25 November 2014 - Violence against women is common worldwide, a severe abuse of a woman's human rights, and a global health challenge of epidemic proportions. An effective response to violence against women needs to go beyond the health sector. The iERG believes that the elimination of violence against women must be a central objective of the post-2015 era of sustainable development. Indeed, prioritising action to protect women and girls from the global epidemic of violence that they face will be an important litmus test of the ongoing political rhetoric about the future of human development.
17 November 2014 - Preterm birth is the largest single cause of death among children under-5. And yet this largely preventable cause of childhood mortality is almost entirely ignored by the international community. This scandal of inaction must end.
Action by countries to save the lives of children born prematurely, some of the most vulnerable children in the societies today, is a measure of the commitment of that society to the future of its own people. World Prematurity Day is a moment for governments to recommit to a better future for their citizens.
12 November 2014 - Each minute of every day, 2 children under-5 die of pneumonia. That figure adds up to 107 deaths every hour, 2562 deaths every day, and 935,000 deaths every year. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable.
World Pneumonia Day provides an opportunity to look again at the size and scale of an utterly preventable, but still all too common, cause of childhood death. It provides a moment to express our shock at the unacceptable toll of disease and death which pneumonia brings to those embarking on a new life. It provides the platform to speak out and say we must work together to end the epidemic—now.
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