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The Washington Post, December 2014

"In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the world's population increased by about 1 billion." A new report from the Lancet shows that half of these gains came from reductions in pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles. This article focuses on the impact of vaccines specifically. 

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BBC News, December 2014

A new report by WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the World Health Organization, and other global health bodies calls for greater attention to basic sanitation in health facilities to prevent maternal and newborn deaths caused by infections. Nearly 40% of health facilities in 54 low-income countries do not have relliable clean water. 

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Gates Notes, December 2014

2014 was a turbulent year, but a lot of good things happened, too. When Bill Gates reflects on the best stories of the past year, progress in child survival is a strong theme. Rotavirus vaccines also get special attention.

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The New York Times, December 2014

Drug-resistant "superbugs" are taking a deadly toll on an already troubling newborn survival rate in India. Bacteria spread through open defecation is a significant contributor to the problem.

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RotaFlash, December 2014

Two more African countries – Namibia and Senegal – introduced lifesaving rotavirus vaccines in November, bringing the total number of African country rotavirus introductions to 23. In both countries, rotavirus is estimated to be responsible for one third of all under-five diarrheal disease deaths and hospitalizations.

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The New York Times, November 2014

In India, experts gathered for a conference entitled "Stop Stunting" to discuss the connection poor sanitation and malnutrition. The problem is exacerbated by open defecation in India; even if families have a toilet, contaminated food and water cause repeated cycles of diarrhea, and can result in long term physical and cognitive deficits.

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NPR, November 2014

PATH and partners are testing a new device that uses a smartphone to pasteurize breastmilk. This breakthrough could allow breast-milk banks to be set up in remote areas, where children who are not breastfed face a far greater chance of illness and death.

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Devex, November 2014

This article explains why, in the words of UNICEF's Hayalnesh Tarekegn, "integrated initiatives are the way forward in public health." It will not only save lives from pneumonia and diarrhea, but from chronic diseases as well.

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RotaFlash, November 2014

One year after Ethiopia’s national launch of rotavirus vaccines, the country has shown remarkable commitment to immunization through simultaneously introducing vaccines against rotavirus and Meningitis A while also containing a polio outbreak in the eastern Somali region.

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UN News Centre, November 2014

According to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, speaking at the World Water Summit, conflict, climate change, and urbanization all pose threats to already-scarce water resources worldwide. Water management, improved sanitation, technology, and global partnerships are critical to holding off these threats and building on gains in recent years. 

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