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Reality Check: Our Progress Has Come at an Unsustainable Price

John Friedman | Posted 03.10.2014 | 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.

The World's Most Vulnerable Mothers Need Our Help

Leith Greenslade | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

Behind every preventable child death is a disempowered mother.

The Global Search for Education: What Students Want

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Education is the greatest armament in the battle on poverty, disease, brutality and prejudice. Providing education for children in the emerging markets is both vital and relatively cheap.

Financial Inclusion and the Post-2015 Global Development Goals

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

The Eminent Persons panel put forward twelve illustrative goals, ranging from 1) End Poverty to 12) Create a Global Enabling Environment, and touching in between on health, education, water, energy, and other priorities.

McCann Health Harnesses Energy & Innovation of Global Creative Community to Empower Healthy Women at 2013 Cannes Lions Festival

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Next year in Nigeria, one million mothers and their children will die. The real tragedy is that we know what interventions can prevent most of these deaths, and if accelerated to scale, these interventions will nurture and nourish survival and wellbeing, saving one million lives every year.

G8: It's Time to Be Accountable for Ending Child Deaths

Marwin Meier | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact
Marwin Meier

We have had much G8 rhetoric around nutrition and food security over the last several years and the renewed interest in this quintessential intervention for human development is good, but needs to be backed up by a transparent accountability framework that can trace every promised dollar.

Education For All: Now Is Not The Time To Back Out

Vikas Pota | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Vikas Pota

In what can only be interpreted as a major setback for children all over the world, a new policy paper released by the EFA Global Monitoring Report and UIS on 10th June confirms that our world faces a crisis like never before.

The Weaning of Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Establishing working relationships with people and programs in Honduras is the only way to emulate their models for ways to solve the country's problems. This is hard because it requires discipline and a consistent commitment of time and other resources.

Behind a Healthy Woman, there's Girls and Men

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

What do "husband schools" have to do with saving women's lives? That is my favorite quote from the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the largest global health event of the decade.

The 50th Anniversary of the AU: Time to Recommit to the Promises of Abuja

Endalkachew Demmisse | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Endalkachew Demmisse

The past decade has seen remarkable transformations across the African continent--an expression of hard earned progress and promise even in the midst of a global financial crisis.

Improving Maternal Health Care, One Text At A Time

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

During her pregnancy, every expectant mother has bright hopes for the new life she carries. She may have concerns about her ability to care for a newborn. But depending on where she in the world she lives, her fear may be much deeper and more fundamental: "Will my baby survive childbirth?" Or, "Will I?"

My Country Is Not A Lost Cause

Ravi Kumar | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Ravi Kumar

In the late 1990s, my parents and neighbors used to talk about how our fellow Nepalis were killing each other, or how our government was unstable, or ...