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Half of preterm babies born in hospitals miss out on life-saving drug

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Photo: Lieve Blancquaer

A new World Health Organization study reveals that only half of women who gave birth preterm in hospitals have received steroid injections which prevent death and disability among vulnerable, preterm newborns. The study is the largest to look at the use of these life-saving drugs internationally. These drugs have existed for decades, don’t require refrigeration, and cost less than US$ 1 an injection.

Consensus on priority indicators for elimination of violence against women

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Experts at a meeting in Geneva in June reached consensus on two priority indicators to put forward for global level monitoring of the post 2015 target on violence against women. The expert meeting was attended by a diverse group of stakeholders including the scientific community involved in violence against women research and surveys, civil society, and UN partners.

Less than 500 days to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)


With less than 500 days to the MDG deadline, much remains to be done to achieve MDGs 4 and 5, to reduce child and maternal deaths and improve maternal health. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, “We should judge the progress in humanity and the progress of any society or country by the way they treat their women and children…. We should give them special attention.” Jason Gale of Bloomberg News speaks with Dr Margaret Chan and Dr Flavia Bustreo about the need to further accelerate progress.

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