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Millenium Development Goals

Start Small. But Start Now. Stand Up for Children.

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Global movements start with one action.

The "Celebrity Couples" Of Global Health And Development

Leith Greenslade | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

With 70 percent of maternal and child deaths now concentrated in just 15 countries, health investments that include sanitation, education, contraception, infrastructure and women's incomes can potentially double their impact on lives saved.

Brazil's Inventive Solution To Save Newborns: Breast Milk Banks

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

Every year, one million babies die on the day they are born. Brazil is on the fast track to ending this trend with one simple solution: breast milk.

Newborn Health: How Do We Care For The Most Vulnerable In Our Society?

Girls' Globe | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Newborn health is inextricably connected to maternal health. Similarly to maternal mortality, preventable diseases are the major causes of under-five deaths. Inadequate nutrition, limited access to clean water and poor healthcare infrastructures lead to the spread of preventable infectious diseases.

Midwives Are The Cornerstone To MDG 4 And 5 Success

Girls' Globe | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

A universal increase in midwifery (including family planning) in 78 of the world's most resource-poor countries could result in up to 83 percent fewer maternal, fetal and newborn deaths.

To Achieve Sustainable Development, We Must Reach the Most Marginalized and Vulnerable Children

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Every September, world leaders convene in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings and discuss the most pressing global issues.

31 Million Girls Won't Get To Go To School This Year

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact

Across the globe, students stocked up on fresh supplies and caught up with old classmates last week. But for 31 million girls, there were no teachers ...

Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Calcium, protein, vitamin B-12 and iron are essential to human health. Animal-based foods are an important source of these micronutrients, and where we at Heifer work, they're sometimes the only source readily available.

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity. Picture It!

UN Women | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
UN Women

We can and must turn this picture to reality. Right now, every country is working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and to define a new global development plan. We must seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to position gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment firmly at the center of the global agenda.

WATCH: How Do We Nourish Nine Billion People?

Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 5:00 - 6:00pm and 7:00 - 8:00pm EST. About half the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition -- two billion people...

Innovating in an Urbanizing World: Leading From the Middle

David Weiss | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

If the future of our planet is urban, then the actions of the past will not be enough to create the fair, equitable and smart world we want.

Reality Check: Our Progress Has Come at an Unsustainable Price

John Friedman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
John Friedman

When a system continues to produce the same results, one must conclude that the system, whether it was intended to produce those outcomes or not, is designed to produce those outcomes.

Aitzaz's Sacrifice Should Not Be in Vain

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Gordon Brown

By standing up to a terrorist, this extraordinary boy saved countless lives and should join the ranks of those whose actions define the word courage. This teenager thought his school important enough to defend and he had an instinctive sense that if the militants were allowed to destroy his school, they were taking away something valuable from his community.

Fast Food, Slow Food and No Food

Princess Haya Al Hussein | Posted 12.16.2013 | World
Princess Haya Al Hussein

Today, in scores of nations across the globe, there will be conferences, speeches and editorials to celebrate World Food Day. School children will learn all about the latest issues -- fast food versus slow food; food losses and waste; farming and global warning. Surely this is a good thing -- unless you are among the world's 842 million hungry.

Global Handwashing Day: Children as Agents of Change

Samir Singh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Samir Singh

Global Handwashing Day, celebrated on October 15th, is an international, UN-recognized day dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap. Each year, over 200 million people are involved in handwashing celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.

Who Sets the International Development Agenda? We do!

Weh Yeoh | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

I wonder if we could collectively put disability back on the agenda: if ordinary people could show those that are in positions of power that this is an important issue that cannot afford to be overlooked again and again.

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...

Transforming Partnerships To Save Lives

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

What would we do differently tomorrow if we knew that the lives of 16 million women and children were at stake? Because they are. In the three years since the launch of Every Woman, Every Child, 260 entities have committed nearly $60 billion to programs intended to save and improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable women and children.

Educating A First-Time Mother

Alice Lin Fabiano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alice Lin Fabiano

A first-time mother is especially vulnerable. She is younger, less experienced, and often feels isolated and less empowered amid her husband's family. Mobile messages delivered via voice or text are a simple way to inform, support, and educate her with accurate health information.

Educating Mothers, Saving Children

Leith Greenslade | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

Studies have shown that half of the reduction in child deaths in the last 20 years is the result of increases in mothers' general level of education. 4 million children are alive today because their mothers got an education.

A Renewed Commitment To Every Woman And Every Child

Kathy Calvin | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

In just a few weeks, global leaders will head to New York City for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and one of the most important conversations of our time. The world's collective efforts to eradicate extreme poverty will take center stage..

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...

On Making That Diet Plan Really Work For You

Sophie Walker | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Sophie Walker

If you want to stop eating for two days every week, go ahead. It's your choice. But next time you get to a non-food day, how about putting the food you won't be eating in a bag and taking it down to your local food bank.

First Ladies First

Cora Neumann | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Cora Neumann

Five years ago, I could have only dreamed that we would bring Laura Bush and Michelle Obama together on an international stage to discuss their experiences as first ladies with their counterparts.

As We Look Past the Millennium Development Goals, Everyone Deserves the Same Water Quality

Amanda Sperber | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Amanda Sperber

There have been so many attempts to fix the water quality crisis, the public seems to have grown tired of it, and its impacts -- especially malnutrition -- have been swept under the proverbial rug.