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February 16, 2016

Female Genital Mutilation Cutting

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a human rights issue that affects girls and women worldwide. Over the last few years, the United Nations have been working to end the practice of cutting women’s genitals, a practice that is still frequent in countries such as Burkina Faso, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia and Togo. Continuing an agreement adopted in 2012 in the United Nations General Assembly, on 2015, in the new set of development goals – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a

February 12, 2016

Microcephaly in Brazil: how to interpret reported numbers?

Professor Victora with collaborators have published a paper in the Lancet jornal in wich they recomend that “national and international agencies should refrain from reporting suspected cases and speed up investigation to report on confirmed cases with laboratory or radiological evidence”. Read the full paper here.  

February 05, 2016

Monitoring subnational regional inequalities in health

Monitoring subnational regional inequalities in health: measurement approaches and challenges The paper from Ahmad Hosseinpoor; Nicole Bergen; Aluisio Barros; Kerry Wong; Ties Boerma e Cesar Victora describes and compares different methods to estimate subnational and regional inequalities, using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana and Zimbabwe. This paper is available at BioMed Central    

February 05, 2016

Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect

Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect The paper published in January 2016 by professor Victora and his collaborators is part of a series on breastfeeding in The Lancet journal, having large repercussion national and internationally. The research points that “The scaling up of breastfeeding to a near universal level could prevent 823.000 annual deaths in children younger than 5 years and 20.000 annual deaths from breast cancer.” The f