What does the water in your glass have to do with the health of mothers and babies around the globe? Quite a lot actually. Without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation -- like safe toilet facilities -- women face dangerous health risks in pregnancy, during childbirth and in the postpartum period.
Our children are an integral part of our global community and future and we must continue to work tirelessly to cultivate the desire in them to step up when they can help, in any way they can.
In 2030, my Khadija, you will not have to conform to any man's rule, you will not be anyone's play-dough, and you will not be moulded into figures of any man's invention. Come 2030, my baby girl, I hope you will be asking your mom about how she helped make this era the girl generation: a time when your children are born free.
While far too many children are at risk of hunger in our state and across the country, we believe our community has the determination to address the problem. By working together, food banks, schools and public and private funders can solve the problem of child hunger in Michigan and across the country.
Celebrated on May 5th each year, the International Day of the Midwife recognises the invaluable role of midwives in health. As the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), I would like to personally thank midwives for their inspiring work in delivering quality care to women and newborns.
Live Below the Line helps us shine a light on the most effective way to raise communities out of poverty: education - getting, and keeping, more kids in the classrooms across the world.
It's time to "bring the nag back." It is time we start nagging and don't stop nagging until we get laws changed and we get equality for women once and for all!
Of the 3 million babies the world loses every year in their first month of life, 99 percent are in the developing world, meaning this is simply an issue of poverty and lack of resources. The weeks following birth are an incredibly vulnerable time, but astoundingly 2 million newborns could be saved with a few low-cost measures.
Preventing girls from dropping out is not a simple task. It requires concerted efforts from different stakeholders with appropriate resources to win the battle for girls' education. When resources are unavailable or removed from the school, then girls like Kong pay the price.
Now, during World Immunization Week, as we celebrate the exceptional commitment of mothers worldwide to protect their children, let us also view this as a rallying call. With 1.5 million deaths each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, there is still much work to be done.
Our two daughters, Jessie and Abby, get vaccines. Not only do they receive their shots on schedule, but they've grown to understand why we've chosen to dedicate our careers to expanding access to immunization -- and they now know why we have to travel long distances, sometimes for extended periods of time, to help ensure that kids get the vaccines they need.
As a mother, wife and health counselor living with HIV in South Africa, I know about the fears that a woman can feel when she thinks about disclosing her HIV status to loved ones.
Not only is this a poorly cloaked assault on the right to education for these girls, it ignores the reality of what young girls in Sierra Leone face in terms of control over their bodies as well as access to reproductive health services.
With the passing of World Malaria Day on Saturday, it's a good time to reflect on the spread of malaria and what can be done about it.
Vaccines are one of the best investments we can make to give every child a healthy start at life. The world must come together to get more vaccines to all children who need them.
"What is clear is that malaria countries and communities have gained much from the last 15 years of collective efforts and we must continue to prioritize their needs, and ensure we do not derail progress and allow malaria to resurge while we rethink our architecture."
Research just published in Nature Neuroscience shows that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities. Of everything unfair about being poor in rich America, this is possibly the most unfair, unkindest cut of all.
Last week, I scrolled through Instagram and saw three pictures of toddlers having meltdowns. What seemed like a live-action illustration of the so-called terrible twos was an activist movement that filled my feed with screaming fits and hilariously pouty faces.
In the summer of 2013, Dr. Ganesh Dangal boarded a plane from his home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It was a trip that would set his professional life on a new and exciting path.
Until the second half of the 20th century, the only way a child could become immune to infectious diseases like whooping cough or measles was to actually get the disease and survive it. Too often, however, infection led to tragic, premature death.