Blog: Global Health

Get a Shot. Give a Shot.

By Kathy Calvin on September 3, 2013

I woke up this morning eager to get my flu shot. Why? Thanks to a new partnership between Walgreens and the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, getting my flu shot means a lifesaving vaccine will be given to a child who needs it.

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Knocking out malaria one net at a time

By Chris Helfrich on July 30, 2013

As a father of two young boys, I look forward to life’s milestones. First steps, first words, first day of school – I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything in the world. Unfortunately, not all parents get the chance to celebrate such important milestones in their children’s lives.

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Teaming Up for Tanzania

By Rick Reilly on July 23, 2013

A few years ago, I traveled to Nigeria with Nothing But Nets. I visited communities that had already received anti-malaria bed nets from Nothing But Nets campaign supporters like you. But I also met families that are still in need. The difference was like night and day. In the communities blanketed by bed nets, malaria is dramatically on the decline. There, I met happy, proud mothers and smiling, energetic children.

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5 reasons to care about polio

By Jenni Lee on July 2, 2013

A recent polio outbreak in Somalia and Kenya serves as a reminder that this crippling disease still exists and is actively threatening children. While there is no cure for polio, vaccines protect children from the disease for life.

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To Improve the Health of Women, We Must End Violence

By Julie Smolyansky on May 29, 2013

Half way around the world at the 2013 Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, government leaders, NGO representatives, corporate leaders and other health-focused groups have come together to use their collective voice to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women. At the conference Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women, summed it up best when she said, “It is time to move sexual and reproductive health, women’s rights and gender equality from the sidelines to the center of the frame, to the center of all discussions…”

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MAMA’s Post-Partum Family Planning Messages for Mothers across the World

By Kirsten Gagnaire on May 28, 2013

Mothers shape the lives of children, impact communities, and sustain nations through their nurturing and work, serving as a lifeline for future generations to come. When a mother dies, her absence is felt throughout the world. Her children have a difficult time surviving and her family suffers, leaving a community more vulnerable to health and economic disparities.

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