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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        [Video] Without children, there is no future

        For people in developing nations, health clinics are often the only link between them and the medicines they so desperately need.

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          A picture of health

          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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            Caring for two lives: Q & A with a midwife

            “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. 

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              Malaria: The disease that silences laughter

              Today, I bought a coffin.

              We spent the morning in a village in Mozambique visiting Marita, a dear little girl whose best friend had died of malaria last year.

              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.

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                Malaria: Battling the "plague of the poor"

                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.

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                  Malaria: The source of a mother’s torment

                  World Malaria Day is coming up on April 25.

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                    PHOTOS: A celebration of World Health Day

                    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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