For many parents, September represents a return to routine, a return to normalcy and perhaps even a joyous occasion as the children return to school. Once upon a time, I was one of these parents, oblivious to what September represents for the childhood cancer community.
When the United Nations released the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 as the agenda for the next 15 years of global development, it set a precedent: a precedent for the world to reflect on its current state and take action to rectify its major injustices.
The same social rules that keep us from cutting in line at the bank can help us prevent gender-based violence.
We cannot be conservative in our measurement of progress in the post-2015 agenda. The measurement framework must empower the implementation of the SDGs and improve equity, welfare and environment for all for greatest and most inclusive developmental impact.
A recent "flare up" of Ebola showed the response system is better -- but not perfect. Vigilance is still needed. And in the long-term, building a resilient health system is crucial. Resilience is a word that is often used post-Ebola.
This year my daughter will celebrate her first birthday. I became a mother last year for the first time, and it is the most beautiful gift and the most amazing adventure! Yet, having a daughter does make me a bit concerned; the world has not come as far as I would have liked.
The dark eyes of a young African man met mine the other day for a fleeting moment. Not in person. He was on the news.
To Sam and Nia, I send my heartfelt condolences. I thank you for sharing your journey with the world and for allowing the world to grieve with you. While we join them in mourning the loss of the child they'd only just started to celebrate, I think there are many things we can take away from their very public experience.
We know breast milk is the best source of nutrition for all newborns, regardless of where they live. While global breastfeeding rates are lower than they should be, and have remained stubbornly flat, some countries--particularly in Latin America--have instituted progressive policies to support mothers, leading to higher breastfeeding rates.
I always knew I wanted to nurse my baby. Before giving birth to my son, I had prepared for breastfeeding the best I could. But nursing my now 10-month-old child is one of the most beautiful, but also one of the hardest and most challenging things I've ever done.
Women's groups were deeply involved in this process every step of the way because much was, and is, at stake for the girls of today and tomorrow. If this agenda is successfully carried out, by 2030 fewer girls will experience unwanted pregnancy and become infected with HIV.
This week is World Breastfeeding Awareness Week - a time to draw attention to one of the most effective, yet arguably under-utilized, interventions to ensure newborns and children everywhere survive and thrive.
Access to many of the basic tools, equipment and medicines needed to ensure the newborns are delivered safely and survive their first day was just a dream. Even in these precarious situations, most babies did have access to the single most important health intervention: breastfeeding.
Eastern Uganda is a sight to behold. The gentle tropical hills of Kampala slowly roll themselves out as they move east towards the source of the Nile River, giving way to a forested plain sporadically broken by winding valleys containing emerald green papyrus swamps and lime green rice patties.
We continue this week with an interactive discussion with Umma Iliyasu-Mohammed and Tonia Ayeke of Girl Child Concerns, an organization which provides holistic interventions to meet the reproductive health and educational needs of adolescent girls.
We should all be able to agree that, to date, home-based childcare workers have not received the compensation or the consistent support they need to effectively promote the health, development and safety of young children. Unions are willing (and may just be able) to push for these changes.
Slowly I started the feeling the prejudice. In my infant child for my spouse and in my spouse for my child. But I chose not to understand why. "I didn't say anything," I would say repeatedly, frustrated and furious. And I would spend long hours in the deserted after-work cafeteria with staring at my screen, my eyes filling up with tears.
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.