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Taking a stand to save lives in Malawi

“Act or accept” is a powerful adage. This is the story of a group of people who refused to accept and chose to act, and how their actions have changed a community.

Dr. Wanangwa Chisenga is one of the two doctors at Nkhotakota District Hospital in Malawi, housing up to 400 patients. The number of deaths, particularly in maternal and neo-natal cases, had become “very worrying. In one month alone last year, we had seven deaths – mostly pregnant women.”

Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda

August 18 marks the 500-day countdown to the deadline for achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, so we should expect to see increased discourse on where the gaps lie. Development experts are beginning to take note that, although progress has been made in reducing the percentage of the world’s people who are hungry, nutrition has not received the attention it warrants.

Ebola: The Day That Changed Everything

And then there was the day in late spring that changed everything – the day a woman, a stranger, came to the home of Cecilia Babyoh, a nurse in the eastern Sierra Leone district of Kailahun.

The woman was sick, and she was referred to Babyoh. Babyoh treated her, there in her home, and then took her to a community health center. There was no talk of Ebola then; rumors and myths about the deadly virus were still to come. So Babyoh didn’t think – not at first – that her life might be in danger from doing her job. 

Ebola Spread through Myth and Fear

The world is facing the largest-ever Ebola outbreak as the deadly virus punches its way across three Western African countries, spread through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids. But that is not the only way the disease is transferred from one person to another.

The Human Side of Ebola

 
An Ebola outbreak unprecedented in terms of its deadliness and its geographic reach has been sweeping through West Africa, hitting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Organization, over 800 people have so far been infected and more than 500 have died, with the numbers steadily climbing. Initial flu-like symptoms develop quickly into vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccination and the mortality rate can be up to 90%. 
 

Stanford ‘Extreme’ Students Unveil Innovations to Address Neglected Global Health Issue

Last month, students at Stanford University’s Design for Extreme Affordability unveiled a set of innovative products and processes they developed to address some of the most pressing issues facing the world’s poorest citizens.

Investing in 5th Birthdays

Fifth birthday celebrations in the USA are one of many during early childhood, but five years also means a child is ready to begin formal education and a new phase of life.  But a fifth birthday celebration is a major accomplishment in many parts of the world, and this was especially true in 1984 when 1 in 4 children died before age 5.    In response to this tragic situation, a partnership was launched that has resulted in saving hundreds of thousands of lives and improving the health of millions of women and children in the past 30 years.   In 1984, with bipartisan action in both Houses of

Three Days without Water

Many of you probably don’t remember, but last summer residents of Prince George’s County, Md. prepared to go without water for three days. “In Prince George's County, 100,000 To Go without Water during Main Repairs,” one headline read. “Prince George's Residents Stockpile Water Ahead of Outage,” read another.

A Shared Vision for Safe Motherhood

The woman’s water breaks. She’s having a baby! She tells her partner they need to leave home right away, and so begins their mad dash to the hospital.

Six Ways Women Are Severely Impacted by a Hidden Global Health Crisis

Hasan was a typical young wife, mother, sister and daughter living in a small village community in northern India. But after a family dispute over her dowry four years ago, her husband and brother-in-law threw gasoline over her and set her on fire.

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