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Behaviors and habits established during adolescence have ramifications that affect the quality of life and health throughout adulthood. Adolescence is a critical transition period that includes rapid biological developments and increasing independence. Predisposed to greater risk-taking, adolescents are at an increased danger for negative consequences through substance use, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. In […]
Mental health problems in Sierra Leone pose a high burden of developmental, emotional, and behavioral disorders not only in adults but also in children and adolescents. The country’s recent history includes a long civil war, the Ebola epidemic, and in 2017, a mudslide that killed more than 500 people. Furthermore, throughout Sierra Leone, there is […]
In Nepal, nearly 1 in 30 children die before reaching their first birthday, with 66% of those deaths occurring in the first one month of life, the neonatal period. Almost half of all newborn deaths are due to neonatal infections, many of which can result from exposure of the newborn’s umbilical cord stump to pathogens […]
When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving a newborn nutritional and immunoprotective benefits that impact their immediate health, as well as their long-term health and opportunity for success. As a development tool, breastfeeding is a key contributor to achieving the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID’s global nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), joins our many partners in recognizing the importance of promoting good breastfeeding practices and the supportive environments that enable them.