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UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Addressing Mortality of the World's Mothers

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Rep. Karen Bass

Nearly 20 years ago, then First Lady Hillary Clinton declared to the United Nations that "it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights." A core component of women's rights is ensuring that all women have access to quality healthcare.

Hunger: Measuring Progress Amid a Tangle of Contradictions

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

At least 842 million are suffering severe hunger, lasting longer than a year. Sounds terrible. So how do we untangle the apparent contradictions?

Seizing the Mobile Opportunity

Kathy Calvin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

We are in the midst of a mobile revolution. By next year, there will be more mobile subscriptions than humans on the planet, and mobile phones are creating change in communities throughout the world.

Ghosts, Goblins, Candy and Vaccines: How Trick-or-Treating Saves Lives

Ray Chambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ray Chambers

What a privilege it is to be a kid who can dress up in a scary costume on a late October night and call on friendly neighbors for a handful of candy. This year I hope you're adding to your children's Halloween experience by sending them to the streets carrying that iconic orange UNICEF box.

Poverty and Disability: Why Those on The Margins Can't Be Left Behind

Sagar Prasai | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Sagar Prasai

Those living in poverty make up the majority of the world, but their voices are all too often ignored. And few groups of the world's poorest are more marginalized than those with a disability.

A Common Passion for Ending Extreme Poverty

Hugh Evans | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Hugh Evans

Even though we grew up two generations apart, our separate experiences set off a common spark of inspiration within us to end poverty in our lifetime. We are tied to the conviction that we can end extreme poverty by engaging governments, civil society and everyday global citizens.

Listen Up! Why World Leaders Must Take Seriously Young People's Views on What Should Follow the Millennium Development Goals

Angela Thigidi | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Angela Thigidi

What do I want to tell world leaders in New York? I want to tell them children and young people not only deserve an opportunity - but have the right - to be involved in the decisions that affect us.

Government Crackdown on Civil Society Threatens Global Progress

Federico Barillas Schwank | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Federico Barillas Schwank

I bid farewell to my new friend fearing he might be in jail by the end of the week. That I cannot say his name underscores the gravity of the situation.

We Need More Women's Voices Influencing Our Future Global Goals

Laura N. Henderson | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Laura N. Henderson

Thirteen years ago, at the September 2000 United Nations Millennium Summit, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders pledged to work together over the next 15 years to cut hunger and poverty in half, achieve universal primary education, eliminate gender inequalities, and protect the environment.

Public-Private Partnerships: A Win-Win Solution

John Sanbrailo | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
John Sanbrailo

The promotion of development and more effective delivery of services remains a critical challenge for many governments around the world. Failure to respond successfully to society's most pressing needs can erode public trust in government institutions and have destabilizing effects.

The Way Forward

Kristin Duquette | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

The disabled community is being seen by the international community for their potential and worth, leaders, assets in society, agents of progress and contributors to the world.

A Little Less Luck and a Lot More Toilets

Willice Onyango | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Willice Onyango

As I sit here writing this, I can't help but think about how lucky I am: lucky to have a good education; lucky to be able to travel extensively; lucky, in fact, to be alive.

How Can We Sustain The Gains In The Fight Against Malaria?

Rob Radtke | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Rob Radtke

This is what I typically hear from partners about NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development's comprehensive malaria prevention program. They express overwhelming gratitude for the change they are witnessing in their communities.

The Heart of the Matter in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Deborah Derrick | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

The last century brought with it a landslide of medical breakthroughs, from penicillin to a polio vaccine. But scientific discovery is just the first step. Only when these tools move out of the laboratory and into the hands of people do we begin to feel their transformative impact.

After The Life Is Saved

Antony Duttine | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Antony Duttine

There's look of steely determination on his face. It's a look I've seen many times before. As a physical therapist I have the privilege of working alongside people in some of the most challenging - and vulnerable - periods of their lives.

Ensuring the Next Generation of Africans is HIV-Free

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cecily Wanyaga, an HIV-positive mother and fruit vender from Evurore, Kenya, clearly understood the potential risks of having another child given her compromised health status, but thankfully, she also knew exactly what she could do to prevent the transmission of this deadly virus to her newborn.

Transforming Health Through Technology: What Works - What Doesn't?

Caroline Shakwei Sawe Mbindyo | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Caroline Shakwei Sawe Mbindyo

Over 60 percent of Africans live in rural areas, far from any health facility or hospital. Most of them will never see a doctor in their lifetime. Instead, they depend on the care of community health workers, nurses, traditional birth attendants and midwives, if they are lucky enough to have one who lives nearby and is qualified to deliver effective health care.

She Counts

Shannon Trilli | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Shannon Trilli

We can't forget her. We can't forget any of them: the expectant mothers in still-developing nations who hope against long odds to make it through their pregnancies and safely deliver healthy babies. Despite global strides in improving maternal health, the journey of these women remains treacherous. Last July, I got an up-close look.

Inequality Undermining Progress on Poverty Goals

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Winnie Byanyima

A focus on reducing inequality was a major omission in the original Millennium Development Goals. Without it, the next set of global development goals is almost certain to fail.

Five Global Health Events on the Same Day? How to Stay Connected at the UN General Assembly

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

With so many new global health partnerships, consistency of message can be a challenge. But I am confident that by coming together as a community -- and by having new tools like #MDG456live, we will celebrate all the attention as a triumph to everyone involved in advocacy efforts.

Reducing Maternal Mortality Means Increasing Access to Care

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Throughout our 75-year history, a legacy that traces back to caring for displaced orphans after the second Sino-Japanese War, our focus at ChildFund International has been on improving the lives of countless children throughout the developing world.

A Mother's Nutrition, Her Child's Future

Lucy Martinez Sullivan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Lucy Martinez Sullivan

When we talk about ways the world can help end preventable child deaths, we have to pay greater attention to malnutrition--the cause of almost half of all deaths of children under age 5. But as we think about how to tackle the pervasive and deadly problem of child malnutrition, we have to put greater focus on the nutrition of mothers.

This Simple Innovation Could Save Hundreds of Thousands of Newborn Lives

Patricia Coffey | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Patricia Coffey

Cutting the umbilical cord at birth marks a baby's first step toward independence. But in developing countries, that simple act too often creates an entry point for bacteria, leading to a more generalized infection. And that's a very dangerous thing for a newborn.

Let's Give All Kids the Opportunity for a Healthy Life

Dr. Jonathan D. Quick | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan D. Quick

Thirty years ago, I was a young physician practicing family medicine in rural Talihina, Oklahoma. We saw unusual cases, including snakebites and a man who survived a gunshot through the heart. But what I loved most was delivering babies - bringing new lives into the world and great joy to parents.

Building Resilience, Saving Lives

Dennis Walto | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dennis Walto

International Medical Corps' Dennis Walto details the organization's approach to delivering sustainable, humanitarian support in the field. Having wor...