This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Did you know that Katrina led to 5,000 reported missing children and it took seven months to connect the last child with her parents?
This summer, during the height of the hurricane season Save the Children wants parents and their children to be prepared should disaster strike again. Save the Children is imploring parents to make sure their children have an emergency contact card with not only information for local family, but also family who live out of town. This is critically important because during disasters local networks and telephones lines are usually down. Being able to call family who are not affected by a storm is important to connect children back to families.
Make your emergency contact form for free at www.savethechildren.org/Connect.
If there is one thing we’ve seen over the past month or so after the earthquakes in Nepal in April and May is there is an overall concerted effort to help women who are expecting babies during the aftermath of the natural disaster.
Continue reading Video: Maternal Health Care After Nepal’s Earthquakes
Once girls get their period in low- and middle-income countries where resources are low, their lives change — sometimes irreparably.
When girls get their periods they oftentimes have to drop out of school and work around their home instead. And on top of that, many cannot afford sanitary napkins.
Irise International, an East African organization, is fighting the stigma of menstruation and providing easy, affordable solutions for girls when they get their periods.
See their work in their video: Periods Change Lives
Continue reading Featured Video: Periods Change Lives
Today ONE launched its Strong Girl anthem to empower girls worldwide and as a follow-up to its recent Poverty is Sexist report.
Strong Girl features vocalists Waje (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Arielle T (Gabon), Gabriela (Mozambique), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), new talent Blessing Nwafor (South Africa) and the video stars Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria).
Continue reading Featured Video: African Women Musicians Join ONE for Strong Girl Anthem
Today 800 women will die during childbirth from largely preventable causes. Most of those women live in low- and middle-income countries, but some mothers will also not make it through delivery right here in the United States. Most people don’t realize that the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed country in the world. Our MMR isn’t as high as many sub-Saharan countries (where maternal mortality is the highest), but we are still losing too many mothers – both here and around the world.
Every Mother Counts has put together the following film asking the question: What is Possible? We are thrilled to see our friends Midwives for Haiti and Jennie Joseph’s Commonsense Birth featured in this video. They both do so much for mothers.
Watch and share!