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.
1. Advocated for the Every Newborn Action Plan
We continued to help raise awareness about the importance of quality newborn care and the Every Newborn Action Plan. We partnered with Save the Children and the Gates Foundation to raise awareness among parents about newborns and how they can be easily saved through easy interventions. Read more our 2014 newborn health reporting.
A Community Health Doctor delivers vaccines to a mother and her newborn babies.
2. Reported From Nicaragua
Our member, Jennifer Iacovelli, traveled to Nicaragua with WaterAid America in March to see their water relief programs frist-hand. See all of her updates. We also hosted a Twitter chat while Jennifer and the team were in Nicaragua reaching two million people and garnering over 10 million actions.
3. Reported From Tanzania With PSI and Mandy Moore
We traveled to Tanzania with PSI and actress, singer, and humanitarian Mandy Moore to report on health worker programs. Read reports from PSI Impact: Team Orange: How PSI Reinforces Positive Reproductive Health Messaging Through Branding, Edutainment, Meeting Blandina, and Health Systems Need Health Workers.
Left to right: Health worker Mama Blandina, Jennifer James, Asia, a client of Blandina’s and her son, and Mandy Moore. Photo: Trevor Snapp.
4. Reported on the One Year Anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines With World Vision
We covered the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines with World Vision USA with Social Good Mom member, Jeana Shandraw as well as their disaster relief since the superstorm ravaged the country last year. Read our reports from the World Vision blog.
5. Featured in Matterness: Fearless Leadership in a Social World
We were honored to be featured in Allison Fine’s newest book, Matterness: Fearless Leadership for a Social World.
6. Reported From South Africa During the Third Partners Forum
We attended and covered the Partners Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa and were happy to report on the official launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan.
7. Joined With New Partners
We joined with new partners: SOS Children’s Villages, Vaccine Ambassadors, and Midwives for Haiti and look forward to working with them more in 2015!
8. Attended the Best Buys Panel with PSI in Washington, DC
Read our coverage at the Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists: Are There Real Best Buys in Global Health?
9. Covered International Women’s Day and Advocated on the Hill with Oxfam America.
Every year Oxfam America joins with its Sisters on the Planet community to honor International Women’s Day. We were honored to be there and look forward to joining Oxfam America this year as well!
10. Partnered with UNESCO on #TeacherTuesday
UNESCO partnered with leading blogs around the world to highlight education and exceptional teachers. We were honored to work with UNESCO on their #TeacherTuesday effort.
11. Reported on IntraHealth’s Work in Tanzania
IntraHealth is known for its effective health worker programs. It was a priviledge to report on its Voluntary Male Circumcision Program in rural Tanzania. Read the report from IntraHealth’s VITALS blog.
12. Worked with the International Reporting Project to Plan a Newborn Health Reporting Trip to Ethiopia
Newborn health has been an important topic over the past three years. Noted journalists traveled to Ethiopia to report on newborn and maternal health, reproductive health, and health workers. Two Social Good Moms members were a part of the reporting team. Read more on Journalists Travel to Ethiopia to Report on Newborn Health.