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Jennifer Garner: It's Up To Us To Break The Cycle Of Family Poverty

Jennifer Garner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Garner

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 Story That Fuels Hope

Olutosin Adebowale | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Olutosin Adebowale

Every day, women are sacrificed at the altars of medical negligence and lack of resources. I could quote statistics of maternal deaths in my country, but they would be useless: Official numbers do not represent the actual quantity of casualties we see daily.

A Letter To My Children For The World I Imagine In 2030

Jaha Dukureh | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Jaha Dukureh

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.

Midwives For a Better Tomorrow, For Every Woman and Every Child

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

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.

Watch Moms Everywhere Unite For A Better Future

Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact

What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030? That's the question the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson are posing at this...

Let's Start At The Beginning

Samar Shaheryar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Samar Shaheryar

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.

Protecting Society's Most Vulnerable: Our Children

Dr. Olga Popova | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Olga Popova

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.

Hospitality And Hope

Kathleen Matthews | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kathleen Matthews

Hospitality offers so much hope for youth in emerging economies like South Africa.

The World's Children Deserve A Safer, Healthier World. Let's Give It To Them

Ann M. Veneman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Ann M. Veneman

They were so young, and yet looked so sad. I looked into the faces of these children... hundreds of them... all gathered together at a UNICEF program in Malawi, one of the countries hardest hit by AIDS.

Small Package, Big Voice

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

The image of Masooma -- a bright, young girl who understood that without an education she wouldn't have the chance to live a full and productive life -- remains most deeply etched in my mind and heart. She taught me that powerful advocates can come in very small packages.

'How A Two-Pound Baby Changed The Direction Of My Life'

Jane Chen | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Jane Chen

Nathan was a tiny baby, born at just under two pounds. He was abandoned on the side of the road in central China just after his birth, and the odds were so severely stacked against him that he shouldn't have survived at all.

Children's Greatest Need: Protection

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

I've been on the front lines of tending to and advocating for the needs of children for more than 30 years. In countless countries around the world, I've held newborns struggling to make it through the day. I've looked into the innocent eyes of toddlers abandoned by the people who should have loved them most.

Why Food, Water And Shelter Are Not The Most Important Things A Child Needs

Jeannette Kaplun | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Jeannette Kaplun

When we think of what a child needs, we think of food, water, shelter and of course, love. Access to education, health care, safety and freedom are also crucial. However, after meeting countless children around the world when I travel, I've come to realize there is one thing a child needs the most: hope.

Why It Is Important To Help Children In Need

Jennifer James | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Jennifer James

There is a child right now trying to figure how he will eat and how he will feed his younger siblings. Right now, there is a child trying to figure out how to hide herself and her siblings in the bush away from those who will do them harm.

The Magic That Happens When You Raise A Child In A Culture Of Love

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

I grew up in the U.S., in middle class social circles that often viewed children as an annoyance and inconvenience. So I was struck by the genuine joy almost everyone -- girls, boys, adult women and even some adult men -- in rural Nepal took in the company of children.

289,000 Reasons Why Health Workers Count For Mothers

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Growing up in Senegal, I lived in what we in the global health community might call a "pronatalist" environment -- meaning that women and communities prefer large families. Contraception was, and often still is, difficult to come by, and many women die as a result of childbirth complications (289,000 per year worldwide, in fact).

What I Learned From Surviving Two Crises In Liberia

James Collins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
James Collins

I've been the small boy feeling he must face the world on his own, and the teenager in a war-torn country fearing for his life and the lives of his family members. For as long as these situations persist in the world, I speak from experience and believe there will always be love and families that can help these children overcome trauma and reach their full potential.

Brave Child Survivors Of Debilitating Disease Remind Us Why We Want To Fight For Kids Everywhere

Anne Geddes | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Anne Geddes

Since I first picked up a camera, children have been my inspiration. To me they represent everything that is good in the world, and each and every one of them has the basic right to be protected, nurtured and loved.

Hope For Some Of The World's Most Vulnerable Children

Zoleka Mandela | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact
Zoleka Mandela

glomo When I visited the Sivile Primary School in South Africa's Western Cape, I was struck by a feeling. It was a feeling of the vulnerability of the children all around me, who are put at huge risk every single day.

Love Is All You Need

Katie Hurley | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Katie Hurley

I don't know if I saved that child from anything. I don't know if he carried my support with him as he grew or if my words slowly faded away with time and age. I don't know if my whispers were audible enough to carry him through whatever obstacles he might have faced once he left residential treatment. But I do know that he taught me a very valuable lesson: Meet the children where they are and always love them anyway.

In Liberia, Children Affected By Ebola Need Our Support

George Kordahi | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
George Kordahi

At the height of the Ebola outbreak, a woman came to our SOS medical clinic in Monrovia with her 16-year-old son. She was desperate for us to admit him to the clinic, and all signs indicated that he was already infected with the disease.

Every Child Deserves To Come Into This World Safe And Sound

Anne Parris | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Anne Parris

All four of my children received something 8 million children a year don't get -- a safe birth. So many children around the world have enormous needs due to poverty, political instability, natural disaster, or epidemic diseases like Ebola or measles. I encourage you to do more than worry.

What Is the Most Important Thing a Child Needs?

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I meandered through room after room with children in cribs or lying on mats and saw a kind of a holocaust. The children in that orphanage, as in most institutions, were "ruined" by the lack of attention and malnutrition. Caretakers were not trained to be connected to the children. In fact, they were told not to love the children because there would be nothing to be gained.

What's Working: Health Care Delivery Using Hospital Ships

Catherine Murphy | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Florentine and Raso met in the waiting room the day their toddlers were scheduled to see Mercy Ships' orthopedic team. Their children suffer from the same congenital deformity called clubfoot, which causes the feet to twist at the ankle and curve inward. Both children are about 20 months old, but neither has taken a first step.

Hurdling The Health Access Barrier

Cassie Chandler | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Cassie Chandler

However imperfect our health system may be, we generally have the information and tools at our disposal to identify and select the best options for our individual needs. In the developing world, however, making these same informed decisions is actually an acutely-felt barrier, one that often prevents women and their families from enjoying good health.