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Surprising new study about vitamin A and pregnant women

The New York Times reports on a surprising study released in the Lancet this week: the study, conducted in Ghana, showed that giving pregnant women vitamin A did not demonstrably save their lives or their babies’ lives.

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Good News for Maternal Health

A study published in The Lancet this week reports that maternal mortality has declined significantly for the first time in decades.

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Kangaroo Care in Malawi

The Living Proof Project just posted this excellent photo gallery on “Kangaroo Care” in Malawi. You may remember the corresponding video we posted a while back on the same subject. Remember to check out the Living Proof Project for more evidence of how US investments in global health are saving lives around the world.
Click the image below for the full gallery:

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Let’s end mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Here’s a partner post from Friends of the Global Fight for our World AIDS Day series. The photos are courtesy of the Global Fund/Guy Stubbs and John Rae.
Perhaps one of the most exciting milestones that was celebrated this World AIDS Day was the extraordinary progress made in ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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Mothers and HIV

Today, the Global Health Council hosted a panel discussion on gender, HIV, and why women matter in regard to the disease. In many areas of the world, women and girls are disproportionately affected by the pandemic as they face barriers to prevention, treatment, and care.

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UNICEF reports from Zambia

UNICEF USA’s Fieldnotes Blog has a great report from a rural health clinic in Zambia– specifically post-natal and prevention of mother-to-child treatment (PMTCT) care.
The whole piece is worth a read. Excerpts below:
Rolina is HIV positive and is enrolled in the clinic’s PMTCT program.

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