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In rural Malawi traditional leaders have played an important role in persuading men to get involved in women’s health. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

When men tackle mother and child health: lessons from Malawi

A study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men's attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.
A mother and her son at a nutrition clinic in Kenya. Adequate nutrition for mothers is important for the health of their children. KUAP Pandipieri

Maternal malnutrition affects future generations. Kenya must break the cycle

In Kenya, not much attention has been paid to addressing pregnant women's nutritional needs. This has exposed a gap in efforts to improve maternal and child health.
Talking with patients who’ve had Zika is tough. Pregnant woman and doctor image via www.shutterstock.com.

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

Physicians like me are learning about Zika along with our patients. This takes a dose of humility on our part and an understanding from our patients that we learn something new every single day.
The death of an unborn baby is a devastating and traumatic event. from shutterstock.com

Better care and communication can cut stillbirth rates and avoid unnecessary trauma

The death of a baby, whether born or unborn, is a devastating and traumatic event. More than 2,000 stillbirths occur every year in Australia. But a large number of them can be prevented.
Exclusive breastfeeding until children are six months old is recommended by the World Health Organisation for optimal growth of infants. Nureldien Abdallah/Reuters

Kenya is a breastfeeding success story but still has its challenges

In 12 years Kenya has managed to dramatically improve its exclusive breastfeeding rates from 13% to 61%. The success has not come without challenges, and some persist.
The World Health Organisation has declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Lessons from Cuba on eliminating the transmission of HIV from mother to child

There are many lessons Southern Africa can learn from Cuba, which became the first country in the world to eradicate mother to child transmissions of HIV and syphilis.

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