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8 states report 71% of total infant deaths

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Times of India

Subodh Varma,TNN | Aug 19, 2014, 06.32 AM IST

Have you ever wondered why child death (IMR) and mother death (MMR) are going down so slowly in India? Part of the answer can be found in a recent survey report put out by the Census office. The eight, most poor states where this survey was done are home to half the country's population. And, it is in these states that 71% of infant deaths, 72% of deaths of children under-5 years, and 62% of maternal deaths take place.

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Odisha Floods Rapid Joint Needs Assessment Report

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Sphere India

1. Executive Summary

Odisha is a flood prone state, and as a result communities have become resilient and government response efficient to manage immediate rescue and relief operations. The flooding began with heavy rainfall on the 21st of July and further intensified as a result of two more low-pressure systems that moved over the state and was exacerbated by subsequent release of water from the Hirakud Reservoir.

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Assam flood situation turns grim, claims one life

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Times of India

TEZPUR/KAZIRANGA: The flood situation in Assam on Saturday turned grim claiming the life of a child as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries inundated vast tracts of land in upper Assam and in the Kaziranga National Park following incessant rainfall in the catchment areas.

The flood situation turned critical in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Sonitpur districts with a minor boy being washed away by the flood water in Naoboicha area of Lakhimpur.

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U.S. supported Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program concludes successfully

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August 13, 2014 | New Delhi: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India Mission Director John A. Beed and senior officials from the Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare convened today at New Delhi to celebrate the successes of the five-year USAID-supported Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) as it draws to a close. The event celebrated the program’s successes, reflected on lessons learned, and discussed the way forward in partnership with the Government of India.

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FACT SHEET: U.S.-African Cooperation on Food Security

Since coming into office in the midst of a global financial and food crisis, President Obama has made food security a foreign policy priority. Building on commitments first made by African leaders at the African Union (AU) Summit in Maputo in 2003, the President led the G-8 in 2009 in launching a global food security initiative in L’Aquila, Italy and then shortly after launched Feed the Future which invests assistance in countries’ national food security plans, promotes agricultural research and innovation, and helps build the capacity of our partners.

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Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary Analysis

Haddad, Lawrence; Nisbett, Nick; Barnett, Inka; Valli, Elsa

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Kosi flood: Residents of border town of Birpur move to safer places

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Times of India

Law Kumar Mishra,TNN | Aug 4, 2014, 03.49 AM IST

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2.3 crore children in India malnourished: Report

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Times of India

Subodh Varma,TNN | Aug 4, 2014, 04.38 AM IST

NEW DELHI: About 2.3 cr children in India, up to 6 years of age, are suffering from malnourishment and are under-weight, according to a status report on the anganwadi (day care center) programme, officially known as ICDS. This staggering number amounts to over 28% of the 8 crore children who attend anganwadis across India.

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Australia 'offered asylum-seekers lifeboats to go to India'

08/04/2014 04:47 GMT

SYDNEY, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - Asylum-seekers held on an Australian customs vessel at sea for weeks were given lifeboats and told to make their own way back to India, a lawyer for the group said Monday.

The boatload of 157, who lawyer Hugh de Kretser said were mostly Christian Tamils fleeing persecution in Sri Lanka, set sail from India hoping to get to Australia.

"The clients we spoke to were absolutely terrified at what lay ahead for them," said de Kretser, who is executive director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

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Pune landslide: Death toll climbs to 63

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Times of India

PUNE: The death toll in the Malin village landslide on Friday climbed to 63 even as NDRF personnel braved hostile weather and difficult terrain for the third day to look for signs of life under the huge mound of debris in the village flattened by the fury of nature.

According to the district collector control room, till now, 63 people including 25 men, 28 women and 10 children have been killed in the landslide while eight injured people have been rescued and are being treated at nearby hospitals.

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Pune landslide: Hopes of finding survivors fade, 41 bodies pulled out

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Times of India

PUNE: Hopes of finding new survivors trapped under Pune's massive landslide appeared to fade on Thursday, 24 hours after the tragedy struck. Forty-one bodies have been pulled out from the debris so far. The landslide trapped around 160 people under mud and rocks.

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New vaccines for India’s children: A promise fulfilled

On July 3, 2014, the Prime Minister of India announced that three new vaccines, including an indigenously developed rotavirus vaccine, would be provided to all children in India. The other two vaccines are the inactivated polio vaccine and the rubella vaccine. With this announcement by the Prime Minister, a ray of hope shines bright for children who have been affected by rotavirus diarrhea, estimated at around 1 million hospitalizations annually in the country.

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Encephalitis outbreaks in India kill more than 150

07/23/2014 09:39 GMT

NEW DELHI, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed more than 150 people, with health officials on alert fearing the death toll could rise further, state government directors said.

Some 102 people have died in West Bengal state from the mosquito-borne virus which affects mainly malnourished children and can cause brain damage and seizures, said medical education director Sushanta Banerjee.

Many of the deaths have occurred since the onset of the monsoon season in June when mosquitoes breed in large numbers.

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USAID announces new resources to prevent child, early, and forced marriage

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Global Fund Results Show Strong Gains

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The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year.

In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent.

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Child Brides, Global Consequences- How to End Child Marriage

How to End Child Marriage
Authors: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, and Lynn S. ElHarake

Overview

Child Brides, Global Consequences is a collection of two previously published CFR Working Papers on child marriage: "High Stakes for Young Lives" and "Fragile States, Fragile Lives."

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Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight

07/22/2014 06:03 GMT

NEW DELHI, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - An outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation "alarming'.

Hundreds of mainly children die across India each year from the mosquito-borne virus, but West Bengal is not normally one of the worst-hit states.

Only five people died last year in West Bengal from Japanese encephalitis, one form of the virus which normally hits during the monsoon season when mosquitos breed.

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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

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New York Times

By GARDINER HARRIS

HEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition.

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Naga armed group commits to ban landmines, sexual violence and child recruitment

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Geneva Call

On 10 July 2014, the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Nagaland/National Socialist Council of Nagaland (GPRN/NSCN)-Khole-Kitovi signed Geneva Call’s three Deeds of Commitment on protecting children in armed conflict, banning anti-personnel mines, and prohibiting sexual violence and against gender discrimination.

The GPRN/NSCN, which is in a ceasefire with the central Government, is fighting for the self-determination of the Naga people. Through these signatures, the GPRN/NSCN publicly confirms its commitment to protect civilians from the effects of armed conflict.