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UN SPOTLIGHTS CRITICAL ROLE OF MIDWIVES IN IMPROVING MATERNAL AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH

New York, Jun 17 2011 - The United Nations is set to unveil a report highlighting the vital work of midwives in ensuring that millions of women and newborn children do not die needlessly at a time when many countries still lack enough skilled staff to serve as birth attendants.The report, <i>The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011: delivering health, saving lives</i>, is the first of its kind and draws on data gathered from 58 countries. Co-authored by several UN agencies – including the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – and more than 20 international partners, it will be released on Monday at a global co...

UN ENVOY HAILS CHAD’S ACTION PLAN TO END USE OF CHILD SOLDIERS

New York, Jun 14 2011 - A senior United Nations official today hailed the action plan signed by the Government of Chad to end the use of children by the country’s security forces, while highlighting important next steps on the path to eradicating the scourge of child soldiers. “The signature of the action plan reflects the political will and commitment of the Chadian Government to move forward in ending a key grave violation against children. While this is an achievement in itself, the bulk of the work lies ahead”, Radhika Coomaraswamy said at the signing ceremony in the capital, N’djamena.Chad is one of only six governments listed by the Secretary-General for violations against chil...

UN OFFICIALS WELCOME PAKISTAN’S RATIFICATION OF TREATY ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

New York, June  9 2011  Two senior United Nations officials today welcomed Pakistan’s ratification of an international treaty that prohibits the sale of children and bans child prostitution and child pornography, making it mandatory for States to end the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.Pakistan has become the 144th country to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.“The ratification of this Optional Protocol marks a significant milestone in the efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation in Pakistan. This is also part of a global effort to bring the internat...

HEALTH: Childbirth made safer

Dakar, 1 June 2011  - Excessive bleeding following childbirth is the leading cause of maternal deaths in the developing world, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has now approved the use of misoprostol, a drug that considerably reduces this risk. Misoprostol is a uterotonic (drug causing the uterus to contract and lessening blood loss) that can prevent post-partum haemorrhage (PPH). It is stable at room temperature and can be administered in tablet form. The decision to add the drug to WHO’s Model List of Essential Medicines for PPH prevention is “an affirmation” for countries and providers who want to use it, said Ndola Prata, associate professor at the Unive...

UN drafts plan to improve maternal and child health through better nutrition

United Nations, 23 May 2011 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has drafted a plan committing Member States and development partners to implement priority nutrition interventions and policies on health care, education and agriculture to improve the health of mothers and their children. The measures, which will be included in a WHO report to be entitled Maternal, infant and young child nutrition: implementation plan, were discussed today at WHO’s ongoing 64th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. The draft plan outlines priorities to confront child under-nutrition, low birth weight, growing rates of child overweight, both maternal under-nutrition and overweight, ...

Sixteen countries pledge support for UN initiative to reduce maternal mortality

New York, 19 May 2011 – Sixteen countries have announced concrete commitments aimed at drastically reducing current levels of maternal, newborn and child mortality, the United Nations reported today. The commitments, largely in the form of specific budgetary increases for maternity and natal care, and promises of increased medical coverage for mothers and children, were announced as part of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, a $40 billion programme that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched last year. The new commitments bring to 34 the number of countries making such public pledges, with 27 in Africa. Mr. Ban welcomed the announcement, saying the commit...
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