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Jennifer James
Jennifer James is an early pioneer of the mom blogging movement and founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, a global coalition of 2000-plus mom bloggers who use social media and blogging to advance information to their networks about pressing global issues.

Recently named a Fast Company Most Generous Social Media Maven and a Blogger Changing the World by, James routinely travels to middle and low-income countries chasing stories about women and children and the NGOs and global development programs that are improving their lives.

James currently writes for the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists, as well as for She is a recent recipient of a National Vaccines Fellowship from the National Press Association and two fellowships from the International Reporting Project.

Entries by Jennifer James

Photo Essay: My Observations of Toilets Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 6:04 PM


The first time I saw a pit latrine was when I was in rural Kenya visiting a hospital to observe how expectant mothers were provided better maternal health care.

During that visit I really needed to use the bathroom because an overland trip...

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Maternal Health Heroes: Interview With Dr. Priya Agrawal

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 5:34 PM


We are happy to publish our second interview in our Maternal Health Heroes Summer Series with Dr. Priya Agrawal, Executive Director of Merck for Mothers. Throughout the summer we will speak with some of the most notable maternal health advocates in the world ahead...

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Maternal Health Heroes: Interview With H.E. Toyin Saraki

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 3:47 PM


I am excited to launch the Maternal Health Hereos Summer Series with an interview with H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa. Throughout the summer I will speak with some of the most notable maternal health advocates in...

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Why it is Important to Help Children in Need

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:20 PM

This post is part of the Relay for Kids in partnership with SOS Children's Villages. Each time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) to support children worldwide affected by crisis. Scroll to the bottom to find out more.

I have two daughters....

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Donating to Women and Girls Just Got Easier

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 2:34 PM


In Ormoc, Philippines women tend to take on village leadership roles to ensure children under five get their scheduled vaccinations and routine check-ups. These women also provide medical information to mothers and families who live deep in the rural parts of Ormoc and...

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Separated at Birth: Delivering in a Cameroonian Prison

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Photos and video by Paolo Patruno
"Life for a pregnant woman in prison is very different from what we live outside. Psychologically we are affected. We suffer in our flesh because the pregnancy makes you weak and in the same...
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Can an Online Community for NGOs Help Reduce Duplication in the Field?

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:31 PM


I am not sure how I stumbled upon the Practical Initiatives Network (PIN) website, but when I did I was thrilled to see it. As someone who spends a lot of time in the field visiting many NGOs both large and...

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Looking at Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in the Field

(10) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 8:16 PM

Amos Emmanuel Kakere really wanted to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). A slight young man who looked far younger than his mere 24 years, Kakere, who is married and lives in Mhango village in Tanzania's Shinyanga region, opted to undergo the procedure after seeing a large VMMC mobile field...

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How One Photographer Is Documenting Maternal Health in Africa

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 11:29 AM

I have been following Italian social documentarian and photographer Paolo Patruno's moving photographs about motherhood and childbirth from sub-Saharan Africa since I first wrote about his work for the Gates Foundation's Impatient Opitmists blog in 2012 in my article, Q&A: Humanitarian Photographer Documents Maternal Health Crisis in Sub-Saharan...

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Camp Launches for Young Adults Whose Loved Ones are Victims of Extreme Violence and War

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:11 PM


When we see photos in the news of families who are victims of extreme violence or war most of us don't stop to think about the tragic effect on children. Entire families are often adversely affected by the perils of war and violence....

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35 Leading Tweeters On Family Planning And Reproductive Health

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 3:41 PM

2014-02-09-FamilyPlanningandReproductiveHealth.jpgLast week I compiled a list of my top 25 tweeters on maternal health. I received great feedback about how useful the list was so I have decided to share more lists on a variety of global health topics throughout the...

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25 Leading Tweeters on Maternal Health

(4) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:34 PM

2014-02-02-VaccineDaya1.jpg Whenever I look for up-to-date maternal health information I turn to these 25 tweeters. For me, these are the leading maternal health Twitter accounts on the Net. I also want to hear what you think. Please include any other tweeters...

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10 Global Health Tweets to Start Your Week

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 12:25 AM

Information on Twitter flashes by in an instant making it inevitable that you'll miss important tweets and information from the most resourceful NGOs, foundations, and experts on Twitter. Here are ten tweets I think make for intelligent, bookmark-worthy reading to start your week.


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How One Kenyan Woman Fueled Jill Sheffield's Life's Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 1:05 AM

This post is part of the Global Mom Relay. Every time you share this blog, $5 will go to women and girls around the world. Scroll to the bottom to find out more.

It's quite amazing how often people reach their life's epiphany moment when visiting or living...

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Save the Children Calls for Increased Breastfeeding in First Hour After Birth

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 9:27 PM

I have traveled to both Kenya and Ethiopia over the past year and half, and what I can say as someone who has newly traveled to the continent is that breastfeeding seems to be the norm among childbearing women there, just judging by the number of women I have seen...

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