UNICEF, September 2012

Data released by UNICEF show that the number of children under the age of 5 dying globally has dropped from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011. Though the progress is remarkable and worth celebrating, more needs to be done in the highest burden countries where children are still dying from pneumonia and diarrhea.

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Impatient Optimists, August 2012

In June, the Vietnam National Assembly voted in favor of two decisions in support of child health. The first is to extend paid maternity leave from 4 to 6 months, making it easier for moms to follow the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to exclusively breastfeed their children for the first 6 months of life. Vietnam also joined a growing number of countries to ban breast milk sustitutes for children up to 24 months, aligning more closely with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

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PLOS, August 2012

If the solutions to treat diarrhea and save lives are simple and cost-effective, why the lack of attention or investment? In the second article of a two-part series, Oliver Sabot of the Clinton Health Access Initiative outlines and deconstructs arguments against investing the scale-up of ORS and zinc.

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PLOS, August 2012

In the first of two posts, guest blogger Oliver Sabot from the Clinton Health Access Initiative reflects on challenges and opportunities to improve the use of zinc and ORS to treat diarrhea in a rural area of the Indian state of Gujarat run by the nonprofit Family Health International 360.

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The Economist, August 2012

The Gates Foundation announces the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, which aims to bring safe, affordable and sustainable toilets to the 40% of the world’s population who lack access to basic sanitation.

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RotaFlash, August 2012

Rotavirus vaccines roll on, with Yemen becoming the latest country -- and the first GAVI-eligible country in the region -- to introduce routine rotavirus immunization.

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On the occasion of the 19th International AIDS Conference, Lisa Schechtman of WaterAid in America covers two taboo topics -- sex and poop -- to show that politeness can be perilous when it comes to important global health issues.

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In2EastAfrica, July 2012

Former US Present Bill Clinton visits Uganda to initiate the implementation of new steps to rapidly increase the use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc.

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Countdown to 2015, June 2012

The 2012 Countdown to 2015 Report, Building a Future for Women and Children, highlights country progress—and obstacles to progress—towards achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. It includes 75 country profiles.

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At USAID's Child Survival Call to Action event on June 14-15, leaders in global health made unprecented commitments to defeat leading child killers by issuing a Declaration on Scaling-up Treatment of Diarrhea and Pneumonia. The Declaration comes on the heels of a new report issues by UNICEF that also calls for urgent action: Pneumonia and diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children.

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