Since the time in April 2008 when my wife and I heard those horrible words "your child has cancer" the amount of awareness and insistence upon innovation and investment for children with cancer has increased dramatically.
We hope that we can all fully recognize and support the hard work by citizen and civil society leaders which is still very much needed to ensure these promises truly make a difference.
The fact that childhood cancer is, thankfully, a rare disease belies the fact that it is the leading cause of disease-related death in U.S. children, age 1-19.
Training surgical technicians could be an answer to the problem of surgeon shortages throughout Africa if it is well-implemented and has the support of relevant stakeholders.
In Mexico, one out of every two teenagers won't finish high school. In India, only a third of students get their high school diploma. Even in the U.S., around 5500 high schoolers will drop out before the end of the day.
When I asked Teresa what makes her happiest in life, she didn't miss a beat. "I want to tell you the truth; what makes me very happy in life -- it's water."
In the long term, Brazil Child Health aspires to scale its proven methodology, making it available globally to break the cycle of misery and poverty that impacts so many families facing serious health and social barriers.
Combating malaria is a tricky tradeoff in Mozambique. The mosquito-born illness is the leading killer of children, and the CDC-supported ministry of health is aiming to change that with a door-to-door campaign to spray the insides of homes with repellant.
These are major steps in the process of reform. Pakistan's sizable youth population could be the nation's greatest asset -- or its biggest liability. It is in all of our best interests to make sure they get the education they need to make the right choices.
We can't effectively address the complex causes of childhood obesity without fresh approaches and new models for working together to find sustainable solutions.
In many regions of the world, her female gender would be one of the most important determinants of her health and the health of her family.
Despite being primary care givers, girls typically have less education and even lesser access to scientifically based information.
Mercy's parents are farmers who struggle to make ends meet. The eldest of six siblings, Mercy often went to bed hungry because the youngest had to eat first. She began the relationship hoping to ease the financial strains on her family. But instead, Mercy became pregnant.
As gender-based inequalities continue to pose grave threats to health systems, economies and societies, it's empowering to watch these women fighting for a healthier, more educated and more equal world.
Thanks to the efforts of multiple organizations, public knowledge of the disease, which affects 1 in 8 American women, is at a high. The same cannot be said about the disease worldwide, a topic which receives significantly less attention.
With the World Economic Forum's (WEF) new release of the 9th edition of the Global Gender Gap Index, the world has more hard data than ever before to support the claim that investing in girls and women is a win for everyone.
Malala not only is sharing a cause she would die for ... she is spearheading a movement that has already came close to claiming her life, but keeps moving full speed ahead. May we all find a cause so dear to us, that we continue self-assured, despite all obstacles.
Child marriage in Tanzania limits girls' access to education and exposes them to serious harms. We documented cases in which girls as young as 7 were married. The government should set 18 as the minimum marriage age for girls and boys as a first step toward eradicating child marriage and improving the lives of girls and women.
An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women's rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO "Women for Progress" in 2007. She gives us a glimpse at how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping...
From something very bad, Malala is making something amazingly good. The recognition has helped expand the reach of her message. Malala's resilience inspires us all to support the struggle against brutality and ignorance. She represents hope for millions of people.