Fighting 'The White Plague' In Drought Ridden Somaliland
"I was certain that I was going to die," said 25-year-old Ifrah in Somaliland, of her battle with tuberculosis. It's not something we should be hearing in 2017. An illness old enough to have been known as 'consumption' or 'The White Plague' should have its place in medical history -- not claiming 1.8 million lives a year.
"My pregnancy made me grateful to be Canadian"
It was four days after my 30th birthday. Looking down at the two lines on that little stick, I knew that my life had already begun changing in so many ways. What I could not have anticipated were all of the challenges I would face in my pregnancy.
Latrine helps restore dignity in a camp for Syrian refugees
World Water Day is about more than clean water. It's also about sanitation and hygiene, since proper sanitation and hygiene (in conjunction with clean water, of course) can help reduce the risk of deadly diseases. That is why toilets, or latrines as they are called in some countries, are so important.
How one community has replaced FGM with a positive rite of passage
Traditions are strong among the Pokot people of northwest Kenya. But one tradition — female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as cutting or female circumcision — can be deadly. It is the practice of cutting off a girl’s external genitalia for nonmedical reasons. Done with a razor blade or knife — often with no anesthesia and no disinfectant — “the cut” can cause severe pain, bleeding, and swelling that may prevent passing urine or feces.
Rise Up! Daughters of India
63 million teenage girls in India have no access to toilets. With your help, we can change that. Your $10 monthly donation for at least 3 months will help build secure toilets for girls in India and keep them in school.
Meghan Markle in Rwanda - Building New Latrines
Actress and World Vision Global Ambassador Meghan Markle, of SUITS, travels to Rwanda to visit a school where new latrines have made all the difference.
Skin-To-Skin Contact Can Save A Newborn's Life
For me and Ellie, who was born at term, kangaroo mother care worked to calm us both down and kick-start our breastfeeding journey. But for moms who don't have access to a hospital, it can take the place of a life-saving incubator. Kangaroo mother care can literally be the difference between life and death for a baby.
Girls' education: empowerment through hygiene
It’s time to talk about feminine hygiene In India , Kaushalya is the leader of a teen girls youth group. They teach others in their community about sanitation, and they recently received hygiene kits from World Vision with essentials like soap, toothbrushes and feminine pads. Last year, 800 girls in the region received similar kits. Water & Sanitation clubs in schools are one way students are taking ownership over their hygiene issues. At this primary school in Zambia , girls have a separate shelter for bathing during their monthly periods and a garden where they grow vegetables to sell to buy feminine pads and towels. School attendance has improved since the club started and—as the principal has noted—when attendance goes up, so do students’ grades. If school latrines are unisex, girls are more likely to stay home because they feel vulnerable. Miskia’s school in Ethiopia is working to change that. With new girls-only latrines and a “pad room,” where female students can get feminine pads during their p...
I Don't Want Children to Suffer From Malaria Like I Did
More than 300,000 children died last year from an illness that's preventable with things as simple as clean water sources. Let's make sure that kids don't have to fight off a disease that racks their bodies with fever, pain and nausea. Let's stop malaria before it bites.
5 Ways to Get into the Soccer Spirit
By Amanda Cupido I’m not afraid to admit that I’m in love; even though I’ve been playing for nearly two decades, soccer and I are still in the honeymoon phase. Sure, like every relationship, we’ve had our ups and downs: the joys of scoring on a penalty shot vs. the heartbreak of a tragic overtime loss. But there is something magical about soccer that brings people together. That’s what I can’t get enough of. Think about it - you can start a pick-up game anywhere by making nets with sticks or lines in the sand. All you need is a ball and people willing to play. I’ve had the opportunity to join pick-up games in many of my travels, including in Italy, Bahamas and even in Indonesia. Every single time, I was with a large group of people who didn’t have a common language- except for soccer. Whether you’re playing or watching, soccer has the ability to make you forget about everything else except for the game at hand. Your heart pounds, your hands shake and you may even tear up. No matter how long you’ve been in ...