Putting an End to Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths through Advocacy

Mothers everywhere want the same thing for their kids; to see them grow up healthy and strong and realize the full potential that every child brings to the world. Medical practitioners get to see the beginnings of these dreams, providing a safe and healthy start to life for both mom and baby. Sadly, too often, […]

Can Film Save Lives? How one organisation is using film to train nurses and midwives in Somaliland

By Francis Webster, Head of Development at Medical Aid Films If you are an expectant mother or a child under 5 years old, then one of the most dangerous places in the world to live is Somaliland.  This autonomous region in Somalia has among the highest rates of maternal and child mortality in the world, with […]

Partnership, Not Aid – How the Women of Haiti are Claiming a New Future

Part I [of a 5 part series] How following disasters, the lack of access to healthcare, education, and resources to support personal hygiene, creates serious health and socioeconomic implications for women and girls. Introduction Mahila Partnership has been addressing the most pressing unmet needs of women and girls following disasters since 2007. In this 5-part […]

Maternal and Child Health in the Time of Ebola

By Amelia Brandt, MSW, MPH Maternal & Child Health Specialist I am a public health professional currently living in Sierra Leone and working on the Ebola response with an international non-profit organization. I arrived here in January and have had the opportunity to see our work transition from emergency response to recovery. What comes to […]

African Indigenous Health Knowledge and Food Safety

By Prof. Anneke Zuyderduin, RN PhD and Prof. Abel Pienaar, RN PhD Training African nurses under the educational model in the Western biomedical tradition has resulted in a loss of connection with indigenous knowledge systems, as well as undervaluing the merits of intuition and the spiritual paradigm. For example, marginalized indigenous populations such as the KhoiSan in […]