Globally, deaths from congenital heart disease (the world’s most common birth defect) have declined 34.5% since 1990. But better diagnosis and treatments driving the improvement aren’t evenly accessible. 

Incarcerated adolescents exhibit a troublingly high lifetime prevalence of mental and physical health challenges—from suicidal ideation to substance use, abnormal cervical screening results, and premature death, according to a Lancet Public Health review.    

Child car seat manufacturer Evenflo marketed its Big Kid booster seat as “side-impact tested,” even though it posed deadly safety risks.A flawed regulatory system meant the company “could make up its own test, and pass itself.”   “The company’s test bar was…

While the global health community has mobilized swiftly against the Wuhan coronavirus,  preventable childhood pneumonia kills more than 800,000 children each year—making it more lethal than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. 

Over 15+ years, Kenya received $72.5 million from the US government to build up its blood safety and transfusion program “nearly from scratch.”   But that funding has tapered off and dried up—and the Kenyan government hasn’t budgeted to fill the gap this year, leaving…

A new, more affordable pneumonia vaccine is high on the agenda at the inaugural Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia in Barcelona this week. Prohibitive costs mean 55 million children remain unvaccinated, many of them in middle-income countries that don’t get cut-rate…

Women are being coerced into breastfeed their partners in Uganda, and in parts of Tanzania and Kenya—and researchers are beginning to look into the underground phenomenon that’s been linked to gender-based violence.     Researchers from Kyambogo University in Kampala and…

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children,” said Nelson Mandela at the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. 1.3 billion children around the world lack access to surgical and anesthesia care.

A Mexican community of just 5,000 people has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world—and young people bear the brunt, not their parents and grandparents.   The scourge in San Pedro Itzicán has been linked to rising contamination around Laka Chapala—a key water…

In 2009, an estimated 3% of women Afghanistan were addicted to opium or heroin; by 2015, that had climbed to 9.5%, the UN says. And in 2015, 9.2% of children tested positive for at least one drug. Some wives were introduced opium by husbands who gave it to them during…