This year's Thanksgiving celebration will take place as millions of children face starvation in the Horn of Africa and in developing nations around the world. And I am wondering if we will be as generous as the Wampanoags.
On November 3rd, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a somewhat quiet celebration, and too few Americans were given a chance to learn about the tens of millions of lives saved.
Worldwide, a woman dies from an uncontrollable postpartum hemorrhage every four minutes, totaling 140,000 deaths per year. There is a medical device called a balloon tamponade that can help save a mother from excessive blood loss.
I hate to see our Congress turning away from the rest of the world. That's not who we are as a people, and as a nation. Our values give hope to women and men struggling against poverty, discrimination and oppression everywhere
Palestinian educational ministry sources estimated that as many as 65 percent of all Palestinian children enter first grade without having been exposed to any preschool learning. Perhaps this is why educators embraced the USAID-funded educational programs.
We are wasting a fortune on wars when a small fraction of that would and should enhance our national security by helping poor and unstable countries to control disease, boost food production, and protect the natural environment.
The current drought and famine is worse than the one in 1985 -- some say it is the worst in 60 years and affects more than 12 million people, most of them women and children -- but seems to be attracting a fraction of the world's attention.
When people are healthy, they can be productive. They work, earn an income, and buy products -- they build their economy. It's simple and logical, but to grow economies, the basic building block of health is necessary.
This weekend I was in New York for a State Department Panel entitled, "Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement." The event itself was just as amazing as the story behind it -- one that is still developing.
The world needs more than money to solve our global health challenges. Rolling up one's sleeves to help figure out the solution is a commitment in itself -- one that is often invisible when financial commitments are made.
FWD stands for the three major crises that have led to this perfect storm of devastation in the Horn of Africa. It also stands for our call to action -- that people get engaged and forward this information on.