Posts tagged ‘child health’

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

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August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

Ban Ki-moon: “The Best Investment a Country Can Make” @UN #hwhtw #maternalhealth

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently spoke at a reception for the in support of “Every Woman Every Child”, in Mumbai, India.  He congratulated India on its efforts to eradicate polio, and challenged the crowd to put the same resources toward maternal and child health, calling it a “common sense approach”:

“[W]e share the same conviction that saving women’s and children’s lives is the best investment any country can make.  If a person is ill, or their child is sick, anyone with resources would not think twice about spending them on health care.  But, somehow, Governments often miss this common-sense approach to what matters in life.”

Read the full speech: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sgsm14261.doc.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Every Mother Counts launches “No Mothers Day” @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw #moms

Every Mother Counts, founded by Christy Turlington Burns, and CHI & Partners are launching an innovative campaign this Mother’s Day to bring attention to the importance of maternal health care.

“The cornerstone of the campaign is a short social issue film that features moms encouraging other moms to join in solidarity by disappearing May 13th, Mother’s Day, because ‘our silence can speak the loudest for all mothers.’ Click here to watch the video.

“Our goal is to leverage Mother’s Day—the day when people are thinking about their mothers most—as a moment to bring the facts about maternal mortality to a wider audience. We believe that once people know the facts, they will want to do what they can to engage. Our hope is that the No Mothers Day campaign will spark energy into Every Mother Counts’ overarching goal of driving 5 million individual actions on maternal health by 2015.

“How You Can Help:
·      Spread the word about our short social issue film and sharing it with your network;
·      Sign up to take part in No Mothers Day yourself on our Facebook page;
·      Inform your friends about the issue of maternal health and with their help, we can prevent 90% of the fatalities that occur due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth; and
·      Post about the No Mothers Day campaign on your social media outlets with the language below.”

Whether you’re a mom, or just have one, find out how you can participate: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a37060f836a37740beac206a0&id=7e702b3c8d&e=f50fa4b46c

May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Video: ‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

“Mother” Robin Lim, a powerhouse midwife and maternal/child health advocate, was named a “CNN Hero” for her prenatal and birthing care clinics in Indonesia.  You can help her raise funds to build a new clinic by supporting Every Mother Counts in the Firefox challenge!

‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia
By Ebonne Ruffins, CNN

Bali, Indonesia (CNN) — At dawn, two women rise after sleeping on mats outside an Indonesian hospital.

They’ve waited all night for a chance to see their newborn babies, whom the hospital is holding until the medical bills are paid in full.

“Holding babies until payment is common in Indonesia,” said Robin Lim, a midwife who founded birthing clinics in Aceh and the island of Bali.

At this particular hospital in Bali, mothers who don’t pay are allowed in twice a day to feed their baby and change their baby’s diaper. Those fortunate enough to find the money may take their babies home. Others might relinquish their parental rights and place their babies up for adoption, Lim explained.

“You worry, ‘Will I be able to deliver this baby safely into the world?’ But you shouldn’t have to worry, ‘How will I pay for it?’ ” said Lim, 54.

“Mother Robin,” or “Ibu Robin” as she is called by the locals, is working to change that with her Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics. These birthing sanctuaries offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it.

Read the CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/10/cnnheroes.lim.midwife/index.html

Donate to EMC in the Firefox Challenge: http://www.crowdrise.com/EMCChallenge

January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: The Firefox Challenge @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

Mozilla has partnered with some civic-minded celebrities to raise money for charity this holiday season!  In the Firefox Challenge, Mozilla started off with a $5,000 donation to each celebrity charity, and will give $25,000 more to the charity that raises the most funds by January 11.

One of the celebrities in the Challenge is supermodel and maternal health activist (and HWHTW heroine) Christy Turlington Burns.  Her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, is currently raising funds to build a much-needed new maternal health clinic in Indonesia.  Click here to make a donation – and if you give at least $16, you’ll be entered to win an Every Mother Counts t-shirt autographed by Christy herself!

Learn more or donate: http://www.crowdrise.com/EMCChallenge

December 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Expanding Access to Finance for Health e-Conference: March 29-30

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and the USAID Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector project (SHOPS) are hosting an online conference on “the use of financial services to strengthen the global health care supply chain”.  

SHOPS is a five-year cooperative agreement focusing on “increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and other health areas through the private sector.”

Join participants from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar,  Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, the US, and Zambia (and that’s just who’s signed up so far) in learning about finance in healthcare!

To register for the online conference or learn more: http://www.shopsproject.org/about/announcements/expanding-access-finance-health-e-conference-0?tr=y&auid=8016972

March 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future

On September 22, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will announce a five-year public-private global alliance to contribute to the goal of reducing the unmet need for family planning by 100 million women, expand skilled birth attendance and facility-based deliveries, and increase the number of women and newborns receiving quality post-natal care by 2015.”

Secretary Clinton says: “We also know enough about the science of nutrition to know these interventions have the biggest impact when they occur during the first 1,000 days of a child’s existence. That begins with pregnancy and continues through a child’s second birthday. Interventions after that second birthday make a difference, but often cannot undo the damage that was done because of the undernutrition during the first 1,000 days. So we can be very targeted with our investments to save and improve the greatest number of lives.”

Read more:

Secretary Clinton’s speech: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/09/147512.htm

1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future website: http://www.thousanddays.org/

September 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment


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