Besides shelter, access to basic hygiene and healthcare is extremely limited, and hospitals are overwhelmed. This presents unique challenges for women and girls -- a fact too often overlooked in relief efforts.
We take pause today to celebrate the end of this outbreak and the progress that has been made. However, another celebration will be had in a decade's time, when the vestige of this ordeal is an expansive health system that is resilient enough to address threats to the country's health in an expedient and effective manner.
When you become a mother, you want to make the world a better place. Our biggest job as mothers is to teach our children by example, by how we live and what we do. I want to teach my children to always come from a place of love.
Despite these understandable challenges, I do believe now is the time for us to engage in menstrual hygiene advocacy, for ourselves as well as for women and girls around the world. Our silence about menstruation has kept us psychologically and reproductively sick.
It is evident that WASH interventions have a multiplier effect and positively impact other health issues and development goals. As the window to achieve the MDGs comes to a close this year and we grow closer to confirming the goals and targets that will shape the next 15 years, we must emphasize the important synergies between WASH and the control and elimination of NTDs.
Support from the U.S. provides mothers with the extra help they need to protect their children and changes millions of lives for the better. Perhaps no issue better illustrates this than the U.S.'s leadership on HIV and AIDS.
The time is now. Not before another 23,000 or more age out. Could you look at each of those faces and tell them they are not worth your time? Your voice? A family? Because they are -- it could just as easily be you or I or our best friend.
Every girl and woman should be in charge of her health and her future. Yet according to the United Nations, approximately 800 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable -- a clear sign that we have a lot of work to do to ensure that women have the tools they need to stay healthy.
When people become ill, sometimes they need medicine or certain supplies. Sometimes they need a hospital stay or an operation. Other times they simply need bed rest. But there's one thing that's needed by everyone, everywhere: good care.
It might surprise you to learn that every year there are 1.5 million women living with HIV giving birth around the world. While every mom is different, we all share one thing: We want our babies to be given the healthy start in life they deserve.
What is it that we are trying to convey on each Mother's Day, if nothing but the celebration of the life? And what better way to celebrate the lives of these women, who have given us the width of the sky, more meaningfully than the gift of good health?
Amidst the destruction and aftermath of the recent earthquake in Nepal, daily miracles and moments of compassion illustrate what is possible when humanity bands together -- babies pulled alive from rubble, mothers sheltering hours-old newborns and citizens rushing in from around the world to provide relief to massive suffering.
In the days since the earthquake, through salty tears and a jolt that has nothing to do with an earthquake, I have realized the depth of my attachment to Nepal. Embarking on my global adventures, I failed to realize until now, how large a part of my heart I had left at home.
When world leaders meet in September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to enshrine the new post-2015 development agenda, we need to generate the political will to drastically drive down and end avoidable maternal deaths in our lifetime.
When we lost you more than a decade ago, we mourned the fact that we would never get to know you. But these past few weeks have given us a glimpse of your personalities. You're endlessly generous. You're smart, fierce and strong.
Jhpiego is proud to highlight incredible nurses and midwives who are making a difference in the lives of women in their communities. Their stories of leadership, compassion and service speak for themselves.
This Mother's Day I wanted to take some time to celebrate all the moms around the world who are taking action on on the issues they care about.
We have a saying at Save the Children: "All kids are born ready to learn, but not all are given the same opportunities to learn." The same goes for moms. It's up to all of us to break this cycle and help create brighter, bolder futures for families.
The idyllic picture of a smiling nurturing mother, caressing her growing belly or loving her cooing adoring newborn, is not the reality for many women during pregnancy or the time following a birth.
I'm thinking about what the next 10 years could hold for these women, and it's exciting. These are my hopeful predictions -- the six big things I believe will take root and make safe motherhood a reality for this other half of women that we have not yet reached.