Fed up that pneumonia—curable and highly preventable—kills a child every 39 seconds, a collection of 6 health agencies issued a joint call for governments to act.   Last year, 800,000 children died from pneumonia. Yet despite causing 15% of deaths in children under 5, it…

Worldwide, birth defects are the second leading cause of neonatal and child mortality—they are responsible for 1 in 10 under-5 deaths in Latin America. Registries for these anomalies are key to understanding their burden, their specific characteristics, and how to respond…

After decades of effort by the global health community and governments, more women are giving birth in health facilities than ever, and maternal and newborn mortality have declined since 1990.

With an “almost obsessive focus on data,” a group mapping out an overhaul of Madagascar’s broken health system is hoping to avoid a common weakness of global health pilot projects: measuring impact. Tracking 860 indicators to reveal what works and what doesn’t, PIVOT wants…

Kenya’s progress against under-5 mortality has been an outlier in sub-Saharan Africa, with an average rate of 46 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to 76 across the region.

25 years ago, Bill and Melinda Gates’s route to philanthropy was carved out by learning about scores of child deaths from diarrhea: “We were surprised, then we were outraged, then we were activated.” In their annual letter, the pair lay out some surprises of 2018:

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…