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Countries must up their game to reduce low birth weights, warns UN-backed report

Many countries need to invest more and take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weights which put their health at risk, urges a United Nations-backed report released on Wednesday.

News in Brief 13 December 2018

  • Positive steps towards peace in Yemen, as Hudaydah ceasefire declared
  • Better care can rescue 30 million babies from death
  • Climate in Poland hostile for human rights defenders
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Breastfeeding protects babies and mothers “long-term”: WHO expert

Breastfeeding protects both babies and their mothers from an array of diseases and helps boost their health long-term.

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“Making Every Baby Count” to prevent infant and maternal deaths

Every year, 2.7 million babies die within the first month of life and roughly the same number are stillborn, according to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UN Gender Focus: zika virus, climate change and indigenous languages

Zika virus now in at least 18 countries in Latin America and Caribbean

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Zika virus spreads to 18 countries

A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization.

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Improved payment system in India means healthier mums and babies

Improvements in an incentive payment system for midwives in India has led to healthier mums and babies.

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