What a year. This year was a year full of challenges, from Robert
Mugabe in Zimbabwe to conflict in the DRC to famine in the horn. But it
was also a year full of positive stories as well. Those stories often
fall off the map (and I know I am sometimes guilty of this as well) but
I wanted to highlight my favourite top five good news stories out of
Africa in 2008.
The financial meltdown yesterday makes me want to stay in bed and hide from the news. Obviously that's not the best idea. Just to make easing into the day better, I had an extra muffin for breakfast and I added an extra dollop of honey to my morning tea. But perhaps the best thing to keep me going isn't sugar or carbs, it's realizing I still am a very lucky person and I need to give back. All this week I will focus on simple ways as moms we can help the moms in the world live healthier, safer, and happier lives.
It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that nearly 10 million children worldwide die each year before the age of five, yet that is the reality according to a NY Times Op-Ed piece. We are fortunate that we aren't plagued with loss like that here in America, but in places like Sudan, where families are confronted with "every disease imaginable, from leprosy to malaria," it is estimated that approximately "one-quarter of children die by the age of five."
A recent study revealed that a surprisingly large number of deaths among pregnant women in developing nations are from infectious diseases such as malaria, as opposed to from pregnancy-related illnesses. The findings suggest that many of these deaths are preventable.
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