Health

Just like Jennifer

Just like Jennifer | World Vision Blog

Jennifer prays outside of the Catholic church she faithfully attends each Sunday. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Due to fistula—an injury during childbirth that causes incontinence—Jennifer remained outside when she attended church, kneeling in the dirt to pray. For women who don't have proper health care, fistula can ruin their lives.

Fortunately, it can be fixed with a simple surgery. For Jennifer in Uganda and many women just like her, this means a new lease on life!

Read her story, and support a bill in Congress right now that will help end preventable newborn, child, and mother deaths. 

Ending the HIV epidemic: Leaving no young woman behind

Ending the HIV epidemic: Leaving no young woman behind | World Vision Blog

Girls age 10-14 listen as a youth engagement officer leads them in a discussion on HIV prevention, care, and treatment in Mozambique as part of World Vision’s USAID-funded DREAMS program. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision staff)

As a former physician practicing in a busy maternity ward in a hospital in Africa, Gloria Ekpo has seen the devastation of HIV and AIDS up close.

But she’s also seen progress.

Read how we’re working to leave no young woman behind and to empower them toward an AIDS-free generation!

Photos: Engaging communities to combat Zika

Photos: Engaging communities to combat Zika | World Vision Blog

In Honduras, Aida brings 8-month-old Crisia to the health center to be tested for Zika. (Photo: 2016 Israel Cárcamo/World Vision)

There have been more than half a million cases of the Zika virus so far across 47 countries.

Focusing on the five most affected countries, which are in Latin America, we're working to empower communities to combat the virus by learning new behaviors that help prevent and treat the disease.

Our photo series shows how!

World Breastfeeding Week: The value of nutrition

World Breastfeeding Week: The value of nutrition | World Vision Blog

Mazengia breastfeeds her 1-year-old son, Dawit. "I love my family more than anything in this world, and there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing everyone healthy." She attended a program in Ethiopia for mothers that included nutrition training. (Photo: 2015 Kelley Lynch/World Vision)

This week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week!

Our nutrition expert writes about how exclusive "breastfeeding really is the best start a newborn can have."

Read about the impact that breastfeeding and good nutrition training is making in Ethiopia.

“I explored, I understood, and I chose”

“I explored, I understood, and I chose” | World Vision Blog

A World Vision trained Peer Educator counsels a family in India. (Photo: 2015 Max Greenstein/World Vision)

Families around the world that make a plan to space out their pregnancies improve the health of both the mothers and children.

Today on International Day of Families, meet two moms in India who chose the best plans for their families to help ensure productive futures for their kids!

UPDATE: Our Zika virus response

UPDATE: Zika virus outbreak | World Vision Blog

Television update in Honduras. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

An update on the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas: what’s happening, how World Vision’s expertise with Ebola supports our response and prevention efforts, and what you can do today to help make a difference.

Malaria: The phone call that wasn’t

Malaria: The phone call that wasn’t | World Vision Blog

World Vision videographer Tom Costanza on a visit to Rwanda. (Photo: Lisa Berglund/World Vision)

Malaria hasn't existed in the United States since 1949 (CDC). But half the world's population remains at risk of this mosquito-borne disease (WHO).

This World Malaria Day, let's take a moment to see firsthand how awful this disease is … and the difference a simple bed net can make.

Radio-Active

Radio-Active | World Vision Blog

Village health workers gather under a mango tree to listen to an Obbanywa radio broadcast. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is World Radio Day!

See how “Obbanywa,” a World Vision-produced radio program in Uganda, helps to train volunteer village health team members to identify and treat deadly diseases like malaria!

Day 9: Sponsorship keeps a future doctor healthy

Sponsorship keeps a future doctor healthy | World Vision Blog

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…

Saving Remigio

Saving Remigio | World Vision Blog

Vincent, a village health team volunteer in Uganda, with baby Remigio. (©2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

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!

Friday night in the testing hut

Friday night in the testing hut | World Vision Blog

Asumani, 13, and a health worker in Uganda. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

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!

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.

But World Vision's work in the health sector is much wider in scope than WASH programs alone! This week, we delve deeper into our impact in a wide variety of health issues -- including child and maternal health, HIV and AIDS, and malaria.

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.

Yesterday, part 1 of "The gossamer thread" brought you into the lives of three families who have seen malaria's tragic effects firsthand. Today's story is decidedly more hopeful: It highlights the miraculous change a few square meters of netting has brought about for another Mozambican family.

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.

Today, we open a two-part series with the stories of three families in Mozambique who have been affected by malaria. Make sure you check back tomorrow to read about a family whose lives have been transformed by the simple miracle of bed nets.