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

Advocates continue to call on all

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Malawi: WRA, Save the Children, Oxfam and Fair Play Africa co-hosted a two day meeting in Lilongwe for health advocates from across Africa to focus on advocacy efforts.

Lancet: Sharp drop in maternal deaths worldwide

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The number of women dying in childbirth worldwide has dropped dramatically, a British medical journal reports, adding that it was pressured to delay its findings until after U.N. meetings this week on public health funding.