I’m honored to be a part of Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015 – a month-long blog relay—including some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions who are coming together to share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world. 1 […]
Shouldn’t a child be given the same shot of life no matter where he or she is born? I believe that children everywhere deserve the chance to live and reach their full potential. The availability of life-saving vaccines for every child is critical. For those of you who have followed my blog for years, you know that besides blogging I am also an active advocate and activist for a number of important causes. I advocate for the ONE Campaign to eradicate global […]
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, Child Survival, Gavi Alliance, Global Health - Vaccines, NGOs, ONE, RESULTS, Shot@Life Campaign, Topics, UN Foundation • Tags: Advocacy, GAVI, global health, ONE Campaign, results, Shot@Life, thirdeyemom, vaccine
EngenderHealth works to improve access to maternal and reproductive health care in more than 20 developing countries. At the end of September, EngenderHealth launched their new campaign, “WTFP?!” (Where’s the Family Planning?!) to raise awareness among Americans of global access to contraception. Although for many Americans, access to contraceptives is relatively easy, around the world, this is not the case and there remains a huge, unmet need. In fact, over 220 million women in developing countries want contraception and family planning but […]
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, EngenderHealth, Global Newborn Health, NGOs, Reproductive Health, Topics, Women's Rights • Tags: Advocacy, EngenderHealth, global health, reproductive rights, thirdeyemom, Where's the Family Planning, Women's Rights
I’m honored that my Shot@Life post “Blogust: Reaching Firsts and Making a Difference” is live today on the United Nations Foundation’s website. Blogust is a month-long digital dialogue, bringing more than 25 of the most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life champions (me!) together to help change the world through their words and imagery throughout the month of August. For every comment and/or social media share, Walgreens will donate one life-saving vaccine to a child in need around the world.
This is a slightly modified version of a post that published first on World Moms Blog, “Field Report #Ethiopia Newborns: An Overview of Maternal, Child and Newborn Health. All the photos below are my own taken during my visits to villages and health care centers in Ethiopia. Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in Africa with a population of 90 million people, stunned the world by achieving the Millennium Development Goal #4 of reducing the mortality rates of children under age 5 […]
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, Child Survival, Global Newborn Health, International Reporting Project, Maternal Health, NGOs, Topics, TRAVEL, Travel by Country • Tags: Advocacy, CULTURE, EthiopiaNewborns, global health, IRPChirps, thirdeyemom, Travel
I have very exciting news! I am honored to announce that I will be one of nine new media journalists heading with The International Reporting Project to Ethiopia in June to report on newborn health. The announcement was made yesterday and I can hardly wait to start researching and learning all I can about Ethiopia.
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, Child Survival, Ethiopia, Global Newborn Health, International Reporting Project, Maternal Health, Social Good Events and Trips, Topics • Tags: Advocacy, Ethiopia, global health, International Reporting, IRP, Newborn health, thirdeyemom, Travel
Today is World Polio Day where people across the globe come together to advocate on the eradication of polio and speak of the successes we’ve made and plan for the future. We have never been so close to eradicating a disease before and have only eradicating two diseases in the history of mankind. We are at a pivotal moment in time and we are within reach of wiping this terrible, debilitating disease off the face of this planet. Per the […]
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, End Polio, Global Health - Vaccines, Infectious Diseases, NGOs, Polio, Shot@Life Campaign, Topics, UN Foundation • Tags: Advocacy, EndPolio, global health, Global Vaccines, Polio, Shot@Life, thirdeyemom, world polio day
As some of you may know, I’ve been advocating for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign since its launch in 2012. It is a fabulous program that provides immunizations to children in the developing world. Since a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable death, immunizations are the key to saving countless lives around the world. It is a simple, cost-effective way to giving children the shot at life they deserve. From now until October 14th, Shot@Life is partnering […]
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, Child Survival, Global Health - Vaccines, NGOs, Shot@Life Campaign, Topics, UN Foundation • Tags: Advocacy, Get a Shot, Give a shot, global health, Shot@Life, thirdeyemom, Vaccines, Walgreens
The end of summer means back to school for millions of children around the world. Tomorrow my two children will be starting school and as a parent it is in my uttermost interest to ensure they are healthy and ready to learn. We all understand that education is critical to improving our lives and future. Yet tragically education is not an equal opportunity for millions of children around the world. Per Education Envoy, an estimated 61 million children are shut out of […]
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, END7, Infectious Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), NGOs, Topics • Tags: Advocacy, END7, global health, global team of 200, Neglected Tropical Diseases, thirdeyemom, Travel