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STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

Child And Maternal Deaths Are Falling Faster Than At Any Time In History

Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 countries in the world between 2010 and 2013, largely as a result of a U.N. initiative launched in 2010, the world body said this week. “The world is currently reducing under-five and maternal deaths faster than at any time in history,” U.N. … Continue reading

Global Health Partnership Has Saved 2.4 Million Women And Children Since 2010, Says UN Chief

At a high-level event this week at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said preventable deaths of women and children could be ended “within a generation,” with political commitment, an increase in innovative financing and strong partnership. Hosting the event to launch the report Saving Lives, Protecting Futures alongside Amina Mohammed, the Special Advisor on … Continue reading

Female Senators Introduce Pro-Choice Bill To Protect Women’s Access To Health Care

A trio of female lawmakers has announced the introduction of new legislation that would protect women’s access to reproductive health services as unprecedented attacks on reproductive rights threaten to turn back the clock. The “21st Century Women’s Health Act” — sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) — aims … Continue reading

REPORT: Nearly 300,000 Women Died In Childbirth Last Year

Despite improvements in health care, almost 300,000 women, primarily in developing countries, died from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth in 2013, according to a new report that attributes the deaths to a lack of safe water, sanitation and adequate hygiene. A paper published in the journal PLOS Medicine reports that some 38 percent of … Continue reading

United Nations Report: U.S. Is ‘Losing Out’ By Failing To Guarantee Paid Maternity Leave

  Most countries have adopted maternity protection provisions since 1919, when the ILO adopted the first Maternity Protection Convention, yet at least 830 million women workers still don’t have adequate protection, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report. The United States is one of just three countries not to guarantee any paid … Continue reading

Infographic: How The Affordable Care Act Is Helping Women

  The benefits of the Affordable Care Act are already helping millions of Americans gain access to affordable, high-quality health care. Even for those who didn’t purchase new insurance under the ACA, many of the provisions in the health care law still apply. For example, new consumer protections prevent your insurance company from denying you … Continue reading

Washington House Passes Reproductive Parity Act Requiring Insurers Who Cover Maternity Care To Cover Abortions

Washington House Passes Reproductive Parity Act Requiring Insurers Who Cover Maternity Care To Cover Abortions Reproductive Health Reality Check — For the third year in a row, the Washington House of Representatives has passed the Reproductive Parity Act (RPA), which would require all health insurance plans in the state that cover maternity care to also cover … Continue reading

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