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Breastfeeding – a life-saving intervention

It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and guest blogger Adele Cowper shares why this is so important. In 2011, 6.9 million children aged under five died – nearly 800 an hour. The WHO estimates that over 70% of these deaths were preventable or treatable. The greatest burden […]

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Same-sex parenting: controversies with the latest research

A major new study on same sex parenting has generated a great deal of online debate, particularly in the US where it was carried out, but it has also spilled over to the UK. Some of the headlines suggest that this new research ‘proves’ that […]

Three horrific stories of abuse of women and children abroad raise a disturbing question

Three horrific stories involving the abuse of women and children abroad have featured in our newspapers in the last couple of weeks. First was the report that witch doctors are abducting children in Uganda for the purpose of child sacrifice. The ritual, which some believe […]

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How guilty is the West in the missing millions of girls?

Blogging last week about the impact of sex selective abortion in Asia, I speculated on the cultural and socio-economic factors that were leading families to use ultrasound and other in-utero screening technologies to identify girl children and have them aborted. Little had I (or many […]

Vaccines and politics – is it worth investing in global vaccination programmes?

Today in London the UK is hosting an international conference that aims to raise £2.3 billion ($3.7 billion) for vaccination programmes worldwide through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). David Cameron is co-chairing the event with Bill Gates, and has spoken passionately about […]