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Measles Vaccinations: Saving Millions of Lives Worldwide

The unfolding outbreak of measles across the country has focused attention on whether parents should get their children vaccinated against measles and other diseases. This is a question the Red Cross answers approximately 100 million times a year around the world with life-saving vaccinations.

In Thailand, Burmese Migrant Workers Toil without Rights

An estimated 200,000 Burmese migrants fuel Thailand’s huge fishing industry in Samut Sakhon province, an hour outside of Bangkok. The majority of workers are ethnic Mon from farming villages in southern Burma and they send their salaries to their families back home. Many workers do not hold legal documents and are vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers and lack access to legal protection. 

50,000 to 1: Malawi's Challenge

I have always had the idea that after my retirement I would spend as much time as I could sharing my experiences with the next generation of surgeons. Working in Malawi, as an International Medical Educator with Physicians for Peace, I did not have to wait until retirement. Physicians for Peace trains healthcare professionals in their home countries – in their own hospitals and operating theaters.

A Missing Piece in Local Ownership: Evaluation

Ten years ago, ownership was established as a key principle of aid effectiveness. Although understanding of ownership has evolved since then – most significantly, as something that involves not just governments but all parts of society – today the focus is not on whether ownership is important but on how we can move ownership from principle to practice. To date, these conversations have primarily concerned how to make ownership a reality in program design and implementation. InterAction supports these efforts, but believes they need to go one step further.

Invest to Save Lives and Build Sustainable Communities

The collective contributions of the U.S. government and civil society have led to significant progress in addressing global poverty. But the world is complex - new challenges emerge and considerable work remains.

Haitian health center takes first step toward improved care

Last year, nurses and doctors at Haiti’s Les Anglais Health Center received something they hadn’t ever had before: job descriptions.

It might not seem like something worthy of celebration, but to the staff, it was so much more than just job descriptions. It was a sign of commitment – to establishing sound leadership, to claiming a shared vision, to empowering staff, and to providing better services.

As waters recede, devastation and displacement in Mozambique after worst floods in 44 years

It was a day like any other. Noemia Mario was working around the house with her four children when a wave of water suddenly came crashing down around them. Within seconds, a flood engulfed the family’s home. Mario had no time to collect food or belongings. She clutched her children and boarded a passing canoe, surrendering their home and all that they owned to the milky brown deluge.

Turning the tables for better health care in Haiti

Imagine traveling for hours to meet with your doctor. You arrive at the office, exhausted from your journey, only to hear that your doctor is not in. 

Or imagine you are pregnant with your first child and you receive regular visits from a community health worker. When she submits the data from the visit to the nurse at the closest facility, the nurse only copies down half of the information, or has even lost your medical records by the time you arrive to deliver your child. 

This happens too often in Haiti. 

Hunger in D.C.: When Food is Too Far Away, Volunteers Bring Relief

Charles Wynn has two boys, Charles Jr. and Donavan. As a construction worker, his paychecks aren’t always reliable even though he works hard and long hours. Even when he gets paid, buying food for his boys is always a struggle, because there’s no grocery store where he lives in Washington, D.C. – the only nearby options are a convenience store or fast food. Neither one is healthy. Both are expensive.

Advocating for Civil Society Space in 2015

As we move into 2015, advocating for civil society space and voice will remain one of the leading priorities. This is a seminal year for development, a moment that calls on us to envision the world we want to see, and to act to create that world for future generations. As dialogue among member states for the post-2015 agenda begins, civil society is called to press forward with new ideas and take on the root causes that limit progress on development outcomes.


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