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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 …

MIT

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 …

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 …

Cancer

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 …

Africa

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 …

Obstetrics

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 …

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 …

Malala Yousafzai