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Welcome to Blogust: Blog Relay for Good – Comments Count!

BY CHRYSULA WINEGAR

Blogust is a 31-day “relay” of blog posts, one per day for the month of August, each post linking to the next in the relay. For each comment on any of the 31 posts, a $20 donation will be made to
Shot@Life.

Communities are the heart and soul of a blogger’s life. We bare our lives, opinions and hearts to a largely unknown online world. A comment can lift us, inspire us and motivate us. Mom to mom. Blogger to blogger. Soul to soul. As conversation unfolds, a community is created and that online world is no longer unknown. 

SwipeSense

For Yuri Malina and Mert Iseri, the only way to create a solution is to study the problem, very closely.  

In 2009, these two Northwestern University students founded “
Design for America,” a student-run design studio dedicated to using innovation to find solutions for community issues. Since then, the program has expanded to 14 college campuses across America with students from 50 majors working on over 500 different projects. It is through Design for America that they created SwipeSense, what Mert and Yuri describe as “hand hygiene 2.0.”

Why I’m Committed to Turning the Tide on AIDS

Florence Daka is a healthy mother of four who lives in Lusaka, Zambia. She sees her children off to school every morning and works a full day cleaning offices.

That may not sound extraordinary, but it is. It’s extraordinary because Florence is alive and well and living with HIV, thanks to the effective treatment that she takes. What’s more, the medicines that Florence received during her last pregnancy helped her avoid transmitting HIV to her youngest son, Stephen, who is now a healthy two-year-old.

Giving a Voice to TB Patients Around the World

By Karin Dolinsek

How can one celebrity make enough noise to rattle a community out of its slumber and raise awareness about tuberculosis, the “silent killer”? The answer is with passion, and Gerry Elsdon, a South African TV personality and IFRC Goodwill Ambassador, has plenty of it. As a survivor and activist, Gerry plays a key role in raising tuberculosis awareness around the world. Her dedication mobilizes people to act, bringing dignity to those who are most in need of help.

My Life with HIV and TB

Alice Birungi’s difficult but inspiring story will be part of the StopTB Talkshow on July 22nd. Here is a preview of her journey. A victim of sexual violence, she was infected with HIV, then got tuberculosis, and finally joined four other women to start an organization that helps young people live with HIV and overcome tuberculosis.

The first sign of trouble was coughing. Then came chest pain and night sweats. By the time Alice Birungi got to the hospital, these characteristic symptoms and an x-ray undeniably pointed to the source of her problems: doctors said she had tuberculosis—a deadly lung infection transmitted through the air.

A Right to Reproductive Health

By: Peter Yeo, Vice President of Public Policy and Executive Director of Better World Campaign, United Nations Foundation

As a child growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I watched my mother go to work each day, dedicated to running our local women’s health clinic. A staunch defender of reproductive rights, she was armed with more than a team of medical experts, but also the kindness and wisdom that patients—many of them young women—relied on to prepare for the rest of their lives.

A Right to Reproductive Health

By: Peter Yeo, Vice President of Public Policy and Executive Director of Better World Campaign, United Nations Foundation

As a child growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I watched my mother go to work each day, dedicated to running our local women’s health clinic. A staunch defender of reproductive rights, she was armed with more than a team of medical experts, but also the kindness and wisdom that patients—many of them young women—relied on to prepare for the rest of their lives.


Today, a grown adult with my own children, I see that the world needs more people like my mother and her colleagues, more wise people to help families prepare for the future, and more experts to help them do it in good health.

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