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Senegal commits to free health care for children five years old and younger

As part of its “A Promise Renewed” initiative, Senegal announced on October 1 a commitment to make health care services free for children under five to try to decrease the child mortality rate.

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Children in Zamboanga evacuation centers get measles, other diseases

A few cases of children in Zamboanga City evacuation centers falling ill to infections have been noted as the confrontation between government forces and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front continued.

City health officer Rodelin Agbulos told the state-run Philippines News Agency that four cases of the measles were found at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex.

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Simple Questions Can Help Stop Killer Disease

Diarrheal disease is one of the leading killers of young children in Africa. While more countries are using vaccines to help prevent outbreaks, health officials are often unable to track down the source of outbreaks when they do occur. Now, researchers believe they can change that.

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Child deaths down by almost half since 1990

Global child deaths are down by nearly half since 1990, according to a new report released on Friday by multiple U.N. agencies.

According to the report, which was released by UNICEF, the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide died before reaching their fifth birthday. The number is roughly half the number of children under five who died in 1990, when more than 12 million children died.

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In Ethiopia, a far-reaching health worker programme has helped reduce child mortality across the country

For a country that once made headlines for famine, poverty and war, Ethiopia is gaining a reputation as a development leader on the African continent. In just over 10 years, the country has slashed child mortality rates by half, rising in global rank from 146 in 2000 to 68 in 2012.  More money is being spent on health care, poverty levels and fertility rates are down, and twice as many children are in school.

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New Zealand falling behind in new vaccination use

The Immunisation Advisory Centre announced on Monday that New Zealand, while closing equity gaps in immunization coverage, is falling behind other equivalent countries in new vaccine usage.

The report comes as IMAC begins its 8th New Zealand National Immunization Conference in Auckland on September 10. Natives to New Zealand, Maori, were two-thirds less likely to be immunized in 1996, showing a gap compared to European New Zealanders of around 27 percent. The gap today has closed down to two percent.

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New iPhone App Helps Parents Get the Right Vaccine Information

When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2007/2008, the anti-vaccine movement was strong and hadn’t been fully debunked. My daily – hourly – thoughts revolved around the fear of a C-section. I was also consumed with doubts as to what we would do once I gave birth and my husband and I were responsible for meeting the baby’s daily needs.

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Vaccinating Babies For Rotavirus Protects The Whole Family

Vaccinating Babies For Rotavirus Protects The Whole Family

 

August 27, 2013 -- A 7-year-old vaccine that has drastically cut intestinal infections in infants is benefiting the rest of America, too.

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After 40 Years, a Rotavirus Vaccine for Newborns Is in Sight

After 40 Years, a Rotavirus Vaccine for Newborns Is in Sight

 

August 21, 2013 -- The clinic is buzzing with mothers, babies and small children. The babies are weighed and measured, and given vitamins and vaccinations. Outside the gates, the village has gathered, with vendors selling snacks and colorful plastic toys. We’re here for Immunization Day. We’re also here helping Indonesia make history.

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