MDG 4 & 5 CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH
Discussions pertaining to MDGs 4 & 5 and specific countries, organizations, groups or individuals that work towards either of these goals will take place here. As delineated by the United Nations, the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals are as follows: The fourth goal is to Reduce Child Mortality with the target of reducing by 2/3 the under-five mortality rate between 1990 and 2015. The fifth goal is to Improve Maternal Health by 1) Reducing by 3/4 between 1990 and 2015 the maternal mortality ratio, and 2) Achieving by 2015 universal access to reproductive health.
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The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) has started the global rollout of the new pneumonia vaccine in Kenya, according to interim CEO, Helen Evans. Pneumonia has continued to be a major public health issue in Kenya, with the World Health Organization reporting that it is the country’s second leading killer among children, after malaria. The vaccine, already available in various private hospitals, has remained out of reach for many children, due to its $188 price tag.
Kenya is currently the first African country to roll out what in medical circles is referred to as "pneumococcal vaccine". Within the year, children in other poor countries such as Nicaragua, Mali, Yemen and Sierra Leone will also have access to the vaccine. President Mwai Kibaki Monday officially launched the pneumococcal vaccine that will immunize children in the country against pneumonia, the second largest killer of children below five years. The President assured Kenyans that his…
An important study has been released showing a mother's pregnancy diet may be a factor in later development of the child.
This study demonstrates the importance of a well balanced diet during pregnancy. The article describes how malnutrioned women during pregnancy may have everlasting affects on the child in later development. Diabetes being one of the major findings in children whose mother did not have a well balanced diet. Permanent gene adaptations may also be evident in these womens too.
The full article is linked below