Health and Infectious Diseases

We in “rich” countries rarely think about the fact that many diseases that those in developing countries battle on a daily basis, often in life-or-death contexts, are now unheard of for us. Many are incredibly simple to treat, yet crippling or deadly—especially to children—when knowledge or supplies to do so are not available. Examples include diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, schistosomiasis (worms), reversible blindness, AIDS, and malnutrition. These blogs explore such health issues and some of the proven, scalable interventions that protect millions from these preventable plagues, thereby giving the extreme poor a better chance of having healthy, happy, and productive lives.


Trump’s Policy Threatens Reproductive Rights of Global Poor
Just days after an estimated 3 million people in over a hundred countries including Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, India, Peru and Nigeria marched in the Women’s March on Washington, President Trump reinstated and expanded severe prohibitions on US funding for foreign non governmental organizations that advocate for or provide legal abortion services. Provide such services with your own money and lose all US funding for other services, said Trump. Hardest hit historically by the ban have been family planning organizations in developing countries, but the Trump ban, known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR), has extended its reach to include all groups that receive US global health assistance.

Both safe abortion and modern contraception are essential to women’s health and well being and reproductive health is increasingly considered among human rights. But they are also essential tools in accomplishing TLYCS’ goals –improving the lives of those living in extreme poverty.
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Listen to the Radio: How DMI Saves Lives with Media Campaigns
Development Media International uses mass media campaigns to raise awareness of public health risks and change behaviors in developing countries, using rigorous analyses to test the campaigns' effectiveness and estimate how many lives they save.
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4 innovative ways to keep children in school
What’s the best way to help children in the developed world stay in school? The answers might surprise you. While traditional international development campaigns that target school enrollment often focus on raising funds to cover the costs associated with school supplies and uniforms, these approaches don’t address the underlying social, economic, and health issues that cause children to drop out of school in the first place.
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What the recent deworming studies mean for our donors
Three recently published studies have raised doubts about the effectiveness of deworming treatments. Here's why the studies' findings don't change our recommendations of SCI and Evidence Action's Deworm the World initiative.
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The Gift of Sight: What you can do to reverse blindness
For as little as $25, we can restore sight to those living in need. Consider the case of three-year-old Cesaria, who lives in Burundi. Blind from birth, her parents abandoned her; her grandmother, Veronica, moved heaven and earth trying to get Cesaria necessary medical care. Thanks to The Fred Hollows Foundation, Cesaria's grandmother found Dr. Levi, the only person qualified to perform cataract surgery on children in Burundi, a country with a population of 10 million. Dr. Levi was able to give life-restoring sight to Cesaria. This means that Cesaria will finally have the opportunity to begin attending school and to receive an education may help save her from a life of poverty.
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