At first glance, the schoolyard seems completely normal. The sounds of children laughing is mixed with the yelling that accompanies the older boys’ football game. As I filmed, I was mobbed by smiling faces and repeatedly asked,”How are you”?
This week at Media Voices we draw your attention to the Children’s Defense Fund’s report, State of America’s Children 2011.
This report from The Children’s Defense Fund summarizes the welfare of children in the U.S. as of 2011.
In this film from Millennium Promise, community health workers in Sauri, Kenya now use rapid SMS to track children’s health and immunizations.
(courtesy of UN TV) The birth of a child is a moment of excitement as well as anxiety. But in conflict-ridden Gaza, it is even more stressful. We meet a courageous midwife who is improving the odds for many mothers and babies.
Many years ago, a therapist once asked me, “Is this something that you want, or something that you need?” Sunk in the misery of my eleventh broken heart (I’m a bit of a slow learner), it took me a while to wrap my head around it. It was a good question. It has application beyond [...]
The film, which comes to us courtesy of the Inter-American Development Bank, depicts a health services program entitled Salud Mesoamerica. In the next five years, this public-private partnership aims at ensuring access to basic health services for more than 8 million poor women and children. Partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute, the Government of Spain and the IDB.
From the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health comes an excellent article by Tiffany Dovydaitis, RN WHCNP, intended for clinicians who may encounter trafficking victims, and who are in fact usually the only people not involved in their victimization who do encounter them. Dovydaitis points out that “there are twice as many people enslaved today as during the African slave trade.”
Reprinted with permission from Medscape.com, 2010.
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Len and Georgia Morris are traveling to the child labor conference in the The Hague this week, so I’m doing the honors for the next two weeks while they’re gone. Monique DeJong has written a wonderful post this week, Proposed ILO Convention Could Protect Migrant Domestic Workers’ Rights. Domestic work is perceived as a relatively [...]
Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing global threat. Between 2004 and 2008, more than 24,000 cases of MDR-TB were diagnosed in South Africa but the total numbers are estimated to be even higher. In response, the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières and the City of Cape Town Health Department designed a community-based pilot project for the treatment and support of people with drug-resistant TB in Khayelitsha, an informal settlement of about 1.5 million people.
Produced by IRIN Films.
Kala Azar is a deadly, yet treatable parasitic disease which affects half a million people a year across the world. It is endemic in many parts of India and east Africa, including the Pokot region of northwest Kenya, where international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has had great success with a treatment programme. But lack of access to information and adequate medical care in much of Kenya allows Kala Azar to kill thousands of people every year.
Produced by IRIN Global.
A detailed look at how President Obama’s FY 2011 Federal Budget invests in children and families.
A comprehensive Children’s Defense Fund report on children in America with regard to population, poverty, nutrition, housing, education, early development etc.
On March 25th in Iowa, five days after the U.S. Congress passed a historical bill on healthcare reform, President Barack Obama gave a speech to a crowd of both supportive and concerned citizens about what this legislation truly means to Americans across the nation. Building off of his campaign slogan, he emphasized that “Change is [...]
This annual report presents the most comprehensive global assessment of progress to date, based on data provided by a large number of international organizations within and outside the United Nations system. The aggregate figures in the report provide an overview of regional progress under the eight goals and are a convenient way to track advances over time. The report is coordinated and published by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.