[Photos] Family Planning Kits from Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa

I have been fortunate to visit health posts and family planning clinics in a handful of countries. One of the things I always ask to see while visiting are family planning kits used for educational purposes for clients. Some of the kits have been fancy, others have been fairly rudimentary, but they all serve the same purpose: educating women about their options to space or … Continue reading [Photos] Family Planning Kits from Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa

10 Top Tweets from the #FamilyPlanning Conference: Day 1

Today was the first day of the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa. With thousands of participants at the conference there was a flurry of tweets throughout the day. Here are ten tweets we identified as extremely informative. You can also follow the conversation at a host of hashtags: #FP2020,  #FullAccess, #FamilyPlanning, and #ICFP2013. Related articles Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning … Continue reading 10 Top Tweets from the #FamilyPlanning Conference: Day 1

Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning Conference #ICFP2013

This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4000 experts, researchers, journalists, and stakeholders are embarking upon a robust conversation about family planning and how critical it is for 222 million women in the developing world that lack access to family planning services, commodities, and education. We have identified 12 top Twitter handles to follow during the International Conference on Family Planning from November 12 – 15 … Continue reading Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning Conference #ICFP2013

Why Child Survival Rates Continue to Improve

Last week Melinda Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote on Impatient Optimists that the most important statistic in the world is the rate of child survival. It is one of the only health statistics that improves year after year. 300,000 more children are alive this year than last and you can be assured that based on 50 years of research, even more … Continue reading Why Child Survival Rates Continue to Improve

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

[Photos] Celebrating World Health Workers Week

This week from April  8 – 12, 2013 the World Health Organization is celebrating World Health Workers Week. This is a week to honor those who are literally on the frontlines of health care in the developing world every single day. They are the ones who make sure mothers’ babies are attended to directly after birth. They are the ones who provide family planning services … Continue reading [Photos] Celebrating World Health Workers Week

SOS Children’s Villages Provides Nurse, Midwife Scholarships in Ethiopia

The more health workers there are to help, treat, and care for those who have limited access to health care the better. In Ethiopia where most of its population receives health care from trained frontline health workers the new SOS Children Villages nurse and midwife scholarships is great news. The scholarship program is a joint effort between SOS Children Villages and Johnson & Johnson. “We … Continue reading SOS Children’s Villages Provides Nurse, Midwife Scholarships in Ethiopia

Day 2 Social Media Highlights from India’s Child Survival Summit #C2AIndia

If you missed our piece about Day 1 of India’s Child Survival Summit on the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists, you can read it at The Most Important Conversation This Week: India on the Survival of its Children. You might recall our coverage of the Child Survival Summit that was held in Washington, DC last year. Convened by the Ministries of Health of Ethiopia and … Continue reading Day 2 Social Media Highlights from India’s Child Survival Summit #C2AIndia

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

Under Five Child Survival Under Microscope at Summit

This week child survival is under critical review in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the African Leadership for Child Survival – A Promise Renewed summit. This meeting, held at the African Union headquarters and convened by the Ethiopian government along with UNICEF and USAID brought together African Ministers of Health to enter into discussions about markedly improving child survival rates. The summit ends Friday. Between 1990-2011 … Continue reading Under Five Child Survival Under Microscope at Summit

Help Send Books to Ethiopian Schoolchildren

Children everywhere deserve an exceptional education. In fact, it it their right. In Ethiopia, there is a 10-20% increase of school-age children meaning there is a greater need for educational materials. Bruktawit Tigabu, the award-winning entrepreneur and co-founder of Tsehai Loves Learning, is bringing storybooks to thousands of children in Ethiopia and needs your help. Higher Circle has launched their Opening Books to Open Doors campaign where they … Continue reading Help Send Books to Ethiopian Schoolchildren

Counting Medical Supplies in Africa

In speaking to health workers while on an observation trip to Ethiopia this month with Save the Children I repeatedly asked about access to medial supplies – from family planning supplies to medications for malaria, for example – and every health worker in every village I asked said the supplies were plenty. They were quite nonchalant about my inquiries, in fact, which signaled to me that whatever … Continue reading Counting Medical Supplies in Africa

The Importance of Clean Cookstoves – A Personal Experience

When I was in Ethiopia last week observing frontline health workers with Save the Children I had the unfortunate circumstance of going into a home, a traditional hut, where the mother was cooking on her indoor cookstove. The smoke from the burning wood was so thick and powerful I could hardly breathe and couldn’t imagine a family, let alone children and babies, being in an enclosed … Continue reading The Importance of Clean Cookstoves – A Personal Experience

An Optimistic View of Breastfeeding in Ethiopia

Throughout my travels to health facilities in Ethiopia last week with Save the Children I was heartened to see so many positive messages about breastfeeding on posters and printed materials for mothers to take home.  I also saw several mothers breastfeeding their babies everywhere we went. In Ethiopia 52% of babies are put to the breast within one hour of being born and 52% of … Continue reading An Optimistic View of Breastfeeding in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Health Care Model, Workers

Ethiopia has its health care flaws and challenges, but what it seems to have captured is an appreciation for simplicity. Ethiopia’s health care system is very easy to understand, even though implementation and results are not easily achievable. This week I am in Ethiopia with Save the Children and its new campaign Every Beat Matters to observe frontline health workers and the programs that help … Continue reading Ethiopia’s Health Care Model, Workers