It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.
Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development.
On the brink of turning 40, I fell suddenly pregnant with twins -- where "suddenly" is redefined as three years of infertility and one round of IVF. My doctor instructed me to eat 100 grams of protein a day, since twins often come early, underweight, and NICU-bound.
I visited Maryam when her baby was 2 weeks old. I had been meaning to go sooner, but the steep, icy roads up to her 'house' in Kabul prohibited an earlier visit.
Sexual and reproductive rights are often lightning rods in intergovernmental debates and national politics and sidelined as distractions. But these rights are the basic rights of all individuals to have control over decisions that affect the most private aspects of their lives.
Honor killings might not be preventable among the current generation of adult men, but certainly we can bring the new generation of young boys closer to understanding themselves and the other half of the universe made up of women and girls.
It is well-recognized that gender inequalities exist around the world. Evidence has also mounted showing that the marginalization and neglect of the needs, roles and potential of women and girls are key factors limiting advances in human health and development outcomes for all -- women, men, boys and girls.
Educational and economic opportunities that allow children and youth to dream of a better tomorrow are integral to achieving peace.
Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...
The IFC's Health in Africa initiative is supposed to be reviewed this year. A tangible result will be a commitment from the Bank in the next few weeks to re-evaluate it under the prism of the Bank's corporate goals and focus on universal health coverage.
There are more men making films than women today. That is a fact. Here are some more facts.
Thanks to social media and the other technology advances we've witnessed over the past couple of decades, these needs are more apparent and feel closer to our own back yard than they ever did before.
An early start on learning means everything when it comes to a child’s future. Yet too many children living in poverty in America and around the wo...
Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments, and they have led to the significant reduction of several infectious disease in the United States. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased, and vaccine-preventable illnesses are making a comeback.
This month, for the first time in my life, I'll be traveling outside of Africa when I to go New York City. This will only be the second time I leave M...
Lisa Scharoun, PhD is a professor in graphic design teaching at Australia's University of Canberra. She's also a mother to Noah, who was born with a cleft palate. Lisa spent much of Noah's first nine months in hospitals.
Our daughter, Reece, has had many of the typical challenges that preemies face. We have learned to let go of our expectations, celebrate her milestones and appreciate all that she can do. It doesn't mean that it is easy. For her, or for us, but we are grateful.
We have a tendency to rely on life-saving, last-minute efforts to turn around a person's health. These strategies are often unsuccessful and always extremely costly. They usually do not result in a lifetime improvement in health.
Most children spend 364 days thinking about how exciting their next birthday will be. They think about the cake they’ll eat, the friends they’ll p...
I am the 14-year-old Founder and President of Positive Impact for Kids. My 501(c)(3) non-profit strives to improve the lives of hospitalized children ...