Breastfeeding is a cornerstone of child survival, nutrition and early childhood development. Yet currently less than 40 per cent of children worldwide are exclusively breastfed for their first six months.
The thought of kids failing in school because they lacked such a simple thing - breakfast - makes me crazy. But we can do something about it.
We loved our students. They worked hard; they were motivated; they found such joy in learning. But the odds were stacked against them.
For the past seven months, as thousands of people have fled Borno, Yobe and northern Adamawa State for the peace of Yola, the university and members of our peace initiative have been distributing food.
Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease, but, fortunately, we can prevent it with immunizations. I understand that some parents are concerned about vaccines. The evidence about the MMR vaccine's safety and benefits is strong and consistent. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions I get...
We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from last summer and its amazing success, raising money for research to cure ALS. What if that same spirit could be used to save children from starvation around the world?
I was first inspired to advocate for women and children when I saw my neighbor's daughter die during her first delivery in the hospital, simply because there was no midwife on duty. The unacceptably high rate of maternal mortality in my community keeps me motivated..
I'll never forget the energy of this moment. Yemurai Nyoni was amongst a hard-hitting roster of speakers tasked with closing the PMNCH Partners' Forum...
Each International Women's Day, the global community pauses to reflect on women who inspire. Sometimes these women are famous, sometimes they are historical -- but just as often they are seemingly regular women you've never read about in a newspaper or text book.
On International School Meals Day think of this ultimate goal: That every child in the world should receive food and education. Our generation should be the one that makes this wish for children come true.
As we are bombarded by diet information and get more confused by nutrition headlines daily, I tend to grab onto the simple, proven basics.
I still remember the excitement my wife and I felt when we saw the first glint of enamel poking through our son's gums when he was still in diapers. He had teeth.
For the first time, some African nations are on the way to eliminating malaria, and fewer people on the continent are being infected than ever before. This means healthier children, more vibrant economies and stronger, less burdened health systems.
This year is particularly important for our work on creating a more just and equitable world. It's the deadline world leaders set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
For an optimist like me, this is an exciting time to be a global health advocate. I am confident that with resolve, global commitment, true collaboration, and action, the lives of girls and women in 2030 will be dramatically improved. Everywhere.
This unprecedented sum will fully fund the immunization efforts supported through Gavi from 2016 - 2020, and put implementing countries on track to immunize 300 million children in the next five years, preventing between 5 and 6 million premature deaths in the process.
A chronic lack of resources, funds and access to capital keep women who live in low- to middle-income countries on poverty rolls.
As any parent instinctively knows, our children are our future. They will inherit the world we leave for them. How they lead and shape the world depends in large part upon our actions today, upon how we invest in them.
Even for Pakistan-watchers who privilige nuance over sensation, the question of why our country continues to grapple with a disease that has been preventable for over half a century, certainly begs an answer.
As a country, Haiti has faced and continues to face enormous difficulties, but it has also proven remarkably resilient.