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…

9 suicides of children and young people over the past 6 months on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has families and tribe officials desperately searching for answers. In addition to the deaths, there have also been more than 100 suicide attempts of people…

Preschoolers under care for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to receive meds than behavior therapy, the recommended first-line treatment. Analyzing insurance claims, a CDC study found that across the US no more than 55% of children aged 2-5…

Children living with and exposed to tobacco smoke endure more illnesses and visit doctors more often, according to new research presented this week at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting in Baltimore. Nearly ¼ of the 95,677 children in the study lived with smokers…