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Child Mortality

The Secret of Mali's Ebola Response Success, and How It Could Transform Child Health

Andy Bryant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Muso This is a guest post by Dr. Ari Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Muso. Last year, Mali rapidly shut down its Ebola outbreak. Yester...

The Cost of Delivery, The Price of Survival

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Governments all over the world insure their buildings or assets from potential risk. Yet, why do so many governments refuse to similarly insure their citizens from the risks posed by a lack of preparedness in a country's health infrastructure and in the delivery of essential health services?

Child Mortality Rates Have Dropped By 53% Since 1990: UN

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact

More children than ever before are living to celebrate their 5th birthdays. But health advocates are disappointed that figures have fallen short of t...

A Plan to End All Preventable Deaths by 2030

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

A major lesson from the MDGs is that setting numerical targets is not enough. Even though the world has achieved stunning progress and many countries have made impressive gains, when we look closely, stark differences and inequities appear between and within countries.

Progress on Health, but Not Fast Enough

Melinda Gates | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Melinda Gates

By continuing to invest in these and other proven interventions -- especially those aimed at saving newborns during their vulnerable first month -- we can use the next 15 years to cut the child-mortality rate by half again. But let's face it: What we really want for children -- for our own children, for anyone's children -- is not simply to survive, but to thrive.

Dying From Corruption

Kate Grant | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

Maybe it's time the financial institutions and oil and diamond companies that help keep the political elite in those Porsches wake up to their complicity in this unfolding tragedy.

Maternal Death Rates Are Decreasing Everywhere But The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living

The United Nations reported last year that it would not meet its goal to decrease the number of women who die in childbirth by 75 percent by 2015, a M...

The Fundamental Question About Water

Hope Randall | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Hope Randall

WASH continues to be one of the most practical ways we can fulfill our commitment to the world's children. If everyone had access to safe drinking water, a staggering 90 percent of diarrhea deaths could be prevented.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Access To Water In Ghana

Kate Clopeck | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Kate Clopeck

It was at that moment that something clicked for me. These water businesses could do so much more than just increase access to clean water; they could provide opportunities for an often marginalized group in northern Ghana -- women -- in an area where they were already experts.

Child, Maternal Deaths Are Falling Faster Than At Any Time In History: U.N.

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

By Joseph D'Urso LONDON, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 co...

We're Making Real Health Progress That's Saving Kids' Lives. Here's Proof In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

The world has made significant progress in ensuring more kids live to see adulthood -- just check out the blue bars. Child mortality has gone down ...

Giving Every Child A Fair Chance In Life Is A Defining Challenge For Our Generation

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

All over the world, children's chances of seeing their fifth birthday depend on where they are born, the wealth of their parents and their ethnic identity -- factors that, for them, are purely a matter of chance.

Christmas Is Not Always a Time of Joy for New Parents

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

This staggering death toll of mothers and babies -- at least two-thirds of whom could be saved with adequate care -- represents one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century.

Preterm Birth: Forging The Path To Prevention

Eve Lackritz | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Eve Lackritz

Today, we face the post-2015 challenge of preterm birth in the same way that we once faced the other leading causes of child mortality two decades ago, challenges with limited solutions and against great odds.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

U.S. NGOs Investing to Help Children Reach Their 5th Birthday

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In 2012, 6.6 million children died before their fifth birthday. While this represents huge progress over past years, in far too many communities parents simply assume that half of their children will not make it.

Let's Use Evidence-Based Interventions to Save the Lives of Children and Mothers

Agnès Binagwaho | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Agnès Binagwaho

Rwanda's success, while remarkable, is not a mystery. Investments were based on the evidence, tackling the biggest threats to child survival by increasing effective interventions such as vaccinations and breastfeeding rates.

This Mother's Day, Let's Bring More Women to the Table Through Economic Empowerment

Kathy Spahn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

When we give impoverished women a place at the global table of economic development, we take a firm stand in decreasing rates of child mortality and fostering health and prosperity in the developing world. This is something that is well worth celebrating on Mother's Day and supporting all year round.

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

1 Child Dies Every 21 Seconds From An Illness Related To Lack Of Access To Clean Water. Here's What You Can Do

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact

Though the stats about the global water crisis remain grim, major progress is being made in one of the most critical areas: child deaths. On the an...

Top 5 Lame Excuses Not to Support Extreme-Poverty Alleviation Work

Nick Pearson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

'International aid doesn't work.' Um, yes it does. The Gates' letter is one simple frame of reference for this point. Humanitarian aid is not a perfect science, but we're talking about work done within contexts that are very broken.

Bill Gates' Rose-Colored Glasses

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.31.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

To his credit, Gates is a remarkable philanthropist, and his generosity certainly sets a bold standard for all wealthy people to emulate. Nevertheless, his appears blind to the genuine suffering of people who endure poverty, even in the wealthiest countries on Earth.

No Child Should Die Of Things We Can Prevent

Caryl Stern | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Caryl Stern

The number of children who die from things we can prevent should be ZERO. And it can be. With new vaccines, technology and programs, we can finish the job we started -- but only if we work faster, better and together.

Finally, a Humanitarian Crisis That Corporations Can Completely Fix -- and Fast

Matt Aubry | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Matt Aubry

In my two decades working for social change, I've found that donors of all stripes -- from the socially conscious 20-something texting a $5 gift to the biggest corporate partner -- share one common frustration.

200 Global Philanthropists and an African Mother

Ray Chambers | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

Helping our friends and our family members does not preclude helping women and babies in Africa or victims of the Tsunami in Indonesia or the earthquake in Haiti. We would walk through fire to help our own children and those in our communities, but why stop there?