and tens of millions of women do not receive the basic pregnancy and delivery care they need to protect their health and that of their newborns.
‘Delhi Declaration’: Partners in Population and Development unveil new roadmap for adolescents and youth
26 NOVEMBER 2014 | NEW DELHI, INDIA — The 11th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development concluded in Delhi with a new roadmap for youth and adolescents. Through the Delhi Declaration, member countries have agreed significant actions including recognizing the importance of sexual and reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health services, as well as engaging men and boys, as entry points to addressing violence against women and girls
26 NOVEMBER 2014 | ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The 4th Annual CARMMA awareness-raising week —aimed at saving the lives of African mothers and children— kicked off this week. As part of the week long celebrations, African Union Commissioner, Dr Kaloko, has launched the “African Health Stats” a health database which is being heralded as the flagship of the African Union’s CARMMA campaign. This health database represents a major step towards transparency and accountability.
20 NOVEMBER 2014 | ONLINE — Multi-stakeholder consultations about the new Global Financing Facility (GFF) are now underway and PMNCH is coordinating the process through a new interactive consultation hub. Partners are invited to log on, share their views and learn about this effort and how it will support an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, to be developed in 2015 in conjunction with the new Sustainable Development Goals.
New Global Nutrition report seeks to raise ambition and galvanize action against malnutrition
The Global Nutrition Report was launched in November at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome. A first in an annual series, the report tracks worldwide progress in improving nutrition status, identifies bottlenecks to change, highlights opportunities for action, and contributes to strengthened nutrition accountability. The Report aims to empower nutrition champions at the national level to better inform policy decisions and to strengthen the case for increased resource.
Two projects have been selected to receive $50,000 each that will go toward interventions aimed at reducing child mortality and evaluating the impact of their work in saving lives. CappSci’s Data for Life Prize was announced earlier this year as a global open-call for individuals and organizations to submit effective but under-recognized interventions for children under-five that deserve more rigorous study. Both projects showcase low-cost ways to save newborn lives in developing countries.
According to research carried out at Brunel University London, the NHS could save more than £40 million a year by increasing the length of time that mothers breastfeed. In the first study of its kind in the UK, researchers have shown that the savings would come from a reduction in both common childhood diseases and the risk of maternal breast cancer, which are linked to low rates of breastfeeding.
Samata, a research study and program based in northern Karnataka, India, to support girls to complete secondary school, recently spoke with a group of 20 local adolescent boys aged 13 to 18 years. The interviews sought to understand the boys’ views on adolescent girls’ participation in education, early marriage and gender norms, as well as boys’ behaviour toward girls. Findings from this exploratory study were complex.