We as a society, from Seattle to Dubai, must eliminate restrictions on a woman's ability to decide when and if she has children, because no woman should die from an unsafe abortion.
There's no way around feelings of euphoria today. World Leaders at the United Nations are ringing in a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that promise to end extreme poverty and the scourge of hunger and preventable deaths of infants and children around the world.
Twin moms quickly discover that much of what is written about twin pregnancy addresses medical and practical issues, and that's crucial. The stakes are high. Far less is said about how the prospective mother of twins can maintain sanity and comfort during the pregnancy.
Today Nepal is proud to be one of the few countries to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 -- one of a series of 15-year global development targets that the United Nations laid out in 2,000 which come due this month.
Governments all over the world insure their buildings or assets from potential risk. Yet, why do so many governments refuse to similarly insure their citizens from the risks posed by a lack of preparedness in a country's health infrastructure and in the delivery of essential health services?
My sweaty hands clench the leather of my steering wheel as I listen to news of your escape. Children laugh from the rows of seats behind me, "Momma! Turn on the video!" But my mind races down the yellow line ahead, pressing us toward team practice, music lessons and back-to-school parties.
Pope Francis asks what the commandment 'Thou shall not kill' means when 20 percent. of the world's population consumes resources at a rate that robs the poor nations and future generations of what they need to survive.
Every September, families, caregivers and researchers across the world commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness month by honoring children fighting cancer, celebrating how far we have come, and recognizing how much is left to do.
The SDGs and Universal Declaration should be a packaged deal. At UNGA, leaders will commit themselves to the former. But for that commitment to bear fruit, they must also rededicate themselves to the latter.
Obstetric fistula and pelvic organ prolapse are two common maternal morbidities that impact thousands of women in developing countries each year but are often overshadowed by maternal mortalities.
In this world, there are few things as painful as the look on the face of a child yearning for the home she used to know, wishing for a way out, desperate for school and the chance to build a stable life.
Europe will need to do far more to provide for asylum seekers within our borders. But while Europe copes with tens of thousands, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey urgently need more aid to cope with millions.
Opening the new community toilet may lack the glamour of cutting the ribbon on a new hospital, so fewer politicians lobby for their communities to gain sanitation.
Together we can help all children reach their dreams. We can't predict the future, but we know that when we invest in children we transform the way their future unfolds.
No one, especially a child, should face fear, stigma, or discrimination because they are living with HIV.
The most recent data in the U.S. shows that for every 1,000 babies born, six die during their first year. While that seems like a low number, the U.S. ranks 50th in the world in infant mortality. Compared to other developed nations, we fall behind many including most European countries.
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.
We can no longer afford to leave young people behind. It is time to make the humanitarian system work for young people by engaging them, addressing the particular risk factors they face, and maximizing their ability to drive a local response.
The global goals world leaders are agreeing to this month are not only for children living in poverty. The results they are trying to achieve will not only benefit people in need. They are universal goals -- reflecting universal rights, shared values and global challenges that affect every one of us.
School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about s...