Archive for the 'Global Health' Category

To Mama with Love

Written on May 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Those of us who work in the “social good” arena professionally come in contact with many good causes to support.  This is the first of periodic “thematic” blog posts on charities/causes I like and why. Inspired by the wonderful folks at Epic Change and to honor my mother, today’s blog focuses on Mother’s Day which is Sunday, May 8th in many parts of the world.   Would you like to honor your mother in a special way?  Here are some great ways to do so:

  1. Epic Change uses creativity and technology to engage people with mamas around the world, and

Global Health: What We're Learning

Written on April 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

This past weekend I participated in the Global Health & Innovation conference sponsored by Unite for Site and hosted by Yale University.  The conference discussions were for me a ‘check’ on what I’d a written a few months back on Global Health trends.  Here are a few of my observations from the conference:

  • Issues have indeed become more integrated – under the umbrella of ‘global health’ conference presentations included discussions of agriculture, climate change, education, and mobile technology among other topics.
  • Cross-sector discussions and partnerships
  1. We often talk about cross-sector partnerships as including NGOs (very broadly defined), private sector and

Moving a global program and alliance forward

Written on March 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

In June of 2010 I wrote about the launch of the Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliance and then provided some updated information here in November  and on the Global Scale-up wiki.  It has now been eight months since the original launch and another face-to-face partners meeting was held.  A few days prior to the meeting, an expanded alliance for Saving Lives at Birth was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, citing some of the major partners in the Helping Babies Breathe program.  This provided our discussions with additional energy and momentum.  Still challenges to implementation of course …


Whither Global Health?

Written on February 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

In preparation for a session that will be discussing global health trends, I have been thinking about how the field has changed in the past decade.  Some of the trends I have identified include:

1. Issues have become more integrated.  In the 1990’s there were issue specific conferences – Population (1994, Cairo), “Women’s” issues (Beijing, 1995) etc… In 2000 many health issues such as maternal and child health became integrated into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  We seem to be moving in the direction of realizing that everything is connected and solutions need to take those connections into consideration.

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The preciousness of water

Written on October 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Today is the annual Blog Action Day, this year focused on water.  Take a few minutes with me to focus on this important issue.

In some ways I’ve had water conservation as a recurring theme for the past few decades of my life.   Early on in my professional career I was the executive director of the Council of Great Lakes Governors.  I focused on among other issues, the 20% of the fresh surface water that the U.S. Great Lakes comprise (for readers of this blog who may not be aware of it, there is a also a Great Lakes region …