I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. Whether taking the train into New York City by myself as a young teen to attend dance classes with Alvin Ailey, or deciding at the age of 40 to abandon a career in the arts to get involved in the HIV/AIDS crisis, or, just ten years ago, taking the helm of one of the oldest NGOs in the U.S.
The G7 summit was a key moment for leaders to take decisive action to end millions of preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. We can reach this ambitious goal, but only if leaders make bold political and financial commitments to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths for good.
Approximately 40 children die each year from heat stroke after being left in cars by distracted, absentminded or careless parents. And that is in the U.S. alone.
This is an issue that affects all of us and the only way we will succeed is by including boys and men in our conversation about how to end gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is a silent epidemic that has male victims, too.
The world must take action where governments and communities have failed our girls. They deserve to live and not to die in childbirth. They deserve to thrive and live healthy lives. Above all, we must protect these girls so that they live a life free of violence, abuse and stigma and can raise healthy children.
As a father, I want my children to be safe from harm, and I want that very same thing for their children. We owe it to them -- and we owe it to our families.
I dream about a future for my child where there really is equal opportunity. Right now, a small percentage of the population does overwhelmingly better than the rest. Like every parent, I hope my child can have the best chances.
In January, the New York Times highlighted how insecticide treated nets meant to protect people from mosquitoes and malaria are now being used to haul fish in Africa. Among those using these nets to catch fish, hunger today is a bigger risk than malaria tomorrow.
The Ebola outbreak has served as a prolonged and revealing stress test, exposing countries' deep vulnerabilities well beyond the disease response.
Haiti is a few months away from the five-year anniversary of the introduction of cholera because of the United Nations' systematic negligence in leaking contaminated human waste into Haitian waterways.
The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was set up by the United Nations to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
Autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes (T1D) are on the rise -- and no one quite knows why. Despite decades of research costing billions of dollars, a cure for T1D remains elusive and unlikely for many years to come.
There are many things that need to be said about this, because frankly, congenital heart disease does not get the awareness, funding, or research that it so desperately deserves.
How do we bolster positive mental health in young children and ensure that challenges are detected early? The key is to integrate mental health prevention services into the settings where children spend their time -- at home, child care or the doctor's office.
She weighed little -- just 1.5 pounds. Tragically, no one thought she would live another day. Betselot Addisu was born prematurely at around seven months. She had severe anaemia and the beginnings of damage to her intestinal tract -- the second most common cause of death in premature babies.
Juniper was born in October 2014 at a hospital in rural Utah. Just three days earlier, the hospital had started using FedEx to ship newborn screening samples overnight to Utah's state lab. Previously, they used regular mail, which meant some babies blood samples took more than five days to get to the lab.
All children deserve a childhood, and to dream big dreams. Let's make the world a place where their dreams can come true.
The ripple effect of WASH cannot be overstated and it cannot be overlooked. As September approaches, the clock is ticking down not only to the MDG deadline, but also to the opportunity to ensure that the SDGs set us up to make as big of an impact on poverty reduction as possible.
International Children's Day 2015 marks the 90th global celebration of the rights and well-being of children around the world. It is a day dedicated to not only celebrating, but also appreciating, the role children play in the future of all communities around the world.
I drank lots of water, flushed toilets, watered plants... and hardly thought once about how easy it is to just turn on the tap. When I need clean, fresh water, it's there.