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Fertility and the World Cup in Haiti

Anick Supplice Dupuy | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Anick Supplice Dupuy

In order to bring down our birth rate and increase the choices for women, we have to tackle male attitudes. The challenge we face is how to get men to be as interested in women's health issues as they are in soccer.

Where Girls Don't Count

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

What if you didn't know when your birthday was? What if your government didn't know you existed? What if you weren't counted at all? Counting means a lot of things but mostly "I count" means "I matter."

Providing Safe Water, One Photo at a Time

Karin Krchnak | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Karin Krchnak

Of all the water on Earth, just 3 percent of it is fresh--and most of it is frozen in glaciers or as permanent snow. Just 1 percent of the world's water provides all drinking water, is used for sanitation and health, delivers food through fishing and crop irrigation, and provides energy.

The Power Of A Text Message

Sharon D'Agostino | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Sharon D'Agostino

The moment that the four women entered the meeting room where I had been waiting, I could feel my heart warm. For these mothers, the SMS messages calmed their fears.

Giving Back The Power Of Storytelling Through Film

Molly Melching | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

Community voices really are the key to empowering development. Through participant-produced filmmaking, their priorities and solutions can be brought directly to the forefront.

The One Thing That Is Stronger Than Fear

Lindsey Rowe | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Lindsey Rowe

Every 3 minutes a child somewhere in the world is born into the uncertainty of life with a facial deformity.

Start 2014 In The 'Rights' Direction

Tyler LePard | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Tyler LePard

Girls and women are disproportionately more affected by armed conflict, sexual violence, injury, death, intimidation, and human trafficking than men. But together, we can help them.

Why You Should Care About #GivingTuesday

Aaron Sherinian | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Aaron Sherinian

The beauty of #GivingTuesday is that families can join in whatever way works best for them, whether it's volunteering at a food kitchen, donating to a nonprofit, or raising awareness of an issue on social media. This is a great way to share the spirit of giving with our children.

Education Can Be The Best Medicine Of All

Dr. Dianne Jean-Francois | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. Dianne Jean-Francois

Ever since I was a young girl, I've wanted to help Haiti. During my time at medical school in Haiti, and when studying for my master's degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University, I knew I wanted to return to my country and help residents get the healthcare they needed. And, as a mother of two, I recognize children's healthcare as exceptionally important.

The Secret Power That All Moms Have

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Around the world, governments, NGOs and community-based organizations struggle to provide for orphaned and vulnerable children. Food, shelter and medical care are fundamental to survival. But what do children need to thrive?

The 2 Things That Could Keep Premature Babies Alive

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse

More than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old. Here's how you can help.

I Walked to Alleviate Global Poverty

Aziz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Aziz Baig

As the sun rose on the day of the walk, a ray of hope flamed up in my heart. As soon as my wife and I started driving to Sam Houston Park, vivid scenes from my past started flashing before my eyes. I recalled the emergency situation in Afghanistan.

The Vaccine That All Pregnant Women Should Get

Colleen A. Kraft, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Colleen A. Kraft, M.D.

When we think of individuals that need to be immunized, healthy women don't often come to mind. But the flu can hit our pregnant moms hard, meaning unborn babies get hit even harder.

This Terrifying Disease Is Making A Comeback In Syria. Here's How We Can Stop it.

Dr. Abdelhadi Eltahir | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Abdelhadi Eltahir

A recent bout of polio cases in Syria is a terrifying side affect of the current civil war. However, we can make progress in the fight for a stronger public health system.

The High Price of Childhood Pregnancy

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Adolescent pregnancy diminishes the life opportunities of girls everywhere, but the cost goes beyond the burden borne by the girls themselves. And that is why it is our collective responsibility to address this problem.

$1 A Day Can Solve One Of Guatemala's Most Troubling Problems. Here's How.

Margaret Blood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Margaret Blood

Fifty percent of children in Guatemala suffer from chronic malnutrition, the fourth highest rate in the world, condemning them to a life of learning challenges and putting them at high risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. We are planting the seeds for a movement to ensure that every child in Guatemala has the opportunity to graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education. Will you join us?

How A 9-Year-Old Girl From Guinea Finally Got The Medical Care She Needed

Catherine Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

There is a universal principle of childhood physics that we all remember well: the joy of spinning in circles. Perhaps it was spinning while locking hands with a playmate, in a teacup at Disney World, dancing in pirouettes, or simply turning in place -- it was a thrill to send our surroundings into a kaleidoscopic blur. This was followed by a dizzy fit of giggles until our internal compasses caught up, and the world came back into focus.

A Bold New Path To Educating Girls

Conrad Person | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Conrad Person

As International Day of the Girl Child approaches, I think of the obstacles that stand in the way of girls and their education. But I also imagine things the way they should be: with them attending university, speaking boldly and confidently, and being valued by all of us for the full spectrum of who they are.

The Invisible Thread Of Hope

Kirk Koenig | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Kirk Koenig

I was the fourth baby my mother delivered, but only the second that survived.

For Ethiopian Mothers, A Fate Worse Than Death

Kelly Yee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kelly Yee

We know that obstetric fistula is easily preventable. And yet, millions of African women suffer from the condition. As we help mothers around the world improve their lives through education, resources, and other aid, we need to first convey the basic underlying tenet to the mother: She is worth it.

Keeping Our Promise To Every Woman, Every Child

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

With fewer than 850 days left until the MDG target date, every day counts for the millions of women and children who are relying on us to keep our promise to them. We cannot let them down.

Infectious Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.

Making the Most of a Golden Minute

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

What can you accomplish in one minute? You could put away your shoes or read 250 words--but with the right training, you could save a newborn's life. Here's how.

Transforming Partnerships To Save Lives

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

What would we do differently tomorrow if we knew that the lives of 16 million women and children were at stake? Because they are. In the three years since the launch of Every Woman, Every Child, 260 entities have committed nearly $60 billion to programs intended to save and improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable women and children.

Educating A First-Time Mother

Alice Lin Fabiano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alice Lin Fabiano

A first-time mother is especially vulnerable. She is younger, less experienced, and often feels isolated and less empowered amid her husband's family. Mobile messages delivered via voice or text are a simple way to inform, support, and educate her with accurate health information.