Tanzania passed a new law making child marriage illegal under any circumstances, with a 30-year jail term for Tanzanian men who marry or impregnate schoolgirls. The law focuses on protecting girls, but is also designed to work hand-in-hand with Tanzania's free education…

Treating autism early may offer the best hope for those affected, but the stigma and lack of awareness surrounding the diagnosis in Egypt stand in the way. “Autism is a tough issue in Egyptian society. It can be viewed as a curse, and children are sometimes caged. But…

Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) cause many of children’s health problems today, as youth are biologically more vulnerable to climate change. Reviewing the evidence, Frederica Perera, director of the Columbia Center for Children'…

Iron-deficiency anemia affects over 1.6 billion people, most living in Africa and Asia, preventing them from reaching their full potential. It disproportionately affects children and reproductive-age women. The complex causes, rooted in poverty, include a lack of nutritious…

Call it a tax on women and children’s futures: More than 3 million children and 13 million adult females in 24 sub-Saharan African countries spend more than 30 minutes per day collecting water.

It’s been a busy 10 days for UNFPA executive director Babatunde Osotimehin. Last week, he spoke at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen. Then Monday at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, he called on delegates to put women, children and young people at the…

At this year’s WHA, adolescent health experts prioritize working with young people to design effective programs GENEVA – 1.8 billion strong, the biggest cohort of adolescents in human history is poised to lead the world in the coming decades—but first they have to…

When lead began seeping into the water supply in Flint, Michigan, multiple monitoring systems failed. Tipped off to the possible problem by a friend with a background in water testing, Flint pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, threw herself into analyzing lead…

A recent surge in formula sales indicates a global ‘infant and young child feeding transition,’ the rate and scale of which is unprecedented, writes Phillip Baker, a postdoctoral fellow in health policy and food policy at the Australian National University. His team’s…

Depression resulted in the largest amount of ill health worldwide in 2013, affecting more than 10% of the world’s 1.8 billion 10-24 year olds. And alcohol remains the world's leading risk factor for ill health in young adults aged 20-24 responsible for 7% of the disease…