Why breastfeeding matters to babies and mothers

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Blogger Jennifer James has visited mothers and babies all over the world.

Today for World Breastfeeding Week, she explains how in the early months and years of a child's life, breastfeeding can truly be lifesaving!

See how.

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When I visit low- and middle-income countries like Ethiopia, Zambia, the Philippines, and Tanzania, I am always heartened by the number of mothers I see breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding for so many of these mothers is the best and most affordable way for them to nourish their babies.

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    Malaria: The phone call that wasn’t

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    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.

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    Do you remember a world without cell phones?

    I distinctly remember our family not having one in 2002.

    It’s why I didn’t know that my husband, Tom, was close to dying of malaria.

    Tom works at World Vision like I do. We’re both reporters. I write and he uses a video camera to share stories of World Vision’s impact around the world.

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      Radio-Active

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      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!

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      In the United States, listening to the radio is part of life. We tune into news in the morning, wind down to drive-time music in the afternoon, and relax to sports and talk radio on weekends.

      But in Uganda, the radio is more than entertainment.

      In Uganda, radio is life.

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        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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