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Topics / Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health

Safeguarding the health of mothers and young children is one of the world’s most urgent priorities and a core focus of our work. Every year in developing countries, millions of mothers and their babies die during childbirth or in the first months of life. These deaths can be prevented.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Breathing Away: Bringing Down Child Deaths From Pneumonia

Malaria Consortium's Pneumonia Diagnostics Project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working to find the best tools to detect symptoms of pneumonia in remote rural settings so that children can be properly treated.

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New Ways of Quickly Diagnosing Children Most At Risk for Pneumonia

On this World Pneumonia Day, I am proud to announce new grants to ten scientists working on nine projects in seven countries to test out-of-the-box ideas to improve pneumonia detection.

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Diarrheal Disease: The Unfinished Agenda

One thousand children per day still die from diarrhea — a preventable tragedy. We’ve made progress, but we can do much better. Read about four critical things we need to do to protect children from diarrhea.

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Military moms change the face of breastfeeding

Recognizing the vital role breastfeeding plays in the health of mothers and children – both globally and here in the U.S. – last week the U.S. Army became the latest major employer to put forth policies supportive of new moms.

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Innovation in measurement – to save lives and ensure local relevance

If meaningful progress is to be made towards reducing maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths, the role of effective coverage measurement is critical to gauge global and national progress.

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