Touch is one of the first senses to develop while the baby is still in the womb (between 7-8 weeks gestation). From their earliest weeks, babies depend on touch for exploring their world. Touch is so important that some consider skin to be the external nervous system.
All over the world, children's chances of seeing their fifth birthday depend on where they are born, the wealth of their parents and their ethnic identity -- factors that, for them, are purely a matter of chance.
Focusing on girls is a priority for Stellar because we're looking for ways to have a massive global impact on access to financial services. Taking a page from The Girl Effect, this is our (financial-centric) response to, Why girls?
As an immunologist, come winter, I see a lot of children with viral infections, most often caused by respiratory viruses that affect the nose and throat -- and a lot of parents unhappy with the missed school days! But, there are key steps that parents can take to both prevent viral infections in the first place and, should your child come down with one, to aid in a much quicker recovery.
Good news, bad news. Since 2000, over 500 million children have been vaccinated with support from the global alliance for vaccines known as GAVI.
"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.
The 15 million U.S. children growing up in poverty are typically more than 18 months behind their better-off peers by the time they enter school. Many never catch up. So I'm very thankful that tonight at 10 p.m. the new PBS documentary series A Path Appears is showing that these children are not a lost cause.
What if our everyday transactions could contribute to poverty alleviation? To nourishing a hungry child or purchasing a life-saving medication? And what if this action was effortless to the global consumer?
Gavi has worked to lower these barriers, leveraging an innovative business model that finances the introduction of new vaccines in developing countries, while simultaneously reshaping the vaccine market. The three inequities remain relevant today, however, and underscore the urgency and significance of what Gavi does.
The friend I was traveling with was frightened by it all and didn't want to go into the camp. She would wait for me near the infamous railway watchtower entrance where the tracks ended, near where Cecile, a woman I had worked with on her memoir, had waited for selection.
Testimony from a grateful mother, November 2014
The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community's historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. Water and sanitation coverage in Haiti has stagnated for decades and is the lowest in the Western Hemisphere, far behind the average of other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
We live in an exciting time for science and medicine. Today, we know more about the origins and treatments for diseases, such as cervical cancer, ...
In September 2000, 189 UN member states and more than 25 international organizations of public and private scope, committed themselves to the complex cause of extreme poverty reduction on a global scale.
Days after delivering a stillborn child, Umuhoza had grown terribly ill, She was running a fever, barely able to walk and incontinent. Her mother grew increasingly concerned and knew she had to get Umuhoza to a hospital, even though it was hours from their rural village in northwest Rwanda.
For most of us, access to safe drinking water and sanitation is something to which we give little thought. Yet the reality for nearly 750 million people is vastly different.
When I became pregnant, I planned and researched everything from the best infant car seat to the top-of-the-line strollers. What I didn't research turned out to be the most important thing I wished I had: preeclampsia.
From handing out condoms on township streets, to encouraging neighbors, community leaders and friends to attend the meetings held at GAPA, these elder women are becoming the social fabric tying together their community in a band of resistance against HIV/AIDS.
One in five children--a full fifth of the world's child population--don't get all the vaccines they need to be protected against deadly diseases like measles, pneumonia, and whooping cough.
It may come as a surprise to learn that about 1 in 10,000 babies is born with glaucoma, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. While uncommon, childhood glaucoma is a serious medical problem, and early diagnosis and treatment offer the best hope of preventing blindness.