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Giving Thanks for the Chance to Save Millions of Lives

Deborah Derrick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

While it's important to feel gratitude for what we've accomplished, it's precisely because of these advancements that we can't put current efforts on cruise control. We've put ourselves on a course where we can save millions of lives every year through targeted global health investments

Dare to Be 100: Reformulating Global Health

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The new global health focus has a big agenda to confront, but we are fortunate that the system at last seems to be waking me up to the new reality.

When It Comes to Health and Dignity, There Is Nothing More Powerful Than a Toilet

David Winder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David Winder

One in three people globally do not have access to a toilet. The lack of sanitation is an acute public health issue with serious consequences -- and not only when disaster strikes.

Pneumonia: The Silent Killer of Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

This silence is frustrating as pneumonia is a disease that kills 1.1 million children every year and can be prevented with simple solutions that also protect against related child killers like tuberculosis and diarrhea.

How One Scientist Learned to Tweet and Love to Blog

Impatient Optimists | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Impatient Optimists

Passing this milestone caused me ask myself some questions: Why do I spend time engaging in social media? What do I get out of it? What does it achieve for the women and children in poor communities?

Transparency Is a Two-Way Window

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

While it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding wealthy nations and aid organizations to account.

Crash Course

Adam C. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one in ten deaths worldwide are due to injuries, which now kill more than 5 million people each day -- more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

Time for New Revolutions in Global Health Care

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

Necessity dictated that I learn rapidly, so I was taught by an operating assistant. Using a small generator to provide light and suction, ether for anesthesia and nursing aids, I was able to carry out many life-saving C- sections, often in the dead of night.

A New Partnership to Accelerate Vaccine Research and Development

Impatient Optimists | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Impatient Optimists

Accelerating the development of affordable new vaccines for the developing world is one of the most important factors in reducing child deaths and lif...

We Can't Let Up Against Polio

John E. Lange | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John E. Lange

World Polio Day, which we recognize on October 24, is a reminder that even though this disease is gone from the United States, it must not be forgotten. Diseases like polio and measles continue to cripple and kill children in other parts of the world.

A Promise Is a Promise

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

In 2011 my organisation the GAVI Alliance held its first ever pledging conference in London, an historic meeting where we committed to help developing countries immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and prevent four million future deaths in the process.

Historic Moment in Global Health: Delivering on China's Potential for Combatting a Deadly Disease

Steve Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Steve Davis

The World Health Organization (WHO) has put its stamp of approval on a vaccine that will pave the way to protecting millions of children from a devastating disease called Japanese encephalitis (JE).

Keeping Promises to Women and Children: PMNCH 2013 Report on Global Strategy Commitments

Carole Presern | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

A new report gives us hope. More organizations, governments and the private sector are making commitments to improve women's and children's health every year, and those commitments are being followed up with real action.

Infectious Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.

10 Shocking Statistics About Maternal And Child Health

Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

We mark the milestones of our lives in years — birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, holidays — years until one event and years since another. Bu...

Breaking Social Silences in Nigeria: A Conversation With Gay Rights Activist Michael Ighodaro

Daniel Lyons | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Suffering a brutal attack last October, Michael has been granted political asylum in the U.S. and currently lives in New York, where he and I spoke about the events that brought him here and the current state of affairs for the LGBT community in Nigeria.

2.5 Billion People Don't Have Access To A Toilet. Here's Why You Should Care.

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 09.13.2013 | Impact

The infographic below highlights the fact that 2.5 billion people have to seek out other options in lieu of a loo -- and it's just not OK. Funny eu...

Healthy Mothers Create Healthy Societies -- and a Safer World

Rep. Kay Granger | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Rep. Kay Granger

Many women routinely face violence and sexual attacks. And when it comes time to have kids, childbirth can mean life or death for many of these women.

Pennies to Prevent Pandemics -- Virodiversity as a Grand Challenge for Global Health Security

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Dr. William Karesh

For the cost of a packet of sweetener for your coffee just once each year, we could understand what is lurking around us, reduce outbreaks, speed diagnosis and control of new emerging diseases, discover new cures, and protect us from continual and massive economic losses.

21 Inspiring Portraits Of Frontline Health Workers Around The Globe (PHOTOS)

Michael Bzdak, Director, Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Impact

For millions of people in remote and rural areas around the world, frontline health workers are the only link to health care. Often based in the commu...

Who Needs an Axle? Notes from Uganda

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

We then set out from Kampala to Fort Portal to meet Dr. Priscilla of Virika Hospital. The drive was a disaster -- the axle of our truck fell off entirely. Twice.

Do As We Say, Not As We Do: The Haitian Cholera Epidemic and the Moral Legitimacy of the United Nations

Beatrice Lindstrom | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Beatrice Lindstrom

Cholera, a water-borne disease that can kill in a matter of hours, was introduced into Haiti via untreated human waste that leaked from a UN peacekeeping base into the river that serves as the water source for tens of thousands of Haitians.

10 Global Health Tweets to Start Your Week

Jennifer James | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer James

Information on Twitter flashes by in an instant making it inevitable that you'll miss important tweets and information from the most resourceful NGOs, foundations, and experts on Twitter.

Russell's Challenge: Keep Women's Rights at Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

Serra Sippel | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

The elevation of Susan Rice to National Security Adviser, Samantha Power to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Catherine Russell to Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues re-affirms President Obama's declaration that promoting gender equality is "vital to achieving our overall foreign policy objectives."

One Nurse at a Time

Sue Averill | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Sue Averill

We let her labor during the night and hoped with crossed fingers and toes that nature would take its proper course. But the knock on the door came before the roosters had a chance to crow.