It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to improve training of nurses and midwives and make births safer, a Jhpiego-led study determined.   Comparing 3 approaches, the researchers found that short, inexpensive, onsite, simulation-based training led to a 62% decrease in…

Ethiopia’s African Child Policy Forum just released its latest report ranking countries on a “Child-Friendliness Index” with a call to action.     The rankings, released periodically since 2008, look at efforts around children’s health like poverty rates, nutrition and…

A new global burden of pneumonia analysis shows some marked progress—pneumonia incidence in under-5s fell 30% from 2000-2015. The number of deaths among young children almost halved, and almost half of deaths occurred in just 5 countries. And a 187% jump in hospital…

Nearly 11 million children will likely die from pneumonia by 2030, according to a new analysis released yesterday on World Pneumonia Day. Children living in poverty are most at risk with more than 1.7 million children predicted to die in both India and Nigeria over the next…

Yemen’s unrelenting humanitarian crisis is putting unborn children and their mothers at risk, with more than a million pregnant and lactating women acutely malnourished. As medical specialists flee the country, overstretched hospitals are recruiting unlicensed new graduates…

In 2017, a child under age 15 died every 5 seconds, according to new UN estimates. The vast majority of these 6.3 million deaths were children under 5, most of them from preventable and treatable causes like pneumonia and malaria.

Child mortality has more than halved in the last 25 years—but still, millions of children around the world never make it to 5 years old.  

Child survival rates are vastly improving globally–but how much depends on where you are. A UNICEF annual report showed improvements in under-5 deaths, from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.6 million last year—largely from preventable conditions certain regions.  In sub-Saharan…

An armada of ordinary women has been key to family health across Ethiopia, opening “our eyes to the community’s needs,” writes Admasu Kesete, Ethiopia’s former health minister and CEO of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.  

While India’s childhood death toll is staggering—29 million between 2000 and 2015—it could have been much worse.