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September 21-26, 2014
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A Digital Conversation on Women & Children During U.N. Week

September 18, 2014

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Welcome to #MDG456Live

As the MNCH community begins to arrive in New York City for the 69th United Nations General Assembly Session, we are taking a look back at last year's top conversations in preparation for this year's #MDG456Live initiative. 

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Emerging Conversations


Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014


New estimates in Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014 show that in 2013, 6.3 million children under five died from mostly preventable causes, around 200,000 fewer than in 2012, but still equal to nearly 17,000 child deaths each day. Read about the new data released on Tuesday by the United Nations.

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Midwives are the cornerstone to MDG 4 & 5 success

By Esther Sharma, Girls' Globe

We have less than 500 days to meet MDGs 4 and 5, focused on improving child and maternal health. Sustained and focused efforts have resulted in impressive improvements in many countries. However, there is still a long way to go, and despite overall global reductions in child (under 5) mortality rates, infant mortality rates have actually risen.

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Why we should judge the world on the health of women

By Jim Campbell, Global Health Workforce Alliance // HuffPost Global Motherhood

Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and accessing quality care.

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Featured Hashtag - #MDGMomentum 

Videos to Inspire

Reimagining Adolescent Health

By Jhpiego // Adolescents are the generation that will build the world’s future and we must address head-on the issues that will affect their health and well-being.

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The Global Shortage Of Health Care Workers

HuffPost Live // The WHO says the world is already short 7 million health care workers, and that the number will grow to almost 13 million by 2035.

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'Will the ‘Usual Suspects’ give up their seats for CITIZEN LEADERS at the top tables during the United Nations General Assembly this year?' asks Rev. Olution in the White Ribbon Alliance Citizens Post tabloid. With less than 500 days to the deadline for global leaders to deliver their promises to women and children, its time to listen to those leading change.

Let's track citizens voices this UNGA on #CitizensPost - and show how citizens are demanding results on promises made.

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193 Countries Share 8 Goals For Ending Extreme Poverty. What Are They?

By Ray Chambers, United Nations Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria // The MDGs have driven remarkable progress in so many countries across the globe over the past 14 years. More girls are in school, more children live to see their fifth birthdays and more families have access to clean water and sustainable sources of food than we ever could have imagined when the goals were set.

Yet the value of the MDGs extends beyond the tangible achievements of lives saved. These goals have linked all of mankind through a shared pursuit of something greater than our individual or even national selves. The MDGs have linked us globally.

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Girls' Globe Reporting

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#ShowYourSelfie: Girls should be free from violence

By Diane Fender // Several weeks ago I received the joyous news that a new baby girl will join my sister’s family this Spring. When my six-year-old niece was born I had the privilege of helping my sister through labor and experienced the miracle of birth. Watching new life come into the world is one of the most amazing experiences. I am overjoyed with the news of another niece on the way and will have the same incredible opportunity.

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Maternal Health: More Than Just Survival!

By Julia Wiklander // Around the world, women and girls of reproductive age get pregnant – either by choice, through thoughtful planning, after years of longing or under less joyful circumstances. The news of expecting a baby, another family member, may come as a silent intuition or a shock combined with morning sickness, and every woman’s experience is unique.

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Getting to know the Girls' Globe Bloggers

Girls’ Globe is a network of passionate young women and organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls, and through it, change the world. Girls' Globe will be in NYC during UNGA providing live coverage for the #MDG456Live initative. Take a moment to get the know the bloggers.

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Crowd voices

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Population-Level Behavior Change to Enhance Child Survival and Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

A newly released supplement to the Journal of Health Communication applies high standards of evidence to the review of health communication and behavior change programs. This supplement is the result of a 2013 Evidence Summit to determine which evidence-based interventions and strategies support a sustainable shift in health-related behaviors.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2014

The 2014 Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed progress report, indicates that the first 28 days of a newborn’s life are the most vulnerable with almost 2.8 million babies dying each year during this period. One million of them don’t even live to see their second day of life.

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Young Leader Nargis Shirazi Nominated for The Waislitz Global Citizen Award

By Women Deliver // Nargis Shirazi, one of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders, Founder of the Wo-man Foundation, and It Takes Two Campaign Project Manager, has been nominated for the Waislitz Global Citizen Award in recognition of her work to empower girls and women in Uganda by advancing their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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What Giving Birth Looks Like Around the World

By Slate // Photographer Alice Proujansky is a photojournalist who has embarked on a journey to document what birth looks like around the world. View this great showcase of Proujansky’s “Birth Culture” photos.

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More News

When Being Pregnant At Work Has Distinct Advantages - HuffPost Global Motherhood Blog

Sexual Rights for Young People Can't Be Ignored - Global Citizen Blog

Moving Mountains - Huffpost Global Motherhood Blog

10 Reasons Why Investing in Women and Girls is So Vital - Global Citizen Blog

Moving Mountains - Huffpost Global Motherhood Blog


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