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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I want to introduce one particular program that we are particularly proud of: AIM Health.
For people in developing nations, health clinics are often the only link between them and the medicines they so desperately need.
The mood is somber as babies wait to be examined and receive immunizations. I meet Purity, 30, and her 2-year-old son, Sheldon, while they were waiting to be seen. Sheldon suffers from high fever, poor appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting.
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“It is not an easy task to perform. I have [responsibility for] two lives at a time -- the mother and the baby,” says Aklima Begum, 48. Aklima lives in Bangladesh and is highly respected in her community.
Today, I bought a coffin.
Marita was still grieving. She sat quietly while the rest of the children played in high spirits, shouting and laughing through a game of soccer.
Today is World Malaria Day. One of the top killers of children globally, malaria remains a serious threat in African countries like Mozambique -- even though it's completely preventable and treatable, and even though it was eradicated here in the United States more than half a century ago.
Today is World Health Day, a day to celebrate good health and be mindful of children and families around the world who do not have access to proper nourishment or basic health services. Below are photos of Joel, a boy in Uganda whose mother took him to a World Vision health clinic because he was malnourished. (Photos by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision.)
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I’m at that phase in life when a lot of my friends are having babies. Within six weeks, I will have gone to three baby showers! I’m thinking about how many prenatal doctor appointments women have in the United States -- and how many checkups and appointments most newborns have in their first year of life.
But what if there was no doctor to visit? No hospital or nearby clinic? No family doctor or trained midwife?
What would happen? Maternal and child mortality rates would go up.