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World Vision is committed to improving the health and nutrition of women and children in the areas in which it works, contributing to the global reduction of under-five and maternal mortality. Good health is the foundation of a child’s life. We aim to ensure mothers and children are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have good access to essential health services.

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Three-year-old Ajoy is malnourished, and his father's salary as a tailor only provides enough money each month to buy poor quality vegetables and rice. New efforts to support maternal and child health could help children like Ajoy and others around the world live longer, healthier lives. (PHOTO courtesy World Vision)
Jun 25, 2014

USAID and partners unveil new efforts to save millions of women and children from preventable deaths

USAID will announce today that it is realigning $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to save up to half a million children from preventable deaths by the end of 2015 — refocusing resources on high-impact programs with proven track records to save the most lives.

Under the coffee tree: A mom’s devastating loss and newfound hope
May 7, 2014

Under the coffee tree: A mom’s devastating loss and newfound hope

As we celebrate moms this weekend, imagine the agony of a loving mother who loses her baby at birth. In Uganda, it happens far too often. World Vision works with village health team members here to reduce the number of newborn fatalities, which comprise 40 percent of all deaths among children. They work with mothers before and after their pregnancies so babies can live and thrive.

Report: Malaria deaths among children under 5 down since 2000
Jan 23, 2014

Report: Malaria deaths among children under 5 down since 2000

Challenges remain in the global fight against this preventable, treatable disease, but significant progress has been made, thanks to efforts by governments and organizations like World Vision.

Women and children leaving Juba by bus to various destinations. PHOTO: Nhial Wei / World Vision
Jan 23, 2014

Cease-fire could mean access to children affected by conflict in South Sudan, says World Vision

Cease-fire announced Thursday in Addis Ababa could mean aid agencies can finally access areas where children and families have been.

Typhoon Haiyan recovery: Supporting maternal and child health
Jan 8, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan recovery: Supporting maternal and child health

Two months after the catastrophic storm made landfall in the central Philippines, World Vision continues its long-term response by providing spaces throughout the affected region for mothers and young children to spend time with each other and receive health and nutritional support.

Children lacking boots play in the snow in sandals
Dec 9, 2013

Children lacking boots play in the snow in sandals

The Gegharkunik region of Armenia is considered the coldest in the country. In winter, the high temperature can be 4 below zero, while at night it may drop to 22 below zero. These kinds of temperatures are even more challenging, because many children don’t have warm clothes to wear. World Vision works to provide warm clothing and shoes to children in need in cold climates like this.

InterAction members applaud passage of PEPFAR in 2013.
Nov 22, 2013

World Vision joins InterAction and applauds passage of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

World Vision joins InterAction and applauds passage of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013

World AIDS Day: A caregiver’s love saves, transforms lives in Zambia
Nov 5, 2013

A caregiver’s love saves, transforms lives in Zambia

December 1 is World AIDS Day. In Zambia, Richard Sianeza is an HIV-positive father who is thankful for his best friend, a World Vision-trained caregiver, for saving his life and inspiring him to do the same work.

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The Nutrition Barometer Report: Gauging National Responses to Undernutrition (PDF)

The Nutrition Barometer provides a snapshot of national governments’ commitments to addressing children’s nutrition, and the progress they have made. It looks at 36 developing countries with the highest levels of child undernutrition. The Barometer measures governments’ political and legal commitment to tackling malnutrition, as well as their financial commitment.

Child Health Now Report: Together We Can End Preventable Deaths (PDF)

“Child Health Now” is World Vision’s first global campaign focused on a single issue: reducing the preventable deaths of children under five. In the two minutes it will take you to read this description, more than 30 children under the age of five will die. This is more than just a problem facing the developing world. It’s a “silent” emergency. And it is, we believe, the greatest child rights violation of our time.

InterAction factsheet on maternal and child health (PDF)

In 1985, USAID and UNICEF launched an initiative to combat preventable childhood diseases. In the decades since, as a leading innovator and one of the largest donors to global maternal and child health efforts, the U.S., led by USAID, has played a vital role in the development and delivery of low-cost, high-impact interventions to improve the health of the most vulnerable children and mothers.

World Vision Int'l: Healthy Children for a Healthy World (LINK)

World Vision is committed to improving the health and nutrition of women and children in the areas in which it works, contributing to the global reduction of under-five and maternal mortality.

World Vision Int'l: Healthy and Strong (LINK)

Good health in early childhood, especially in the first 1,000 days from conception to their second birthday, is the foundation of a child’s wellbeing. It saddens us tremendously that every day more than 20,000 children under 5 will die of preventable causes.

USA Today: Edible gifts that give back (child health - LINK)

Purchase a packet or jar of Good Spread peanut butter (made in Georgia) and the company will donate therapeutic nutrition to a child in need. Good Spread partners with MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid) and World Vision who distributes the Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to malnourished children around the world.

HP Matter (Fast Company) Spotlight on mHealth: Mobile phone health technology (maternal health - LINK)

“This unprecedented access to mobile phones at the village level, it really does change the game,” says Sherrie Simms, head of global nonprofit World Vision’s mHealth efforts. “It’s like having a mini-computer in your hand that allows for a whole host of potential uses and applications for health education.”

Devex: 4 innovations on mHealth and POC devices (maternal health - LINK)

There has been much talk about innovations in mobile health technologies among the international aid community in recent years. But now there’s a new kid on the block: Point of care (POC). World Vision International is one of the in-country partners involved in implementing the POC CD4 testing.

Upworthy: Find out the fastest and saddest way to shrink a child's heart ... literally (hunger - LINK)

Approximately 805 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about 1 in 9 people on earth. And that stat gets even sadder when you understand all of the impacts of malnutrition on the body — especially on a child. See how World Vision recommends we catch world hunger and save the minds, hearts, and bodies of millions of children all around the world.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Nonprofits and government agencies react to Obama's proposed budget (foreign affairs - LINK)

In a statement to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Bob Zachritz, vice president for advocacy and government relations at World Vision U.S., said President Obama's proposed budget “makes a strong commitment to the international affairs budget, which will help partner organizations like World Vision meet the needs of the most vulnerable around the world.”

Fox News: As Ebola trials near, raising awareness in Sierra Leone is next task (Ebola - LINK)

World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, is one of three groups involved in a $250 million campaign called the Innovative Medicines Initiative that aims to accelerate the development and manufacturing of Ebola vaccines. In addition to working to facilitate the trial of the Ebola vaccines, World Vision is developing a mobile app to send alerts and information to West Africans.

The Wall Street Journal: The UN agency that bungled Ebola (LINK)

The Ebola outbreak has again revealed an international health system that lacks the plans and capabilities to fight an epidemic or pandemic. Atop the pyramid of this health system sits the United Nations’ World Health Organization, whose 1948 charter gives it “directing authority” for “international health work.” World Visionand other NGOs have a presence around the world. These are the players who increasingly lead transformations in global health, eclipsing the WHO and its model of statist solutions.

The New York Times: A depression-fighting strategy that could go viral (mental health - LINK)

When Ebola ends, the people who have suffered, who have lost loved ones, will need many things. They will need ways to rebuild their livelihoods. They will need a functioning health system, which can ensure that future outbreaks do not become catastrophes. And they will need mental health care. We sometimes imagine depression is a first-world problem, but it is just as widespread, if not more so, in poor countries, where there is a good deal more to be depressed about.