The US remains the sole holdout among developed nations in signing the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child—furthering evidence that children’s rights, which ensure “the survival and development of the child,” are being recklessly and needlessly eroded as more people…

A traditional post-natal practice in parts of Nigeria—pressing a napkin heated on a lantern on the umbilical cord until it falls off—is one reason Nigeria still struggles with preventable neonatal tetanus.   The problem is that sometimes the lanterns are rusted, and the…

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.

Many governments count on preschool to provide the nurturing care disadvantaged children need for healthy development. But for too many children, particularly in low-resource countries, preschool is too late. That’s where healthcare workers—often the first and only…

Women with high concentrations of DDT in their blood during pregnancy are 32% more likely to give birth to a child that develops autism, according to a study of almost a million women.

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.  

Shehzad Noorani's portrait of a young girl child working in a battery recycling workshop at Ayena Ghat by the river Buriganga on the outskirts of Dhaka, with her young brother in the background, highlights the plight of the children of factory workers. Most women and older…

In defiance of public health efforts to stamp out polio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it keeps spreading—paralyzing 29 children, and reaching Uganda’s border.    DRC’s outbreak is derived from the oral polio vaccine, not the wild virus. High-risk districts…

Dentistry is moving closer to a mercury-free future as momentum gathers behind a global effort to nix the element from the industry. A growing roster of countries is banishing the use of mercury and amalgam—a mix mercury and other metals used for fillings—in dental…

The UN has named and shamed countries including Yemen, Syria, and the DRC in its annual survey of nations’ failures to protect children. The roundup, which tracks failures across 6 categories, counted over 10,000 children killed or maimed in armed conflicts last year, and…