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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In an effort to raise awareness about the lack of clean drinking water around the world thousands of restaurants across the United States participated in the UNICEF Tap Project during World Water Week 2011 (March 20-26). This year the initiative will focus efforts on Togo, the Central African Republic, and Vietnam.
In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple,tangible and easy-to-implement concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF's efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.
The money raised will be used to support UNICEF's clean water programs. UNICEF works in more than 90 countries to improve access to safe water…
Since the terrible nightmare began and continues in Japan, parents are noticing a difference in child's emotions and behaviors.
Since the terrible nightmare began and continues in Japan, parents are noticing a difference in child's emotions and behaviors. Attention as been called by the government and community leaders to speak more to their children and ask questions about their emotions, which is something very new in the Japanese culture. A clinical pyschologist who has been around the children after experiencing trauma believes that children need to "play" as much as possible. This is a key factor in helping…
There is a world shortage of midwives, especially in Africa and the Middle East. If the global shortage of 350,000 midwives is met, it is said that it can save more than one million babies a year from dying. Some 1,000 women and 2,000 babies died every day from easily preventable birth complications - Afghanistan was the worst place to have a baby, the study said. Save the Children urges world leaders to show the political will to improve access to midwives and healthcare globally.
A new shot prevents the delivery of premature births, but the retail value of the shot had some individuals concerned.
A new drug has been marketed to pregnant women with short cervixes that often deliver prematurely due to complications. The drug which has been approved by the FDA has shown promise in helping women with short cervixes deliver healthier babies. While the price of the drug has significantly gone down, if prices could be lowered this new drug could help obtain the MDG's regarding infant mortality and womens health.
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World Health Day marks the anniversary of the founding, in 1948, of the World Health Organization, whose constitution – signed by all 193 Members of the United Nations — states that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”
Preventable deaths in pregnancy and childbirth are violations of the right to health, and the right to freedom from discrimination due to gender, race, ethnicity, immigration status, or income level. Maternal mortality is not just a public health emergency - it is a human rights crisis.
Every 90 seconds, another woman dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth - that's 1,000 women every day, more than 350,000 each year. The vast majority of these deaths could be prevented, and nin…