Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates in Kenya Still Low

By Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama, Kenyan motherhood blogger and maternal/child health journalist based in Nairobi. As Kenya joins the rest of the world in marking the World Breastfeeding Week, health experts in the country are calling on more stringent efforts to be put in place that will encourage more women to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Though the country has noted an increase in the exclusive breastfeeding rates … Continue reading Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates in Kenya Still Low

[Photos] Honoring Women and Girls We’ve Met Around the World

Today on International Women’s Day we honor all of the women and girls we’ve met throughout our travels! Want to celebrate International Women’s Day in an impactful way? Read 4 Easy, But Impactful Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day. PHILIPPINES ETHIOPIA BRAZIL INDIA ZAMBIA TANZANIA KENYA SOUTH AFRICA Continue reading [Photos] Honoring Women and Girls We’ve Met Around the World

Top 10 Social Enterprises Improving the Lives of Women, Girls

The more women and girls can receive a helping hand the better for the entire world’s future. It has been said time and time again that women and girls are the future of so many developing countries and yet they typically linger on the bottom rung of society. Each year Women Deliver celebrates International Women’s Day by highlighting social enterprises that improve the lives of … Continue reading Top 10 Social Enterprises Improving the Lives of Women, Girls

4 Prime Sources to Follow for Kenyan Presidential Election News

Today Kenya is holding its presidential election and many are wary that violence may mar the electoral process as it did in the hotly contested 2007 election where over 1000 people were killed during violent outbreaks throughout the country. The hotbed of violence took place in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest slums where fighting broke out along tribal lines. Reports of five police deaths have … Continue reading 4 Prime Sources to Follow for Kenyan Presidential Election News

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

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Exclusive Breastfeeding Increases in Kenya

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life is what will keep her the most healthy. There is good news out of Kenya. Exclusive breastfeeding has increased to 32% from a mere 13% in 2003. Exclusive breastfeeding helps keep babies healthy and it also provides a buffer for mother to child HIV transmission by four times. In September Kenya passed a new law … Continue reading Exclusive Breastfeeding Increases in Kenya

10 Global Development Stories to be Thankful For

Typically when we think of global development we focus on everything that is wrong because the challenges are so great. Rarely are the successes celebrated because with every move towards a goal there is still so much to do. Today we are featuring those stories that have been more about success than failure; more about moving forward than moving backward even if the net result … Continue reading 10 Global Development Stories to be Thankful For

Sunday’s Global News and Development Must-Reads

As you gear up for another week here are a few must-reads about global news and development I recommend. African women won’t wield political influence without cultural change: This article from today’s Guardian highlights the quota system put in place in many African countries that require a certain percentage of female representation in government. Read more to see whether these quotas work or are largely … Continue reading Sunday’s Global News and Development Must-Reads

[Book Review] The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change by Roger Thurow My rating: 5 of 5 stars One does not have to be a wonk to understand the intricacies of global hunger as many might suspect. Roger Thurow, a senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Wall … Continue reading [Book Review] The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow

Why Access to Sanitation is Key to Health, Development

When I was in Kenya this past July on the ONE Moms trip, I had quite a rude awakening when we traveled to rural areas -– a lack of toilets. There were not very many places for us to use the bathroom, unless we wanted to go in the bush or use one of the local latrines. On the first day in Kisumu, in the … Continue reading Why Access to Sanitation is Key to Health, Development

Sitting Down With Mary Martin Niepold, Founder of the Nyanya Project

One of the wonderful things about working in social good is the people you meet. I have met some amazing people over the past few years who are doing extraordinary things, even some in my own backyard. Yesterday I joined Mary Martin Niepold for lunch and we chatted about Africa, her non-profit organization, the Nyanya Project, her recent TED talk at Wake Forest University where … Continue reading Sitting Down With Mary Martin Niepold, Founder of the Nyanya Project

Living in Poverty In Developing Nations Means a Life in Flux

When I went to Kenya with the ONE Moms last summer we visited the Mukuru kwa Njenga slum in east Nairobi. Like all slums we saw makeshift housing, some barely 10 x 10 rooms that housed entire families. We also visited the Mwangaza Tumaini school that taught some of the brightest children I’ve ever seen. Their zest for life and exuberance for learning was infectious especially when … Continue reading Living in Poverty In Developing Nations Means a Life in Flux

Partner Feature – The Nyanya Project

The Nyanya Project empowers grandmothers to keep their families together in the face of AIDS devastation. We help African grandmothers form working cooperatives that generate the income necessary to provide healthcare, education and a loving home for their grandchildren. After being trained to care for HIV-infected family members and reinvest income, the grandmothers become role models for other women in their communities. This sustainable model … Continue reading Partner Feature – The Nyanya Project