Celebrities urge G8 leaders to reach Millennium Goals to save women and newborns

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It is a global scandal that millions of women and newborn babies die or suffer severe injury during childbirth every year – despite the fact that the vast majority of these injuries and deaths are preventable.

Day of the African Child: UNICEF urges increased investment in Africa’s children

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UNICEF urges increased investment in Africa’s children for the continent’s future development Day of the African Child 2010: Theme is planning and budgeting for children, our collective responsibility.

American Academy of Pediatrics launches new global initiative: Helping Babies Breathe

When a baby is born and is not breathing, simple techniques like rubbing the baby dry, keeping the baby warm, and suctioning the baby’s mouth may be all that is needed to save a life.

Gates Foundation gives $1.5 bln for women’s health

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(Reuters) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion on Monday in a joint push with the United Nations to improve the health of women and children, while launching a lobbying effort to get governments and other non-profit groups on board.

Countdown to 2015 Decade Report: Lack of skilled birth care costs 2 million lives each year

 Countdown to 2015 Decade Report shows both mothers and newborns at risk

Global death rate for children lower than thought but progress in United States, Canada lagging behind other developed countries, study finds

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The global death rate for children under the age of 5 appears to be significantly lower — by as much as 800,000 fewer deaths — than the latest mortality estimates released by UNICEF in 2008.

Infections cause 68 pct of child deaths, study finds

The study, published in the Lancet on Wednesday, found that infectious diseases caused 68 percent of deaths in under fives, led by pneumonia (18 percent, 1.58 million children), diarrhea (15 percent, 1.34 million) and malaria (8 percent, 0.73 million).

See Where the Good Goes Campaign Launched

Save the Children and the Ad Council are working together to mobilize citizen action in the U.S. to help local health workers help save more children worldwide.

Laos: Sticky rice harms newborns, say specialists

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Feeding [sticky rice] to babies can not only result in gastro-intestinal disorders and immune deficiencies but also contribute to malnutrition.

Al Jazeera News: Indonesia battles maternal deaths

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Watch this news report on maternal and infant mortality in Indonesia, featuring expert commentary by Save the Children