“Oh, Stephanie, NO. Not while we’re eating our dinner!”
This is how the conversation usually goes when my parents make the mistake of asking me how my job is going over a family meal. I have become so used to discussing this subject, I forget that for most people it is perhaps more of an unrefined issue - certainly not a suitable topic of conversation during a meal at least.
Countdown to 2015, June 2012
The 2012 Countdown to 2015 Report, Building a Future for Women and Children, highlights country progress—and obstacles to progress—towards achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. It includes 75 country profiles.
Read the highlights here.
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Infectious disease isn’t the only thing that can go viral these days. Facebook posts and tweets can, too, which makes social media pretty powerful stuff.
I don’t think any of us expected to be deeply moved during an informational interview at Zambia’s Ministry of Health, a stop typically made to gather facts and figures rather than inspiration.
Ten years of development work, and this week marked my first visit to an African health care clinic. The waiting room was tiny, tight, and filled with weary anxiety. The bottom line being that, despite my own excitement, the women and children in here were in attendance simply because they did not feel well. Some worse than others. But knowing smiles spread between benches when a baby cried, comfort offered for both the mother and her little one.
Impatient Optimists, August 2012
[Blog post] Vietnam Votes for National Policies to Improve Child Nutrition, Defeat Diarrheal Disease
Advocates in Viet Nam in front of a pledge banner with hundreds of moms’ signatures in support of six months maternity leave.
Exclusive breastfeeding for six months is one of the most effective ways to reduce a child’s risk of diarrheal disease. In fact, up to 55 percent of infant deaths from diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infections may result from inappropriate feeding practices.
UNICEF, September 2012
Data released by UNICEF show that the number of children under the age of 5 dying globally has dropped from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011. Though the progress is remarkable and worth celebrating, more needs to be done in the highest burden countries where children are still dying from pneumonia and diarrhea.
[Blog post] The biggest scandal in global health today: Why are 2 million children dying from pneumonia and diarrhea every year?
On a recent visit to a local children’s ward in the northern part of Ethiopia over 70% of the children were suffering from pneumonia. When a child in this region goes to the hospital, most often the parents move in as well, sleeping in the same bed and living there until they are discharged.
Diarrhea is a leading killer of children in Kenya, even though it is entirely preventable. But the country has seen great progress, particularly with increased availability of zinc due to over-the-counter status. Alfred Ochola, PATH's diarrheal disease program coordinator in Western Kenya, speaks on a local TV station about the causes of diarrhea in Kenya and practical prevention and treatment guidance for caregivers.