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Creative Collaboration to Tackle a Neglected Children's Health Issue

David Addiss, MD, MPH | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David Addiss, MD, MPH

In his book Organizing Genius, Warren Bennis notes that the world's greatest problems can be solved only by creative collaboration and that "the most urgent collaborations require the coordinated contributions of many talented people." Public-private partnerships that bring together the best talents, expertise, and resources from the government, non-profit and business sectors have proven essential for tackling the most complex challenges in global health and international development.

The World Needs More Midwives

Esther Madudu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Esther Madudu

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies. An estimated that 350,000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths -- but training is prohibitively expensive for most women in the developing world.

The World's Most Vulnerable Mothers Need Our Help

Leith Greenslade | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

Behind every preventable child death is a disempowered mother.

How Finland Puts Moms First

Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta

According to Save the Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report, Finland is the best country in the world for mothers. This is a tremendous achievement, but not an accident. There is a wide consensus in Finland that maternal and infant health is a high priority, and our national budget reflects that.

No Mother Should Have To Die Giving Life

Catherine Ojo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Ojo

Nigeria is a hard place to be a mom. As a midwife there, I should know. Many women who are in need of medical care there don't get it for a variety of reasons. Either they can't afford it, they live too far from a health facility, or their husbands haven't allowed them to go. Some women literally die waiting for this permission.

In Rural Communities, Young Women Drive Generational Change

Eden Rock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Eden Rock

In rural communities throughout Africa, Asia and Latin American, committed young women derive satisfaction and pride from helping other women to shape a better future for their children. Yet every one of these amazing young women also envisions a future married and with a family of her own. Wistfully, they admit that eventually it will likely be necessary to leave this demanding yet deeply satisfying work behind.

Thrust Into Fatherhood ‘Heart' First

Lance Somerfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lance Somerfeld

My wife jolted me out of a deep sleep at 5 a.m. She mumbled something didn't "feel right." The fear in her voice scared me. Before long, I was donning a pair of scrubs in the delivery room. All the while, clenching my wife's hand, kissing her forehead, and whispering confidently about how we were going to be such amazing parents.

My Father's Day Plea For Men Around The World

Rajesh Anandan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Rajesh Anandan

Don't cheat on your partner. Don't abuse your partner. Don't drink excessively. These are some of the underlying messages in a different kind of "lifestyle" marketing campaign now running in Zambia, encouraging boys and men across the country to do the right thing -- not just for themselves, but also for the women in their lives, their families and communities.

Shouldn't Mothers With Mental Illness Have The Chance To "Have It All," Too?

Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D.

For some slice of American women who are mothers, "having it all" conjures up notions of marriage, a family, a professional position, a home in a safe neighborhood with a decent school system and opportunities to live a better life down the road. For women with psychiatric conditions, life is a different struggle. But with the right support, mothers and almost every person with mental illness can succeed.

Share (RED), Save Lives: Help End Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV Now

Anu Gupta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Anu Gupta

Johnson & Johnson is partnering with (RED) to raise awareness of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to unlock up to $100,000 for the Global Fund To Fight AIDS. Each like, tweet or pin of this infographic gets us $1 closer to keeping HIV-positive mothers alive and helping to ensure that their children are born healthy and HIV-free.

Maternal Health Is A Social Issue, Too

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

In Senegal and throughout West Africa, deeply-rooted social norms are meant to protect and support a woman and her child throughout her pregnancy and after the birth. Unfortunately, these beliefs can also put the mother and child's health at risk.

The Toughest Places to Be a Mother

Mary Beth Powers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mary Beth Powers

Imagine giving birth in one of the bottom-ranked countries. Your family's income may be less than $200 a person for the whole year. There's a good chance you were married as a child. If this is your first pregnancy, you may still be under 18.

Care After Birth: Different Moms, Different Realities

Linda Murray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Linda Murray

For many women around the world postpartum support comes from partners, family, and friends who rally to help out and give the new mom a chance to regain her strength and focus on bonding with her baby. The type of support moms get and the length of time they receive that support vary around the world.

Join Women around the World: Celebrate Water

Nicole Wickenhauser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nicole Wickenhauser

If I really stop and think about it, water has been an important part of my life ever since my conception. Inside my mom's womb, it was part of what nourished me. As I entered the world, it helped ensure a hygienic delivery. It was part of my baptism. It was a source of limitless childhood fun. Today it defines my days.

Creating Healthier Children and Families Through L.O.V.E.

Mernell King, BSEd | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mernell King, BSEd

A parent who has the tools to make appropriate decisions about the healthcare of their child has been given self-confidence and self-esteem. I believe when a person has self-esteem mountains can be moved.

When Transforming a Life is as Simple as Playing a Game

Kate Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kate Grant

What if you could do something right now to help heal girls and women with fistula in the developing world? And what if helping was as simple as playing a game?

It Takes a Village: Saving Lives by Working Together

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

On International Corporate Philanthropy Day, we highlight the role of the private sector in advancing the health and well-being of women, infants & children. The private sector brings expertise in strategy, innovation, metrics, communications, and even the power of thousands of employees who want to make a difference.

Mobile Messaging: Strengthening the Bond Between Mother and Child

Alice Lin Fabiano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alice Lin Fabiano

Having health information in the palm of her hand is now possible for Asha Sarkar, a new mother who lives in a slum outside of Dhaka. She is one of t...

Helping New Moms 'Feel Rich' One Text at a Time

Quincy Jones III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Quincy Jones III

Every year, more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States and an estimated 28,000 children will die before their first birthday. Even more shocking: the infant mortality rate in the U.S. is 6 in 1,000 live births, and is one of the highest among developed nations.

Giving Economic Freedom to Women in West Africa

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

Often, communities will dedicate some or all of the funds to establishing community-led revolving micro-credit funds which provide seed capital for small businesses. Small loans of $20, $40, or $50 give community members, usually women, the opportunity to set up their own businesses.

Is It Possible to Change the Cycle of Poverty in Brazil?

Vera Cordeiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vera Cordeiro

When a committed group of people gathers around a meaningful cause, their passion and hard work can improve the lives of thousands.

The Long Journey: Traveling With Children

Sophia Jones-Mwangi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sophia Jones-Mwangi

Those of us who have traveled with young children know that it is not easy. I have done it many times with my three children, two of whom are now in their teens.

Return to Innocence: Help Us Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

Kristin Lindsey | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Kristin Lindsey

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" I asked. It's a common enough question -- one I answered hundreds of times when I was a kid. It is a question intended to inspire. To ask that question is to invite a child to imagine his or her future possibility, to encourage them to dream big and to go for it.

Give the Gift of Childhood Innocence: The Global Fund and Letting Kids Be Kids (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact

At the Global Fund for Children (GFC), the lives of children on the edges of society — trafficked children, refugees, child laborers — are transfo...

Baby Naming: A Global Tradition

Linda Murray | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Linda Murray

Naming a baby is one of the most important, and public, decisions a new parent makes. All new parents worry about choosing just the right name for their new arrival, and most believe that a child's name contributes to his or her success in life.