Focusing on Cervical Cancer on World Cancer Day

Focusing on Cervical Cancer on World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day, a day to talk about and discuss cancer and the myths surrounding the global disease. On World Cancer Day we are focusing our efforts on cervical cancer and its effects on women in poor countries. Last year I met a cervical cancer nurse, Susan Banda, at the N’Gombe Health Clinic […]

The Narrowing Health Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

The Narrowing Health Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

The World Health Organization released its annual World Health Statistics report. In the report the WHO looked at all of its global regions to see how countries fared in various global data stats  including maternal and child mortality, life expectancy, and health coverage as examples. “Intensive efforts to achieve the MDGs have clearly improved health […]

10 Global Development Stories to be Thankful For

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 […]

Why African Women Are Dying of Cervical Cancer

With so many communicable diseases plaguing the African continent we often forget about the non-communicable diseases that ravish its people as well. Did you know that cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in Africa? Taking the lives of roughly 270,000 African women each year, Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, […]

Be a Hero and Send a Valentine’s Day

Be a Hero and Send a Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, you can be a hero. Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago has put together an amazing campaign for kids that are at the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The campaign is inspired by a little girl who had leukemia. Four years ago, a little girl names Taylor changed Valentine’s Day forever. Weak from Leukemia, […]

70+ Bloggers Rally for American Heart Month

70+ Bloggers Rally for American Heart Month

If you see a lot of red this month it’s not only because it’s the annual love month, but also because it is American Heart Month. Fact: heart disease is the number one killer of women*. Over seventy bloggers have come together for The Heart Project, a collaborative effort to raise awareness and funds for the American […]

New Partner Announcement – Shot at Life

New Partner Announcement – Shot at Life

Did you know 1.7 million children in developing nations will die this year because they don’t have access to life-saving vaccines? How can this be changed, you ask? Lives can be saved by simply administering vaccines to children who are most vulnerable to life-threatening diseases like malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and polio. It’s that easy. I […]

Interviewing Peg Willingham, Shot at Life’s Executive Director

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 […]

New Partner Announcement – National Breast Cancer Foundation

New Partner Announcement – National Breast Cancer Foundation

A dear friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy during the holidays. She jokingly wrote in an email to her friends that she never imaged her holidays would be swathed in pink. I saw my friend yesterday and she looks great and recovering beautifully. She is one of the […]

Rally for Rare Disease

Rally for Rare Disease

February 29 marks World RARE Disease Day. 1 in 10 Americans are affected by RARE disease and more than 350 million people are affected worldwide. 75% of RARE diseases affect children and 30% of children with a RARE disease will die before their 5th birthday. The Global Genes Project is a grassroots effort to bring more […]

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