2.4 Billion Still Lack Sanitation

By 2015 2.4 billion people will still lack access to proper sanitation – that’s one-third of the world’s population. In a new joint report by the WHO and UNICEF, Progress on sanitation and drinking-water 2013 update, we learn that MDG 7.C will not be met and in fact will be missed by 8%. There has been an improvement in sanitation coverage since 1990, however. Two-thirds of the … Continue reading 2.4 Billion Still Lack Sanitation

We’re Joining UNICEF USA for an Important Discussion About Women and Girls

Next Monday, May 6 from 2 – 3 PM EST we will join UNICEF USA’s CEO Caryl M. Stern and their Deputy Director of Programmes, Survival, Growth and Development, Maniza Zaman, for a robust Google+ conversation about maternal and child health as well as issues surrounding women and girls. Members of the Global Team of 200 will also join the conversation including Nicole Melancon, Jennifer … Continue reading We’re Joining UNICEF USA for an Important Discussion About Women and Girls

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

New Media Journalists Travel to India, Report on Child Survival

Caption: Women and Children’s Hospital in Mumbai, India: A child is pictured at Cama Hospital, a major hospital for women and children, in Mumbai, India. Photo: United Nations The International Reporting Project (IRP) has sent ten new media journalists to India to report on child survival. You may recall, the Indian Ministry of Health along with UNICEF and USAID convened the latest Child Survival Summit earlier this … Continue reading New Media Journalists Travel to India, Report on Child Survival

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

Putting an End to Female Genital Mutilation

Today marks the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Each year February 6th is spent by leading NGOs and international aids organizations spreading awareness about the devastating cutting practice that puts three million girls in both east and west Africa as well as Arab countries at risk of undergoing FGM. An estimated 101 million girls have undergone FGM in Africa and … Continue reading Putting an End to Female Genital Mutilation

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

Former Somali Child Soldiers Turned Over to UNICEF

There are over 300,000 children who are engaged in warfare and combat around the world according to UNICEF. This is despite 2002’s Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child which outlaws children under the age of 18 (it was formerly 15 years of age) from being a part of armed conflict. In July 2002 when the Statute of the International Criminal … Continue reading Former Somali Child Soldiers Turned Over to UNICEF

One Simple Way to Teach Your Kids to Give This Halloween

Halloween, like many holidays, is a day of getting for kids – getting candy, small toys, sweets, cupcakes, you name it. Anything with sugar in it is fair game. Don’t get me wrong. I love Halloween as much as the next person. I have fond memories of Halloween as a child and have always wanted our children to love Halloween as much as I do. … Continue reading One Simple Way to Teach Your Kids to Give This Halloween

Ghana Set to Roll Out Two Vaccines Next Week

Starting on April 21 through April 28 the world will celebrate World Immunization Month. It’s a pivotal time for global health to celebrate milestones in the advancement of vaccine awareness and implementation. On Thursday, April 26 Ghana will roll out two vaccines – pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines –  in order to drastically reduce the number of childhood deaths in their country that can be prevented. … Continue reading Ghana Set to Roll Out Two Vaccines Next Week

Can You Imagine Not Being Able to Feed Your Children?

Can you imagine not being able to feed your children? I can’t either. I have never been in this situation, but mothers all across the Sahel are facing this dire dilemma even as I write this. In Mali in particular where one president stepped down on Sunday, another takes office on Thursday and rebels are holding the north, mothers and their children are facing an … Continue reading Can You Imagine Not Being Able to Feed Your Children?

Interviewing Peg Willingham, Shot at Life’s Executive Director

In many developing nations children are born with a distinct disadvantage: the risk of dying from pneumonia or diarrhea, the two leading causes of death for children in the third world. If these children are fortunate enough to escape the grip of those two infectious diseases they may come down with malaria or measles, or be crippled by polio. Young lives teeter between life and … Continue reading Interviewing Peg Willingham, Shot at Life’s Executive Director