New Countdown case study explores Malawi’s child health achievements, challenges

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27 JULY 2015 | LILONGWE, MALAWI - New evidence from a Countdown case study, which sought to better understand Malawi’s successes and challenges in improving health and development among women, newborns, and children, was presented today at a high-level event in Lilongwe. The Countdown case study shows that Malawi has dramatically improved child survival since 1990, yet Malawi still needs to focus on newborn survival. In addition to this presentation, the event also featured the launch of a new national Child Health Strategy, and presentation of important reports on Malawi’s Every Newborn Action Plan.

Teacher, leader, entrepreneur: One extraordinary woman takes on malnutrition

23 JULY 2015 | SYLLA DIONGTO, SENEGAL - In her tiny village in rural Senegal, Hapsatou Ka does all she can to fight malnutrition and help her community thrive. In this short film from USAID’s Extreme Possibilities series, follow Hapsatou in her roles as teacher, leader advocate and entrepreneur on her quest to put her community on the path to better health.

Global Financing Facility Launched with Billions Already Mobilized to End Maternal and Child Mortality by 2030

13-16 JULY 2015 | ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The UN, the World Bank Group, and the Governments of Canada, Norway and the United States joined country and global health leaders today to launch the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child, and announced that $12 billion in domestic and international, private and public funding has already been aligned to country-led five-year investment plans for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in the four GFF front-runner countries. The GFF is a key financing platform in support of the updated Global Strategy and the SDGs.

World's Largest Nutrition Education Program Launches in India, Courtesy of the Mobile phone

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7 JULY 2015 | NEW DELHI, INDIA - 10 million girls and young women in India will now be able to learn how to protect themselves and their children against malnutrition thanks to a new initiative that will provide much-needed nutrition education directly to their mobile phones. IAP HealthPhone™, will send text messages directly to the phones of women and girls with links to short educational videos. The videos share simple, actionable information on how to improve the status of women, care during pregnancy and for children under two, breastfeeding and balanced diets.

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    Every Newborn Action Plan: Malawi's road map for change

    Malawi will launch its Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) this week. In the lead up to the launch, Dr Jean Kalilani, Minister of Health for Malawi, explains the guiding principles, aims and expectations of the action plan as a road map for change in Malawi and a primary means of moving forward the Global Strategy for Woman’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which will be launched in September.

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    Why the development community needs to hear women's voices

    The reality of women’s lives has tended to be ignored or misunderstood by aid agencies. Women need to be made integral to economic progress in developing countries and agencies need to stop seeing them as an “add-on” and making assumptions about their needs. This was the message at the heart of a Guardian seminar, which explored the question: Are development agencies failing women.

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    State of inequality: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

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