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All hands on deck: new evidence on the need for a multi-sectoral approach to reducing childhood stunting. In Indonesia, chronic malnutrition is widespread with more than one-third of young children being stunted.

All hands on deck: new evidence on the need for a multi-sectoral approach to reducing childhood stunting

Despite the reduction of the poverty rate from 16.6% to 11.4% from 2007 to 2013, the rate of stunting amongst children under the age of five has remained alarmingly high, exceeding 37% in 2013, although that figure has declined in the last two years. Stunting has important lifelong consequences for health, as well as for cognitive development, education, human capital accumulation, and ultimately for economic productivity. However, to reduce stunting it’s not only important to focus on the health sector. Association between maternal social deprivation and prenatal care utilization: the PreCARE cohort study.

Despite the supposedly protective policies in France, we found that social deprivation is associated with inadequate PCU here.

Association between maternal social deprivation and prenatal care utilization: the PreCARE cohort study

The strength of the association and the aspects of deprivation involved varied according to women’s migration status. Inadequate PCU was also associated with recent immigration, with unplanned and unwanted pregnancy, independently of others social conditions. Simple treatment for severe bleeding could save lives of mothers around the world. New evidence suggests low-cost drug should become frontline response for major blood loss after childbirth.

Simple treatment for severe bleeding could save lives of mothers around the world

The global trial of 20,000 women found that death due to bleeding was reduced by 31% if the treatment was given within three hours. The drug, called tranexamic acid (TXA), works by stopping blood clots from breaking down. The findings also show it reduced the need for urgent surgery to control bleeding (laparotomy) by more than a third (36%). Severe bleeding after childbirth (known as post-partum haemorrhage or PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide.

Inexpensive Drug Prevents Deaths in New Mothers, Study Finds - NYTimes.com. WASH 1,000 and Community Led Total Sanitation in Ghana. A primary focus of our work in Ghana is the WASH 1,000 approach, which promotes four key behaviors related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities during the first 1,000 days.

WASH 1,000 and Community Led Total Sanitation in Ghana

The SPRING/Ghana 1,000 Day Household Approach. At a 1,000 day household in northern Ghana, caretakers prevent children from consuming contaminated food and water and complement breastmilk with nutrient-rich foods.

The SPRING/Ghana 1,000 Day Household Approach

Trump's 'global gag' aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns. The “global gag rule” imposed by Donald Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls, endangering their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned.

Trump's 'global gag' aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns

The changes are expected to result in funding from the world’s biggest donor to family planning and women’s health programmes in the developing world being slashed. It could, Bill Gates told the Guardian, “create a void that even a foundation like ours can’t fill”. ‘It's the breaking of a taboo’: the parents who regret having children. It was coming up to Christmas 2015 when a query popped up on Victoria Elder’s home computer screen.

‘It's the breaking of a taboo’: the parents who regret having children

It was from the question-and-answer site Quora, to which she had only recently subscribed. She didn’t know much about Quora at the time, except that it was a place where users posted questions others would do their best to answer, such as “Who’s the yellow suit guy in Gangnam Style?” Or “If the Earth were a cube, how would gravity be different?” 'There will be more deaths': NGOs on Trump's anti-abortion rule. Three days after his inauguration, Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag” rule, which prohibits the use of US aid money for abortions, prevents NGOs from using private funds for abortion services, from referring women to groups that provide abortions, and even from offering information on services.

'There will be more deaths': NGOs on Trump's anti-abortion rule

This photo sums up Trump’s assault on women’s rights. Look at these men.

This photo sums up Trump’s assault on women’s rights

Look at them. Gathered around the most powerful man in the world – a man who has openly bragged of sexual assault, who refers to a vulva as a woman’s “wherever” – as he signs away the reproductive rights of women in developing countries. Poorest and most marginalised women continue to be most at risk of maternal death. Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, says new study. Texas is scrambling to explain why it has suffered the sharpest increase in maternal deaths of anywhere in the US - a rate of mortality not matched anywhere within the developed world.

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, says new study

A new study has found the number of women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014. A number of observers believe the development is linked the slashing of funding for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health programmes by the Republican-controlled state government. A report in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that after a modest increase in maternal mortality in Texas between 2000 and 2010, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths nearly doubled in 2011 and 2012- a trend the researchers found “puzzling”. Activists say funding to groups such as Planned Parenthood has been repeatedly cut (AP) “A future study will examine Texas data by race–ethnicity and detailed causes of death to better understand this unusual finding.”

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