Momina’s Story: International HIV/AIDS Alliance #WAD2013

Momina’s Story: International HIV/AIDS Alliance #WAD2013

Meet Momina Momina is a 22 year old single mother of two who lives in the city of Adama in central Ethiopia and was diagnosed as living with HIV three years ago. Although she wears a smile, sadness is etched across her face when she talks about her younger son, Yerosa. Born HIV positive, he […]

16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence #16Days

16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence #16Days

Through December 10 USAID is spearheading a global call to action over the course of 16 days to speak out against gender-based violence. You may not know that 1 in 3 women and girls will be abused, beaten or coerced into sex? Or, that abuse of women reaches as high as 70 percent in some […]

Living, Thriving with HIV/AIDS: A Mother’s Story

Living, Thriving with HIV/AIDS: A Mother’s Story

Can you imagine newly arriving to the United States from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a happy, expecting 22-year-old newlywed to attend college and then finding out through a routine prenatal visit that you are HIV positive? This is precisely what happened to Fortunata Kasege in 1997. What turned out to be a dream of […]

Why We Need World Prematurity Day

Why We Need World Prematurity Day

One of the world’s greatest tragedies is when babies are born too soon. Every day a mother around the world experiences the heartache of delivering her baby before 37 weeks gestation whether she is walking on foot to a rural health facility in Bangladesh, delivering her baby in a hut in the lush countryside of […]

10 Top Tweets from the #FamilyPlanning Conference: Day 1

10 Top Tweets from the #FamilyPlanning Conference: Day 1

Today was the first day of the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa. With thousands of participants at the conference there was a flurry of tweets throughout the day. Here are ten tweets we identified as extremely informative. You can also follow the conversation at a host of hashtags: #FP2020,  #FullAccess, #FamilyPlanning, and #ICFP2013. Related articles […]

Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning Conference #ICFP2013

Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning Conference #ICFP2013

This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4000 experts, researchers, journalists, and stakeholders are embarking upon a robust conversation about family planning and how critical it is for 222 million women in the developing world that lack access to family planning services, commodities, and education. We have identified 12 top Twitter handles to follow during the […]

[Photos] A Week in Johannesburg

[Photos] A Week in Johannesburg

They say you’ve never been to Soweto if you haven’t seen the Orlando Towers that can be viewed from all corners of the massive urban neighborhood filled with over fifty townships in Johannesburg. The Orlando Towers are a symbol of racial discrimination that was systemic until the fall of apartheid in the early 1990s. The […]

New Report Highlights Motherhood in Childhood

New Report Highlights Motherhood in Childhood

When I traveled throughout Tanzania and Zambia recently I noticed young mothers at every turn. With sleeping babies closely wrapped on their backs I often thought how fortunate these girls were to have survived a pregnancy and delivery at such a young age and then my thoughts would wander off thinking how many children might […]

Why We’re Heading to South Africa Tomorrow #SocialGoodMomsJoburg

Why We’re Heading to South Africa Tomorrow #SocialGoodMomsJoburg

Building global connections both online and offline is the cornerstone of Mom Bloggers for Social Good. Tomorrow I, along with Social Good Mom and Global Team of 200 member Elizabeth Atalay (@elizabethatalay, Documama), will travel to Johannesburg to meet Social Good Moms partners as well as meet fellow Social Good Moms who live in South […]

[Photos] Motherhood in Tanzania #IRPTZ

[Photos] Motherhood in Tanzania #IRPTZ

Dar es Saalam, Tanzania – Throughout my travels in Tanzania for the past ten days every time I saw a mother and her baby I smiled inside. And I was even more happy to see mothers breastfeeding their babies as breastfeeding has been proven to be a key intervention to keep more children under the […]

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