Day 9: Sponsorship keeps a future doctor healthy

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Belen in Nicaragua is 6 and well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a doctor!

Not only does her sponsor provide her with the school supplies she needs; sponsorship also helps her eat better, which keeps her healthy, which in turn keeps her in school!

See sponsorship at work in Belen's family…

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Six-year-old Belen likes to play with her dolls. Like many young girls in Namotivas, Nicaragua, she models what she sees around the home. She likes to pretend her dolls are sick with a cough and fever, and then help them get healthy again.

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    Saving Remigio

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    Today is World Malaria Day! Join us in the fight against this deadly but preventable disease.

    Vincent Kakooza is a village health team worker in Uganda. He battles malaria every day. Read how his training and dedication saved the life of 6-month-old Remigio, who is very special to him!

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    Vincent Kakooza knew exactly what to do the night that baby Remigio fell horribly ill, thanks to a radio show, a rapid test kit for malaria, and medicine supplied by World Vision.

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      Friday night in the testing hut

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      On Friday, Asumani came down with malaria. Our writer Kari Costanza is in Uganda right now and was visiting the health center when Asumani came in. She witnessed World Vision's rapid testing system for malaria at work … and how it saved Asumani's life. See what just happened!

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      Last Friday night, I was among dozens of people crowded into a small hut—all of them waiting to be tested for malaria. Outside the rain was pouring as if from buckets, showering Namayuni village in Western Uganda with much needed rain.

      In Uganda, rain is a double-edged sword. It brings life and it brings death.

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        Q&A: Holistic Health and Hope

        Why World Vision? Today's Q&A with Dennis Cherian, World Vision's senior director of health and hope, explores how our work and innovations in the health sector impact children and strengthen the communities in which they live.

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          Walking with steps of faith

          What is a father willing to do for his child’s health?

          This is a question that Juan de Dios Castro answers immediately: “To give my life, if possible,” says this father while smiling at his almost 3-year-old son Noe, who runs into his arms, asking to play together with the soccer ball.

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            Infographic: A story of good health

            Last week, we explored World Vision's WASH programs (water, sanitation, and hygiene), including the effectiveness of these programs in promoting better health in communities.

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              The gossamer thread, part 2: A different story

              Today is World Malaria Day! Join World Vision in remembering the lives devastated by this preventable, treatable disease -- and in our mission of eradicating it from the world.

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                The gossamer thread, part 1: Three families

                Tomorrow is World Malaria Day -- a moment to remember the lives of children, families, and communities devastated by this preventable, treatable disease that we can stop.

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                  Afghanistan: Worst place to be a mother

                  Today's story comes from western Afghanistan, a region with one of the highest under-5 mortality rates and where maternal death in childbirth is a serious concern. The 10x10 film Girl Rising shows how these issues affect women in Afghanistan, and how education can help them.

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                    St. Patrick's Day: Irish promote health in Africa

                    On this St. Patrick’s Day, I am honored to have the chance to tell all of our committed supporters about the work World Vision's advocates in Ireland are doing to assist communities in six African nations.

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                    AIM Health

                    I want to introduce one particular program that we are particularly proud of: AIM Health.

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