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Infant Mortality

Let's Be Honest -- About Health Care Reform

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

This is not an article about my wonderful dog or our good fortune. It is about the epiphany I experienced during the twenty four hours that he was in the doggie hospital -- specifically, the check-in process.

Don't Forget About Perinatal Mental Health

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ruth Messinger

Perinatal mental illness, a known commodity in the United States, is also widespread in the developing world. For example, one-third of all South African women who give birth will experience some form of depression or anxiety during or shortly after pregnancy.

Money, Money, Money at the UN -- Will $40 Billion Rescue Pregnant Mothers and Their Infants?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Wall Street starts a worldwide recession and donors are contributing less money than ever to the ambitious UN plan to slash poverty. But the world body nonetheless believes it can garner a startling $40 billion in new money.

Right in Principle, Right in Practice

Anthony Lake | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anthony Lake

We urge our partners gathering for the UN summit: help the most children by focusing on those who need help the most.

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, CNN Hero, Founds 'Birthing Project USA' To Reduce Infant Mortality

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo worked for the state of California from 1976 to 1991 as a public health administrator, and during that time, noticed that famili...

Six Months On, Haitian Moms Still Need Health Care

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

This is how things get done in Haiti. It is a system threaded together with grants and goodwill, hinging on the booms and busts of the global economy and the ebb and flow of natural disaster.

Discussions with Al: Where's all the dying in America?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Sobered up from learning that the United States has the worst return on health investment in the developed world, Al called back a few days later aski...

Love Your Mother, Save Another

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cristina Page

Unlike many of the world's problems, making huge strides in the fight against maternal mortality is actually easy. And relatively inexpensive too. There are things we can all do.

Making Every Mother and Child Count: Protecting the Medically Vulnerable

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

Dr. Kunchok's project serves as a model that can be replicated in regions all over the world where there are medically under-served populations, especially in areas where there are high rates of maternal and infant deaths.

Despite Global Improvements, Pregnant Women Dying Needlessly in New York

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Chen

While the epidemic of maternal and child mortality in poor countries seems to have ebbed--in part thanks to Washington's international assistance -- there's been no such progress closer to home.

Revealing China's Advances in Child Survival

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

A report in The Lancet shows that China has made tremendous progress in child survival over the past 20-30 years and that Chinese researchers have done an outstanding job of documenting it.

The Democrats' Next Step: Debunking Republican False Dichotomies

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

When people who've fallen on hard times are given a hand up, vocal Republicans call it an entitlement. When the extraordinarily wealthy are given tax breaks, it's a well-deserved reward.

Haiti: Diarrhea Threatens Infants and "We Are in Reaction Mode Instead of Planning Mode"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Hand washing is non-existent and raw sewage is flowing throughout the camps. Walk anywhere with peril. Human feces are everywhere, even in the ruins of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.

Racial Wealth Disparities Report Underscores Immediate Need for Civil Rights Intervention

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

A new study released by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy revealed that even when African-Americans had a good education and well-paying jobs, they could not achieve the wealth of their white peers.

Help Send 120,000 Solar Lights to Health Teams in Haiti

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

Two of the most highly regarded health care nonprofits in Haiti are making an urgent plea for 120,000 lights to assist them in giving medical attention to those dispersed in the rural areas.

Why My Fashion For Relief Shows in New York and London Are For the Mothers and Babies of Haiti

Naomi Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naomi Campbell

Giving life should not be a death sentence for women. I look forward to visiting Haiti to witness how the funds we are raising are helping to make a difference.

A Solution For Infant Mortality? Christian Organization Emphasizes Its Child Survival Program

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The Christian Organization Compassion aims to use its influence and funds to "release children from poverty." Their latest campaign, the Child Surviva...

What Ails Black Women, Part 2: Health and Life

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Even controlling for income, education, obesity, smoking, and some diseases, Black infant mortality is significantly higher. This presumably indicates worse healthcare.

You Can't Say "Sorry" When Millions Die from Your Mistake

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Cheney castigates President Obama for "dithering" because the president does not rush into sending young men and women to their deaths for no reason. Yet to dither on climate change is divine.

Lies, Damned Lies -- and the DoubleSpeak I Would Erase From the English Language

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

The English language needs a spring cleaning to purge phrases that, while posing as neutral descriptions of the world, contain a hidden political agenda that then molds the assumptions of the listener.

Can the BPA Consumer Revolt Trump K Street?

Elaine Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elaine Shannon

Don't underestimate the power of a consumer revolt. In this economy, who can afford major customer losses?

Unfair Children's Health Disparities: More Reason for Reform

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right now, we live in a nation where children of color experience significant health disparities that begin before birth and follow them throughout their lives.

For the Health of the Nation: Ensure a Public Option

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The last time the World Health Organization stacked up countries' health systems, the United States came in 37th, behind Chile, Morocco, Cyprus and even drug war-torn Colombia.

The Inconvenient Truths (For Both Sides) About Late Term Abortions

Steven Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Waldman

How many of the late term cases are mercy killings? How many relate to babies that would survive but in an impaired state (i.e. Downs Syndrome)? And how many were more casual "change of mind" cases?

Madonna, Africa and Child Mortality

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The deaths of African children are all about food, water and cooking stoves. There is usually no public health system in place to address this tragic litany of otherwise very approachable issues.