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Social Good Mom’s Breastfeeding Story Published by Gates Foundation

We are thrilled that one of our members is published on Impatient Optimists today. Read her post: A Mother’s Story in Nigeria: Breastfeeding Saves Lives.

Jayne Whyte is a maternal health advocate and entrepreneur based in Abuja, Nigeria. Jayne participated in our 24 hour marathon where we shared moving breastfeeding stories and spreading the word about Save the Children’s new breastfeeding report, Superfood for Babies.

As a maternal and child health blogger, I have always supported and shared information on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding in the first hour of life and in the first six months of life to both mother and child, but now I will be doing much more. I will be sharing my story with you and will also want you to take action. It is no news that breastfeeding is critical to preventing malnutrition and saving children’s lives in the developing world. Breastfeeding immediately after birth could help save 830,000 newborn babies from dying a year, and exclusive breastfeeding for six months could save even more babies and children.

24 Hours, 24 Moms, 24 Poignant Breastfeeding Stories #FirstHour

For 24 straight hours that started on Thursday, February 21 at 9 AM through Friday, February 22 at 9 AM members of the Global Team of 200 shared moving, intimate, personal breastfeeding stories on their blogs and spread the word about Save the Children’s new breastfeeding report, Superfood for Babies: How Overcoming Barriers Will Save Children’s Lives. As we wrote earlier this week, the report says 830,000 newborn lives can be saved if they are breastfeed during the critical first hour after being born.

Hour after hour new breastfeeding posts were added to a specially created microsite, Advocating for the First Hour, as a play on the #firsthour theme. A global effort, moms from the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, and Nigeria as well as here in the States participated. Even moms who were not a part of the original 24 moms slated to be featured during the 24 hours wrote their own breastfeeding post so their stories could be heard as well.

Through moms’ posts on their blog, social media, a Tumblr blog, and compelling video we shared poignant stories about breastfeeding  for 24 hours all the while spreading awareness about Save the Children’s new breastfeeding report.

Below are key tweets from the day along with our videos supporting the moms.

Intro and Recap Videos from the Day

Intro video about the campaign.

[youtube http://youtu.be/x13yfN5EVaA]

The first eight hours video

[youtube http://youtu.be/74d4PrJjpMw]

Hours 9 – 16

[youtube http://youtu.be/8UOSpYe_11s]

Hours 17 – 24

[youtube http://youtu.be/izEOU9bkOdY]

Read all of the breastfeeding posts at advocatingforthefirsthour.tumblr.com and take action to keep breastfeeding and nutrition on the global agenda at savethechildren.org/1000-days.

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 month where, of course, child survival reigned top on the agenda.

India accounts for the largest number of under-five deaths in the world at around 1.5 million. According to the World Bank that number has steadily decreased from 69 under-five child deaths per 1000 in 2008 to 61 (Source). And according to the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME) India and Nigeria account for more than a third of all under-five deaths worldwide.

India, however, is committed to lowering its child mortality rate. Through site visits and expert round tables, the IRP journalists will share what they learn on their ten-day visit to India. Follow the #IRPIndia hashtag to follow the conversation through the end of the month.

Some key tweets that have stood out so far are:

The Plight of Female Frontline Health Workers

We have written at length about the power of frontline health workers from documenting female frontline health workers in Ethiopia to discussing the importance of their work as they provide health care to those without access to health centers and hospitals. While we know that frontline health workers are pivotal to the overall health of a country, it is also important to note that many put their lives on the line in the name of global health.

Today news emerged from Nigeria that nine female polio health workers were killed by gunmen. There are only three countries where the polio is endemic – Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Female health workers in Pakistan were also targeted and killed in Pakistan in December and January.

The global health community is extremely close to eradicating polio globally through lifesaving vaccines, but a stubborn virus coupled with human opposition to erasing it from the planet continue to keep polio alive in Asia and Africa.

Learn more about how you can help end polio at www.endpolio.org.

UN Photo/Jawad Jalali

World Polio Day

Today is World Polio Day. World Polio Day was started by Rotary International and is an  annual day on October 24 where the world comes together to stress the importance of global polio eradication. The good news is polio is nearing complete eradication with only three countries where the paralysing disease is still endemic – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. India is currently one-year free from any reported polio cases.

According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative there have been 171 reported cases of polio, down substantially from 467 reported by this time last year. The world is 99% free of polio.

What can you do to help?

  • The UN Foundation’s Shot at Life program is fundraising to vaccinate 40,000 children by Halloween. $1 can vaccinate one child. Learn more and donate here.
  • You can lend your voice to spread the word about polio eradication on EndPolio.com.
  • You can keep up-to-date on polio eradication news on the Gates Foundation’s polio page.

Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider