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As the Social Good Summit and the UN General Assembly meet in New York this week, we pause to reflect on this (precious) moment in time. The good news? Maternal mortality is decreasing (by 50% since 1990), child mortality is decreasing, and newborn health is on the agenda. It is not just good news, it's amazing news: "the global average annual rate of reduction in under-five mortality accelerated from 1.2 per cent a year for the period 1990-1995 to 3.9 per cent for 2005-2012." (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank 2013). Child mortality is falling, at a faster and faster rate. Some countries, like Ethiopia, met the MDG target early.
Today as the verdict in the trial of the 4 accused attackers in the infamous Delhi bus rape trial is handed down, we take a moment to think about the role of shame in holding women back. It was actually the words of the victim's mother that struck us. She said on the radio that this trial had moved India slightly, just slightly. Whereas before a family of a woman who had been raped might quickly hush her, worried about protecting the name of the family, worried about shame-- now families seem slightly more empowered to report the crimes. Shame around what HAPPENS to a girl, is a deeply held cultural issue in many many countries including our own. Shame prevents justice.
Greetings from Team Maternova! We wanted to pass on a bit of information to you about a scam being perpetrated on humanitarian groups like ours. Thankfully, we did not fall for it, but if we had we'd have lost thousands of dollars. This is what will happen: 1. You'll receive an inquiry for a large amount of one of your higher priced items. In our case it was a $200 device. The person's name is Mr. John Henson - obviously he was going for the 'most American' sounding name he could. You'll also notice his diction in his emails will vary wildly.
I have to say that always reporting or blogging about bad news and sad stories tends to wear on me. As a commentator and blogger it’s a rare day when unimaginably good news arrives from a most unlikely place. Meg and I set off to meet the Founder Dr. Rajinder Singh Tonk, and his two colleagues Dr. Monika Puri and Dr. Aloka Singh in Boston for a sit down meet and greet. We were not prepared for just how remarkable this coffee chat would be.
Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of posts about child health in India, where, in 2011, 1.7 million children under the age of 5 died. Health reporting fellow Harman Boparai travels to India, where he once practiced as a physician, to take a deeper look at child health in his home country. "A Doctor's Notes" is part of a GlobalPost Special Report titled "The Seven Million," about the many challenges faced worldwide in an effort to reduce child mortality. We are cross-posting this blog series with the permission of [Global Pulse](
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