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The Born Healthy Initiative: Giving Everyone the Best Start in Life

Newborn health is intrinsically linked to the health of the mother and the care she receives before, during and immediately after giving birth. As deaths from infectious diseases fall, they are replaced by birth defects as the leading cause of childhood death. Every year, around eight million babies are born with birth defects, and at least three million children die. Many more face a lifetime of disability, poverty and stigma. Read more…

2015+: A World Without the MDGs

2015+.JPGBy: Dr. Frederick Torgbor Sai, a Ghanaian family health physician and honorary co-chair of Women Deliver 2010 conference

The eight MDGs are too well known to warrant repetition here. MDG 5 asked for a reduction of the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 2000 and 2015. Other goals related directly to MDG 5 are focused on child health, improvement in women’s status and the reduction of poverty. The attainment of all the other MDGs would also influence MDG 5, as would its attainment also impact all the others. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Integrating Family Planning and Fuel Efficiency for Better Health, Environment

tanzania.gifBy: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern at Women Deliver

Rukia Seif holds an unusual place in her community.

In addition, to being a mother of three, Seif is a population, health, and environment (PHE) peer educator in her Tanzanian village on the outskirts of Saadani National Park. Read more...

As International Year of Youth Ends, More Work on Youth is Needed

IYY.jpgToday is the culmination of the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, which began on 12 August 2010. There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today, who make up 1/3rd of the world’s population. We hope that although the International Year of Youth has come to a close, momentum and progress for youth involvement and focus in development will not be lost. Read more...

2015+: What are the options for Millennium Development Goals 2.0?

From time to time, we will step out of our sector to see what others are saying about post 2015 goals. This is a blog from Andy Sumner of Global Policy, first published in February 2011. 2015+.JPG

The debate on what, if anything might replace the MDGs in 2015 is starting to emerge. One might imagine three stylized options – more of the same, something that builds on the MDGs, or something completely new. Read more...

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