WOMEN: 94,000 newborn deaths from malaria averted

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An estimated 94,000 newborn deaths from malaria were averted in the three years leading up to 2012 following more intensive preventative treatment, according to a new report. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was created by four UN agencies, says that interventions during pregnancy and the use of insecticide treated nets have improved the survival rates for both women and their children. Dr Eric Mouzin, is an epidemiologist with the Partnership. Jean-Pierre Ramazani asked him about the report published on Thursday on "The contribution of Malaria Control to Maternal and Newborn Health."

Menstruation keeps young Indian girls out of school

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Young girls in India are staying away from school due to the lack of understanding about their monthly menstruation. This lack of understanding combined with a social stigma that has been handed down over generations, means many girls feel too ashamed to go to school at all. The UN is working with the Indian government to revise the school curriculum and in turn provide girls with a better future. Pat Duffy reports.

Having women preside over UN's most powerful body sends strong message: Lithuania

Raimonda Murmokaite. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Having female ambassadors serve as President of the Security Council sends a powerful message of empowerment, according to Lithuania's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. This year, for the first time in the history of the Council, a total of five female ambassadors are serving throughout the year. In February, Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite held the rotating presidency of the UN body responsible for maintaining peace. She told Elisabeth Philip that having women occupy these functions also sends an "enormous message about what women can do to contribute if given the opportunity".

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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