I have been struggling with a question: how do we bring all communities together and restart the conversation about our biggest collective challenges? What do climate change, global health and social contract have in common? Through my work as a doctor, epidemiologist and social impact founder, the answer to me has become clear: food.
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.
While our efforts in the health sector clearly meet the bar of "what's working," we cannot shy away from the most difficult challenges. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa demonstrated how weak health systems, and a lack of community health workers, can devastate economies and place the whole world at risk. We were all grotesquely unprepared and disorganized, and cannot allow this to happen again.
For many women in South Africa like Lerato, a pregnant woman in Mabopane Township in Pretoria, pregnancy brought questions with answers that weren't always easy to come by. In a country with roughly five nurses and midwives for every 1000 people, help during pregnancy for Lerato and others often came from friends or family, if at all.