The malaria parasite is a formidable and wily foe. It has become deeply entrenched, and bobs and weaves through both its hosts -- man and mosquito -- with impunity. Within minutes of its injection into the skin by the bite of a female mosquito, it vanishes into the liver, becoming the proverbial needle in a haystack for seven to 14 days.
The latest State of Food Insecurity in the World report shows that a total of 72 developing countries out of 129 have reached the MDG 1c hunger target and, for the developing regions as a whole, the prevalence of undernourishment have declined.
I am excited to launch the Maternal Health Hereos Summer Series with an interview with H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.
With last week's exciting announcement by UNAIDS, highlighting remarkable progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to HIV and AIDS, the end of the epidemic has never been more clearly in our sights
The profession faces a number of issues including a severe shortage of staff, poor working conditions, poor remuneration, limited support and supervision. However, I know that we can overcome them, together, in the years to come.
Just post a picture of your bump or a bump you love on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #BumpDay. Every bump is welcome.
Globally, fewer children are being newly infected with HIV than ever before. This is according to data released earlier this week by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Yet, we are not on track to reach the Global Plan's goal of a 90 percent reduction by the end of 2015.
Last month, UNICEF's most recent Progress for Children report provided a sobering reminder of the many challenges that remain in building a world that is safe, healthy and hopeful for the poorest children.
Hygiene is not a matter of 'nice to do'; losing hygiene from the global indicator list would represent a failure to fully capitalize upon this historic opportunity to bring better health, nutrition, education, equity, and economic opportunities to millions around the world.
It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina revealed how ill-prepared our nation was to protect children from disaster. New research shows that far too little has changed.
As more countries have attained middle-income status, inequality has soared. The wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while growth-with-equity remains a distant prospect.
We've seen increased access to essential medicines for AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases of poverty that have saved millions of lives. In some places however, achievements that were thought possible are slipping away. We now appear to be going backwards in access to primary education.
The resurgence of Ebola in Liberia is a sharp reminder that all efforts to fight the epidemic must remain high and that the international community should continue to be mobilized.
Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.
Countries are catching on to the demographic dividends that come with robust family planning programs, which can help turn a low-income country into a middle-income country. In fact, for less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce the world's population growth by 500 million, saving mothers' and children's lives everywhere and helping poor countries prosper like never before. So what's the holdup? And who's being left behind?
It doesn't matter where we are pregnant - Uganda or the U.S., Nepal or Bolivia - we all know the same thing: we would do anything for our child.
"Have things gotten better?" International visitors often ask me, a Haitian doctor and the Associate Director of the St. Luke Foundation medical mission. The truth is not a simple one. There are two sides of the coin, and both are essential in order to understand what is happening in Haiti.
As a labor and delivery nurse, here is what I wish I could say to every mother out there, what I'm sure many of us would want to say to the families we care for: 1. Accidentally hurting your baby is one of our biggest fears.
On July 6th, the Secretary-General of the United Nations released his annual report on the MDGs, providing a final assessment of progress made against targets established to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015.
On June 29, communities from across Massachusetts met in Boston at the State House for Bringing Postpartum Depression into the Light: Decreasing Stigma, Supporting Families and Implementing Policy Change in MA, a day of awareness hosted by the MA Commission on Postpartum Depression (PPD).