Some of my favorite charities

first_imgAs part of the giving carnival, I was asked by Holden what are my favorite charities. As I made a list of a few of them, the common denominator is, I know the people running the organizations or I’ve seen proof of the effectiveness of their work firsthand:1. PSI and YouthAIDS, for doing an amazing job marketing their way to social change (they sell safe sex better than anyone). I’ve lived in two developing countries where they work – Madagascar and Cambodia – and seen their success in halting the AIDS epidemic firsthand. I actually wrote about it in my book. 2. Sharing Foundation, which helps Cambodian kids through school and amazing people involved (including their founder and board). I covered Cambodia for Reuters back in the late 1990s and am highly supportive of focusing on education in Cambodia as a means to improve people’s lives. 3. Chernobyl Children’s Project International, which helps victims of the nuclear disaster in Belarus. The director, who I’ve had the privilege to know, is an incredible advocate, and having lived in Ukraine just a few dozen miles from Chernobyl, I want to give back to this cause.4. The National MS Society, because I have a family member with MS, and I admire the support they give people with MS. Plus I’ve met many of their staff and think the world of them. 5. Network for Good, and not just because I work here. I believe passionately in our mission of helping the little guys – small and medium nonprofits – to get more money for their vital programs through the efficiencies of online fundraising. I’m very proud of the fact that for every dollar invested by funders in our organization, we generate over $10 in new donations for other nonprofits around the country and across the world. I’m also very proud of the fact that our staff’s compensation is based in part on our performance as an organization. I get paid less if I raise less money for nonprofits, and I think that is how it should be.last_img read more

Adapting to and Mitigating Climate Change to Promote MNCH

first_imgPosted on November 29, 2011August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this year, we ran a series of posts exploring the relationship between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and maternal health. A new paper (gated) published in Current Opinions on Environmental Sustainability by Susan Watt and Jean Chamberlain delves into the impact of water and climate change on maternal and newborn health. The authors conclude:There is a clear need for research on the complexity of the relationships between climate change, water, and maternal and newborn health. There is also a need to explore how any changes in these components may have profound consequences on these relationships. Researchers must not assume that climate change and water-related health issues are gender neutral, especially in relational to maternal and newborn health. Policy makers need to be aware of water and climate change as important social determinants of the health of mothers and newborns.The responsibility for these refocused approaches to research lies not only with water and climate researchers but also with health researchers who must take water and climate change into consideration in evaluating maternal and newborn health. Disaggregation of health data is required to tease out the differential impact of climate change and water on vulnerable groups. Policies must take into account the importance of clean water availability on the health of women and children.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more