IHP news 478 : Reproductive, maternal, neonatal & child health

By on July 13, 2018

WHO – INSPIRE Handbook: action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children


The INSPIRE handbook: actions for implementing the seven strategies explains in detail how to choose and implement interventions that will fit your needs and context. The seven strategy-specific chapters address the Implementation and enforcement of laws; Norms and values; Safe environments; Parent and caregiver support; Income and economic strengthening; Response and support services; and Education and life skills. The handbook concludes with a summary of INSPIRE’s implementation and impact indicators, drawn from the companion INSPIRE indicator guidance and results framework.”

Lancet World Report – Proposed regulation of oxytocin in India causes concern


Misuse of the synthetic hormone has prompted the government to propose strict regulations, but some worry about potential consequences on women’s health. Sophie Cousins reports. Maternal and public health experts and activists across India have expressed concern about plans to restrict the production and retail sale of oxytocin, a life-saving drug on WHO’s Essential Medicine List. Earlier this year, India banned imports of oxytocin to prevent its widespread misuse in the livestock industry….”

Apolitical – Structural reform, the magic bullet for chronic child malnutrition in Peru


Some good news from Peru which managed to halve its child stunting and chronic malnutrition rates between 2008 and 2016, through structural reform. At the heart of this was a Conditional Cash Transfer program (CCT) known as “Juntos”, however, “cash transfers were just one part of a much wider effort.” “A shift of this scale could not be achieved with any one intervention, but only with systemic reform to government itself. From the structural reform of social sector spending, to the powerful use of data for targeting resources, Peru shows how structural changes can lead to huge impact.” Perhaps something for other countries to emulate…..

From evidence-based medicine to populism-based medicine

Guardian – Rise of Italian populist parties buoys anti-vaccine movement


This week, the debate on child vaccination children in Italy heated up a bit, as Giulia Grillo, the health minister, said “parents no longer had to provide schools with a doctor’s certificate proving their children had been vaccinated”. That this decision was taken in spite of the fact that Italy has recently been experiencing a surge in the number of measles cases, is certainly a timely reminder of the dangers that populist discourses can pose to health and science in general.

Cfr a tweet by Laurie Garrett:  “The intimate ties between right-wing nationalist movements & anti-#vaccine parents is extremely disconcerting. Will rising populism spawn epidemics of #measles #mumps #pertussis etc? Why is immunizing your kids a partisan issue?”

Tweet Peter Hotez: “Scary to watch the antivaccine #antivax movement gain strength and size in #Italy and #Europe – and now many Western US states @guardian


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