The tragedy is that while Malawi has shown that nurses can reliably deliver this simple lifesaving drug to mothers who need it, the country cannot deliver the drug to the nurses who need to dispense it.
This amazing project saw me travel around the world photographing brave survivors. As a photographer and mother, it was incredibly moving to meet these young people and see firsthand the impact that meningococcal disease has had on their lives.
Every report, case study and anecdote affirms that health workers are vital to the health and well-being of a country.
A friend of mine sent me a a Daily Beast piece that said, "A new law would approve marriage to girls as young as nine in a bid to appease the nation's...
Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. This isn't an old statistic -- this is reality for thousands of children in sub-Saharan Africa today in 2014. The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign has been working hard since 2006 to change this reality.
There is a great deal to learn from the experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships in food and nutrition security. My answer to the question on their role in the post MDGs is that they are essential. Governments on their own don't have the funding, skills or reach to succeed.
So long as a woman's reproductive freedom is constrained by her husband's opposition, religious prohibitions, or misinformation, she will not be fully capable of exercising that freedom.
Meet Mercy. She is a spunky, determined 17-year-old with a twinkle in her eye. Mercy has many passions, goals and hopes for her future, just like most girls her age. She is an aspiring engineer and change maker in her community of Muhuru Bay, Kenya.
I was reminded of the plight of these children when my wife and I recently visited Rwanda for the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.
While we're trying to perfect the art of fishing a tampon out of a backpack unnoticed, there are millions of girls around the world who don't have access to pads. And that's not even the worst of it: Because of a lack of sanitation and resources, many girls miss large swaths of school or drop out altogether once they start menstruating.
Stories are powerful. Storytelling and film mobilize communities to transform gender norms, fight discrimination and promote equality -- breaking down barriers that damage both girls and boys.
There is no doubt that addressing the unmet need for sexual and reproductive health services would lead to significant reductions in women's mortality and morbidity rates. But there's even more to it than that.
We see so many girls and women making huge positive changes in their communities. When doors are closed to women, those societies and the world are losing.
Water -- easy and safe at the touch of a tap is something we take for granted in the developed world. It takes a catastrophic event to remind us how fortunate we are.
Girl Up is dedicated to improving the lives of girls around the world and empowering them to give their hearts to make this world a better place. We asked our Teen Advisors about their mothers.. and then filmed the answers with their mothers watching.
We've all seen the ads on the subway depicting children with cleft lips. Yes, they're hard to look at, but what's even harder to digest is the truth about what life looks like for these kids. What people may not realize is that they aren't just suffering from a cosmetic deformity.
"What good is that if our babies and mothers are dying? They must be the priority."
Such bonds can be harder to break than handcuffs, especially when a young person has been told for years that they aren't worth anything, and they have few skills, no diplomas, and few prospects for supporting themselves outside the sex industry.
Millions of girls across the world today are being fundamentally overlooked in their communities because they are denied the opportunity to be registered at birth.
For two weeks last month, women's groups from across the world met in New York to discuss what 21st century international development has done for women at the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).