IHP news 474: SR/Mat/neonatal & child health

By on June 15, 2018

The Hill – For safety and security in Niger, solutions must flow upstream

A Graves et al ; http://thehill.com/opinion/international/391922-for-safety-and-security-in-niger-solutions-must-flow-upstream

« …For better or worse, the future of the Sahel depends in part on external aid. The international community can and should offer family planning aid to these governments. Many of them already have ambitious targets for contraception because they understand the demographic imperative of doing so for development…. … What “upstream,” preventive measures can be taken now to slow population growth, uphold women’s rights and promote peace in the region in decades to come?… »

CGD – To Change Africa’s Path, We Need to Support Rural Girls from Day One

Joyce Banda et al; https://www.cgdev.org/blog/change-africas-path-we-need-support-rural-girls-day-one?utm_source=180612&utm_medium=cgd_email&utm_campaign=cgd_weekly&utm_&&&

Blog accompanying a new bookFrom Day One: Why Supporting Girls Aged 0 to 10 Is Critical to Change Africa’s Path. 

“The case for narrowing the gender gap is well established, and programs seeking to empower women in sub-Saharan Africa have multiplied. Yet a critical piece is missing: a focus on rural girls from zero to 10 years old. Discrimination and social norms that penalize girls and women do not start at adolescence, and by the time girls are 10, it is often too late to undo the damage that has already been done.”

CGD (blog) – DREAM Big: Emerging Results from a PEPFAR Partnership to Reduce HIV Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Amanda Glassman ; https://www.cgdev.org/blog/dream-big-emerging-results-pepfar-partnership-reduce-hiv-among-adolescent-girls-and-young-women#.WyK5Dol4NvY.twitter

On World AIDS Day 2014, PEPFAR announced the DREAMS partnership, a multisector program to reduce HIV incidence among highest-risk adolescent girls and young women. It’s been three years since the rollout of the program began, and earlier this month in collaboration with the Population Council, CGD convened key players to discuss emerging results, what they mean for the future of DREAMS, and how we can ensure that the next years of programming go even farther to deliver the most effective services to those most at risk….”

Preliminary results are encouraging.

Devex – New guidance helps humanitarian organizations support sexual and gender minorities


A commitment from humanitarian organizations to “leave no one behind” has yet to see one important and vulnerable group included: Sexual and gender minorities. But the Humanitarian Advisory Group believes that important steps can be taken to plan, prepare, implement, and monitor emergency responses so that they are inclusive of all — including LGBTQ communities. In a recent practice paper released by the group, first steps to delivering responses and services — that truly leave no one behind — are highlighted….”

WB’s Investing in Health blog – The Power of Convergence: Eliminating unfair inequalities in child survival

Kevin Watkins;  http://blogs.worldbank.org/health/power-convergence-eliminating-unfair-inequalities-child-survival

“…. The SDGs establish bold targets for eliminating extreme deprivation. But they also signal an intent to combine national progress towards those targets with ‘social convergence’, or a decline in the disparities separating the most marginalised from the rest of society. This is a marked departure from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which focused attention on national average progress. As the findings from an excellent 2015 paper by Adam Wagstaff and Caryn Bredenkamp noted national progress in child survival and nutrition masked widening inequalities in a majority of countries, notably in sub-Saharan Africa….”

Resyst (blog) – The vulnerability and health research paradox: Ethics, gender, trust and power

S Molyneux & S Theobald; http://resyst.lshtm.ac.uk/news-and-blogs/vulnerability-and-health-research-paradox-ethics-gender-trust-and-power

Blog related to a set of discussions on vulnerability, agency and resilience in a meeting organised by REACH in Oxford in May.

UNICEF (report) – A Child rights-based approach to food marketing


Report from April.  “A Child Rights-Based Approach to Food Marketing: A Guide for Policy Makers offers a legal analysis that links the WHO Recommendations with a human rights framework, particularly the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this analysis, the CRC provides the foundation for a child rights-based approach to ending childhood obesity and the prevention of non-communicable diseases….”

UNFPA – Period shame, misinformation linked to serious human rights concerns


Shame, stigma and misinformation surrounding menstruation are contributing to serious human rights concerns for women and girls, emphasizes a new report commissioned by UNFPA.  The report, a comprehensive review of available evidence on menstrual health management in East and Southern Africa, was undertaken by the non-governmental organization WoMena and released ahead of the Menstrual Health Management Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa.  It powerfully underscores the ways period shame and misinformation undermine the well-being of women and girls, making them vulnerable to gender discrimination, child marriage, exclusion, violence, poverty and untreated health problems….”

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