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Innovation: Understanding Global Differences in Human Milk Nutrients

Lindsay Allen, the Director of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California, might know more about vitamin B-12 deficiency than anyone in the world. By now there’s not much in the study of B-12 that surprises her. But Dr. Allen says that when she was researching infant nutrition in Guatemala – and figured out that half of the babies in her study got virtually no vitamin B-12 from their mothers’ milk – the discovery “freaked me out.” She immediately turned her attention studying breast milk. And the Gates Foundation is supporting her as she works to make sure that every child gets the best nutrition possible, right from birth.

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Innovation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Impact - Shedding New Light on Child Brain Development

Given the incredible scientific advances we read about every day in field after field, it’s stunning how little we know about certain things. One of the fields where we have the most to learn is brain development. Dr. Clare Elwell, a professor of medical physics at University College London, has an idea that may help open up this black box around babies’ brains—and, eventually, start driving down the number of children who are cognitively impaired.

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A Surprising Way One Organization Is Saving Lives in The Gambia

iders for Health, which has two decades of experience providing health transport in Africa, is responsible for maintaining the fleet, and for training Gambian drivers, riders and mechanics.

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Rio+20: Highlighting the Voices of Women

In partnership with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), World Pulse collected personal stories from grassroots women leaders worldwide, outlining their perspectives on sustainable and equitable development for presentation at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development June 20-22.

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Preventing Pneumonia in The Gambia

The Gambia is a success story--living proof that vaccines can reduce hospital admissions from pneumonia and save the lives of children. Vaccines that prevent pneumonia allow these children to achieve their potential in life, which is every child’s right.

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