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…

During yesterday’s International Day of the Girl Child, halting the world’s 15 million annual child marriages took center stage. Girls Not Brides Ghana demanded funding for the Ghana National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage. There is “no more time for idle debates,” said…

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

Travel can change your worldview, even if you’ve been to a place before. Take Duke global health major Namratha Atluri. She had volunteered in Indian orphanages, but until she participated in a research training trip to New Delhi last fall, she doubted India’s capacity to…

Burcu Bozkurt, the 120 Under 40 leader closing out GHN’s special Q&A series, has done everything from providing technical support to establish an M&E system for community health workers in Bangladesh to working with women’s cooperatives in Turkey, her home country.

As a medical student in Rwanda, Jean Christophe Rusatira grew determined to help the many street kids he encountered near his university. Rusatira’s quest to help youth find better opportunities sparked his career-shaping interest in public health, and ultimately led to his…

Patricee Douglas, MBBS, a 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders winner of 2016, stands out as the only winner from the Caribbean region. The program, organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the…

67% of US pregnancies flagged with a chromosomal abnormality are terminated. In Iceland, that number is almost 100%.With the rise of screening for genetic disorders, the island nation has nearly eradicated Down syndrome births. 80-85% of pregnant women identified as “high-…

The scores are in, and not one country is living up to the recommended standards for breastfeeding.   UNICEF, WHO and the Global Breastfeeding Collective released the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard and called out countries for failing to invest in breastfeeding.   The…

An emerging model of care for opioid-dependent newborns places mothers and infants together in low-stimulation environments to try to avert morphine treatment for newborns.Under this model, mothers are trained to be the first line of care from birth. Together with hospital…