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Have you ever heard of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?
Despite the fact that I am virtually obsessed with buying only organic produce and dairy products for my family, I didn’t know that this act hasn’t been updated since it was first passed in 1976.
Take a minute for that to sink in. Nineteen Seventy Six.
Try to think about how many ways our world has been changed for better and for worse since then. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that there were disposable contact lenses, compact discs or personal computers. You think maybe a few bazillion new toxic chemicals have been introduced into our world in that time, as well?!
Did you know 2.9 million newborns die during their first month of life each year? To put it in perspective, this number makes up 44% of all child deaths. It doesn’t take an experienced statistician to see that if newborn mortality rates drop, childhood mortality rates will drop significantly as well.
Piggybacking on the work which started last year starting with the Global Newborn Health Conference in Johannesburg last April, the Every Newborn Action Plan has been drafted to put newborn survival at the top of the world agenda.
Today, February 25, 2014, Save the Children has just released their newest report on newborn health–sharing their findings about how people worldwide can join together to protect our youngest global citizens.
Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day.
After a day shuttling my children, who are both on spring vacation, from play-date to activity and back again, I counted the glasses of water that each one drank. My 6 1/2 year old son inhaled more than 12 glasses of water and my almost 4 year old daughter had at least 10.
Glasses of fresh, clean, abundantly plentiful water.
I never got into water drinking as a kid, and, as an adult, I struggle every day to make sure that I don’t forget to hydrate.
When, at the end of a busy day, I get home and realize that I am completely parched, it is a simple act to turn the faucet and drink a glass of New York City’s finest.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem
Since 1911, people the world over have been celebrating International Women’s day on March 8th as a day to celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women and to highlight the work that still needs to be done to ensure full equality. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
To learn more about events going on around the world you can check out the International Women’s Day site .
Children in this country are faced with challenges like never before.
Fear and violence cannot be allowed to become a pervasive part of childhood for so many children across the United States of America.
In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Save the Children, together with Children’s Health Fund, Every Child Matters, First Focus, Harlem Children’s Zone and Share Our Strength, has launched a petition urging the Obama Administration and Congress to establish a National Commission on Children. The partner organizations will send their signed call for action to the White House prior to the President’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12.
What would such a commission do? It would be take the lead in creating a national policy on children and setting goals for reducing childhood poverty, obesity, illiteracy and violence.
In Uganda, 16 women die every day from complications surrounding childbirth.
That is a staggering statistic.
16 women every single day do not survive to meet their newborns. Many lose their lives or the lives of their babies soon after.
In 2012 Shanti Uganda has assisted in bringing 113 new lives into the world safely and peacefully, tested over 400 mothers and partners for HIV and other STIs, provided 1000 antenatal care appointments and run a weekly infant immunization and family planning program.
As the community grows, so do the needs of the organization.
To find out more about how you can help or just to find out more about this wonderful organization so that you can help spread the word go to Shanti Uganda: Opportunities to Give.