Until the second half of the 20th century, the only way a child could become immune to infectious diseases like whooping cough or measles was to actually get the disease and survive it. Too often, however, infection led to tragic, premature death.
Hospitality offers so much hope for youth in emerging economies like South Africa.
They were so young, and yet looked so sad. I looked into the faces of these children... hundreds of them... all gathered together at a UNICEF program in Malawi, one of the countries hardest hit by AIDS.
There are many incredible and life-changing improvements around health taking place in schools across the country right now, led by everyday heroes who deserve and need our support.
Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Let's do something about this! Find a walk that is close to you. Trust me, it will be an inspiring day for everyone.
Eliminated long ago in the U.S., malaria isn't considered a serious threat by many Americans. But as companies and organizations expand their global f...
World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 800 women die every day from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Over 50 percent of these deaths occur in countries in sub-Saharan Africa, like Ghana.
With Lynn Bozof New York, N.Y. -- I first met Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association (NMA), three years ago when I wrote for...
Superintendents cannot singlehandedly improve the health of every student, but they are the first step in changing the trajectory of health for all students in their districts.
Despite the increase in access to education in the region, nearly 29 million primary school aged children were out of school -- accounting for over half of out-of-school youth around the world.
Creativity matters for global health advocacy because utilizing innovative distribution strategies can help a film and its message reach a wider audience.
Health should not be something that can only be accessed by those who have the means to pay for treatment, but should rather be shared by everyone, especially those in fragile economic situations.
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.
Schools provide many opportunities, and share a responsibility, to help children learn healthy habits, if for no other reason than because such habits are intrinsically linked to academic success.
Another is trying to rock the world of young African women by the simple act of providing them with locally made sanitary pads so they don't miss work and school.
To be sure, we have a long way to go to achieve true gender equality. Yet as I work side by side with young feminist activists from all over the world, I am inspired, energized, and yes even optimistic about the future for which this new generation of young women is fighting so hard.
At first, I leaned toward keeping our kids vaccine-free. I thought the concern about vaccination made sense. But after hearing both sides of the argument, I decided facts were my friends. I couldn't rely on word-of-mouth, friend-of-a-friend information. It was going to require actual research from vetted sources; I wanted the truth.
The past two decades have shown that it pays to invest in girls and women, and we have seen tremendous improvements in some areas. However, challenges remain, and progress has been uneven across regions and within countries.
Where women and families live should not determine if they live -- this is the philosophy driving Jhpiego's work in 14 countries to defeat malaria, a disease that impacts millions primarily in low-income countries.
In far too many places, being a school girl is dangerous business. Girls face the threat of violence on the bus ride to school, the afternoon walk home, or even during a bathroom break. The barriers that prevent girls from going to school vary. But what's clear in any community is that education can change everything for a student.