iOS app Android app

Infant Mortality

Afghanistan Is Working To Bring Down Child Mortality Rates

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Petchers | Posted 07.19.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Bees Pollinate Possibilities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week at The Pollination Project, we highlight seven grantees whose projects range from arts and animal rights to environmentalism and education. ...

Poor Children Are Twice As Likely To Die Before 5th Birthday Than Rich

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children who do not attend school is rising, child marriage has not dropped in decades and milli...

Looming U.S. Zika Threat Highlights Perennial Low-Birth Weight Crisis for Black Moms

Catherine Cubbin | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Catherine Cubbin

As Zika makes its way north, pregnant women should be concerned about small babies, not only small heads. Despite being world-class and first-rate in every way, for at least a century, the United States has been satisfied in accepting the fact that some newborn babies just won't make it, especially black ones.

Hungry Children in Rich America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Food insecure children are more likely to be behind in social skills and reading performance in kindergarten. By elementary school they are four times more likely to need mental health counseling.

Saving Africa's Mothers With Solar Suitcases

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

In 2015, some 303,000 women died from childbirth or pregnancy-related complications. Yet that figure, disturbing as it is, is dwarfed by the number of young mothers who suffer injury, infection and disease after giving birth.

All That Is Good in the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Lately, we have been inundated with news of all that is wrong with our world. Sometimes it is hard to maintain a sense of hope and possibility. That i...

Preterm Birth: Advancing Toward Prevention and Better Outcomes

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Catherine Y. Spong

When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality.

The Financial Crisis Facing U.S. Churches

David Briggs | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The Catholic Church continues to grow with the population, with about a quarter of Americans identifying as Catholic. But a steady decline in Mass attendance means fewer are putting money in the collection plate on Sundays.

Child Death Rates Cut By Half Worldwide

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -- Children are half as likely to die before their fifth birthday now than they were in 1990, researchers said on ...

Together, We Can Ensure the Healthy Lives of Mothers and Babies Across the Globe

Mark Shriver | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Mark Shriver

Still, 6.3 million children continue to die each year in their first year of life. That's nearly 17,000 each and every day. Most of these deaths can easily be prevented.

Reaching the First Birthday: September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Jenny Eaton Dyer | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Jenny Eaton Dyer

The most recent data in the U.S. shows that for every 1,000 babies born, six die during their first year. While that seems like a low number, the U.S. ranks 50th in the world in infant mortality. Compared to other developed nations, we fall behind many including most European countries.

NY Battles Legionnaires': Poverty Wins War

Diana Hernandez | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Diana Hernandez

The children of the South Bronx today are likely the unhealthy and vulnerable adults of tomorrow -- unless our leaders actively intervene to create enhanced health opportunities for Bronxites.

Is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome a Result of Stubbornness?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Van Winkle's

The Back to Sleep initiative, now referred to as Safe to Sleep, has drastically reduced the number of crib deaths. The number of reported cases is three times lower than it was in the early 90s. But even one infant death is too many when it can be prevented by taking simple precautions.

'Eliminating' HIV Infections From Mothers to Infants

Pierre M. Barker, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Pierre M. Barker, M.D.

It's not often that we hear that a disease or condition has been "eliminated" -- but that's what the World Health Organization announced a couple of weeks back when they confirmed that Cuba was the first country to be certified as having achieved this remarkable goal.

Fuel For Dr. Nelson, Fuel For Nathalie

Dr. Marc Edson Augustin | Posted 07.07.2016 | Impact
Dr. Marc Edson Augustin

"Have things gotten better?" International visitors often ask me, a Haitian doctor and the Associate Director of the St. Luke Foundation medical mission. The truth is not a simple one. There are two sides of the coin, and both are essential in order to understand what is happening in Haiti.

The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living

Unequal health care continues to be a serious problem for black Americans. More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark rep...

Combating Infant Mortality: The Impact of Maternal Education on Perinatal Outcomes

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Rep. Gwen Moore

The women who need the most guidance and support are often those who have faced the toughest obstacles. To reduce the infant mortality rate and play a part in making our communities stronger and healthier, we must reach out to these women and help them access the healthcare and education they need because it truly takes a village to successfully raise a child.

Affirming The Strength Of Mothers In Our Nation's Capital

Ebony Roebuck | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Ebony Roebuck

In our nation's capital, prenatal and maternal health care has become a widening divide between the more affluent mothers and our most economically vulnerable mothers.

It's a Boy!

Jonathan Richards | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Trusting Your Inner Voice

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
The Next Ten Challenge

In cooperation with our longstanding partner, Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the ...

How Legal Abortion Helps American Families

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
David A. Grimes

The net effect of abortion is helping to ensure that every child born will be wanted, loved, and well cared for. This is a goal for American families around which there should be broad agreement.

High-Profile Coverage for a High-Passion Concern

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
The Next Ten Challenge

For many years, the child health and public health community have been calling attention to the fact that the infant mortality rate in the US is the worst among all industrialized countries.

Peru's Accidental President Speaks

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo told me, half-jokingly, that he exists in the error margin of the world of probabilities. Indeed, his rise shouldn't have been. Toledo doesn't just come from poverty. He was born of a poverty so dire, his siblings were dying of it.

10 Shocking Facts About Baltimore

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Were you shocked at the disruption in Baltimore? What is more shocking is daily life in Baltimore, a city of 622,000 people, 63 percent of whom are African-American. Here are 10 numbers that tell some of the story.