Poorest Children More Likely to Die Young in Developing Countries

Indonesia HNN Team

Save the Children said that in 78 percent of the 87 low and middle income countries it analyzed in its “Lottery of Birth” report, at least one social or economic group was lagging behind and making slower progress in reducing child mortality.

Study: Minority Low-Birth-Weight Babies Less Likely to Get Help

United States of America HNN Team

A study of 10,433 California babies born with a very low birth weight in 2010-11 found that many were not referred to a free statewide program that provides follow-up care.

India Slashes Healthcare Budget by Almost a Fifth

India HNN Team

The finance ministry, headed by Arun Jaitley, has ordered the cut in spending overriding the protests of the health ministry at a recent meeting, according to Reuters.

Nigeria: National Health Bill finally signed by President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria HNN Team

Late last night, we got information from a very reliable source that President Goodluck Jonathan had signed the National Health Bill into law.

Nigeria: Jonathan finally signs National Health Bill into law

Nigeria HNN Team

The Act will establish a basic health care fund through deduction of an additional one per cent of Nigeria’s Consolidated Revenue Account (CRA) for primary health care. This is in addition to the expected counterpart funding contribution from the states and local government areas.

Nigeria: National Health Bill: Stakeholders Advocate Urgent Presidential Assent

Nigeria HNN Team

“Nigeria in getting this bill assented to will be in line with its commitment to the Africa Health Strategy 2007-2015 adopted in Abuja in 2007 and the Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” the groups added.

Launch of African Health Stats website

HNN Team

The site is the brainchild of the African Union Commission’s Department of Social Affairs, and provides reliable data on the progress made by members towards their Maputo Plan of Action and Abuja Call commitments.

Wellbeing Foundation Africa Calls for Increased Investment in Midwives at State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Launch

Nigeria HNN Team

the Wellbeing Foundation Africa continues to reiterate the need for increased investment in the training and continuous development of midwives in order to save the lives of the thousands of Nigerian women who die annually from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

India: All beds in Bengal govt hospitals to be free

India HNN Team

In a bid to make treatment of diseases affordable for the poor, all beds in government hospitals in West Bengal were being turned into free, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday.

Nigeria in last minute move to meet health-related MDG target

Nigeria HNN Team

Although Nigeria has made some progress in reducing child mortality, the country is behind the 2015 target of 30.3 deaths per 1000 live births as against 61 deaths per 1,000 live births Nigeria recorded in 2012.