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    Making a difference: goals for improving the health of women and children globally.

    Callister LC

    MCN. American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 2006 Jul-Aug; 31(4):271.

    Each year more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes, and 11 million children aged less than 5 years die from causes that are mostly preventable. Are you aware of the work being done worldwide to change this? Is there anything you can do to help? In 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) introduced millennium development goals for health priorities and included a focus on infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Cardiovascular health, cancer, and diabetes were also targeted as health priorities, as were environmental issues such as toxins, tobacco, poor sanitation, and unsafe water supplies. Lifestyle issues such as hypertension, malnutrition, childhood obesity, high-risk sexual behaviors, and substance abuse were noted to be responsible for 33% of deaths worldwide. (excerpt)
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