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A Simple Community Health Remedy in Mali

Deploying community health workers to treat sick children rapidly can make an enormous difference in how many live and how many die, according to a new study done in Mali.

The focus neighborhood of 56,000 people — Yirimadjo, on the outskirts of the capital, Bamako — had a 90 percent drop in deaths …

Community Health

PROFILE-Somaliland midwife puts women's rights at heart of hospital

HARGEISA, Somaliland (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Patrolling the wards of the hospital she founded in the breakaway enclave of Somaliland, Edna …


MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

Here’s a scary statistic: In 2007, 87 percent of households in the U.S. used air conditioning, compared to just 11 percent of households in Brazil …

A Year Later, Has The East Coast Learned Anything From Hurricane Sandy?

If another massive storm hit the region tomorrow, the outcome could be much the same. But it's not that we haven't learned—it's that creating a culture of resilience is an extremely slow process.

One year after Hurricane Sandy hurled itself at the Eastern seaboard, causing more than $68 billion in …

New York

Breakthrough Innovations That Can Save Women and Children Now

Since world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been halved, more …

After Cancer, Fertility Is Often Within Reach

Like many adults who survived childhood cancer, Karen Cormier always assumed she would never get pregnant.

Ms. Cormier, 39, developed a rare form of kidney cancer when she was 5 years old. Chemotherapy helped cure her of the disease, but her doctors warned that the treatments would damage her …


In Republic of Congo, a revolution in maternal health

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BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo – At first glance, Central University Hospital in Brazzaville looks like so many other hospitals in so many other African capitals – home to dimly lit waiting rooms and dirty floors. But inside the freshly painted mint-green walls of the …

The Amazing People Who Are Changing How Low-Income Moms Give Birth

What Shakima Woolward, 35, wanted most with her third baby was a natural birth.

Her first two children were born via cesarean section for reasons, she said, that were never adequately explained by her doctors. With her second child, now 7, the decision to perform surgery was abrupt. Woolward was …


Global child mortality rates "halved"

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NAIROBI, 13 September 2013 (IRIN) - Child mortality rates declined by 47 percent globally between 1990 and 2012, a major …

Child Mortality

Malala Yousafzai to open £188m Library of Birmingham

A teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for championing women's rights has been given the honour of opening the new £188m Library of Birmingham.

Malala Yousafzai will unveil a commemorative plaque during a ceremony in Centenary Square on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old was attacked by Taliban gunmen on a …


Seventy percent of D.C.’s pregnancies are unintended

That comes from a new Guttmacher Institute report, which looks at rates of unintended pregnancies across the country. It finds that, in 2008, most …

Men Convicted In India Gang Rape To Be Sentenced Friday

The four men convicted of the New Delhi gang rape that took the life of a 23-year-old woman last December will learn their fate on Friday.

The court considered Wednesday whether they should get capital punishment or life in prison.

In sentencing arguments that stretched to three hours, public …


Bloomberg Business

Abortion Clinics Close at Record Pace After States Tighten Rules

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- At least 58 U.S. abortion clinics -- almost 1 in 10 -- have shut or stopped providing the procedure since 2011 as access …


Feminism a Good Fit for One 'Good Muslim Boy'

LONDON — Nazir Afzal’s enemies are a diverse lot.

Some are Muslim men like him, men with British passports and roots in Pakistan who can’t get their head around one of their own pointing the finger at forced marriages and honor crimes and “giving racists another stick to beat us with.” Others come …


Most Breast Cancer Deaths Occur in Younger, Unscreened Women: Study

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- New breast cancer research reveals a significant death rate among women under …


Fertility Rate Stabilizes as the Economy Grows

WASHINGTON — The sharp decline in the country’s fertility rate during the economic downturn has come to an end, federal data show, as an improving economy encouraged Americans to resume having babies.

The number of babies born in the United States in 2012 remained flat, the first time in five years …


Infertile in a Land of Kids

This is Part 3 of a 3 part special series, Family Choices: Fertility and Infertility in Africa, produced by PRI’s The World.

In a dusty township …


Sierra Leone: Where water is foul, diarrhea is a killer

A diverse look at global health issues.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — In Kroo Bay, a slum located in the heart of Freetown, mounds of raw sewage seep into …


Educating Mothers, Saving Children

The more educated a mother, the less likely her child is to die.

This is one of the most powerful relationships in global health and development -- a mother's level of education and her child's chance of survival.

Studies have shown that half of the reduction in child deaths in the last 20 years is …


Woman Who Wrote About Life Under the Taliban Is Killed

KABUL, Afghanistan — The author of a popular memoir of life under the Taliban that was made into a major Bollywood movie was shot dead early Thursday morning, 18 years after militant leaders sentenced her to death after she refused to wear a burqa in public.

Sushmita Banerjee, who wrote about her …


Drinking When Young Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Young women who regularly drink alcohol before their first pregnancy may be increasing their risk for breast cancer, a new study reports.

The prospective study of more than 150,000 women with no history of cancer also found that alcohol use before pregnancy was associated with an increased risk for …


The new women’s health agenda

Ana Langer talks to Fiona Fleck about a new women’s health agenda that is needed to address the emerging epidemic of chronic diseases among …

Women's News

A Death in the Family

Investing in a Future for Asia’s Young Women

SINGAPORE — Mari Sawai and Mario Ferro, who graduated in 2009 from the Masters in Development program of the London School of Economics, founded Wedu last year, a program to help women in Southeast Asia gain access to higher education through microfinancing, mentorship and counseling.

Their aim, …


Women, Bought and Sold in Nepal

NEPAL may be known for natural beauty and Mount Everest, but there is a dark side to this small, picturesque country. Women and girls are being bought, sold and smuggled across the Nepal-India border. Although reliable data on the scope of the issue is difficult to gather, Unicef reports that as …

Women's News

Nigeria's child brides: 'I thought being in labour would never end'

Ibrahim Kanuma winces as he recalls the moment a 63-year-old man asked him for his teenage daughter's hand in marriage. The proposal was not unusual in north-western Nigeria's remote, dust-blown state of Zamfara, but he considered the suitor too old for his only daughter, Zainab, 13.

"Even if he had …


5 facts: Women and water



The world will have a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030 unless it changes the way it manages water. See 5 facts …


Uganda rejects HIV prevention tool on moral grounds

KAMPALA, 3 September 2013 (IRIN) - Activists in Uganda, where some 400 people are infected with HIV every day, have called on the government to …