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Beating the Global Learning Crisis

Imagine you’ve finally been able to convince your husband to allow your daughter to attend school. The uniforms, books, and school fees are a sacrifice; the journey to and from school is long, hot, and dusty; but your baby is in school and you are excited for her future. Except that a few years into […]

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Newsday Tuesday: The Art of Saving a Life

How can art help save lives? Perhaps it cannot do so literally, but it can help us to shift our perspectives and see the world in different ways.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gathered more than 30 artists to tell some of the moments of sacrifice, innovation and creativity that make up the modern […]

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Talking is Teaching with Text4Baby

Can text messaging help promote early language and reading skills development for kids? The answer is YES! Text4Baby, the free mobile health information service for new and expectant moms, is excited to announce Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing, a program to deliver developmental and educational tips to parents via text message. In collaboration with […]

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Bill and Melinda Gates’ Big Bet for the World

Bill and Melinda Gates are used to making big bets on things that are important to them. Every year, they write an open letter expressing their priorities, and their 2015 Gates Annual Letter might be their biggest yet. The co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation believe that the lives of people in developing […]

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USAID: Our Country’s Best Kept Secret?

By Marian V. Liautaud, Beyond 5, a campaign of World Vision What difference does it make if a mother on the other side of the globe lacks access to medical care during her pregnancy? And as sad as it is that children suffer from malnutrition, how can I, a Midwest mom, do anything to solve […]

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Newsday Tuesday – Measles Outbreak Spreads from Unvaccinated Disneyland Visitor

Disneyland is known to many as ‘The Happiest Place on Earth,’ but seven visitors to the park in December became infected with measles, a deadly but preventable virus. An unknown park guest gave the disease to an unvaccinated woman in her 20s from California. Through her, the virus has spread, via the park and airports, to more than 26 people. Confirmed cases have been reported […]

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Birth Control in the Age of Downton Abbey

[Spoiler alert Season 5, Episode 2] What do you do when you want condoms or birth control? Go down to the pharmacy and get it, right? This is a routine act for most of us, so it’s easy to forget that for millions of women around the world—more than 225 million—it’s not that simple. The […]

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Good News on Ebola

Could it be? Some good news regarding the Ebola outbreak? As government and international organizations have worked tirelessly to stop Ebola from spreading, a significant milestone has been reached: Schools in Liberia will reopen next month, allowing children to return to class after nearly six months. (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget) The Liberian government made the decision […]

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A Day of Digital Action for Moms & Babies #action2015

Last week we shared five things we’re excited about for 2015 and why this is such a critical time for mothers and children everywhere. “2015 is a chance for major advances across… development, peace and human rights.” ~ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon As the nations of the world come together to set new goals to […]

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Five Things We’re Excited About in 2015

A new year is laden with the symbolism of possibility. 2015 is one we are particularly excited about and here’s why. “If we act, 2015 can be a year for the history books. It can be the year that we put the world on the path to end extreme poverty; the year we place sustainability at […]

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