I've been thinking about miracles lately. The miracle of life, and how nature and biology and maternal instinct allow us to give it, nurture it and protect it -- even in times of crisis, amid deprivation and loss.
What we often forget to speak about when a global disaster happens are the hundreds of thousands of women and girls who still need maternal health care.
There is no time for complacency when 800 women and girls continue to die each day of pregnancy and childbirth complications, and more than 220 million women who want to plan their births continue to lack modern contraception.
We can eliminate malnutrition. And, I believe that it's possible to do so by 2030. Ambitious targets and a common vision are a great start. But, to fix the food system we need a framework that drives stakeholders to work together, regardless of their differences.
Despite significant progress allowing tens of millions of children to enroll into school at the start of the millennium, a recent estimate suggested that at the current rate we must wait until 2086 for the last girl to have a primary education in Africa.
"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.
Let's approach the remaining 500 days fully aware of how our hard work can add up to millions of precious lives, and bring our ambitious goals closer than ever to the finish line.
Ever since I first heard of them in the 70s, Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF) has been one of the organizations that most ...
How is it that such a grave disparity persists in 2014, with all the wealth in the world? Why do we allow some women to suffer so needlessly because they happen to live in a country without the resources to care for them properly? This isn't a Ugandan problem, or an African problem, or even a women's problem. It's our problem.
Butterflies are everywhere. Some of us wear them subtly on charms around our necks or dangling from our ears. Others wear t-shirts or sunglasses emblazoned with them. And then there are those who wear their butterflies more permanently, tattooing their skin with these winged creatures. No, we are not lepidopterists (scientists who study butterflies) or even butterfly enthusiasts. We are mothers -- mothers who have come together from around the country with a shared experience -- we have children whose skin is as fragile as a butterfly's wings.
From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.
In order for true change to occur, youth should be included in global conversations, and policy and decision-making processes.
By: Jill Sheffield and Katja Iversen, Women Deliver As the Women Deliver 2013 Conference came to a close last May, we called on our participants...
For me, the most important significance of the number 1000 is the number of days in the period from the outset of a woman's pregnancy until her child's second birthday--a period that in large part shapes the future health, education and welfare of the child.
I am a big believer in continuing to work on stories for the long haul. That is what Patruno has done since 2011. He has been documenting the gritty truth about maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa for the past three years and shows no sign of letting up. Here are his thoughts about covering maternal health in Africa.
In the past six years, I've experienced the importance of quality pediatric care. My sons are two shining reminders of how community support can directly impact the lives of hospitalized children.
He questioned why a woman who had been cut would let her own daughter suffer the same fate, so we talked about societal pressures on women and girls. This small exchange was the cherry on top of a motivating few days at the world's first girls' rights summit in London.
If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family -- and a whole nation."
I was thrilled to receive a book signing invitation recently from a long-time friend, colleague, and champion of women's empowerment issues, Ritu Shar...