A child in the developing world dies every three seconds because of a lack of basic access to health care and medicines. Public health systems in many developing countries are critically underfunded, understocked, and understaffed. However, one organization is taking an idea from the Avon Lady to help solve this problem.
Sierra Leone finally reopened classroom doors after a nine-month school closure during the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, the government also announced a ban on all visibly pregnant girls in the classroom. An initiative has since been launched in collaboration with the government to encourage new and expecting teenage mothers to return to school, in response to the spike in pregnancies observed during the Ebola crisis.
Ninety percent of girls and women use reusable pads or rags. If improperly cleaned or left damp, they are at risk of contracting reproductive infections and illnesses. Flo is a hygiene kit that allows girls to wash, dry and carry reusable sanitary pads.
When school girls in Tanzania are forced to end their formal schooling because of issues such as pregnancy, bullying, or family discouragement, new and innovative BRAC study clubs step in to help young women complete their education and reach their potential.
It will take a vast amount of work to elevate and support women everywhere, but “women are uniquely and bravely creating change in their communities,” and The MATCH Fund is ensuring that they are able to continue this vital work.
When water and sanitation facilities aren’t available, women suffer the most. Unfortunately for many women in Ethiopia, proper facilities just aren’t available in their communities which leads to adverse health effects for themselves and their families.
The Green and Gold Community Garden initiative is a creative revamping of the community garden model. It tackles issues of food sovereignty, human rights, HIV/ AIDS and trauma counseling, and gender equality through its meaningful partnership with the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda.