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Poverty Need Not Bar Women From Healthcare in Latin America

Rosario Perez | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Rosario Perez

Our 24 years of experience at the women's development organization Pro Mujer show that when women have access to independent sources of income, they improve economic conditions for their children.

The Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard Of

Catherine Murphy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Until I met Mariama, ten years after her agonizing delivery, I had never heard of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). That's because in the United States, stories like hers haven't been told in more than 100 years. Today, VVF keeps company with obsoletes like smallpox and polio in the shadows of Western medicine, where its symptoms are referenced in the past tense. But in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, more than 2 million women still suffer from the condition.

Saving the Lives of Women Worldwide

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Mother's Day is a celebration of life and reflects the importance of women to their families, communities and countries. However, worldwide HIV/AIDS robs women and girls of their potential and health.

How Can I Help?

Jill Sheffield | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

She carried a newborn baby on her front, and another, older baby on her back. She told me that she had already been pregnant 11 times, but only had six living children. I was immediately struck by the fact that although we were the same age, I had so many choices that she did not.

Vinegar Saves Lives: Scaling Up Low-Cost Approaches to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

In the 21st century, women shouldn't be dying from preventable, treatable diseases simply because of their economic status or geographic location.

A Mother and Child's Health, a Cause All Women Can Support

Elisabeth Anderson Rapport | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport

#GivingTuesday is the perfect occasion to redeem our digital selves. To go online and make a holiday gift in honor of a mom you love, and to use our collective voice on social media to unite around the importance of supporting maternal health initiatives around the world.

Meeting the Challenge to Save the Lives of Women and Children

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

If we can land a rover on Mars and map out the genes of the human body, we should also be able to prevent millions of women and children from dying of mostly preventable causes like pregnancy complications, malnutrition, pneumonia, measles, and malaria.

White Ribbon Alliance Reports on Keeping Promises, Measuring Results

Rose Mlay | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Rose Mlay

In New York City, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) convened a meeting to present key findings of three new publications examining progress on commitments made to improving women's and children's health.

The White Ribbon Alliance Citizen's Voice Reports From the UNGA in New York

David Mathias Lyamuya | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
David Mathias Lyamuya

The White Ribbon Alliance is bringing real and rapid change across Africa and Asia; holding governments accountable for pledges made and helping to release government funds, and ensure these are spent properly so that thousands of lives are saved.

Achieving Results for Every Woman and Every Child

Michel Sidibé | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Michel Sidibé

The past two years have been significant for women's and children's health for many reasons. The unprecedented global momentum towards saving the lives of 16 million women and children is among the most remarkable.

Finding Common Ground to Save the Lives of Women and Child and Create Happy, Healthy Families

Ambassador Mark R. Dybul | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Mark R. Dybul

Providing women and their families with access to an array of effective, evidence-based programs allows them to select the approach that meets their needs and belief systems, is the best strategy to ensure the most lives are saved and families are lifted up.

What's Good for Women Is Good for the Planet

Maggie Fox | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Maggie Fox

By reducing maternal and child mortality and improving the health of women, these health services have a powerful impact on sustainable development. Access to modern birth control isn't a side issue -- we truly can't have sustainable development without it.

This Is What Being a Mother Looks Like

Donna Karan | Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact
Donna Karan

In honor of Mother's Day, I want to invite you to join me on this journey of advocating for all mothers everywhere. It is an act of love, it is a celebration of life and it is a promise for an inspired tomorrow.

The Power of a Mother

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Rep. Barbara Lee

The confidence and courage of the mothers of Uganda was so inspiring -- to come together as a village and rely on each other's business skills for success was a valuable reminder of the power of a mother.

Stand Up for Moms and Babies Around the World

Helene Gayle | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Helene Gayle

The devoted, loving women in our lives deserve a special day of thanks for all they have done and continue to do. On this Mother's Day though, we're asking you to take a moment to think about mothers you don't know, mothers who need your help.

She Is Not A Victim. She Is A Sister.

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Chrysula Winegar

Audrey is a mother of two young boys. She's 32 and works in a government department. Our lives have a lot in common -- family, work, friends. But in Tanzania, where she lives, being a mother comes with a whole different set of problems.

White Ribbon Alliance Video Blog From Closing Ceremony of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Gloria Iribaziga reports from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) where the draft resolution "Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children" has been unanimously passed.

White Ribbon Alliance Video Blog From the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda (VIDEO)

Nsinda Elman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Nsinda Elman

Today we speak to the first lady of Uganda and follow a Canadian delegation to visit a health center in Kampala.

WATCH: The White Ribbon Alliance Fights For Maternal Health At The IPU Assembly In Kampala: Day 2

Nsinda Elman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
Nsinda Elman

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Silent Crisis in the Developing World

Nancy Aossey | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Nancy Aossey

Burn injuries in the United States are usually easily treatable with cool water and a first aid kit. But in the developing world, millions of impoverished women and children each year suffer debilitating injuries or die from burns.

Health Has No Borders

Connie Britton | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Connie Britton

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, a day to focus on women's social and economic progress. In honor of this day, Planned Parenthood Global is making the case for robust investments in women's health around the world.

Recognizing Women, the Changemakers

Birute Regine | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Birute Regine

International Women's Day is also an opportunity for women to come together and realize their collective power to create change in their homes, their neighborhoods, their communities and in the world.

Will You Join Our Conversation on Women's and Children's Health?

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.05.2012 | Women
Melinda Gates

As I reflect back on what I learned this year about the progress and the challenges in women's and children's health, I'm struck by the fact that we don't need to wait for the solutions. We have them.