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Child Mortality

Preterm Birth: Forging The Path To Prevention

Eve Lackritz | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Eve Lackritz

Today, we face the post-2015 challenge of preterm birth in the same way that we once faced the other leading causes of child mortality two decades ago, challenges with limited solutions and against great odds.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

U.S. NGOs Investing to Help Children Reach Their 5th Birthday

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In 2012, 6.6 million children died before their fifth birthday. While this represents huge progress over past years, in far too many communities parents simply assume that half of their children will not make it.

Let's Use Evidence-Based Interventions to Save the Lives of Children and Mothers

Agnès Binagwaho | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Agnès Binagwaho

Rwanda's success, while remarkable, is not a mystery. Investments were based on the evidence, tackling the biggest threats to child survival by increasing effective interventions such as vaccinations and breastfeeding rates.

This Mother's Day, Let's Bring More Women to the Table Through Economic Empowerment

Kathy Spahn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

When we give impoverished women a place at the global table of economic development, we take a firm stand in decreasing rates of child mortality and fostering health and prosperity in the developing world. This is something that is well worth celebrating on Mother's Day and supporting all year round.

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

1 Child Dies Every 21 Seconds From An Illness Related To Lack Of Access To Clean Water. Here's What You Can Do

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact

Though the stats about the global water crisis remain grim, major progress is being made in one of the most critical areas: child deaths. On the an...

Top 5 Lame Excuses Not to Support Extreme-Poverty Alleviation Work

Nick Pearson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

'International aid doesn't work.' Um, yes it does. The Gates' letter is one simple frame of reference for this point. Humanitarian aid is not a perfect science, but we're talking about work done within contexts that are very broken.

Bill Gates' Rose-Colored Glasses

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.31.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

To his credit, Gates is a remarkable philanthropist, and his generosity certainly sets a bold standard for all wealthy people to emulate. Nevertheless, his appears blind to the genuine suffering of people who endure poverty, even in the wealthiest countries on Earth.

No Child Should Die Of Things We Can Prevent

Caryl Stern | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Caryl Stern

The number of children who die from things we can prevent should be ZERO. And it can be. With new vaccines, technology and programs, we can finish the job we started -- but only if we work faster, better and together.

Finally, a Humanitarian Crisis That Corporations Can Completely Fix -- and Fast

Matt Aubry | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Matt Aubry

In my two decades working for social change, I've found that donors of all stripes -- from the socially conscious 20-something texting a $5 gift to the biggest corporate partner -- share one common frustration.

200 Global Philanthropists and an African Mother

Ray Chambers | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

Helping our friends and our family members does not preclude helping women and babies in Africa or victims of the Tsunami in Indonesia or the earthquake in Haiti. We would walk through fire to help our own children and those in our communities, but why stop there?

UN Sets Ambitious Plan To Stem Child Deaths From Pneumonia, Diarrhea

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact

* Launches 10-year action plan against twin killers * Aims to halt 2 million child deaths a year by 2025 * Ambitious pla...

Can We Save More Than Four Million Children's Lives In the Next 1,000 Days?

Ray Chambers | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

Ending death from diseases like malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrhea is now possible and can be accomplished at little cost. Can the global community work together to reach the goal of reducing child mortality?

When Did Naming a Newborn Become a Revolutionary Act?

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | World
Impatient Optimists

Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation According to a long-held custom in Ethiopia, children aren't named at birth. Parents wait a few months becaus...

How You Can Help Pregnant Women in Kenya

Grace Garey | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Grace Garey

By connecting donors around the world to women in need of care, Watsi has the potential to activate a solution that's completely unprecedented.

The Most Important Conversation This Week: India on the Survival of Its Children

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

On the heels of the Child Survival Summit that took place in Ethiopia at the end of January, India is using its summit to continue the conversation about building a roadmap and strengthen partnerships to end preventable child deaths.

My Republican Mother Says Yes to Gun Control

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Will we get gun control? Will declarations of "enough" be enough? Or will our heartbreak be slow-rolled into nothingness?

The Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2012

Marshall Stowell | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Marshall Stowell

In the year-end issue of Impact, we announce the top 10 global health milestones of 2012. We asked some of the world's most renowned leaders in global health to comment on why these moments made the list. What we heard was insightful and, in many cases, encouraging.

Washing Up - and Saving Lives by the Millions

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 12.15.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

At the start of the new millennium, world leaders promised to cut by half the proportion of people without decent sanitation, and to reduce child mortality by two thirds, all by 2015. We're determined to help the world keep its promises.

Vaccines and Ensuring the Health of Children No Matter Where They Live

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

As world leaders gather this week at the General Assembly in New York, I'm encouraged by the focus on children's health alongside other pressing global issues. These discussions come in the wake of UNICEF's latest report on declines in child mortality around the world.

Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children: Roadblocks to Ending Maternal and Child Deaths

Carole Presern | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Carole Presern

Working together through the Global Strategy, we have seen how sound planning, sufficient resources and political will, can make a significant difference in the lives of millions. But the global community can still do much better.

Water and Sanitation Are Key to Saving Lives and Boosting Economic Growth

David Winder | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
David Winder

Safe water and sanitation are vital pre-requisites for children to thrive. A lifetime of working in international development does little to numb my shock at seeing young children struggling to survive without these basic human rights.

How to 'Beat' Child Mortality

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Since 1990, child deaths have declined by an impressive 40 percent. That's thanks to high-impact solutions like vaccines, oral rehydration therapy to treat diarrhea and improved nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life.

Reaching A Child's Fifth Birthday Shouldn't Be A Luxury

Nicole Melancon | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Nicole Melancon

Today was an emotional day. One that every American mother envisions in her head on the day her child is born: My daughter's first day of kindergarten.