Infographic of the Week: Africa Can Feed Itself

In Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter that was released this week, they bet that in 15 years Africa will be able to  feed itself. For those of you who have never been to Africa you may think this is an overstretch, but it is entirely true and based on significant data. Most of the people I have met in Africa are smallholder farmers. Africa is … Continue reading Infographic of the Week: Africa Can Feed Itself

Bill and Melinda Gates’ 15-Year Bet For a Better World

Each January Bill and Melinda Gates release their Annual Letter. This year they are taking  a bet on the world’s future. 15 years ago the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was started and  there have been substantial improvements in global health and development since then because of its dedication to the world’s poorest people. Now, Bill and Melinda Gates believe even more can be done in … Continue reading Bill and Melinda Gates’ 15-Year Bet For a Better World

Our 12 Biggest Highlights of 2014

2014 was a very good year! We partnered with leading NGOs and nonprofits to advance causes that mean the difference between life and death and quality living for the world’s poorest citizens. We traveled around the world to report on water and sanitation, newborns, maternal health, disaster relief, and health workers. We traveled domestically to report on some of our partners’ milestone seminars, conferences, and panels. But most importantly, we kept the momentum going to work collectively as mothers who use social media for good.

We very much look forward to 2015 and what it has in store. Here are our twelve highlight moments of 2014 – in no particular order.

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Over a Year of Advocating for Newborn Health

For over a year the wonderful and dedicated community of mom bloggers, both Social Good Moms and the Global Team of 200 members, has spread the word about newborn health and survival to their massive social networks and have blogged tirelessly about why newborn health is important to them. Over these sixteen months as a community of moms dedicated to maternal, newborn, and child health we … Continue reading Over a Year of Advocating for Newborn Health

Save the Children Releases New Report on Motherhood in Conflict

This article was originally published on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists. Every year Save the Children releases its annual State of the World’s Mothers report and each year a magnifying glass is held up to motherhood around the world and how mothers fare based solely on where they live. Now in its fifteenth year, Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report puts into clear perspective the … Continue reading Save the Children Releases New Report on Motherhood in Conflict

Bill and Melinda Gates Dispel Three Poverty Myths in Annual Letter

Like last year and in previous years Bill and Melinda Gates released their 2014 Annual Letter today. Their theme: 3 Myths That Block Progress for the Poor. Last year’s letter was all about the critical need to measure how programs work and this year’s letter explains how the data shows foreign aid does in fact work and saves lives. This, of course, is great news … Continue reading Bill and Melinda Gates Dispel Three Poverty Myths in Annual Letter

Monday Morning Reads: January 20

Happy Martin Luther King Day! To honor his legacy we support Save the Children’s The Real Awards that honors health workers around the world. Today we have several foreign policy as well as global health and development news stories that we found of great interest. If you have read any compelling pieces lately that you think we would enjoy reading please leave them in the comments. … Continue reading Monday Morning Reads: January 20

Reporting from Zambia with the International Reporting Project

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I will be reporting from Zambia as an International Reporting Project Zambia Fellow starting on July 15. I will be in Africa with nine stellar new media journalists. We all have our own beats and will report on different angles about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. I personally will report on how these infectious diseases acutely affect mothers and … Continue reading Reporting from Zambia with the International Reporting Project

#Newborn2013 Twitter Chat

Storify by Social Good Moms Mon, Jul 08 2013 12:46:19 #Newborn2013 Twitter Chat On Monday, July 8, 2013 the Social Good Moms’ founder Jennifer James hosted a chat with guest Gary Darmstadt, Director of Family Health at the Gates Foundation. NGOs, experts, bloggers, researchers, and digital moms chimed in with information and asked pivotal questions about newborn health. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share … Continue reading #Newborn2013 Twitter Chat

The Global Move Toward Greater Transparency

Becoming increasingly involved in global development news and issues requires a bit of putting pieces of the global puzzle together. Without doing that, the full picture is always clouded. Attempting to figure out why some global development programs work and others don’t, or trying to piece together who works in partnership with whom, or who funds specific projects can be hard to know. That cloudiness becomes … Continue reading The Global Move Toward Greater Transparency

Family Planning Conversations During Women Deliver #WD2013

The second day of the Women Deliver conference was led by robust conversations and discussions about family planning. Wednesday’s events began with the plenary session: Global Progress on Family Planning—Putting Women at the Heart of the Global Health Agenda which was opened by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Increased momentum has quickly … Continue reading Family Planning Conversations During Women Deliver #WD2013

Key Tweets From the Global Newborn Health Conference

Today marks the start of the first ever Global Newborn Health Conference. Thus far conference-goers have heard opening remarks from high level executives at the World Health Organization, Save the Children, UNICEF, MCHIP, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below are key tweets from the early morning session as well as those of our own. You can watch the conference from South Africa … Continue reading Key Tweets From the Global Newborn Health Conference

Join the Global Conversation About Newborn Health #Newborn2013

From April 15 – 18, 2013 the first global conference on newborn health, the Global Newborn Health Conference, will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa. On the agenda, maternal and newborn health experts, researchers, and NGOs will collaborate on innovative ways to scale high-impact interventions that will save more newborn lives globally ahead of the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. The conference … Continue reading Join the Global Conversation About Newborn Health #Newborn2013

Bill Gates On the Importance of Measurement in Global Health #BillsLetter

Every year Bill Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, writes an annual letter laying out his vision for the future of global health and poverty eradication. This year’s letter, which can be read at billsletter.com, espouses the critical importance of measurement in saving more lives. In fact, Gates uses measurement in business as an example of its parallel importance in global … Continue reading Bill Gates On the Importance of Measurement in Global Health #BillsLetter

World Polio Day

Today is World Polio Day. World Polio Day was started by Rotary International and is an  annual day on October 24 where the world comes together to stress the importance of global polio eradication. The good news is polio is nearing complete eradication with only three countries where the paralysing disease is still endemic – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. India is currently one-year free from any reported … Continue reading World Polio Day