The Lancet: Breastfeeding could add $300 billion into the global economy and save lives

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28 JANUARY 2016 | WASHINGTON, DC — The Lancet Breastfeeding series released today finds that greater investment in breastfeeding could add $300 billion into the global economy and save about 820,000 lives each year. The study also highlights the many barriers to breastfeeding women face and notes that stronger national policies and programs key to eliminating them. The launch of this new series on breastfeeding offers the largest and most comprehensive analysis to quantify levels, trends, and benefits of breastfeeding around the world.

The International Conference on Family Planning 2016

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His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia officially opened the International Conference on Family Planning today in Nusa Dua, where more than 3,000 participants from around the world will gather. During the opening ceremony the Gates Foundation announced it will pledge an additional $120m for family planning over the next three years as well as prioritising advocacy. The conference on family planning will take place over the next four days and presents a key platform to elevate family planning within the new global development agenda.

UN Secretary-General Announces Members of the High-Level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child

21 JANUARY 2016 | DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - The UN Secretary-General announced today the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child. The Partnership is delighted that our Board Chair, Mrs Graça Machel, is one of the initial members named and will work together with this group to provide leadership and inspire ambitious action for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health during the transition from the MDGs to the universal Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Lancet stillbirth series highlights slow progress on stillbirth prevention

© 2014 C. Hanna-Truscott Midwives for Haiti, Courtesy of Photoshare

19 JANUARY 2016 | LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - More than 2.6 million stillbirths continue to occur globally every year with very slow progress made to tackle this ‘silent problem’, according to new research published in The Lancet “Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series”. The Lancet series provides updated estimates and clear evidence and analysis on what must be done to end preventable stillbirths by 2030, echoing the call of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2015-2030 and the Every Woman Every Child movement.

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    Women Deliver 2016 Conference to Spotlight Solutions to Toughest Challenges Facing Girls and Women

    The Women Deliver 2016 Conference, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark this Spring will feature more than 150 panels and side events focused on solutions and on how to make development matter most for girls and women, with a specific emphasis on health, rights, gender equality, education and economic empowerment.

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    Latching On: Why Breast is Best for Every Baby, Everywhere

    In recent times, there has been an upsurge of awareness campaigns on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and supporting all mothers everywhere in any setting, to do what is not just natural but important for the mother and her babies. Robin Gorna in this blog speaks of her experience breastfeeding small and sick twins and explains why mothers of sick and small babies – like hers – need to have quality, reliable information to make informed decisions.

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    New Countdown Case Study highlights Malawi as early adopter, early achiever

    Nearly a third of Malawi’s population lives in severe poverty, but the eyes of the global health community have turned to this small, land-locked nation of 16 million because it is one of only a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that achieved MDG 4 by reducing under-5 mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. In a paper published in Lancet Global Health, a Countdown to 2015 research team confirms that Malawi had met its MDG 4 target by as early as 2013, and seeks to explain Malawi’s success in improving child survival.

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