Month: March 2014

Double Trouble: TB & HIV

“We needed to develop “delivery platforms” to treat tuberculosis and address the poverty that both puts people at risk for the disease and prevents them from being cured of it. With this airborne disease, good delivery systems prevent transmission–and that’s what public health is supposed to be all about.”   -Paul Farmer   This year’s international…
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Tuberculosis: The Not So Ancient Disease

“If the importance of a disease for mankind is measured by the number of fatalities it causes, then tuberculosis must be considered much more important than those most feared infectious diseases, plague, cholera and the like. One in seven of all human beings dies from tuberculosis.” –Robert Koch, 1882   Consumption, the white plague, the…
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Impacting Local Communities through Clean Water

“Basic human rights cannot thrive in places where human beings do not have access to enough food, or clean water, or the medicine they need to survive.” – U.S. National Security Strategy As we make our way well into the second decade of the 21st century, with our booming technology and our incredible knowledge of…
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The Dirty Side of Water

WATER: We drink it. We bathe in it. We are comprised of it. Water remains one of the most important resources for our health. When communities are constantly faced with a lack of access to clean and safe water supplies they suffer from disease, and infants within these communities are especially susceptible to diarrheal diseases.…
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Water Day 2014: Delivering Safe and Clean Water

Did you know… that 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water? Did you know… that less than 3% is fresh water? Did you know… that only .08% is water suitable for drinking? Every day, nearly 1 billion people go without clean water.  The first Water Day was recognized on March 22nd, 1993 after…
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Simple Solutions: Kangaroo Mother Care

The first month of life is exceedingly important for the survival of infants. Almost 4 million newborns worldwide die in the first month of life, accounting for 41% of all under-five deaths globally. Many premature or low birth weight babies cannot maintain homeostasis and their core body temperature. In low resource settings incubators are often…
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The Benefits of Breastfeeding

While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.  ~Amy Spangler @babygooroo A child’s risk of death in the first four weeks of life is nearly 15 times greater than any other time before his or her first birthday. The first day of life is the…
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Empowered Solutions: Mother Mentors

“Mentor Mothers taught me how to keep my baby free of HIV. Things may have turned out so differently if I did not have their help. It is now my privilege to help other mothers have HIV-negative babies.” – Emily, a 24-year-old mother of two in Kenya, living with HIV   A young woman enters a clinic…
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International Women’s Day

In 1910 Clara Zetkin, Leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, presented the idea for an International Women’s Day while attending the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. 100 women from over 17 countries attended the conference that year, the result was the unanimous approval of the establishment of such…
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Dr. Zaidi: Inspired to Serve Pakistan

 Serve Pakistan. Who would have thought that such a simplistic statement, said during a medical school graduation, would leave such a tremendous impact? With these words, His Highness the Aga Khan founder and Chancellor of Aga Khan University (AKU), was able to inspire the future work of the Dr. Anita Zaidi.  After graduating from medical…
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