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.
3 October 2014 | Washington - There has been progress in improving the health situation of women and children in the region of the Americas and the world, but there is much left to do, said Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), and one of nine members of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG). Barroso presented the findings from the 2014 iERG report, Every Woman, Every Child: a Post-2015 Vision, during PAHO’s 53rd Directing Council.
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