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It's World Cancer Day today. Most people in the developed world will know someone who has suffered from or been affected by cancer. What fewer people know, however, is that people in the developing world are just as exposed: by 2020, there are likely to...

The World Economic Forum's annual Davos conference marks one of the world's more layered brands. For media leaders, it is an opportunity to take stock of sentiments among global business and policy elites. For business leaders it offers a chance to broker deals and, in...

NEW YORK, USA, 4 February 2011 – At a joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNICEF and four other UN agencies, Executive Director Anthony Lake this morning called for a global commitment to reaching the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in order to reduce...

Delhi's high court has ordered the capital's government to build shelters for destitute pregnant women so they can receive care when giving birth. It is treating maternal mortality as a human rights violation. In January, Shanti Devi, a woman living below the poverty line, died after...

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is led by the International Union against Cancer, a global consortium of more than 350 cancer-fighting organizations in over 100 countries. World Cancer Day...

The public health community has known for a long time that vaccines are one of the best investments in health. A few doses early in life can protect a child for a lifetime. Polio, which has declined by 99 percent over the past 20 years,...

Sustained high vaccination coverage is key to preventing deaths from measles. Despite the availability of a vaccine, measles remains an important killer of children worldwide, particularly in less-developed regions where vaccination coverage is limited. A team of researchers, led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins...

Child vaccines got a double dose of comedy last night when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert interviewed Bill Gates and Dr. Paul Offit on their back-to-back shows. In the first interview, Stewart talked to Gates about the value of investments in vaccines, and focused in...

For the last ten years, I have seen thousands of children cry after being pricked by needle for a vaccination against measles –a deadly disease that is preventable by one quick, albeit painful, shot. I witnessed it again this week in northern Nigeria, as the country...

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