Mothers in Africa have one more thing to worry about in addition to
all the usual things all moms are concerned with. Children between the
ages 2 and 12, if malnourished, are susceptible to noma - a gangrenous
disease leading to tissue destruction of the face, especially the mouth
It starts as a sore or lesion in the mouth. If it is not treated
within a few days it results in the necrosis of the tissue in the face
and bone. The necrotic damage is irreversible. Only 20% of the children
live though and are then left with large disfiguring holes in their
faces and enough damage to prevent normal jaw movement, feeding and
Read rest of post and find the answer to the question: What is the face of noma?
Gas is almost $4/gallon, food prices keep going up and up, home values are dropping and foreclosures are on the rise, and we're starting to hear people use the dreaded "R" word.
And children are dying of hunger in Ethiopia.
If you had asked me a few days ago what an obstetric fistula was, I'd have shrugged my shoulders and told you, "I don't know." Thanks to advances in modern medicine and in obstetric and midwifery care, fistula has been eradicated in North America for over 100 years. Although the condition has been long since forgotten here, there are at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with fistula, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. These estimates are believed to be low.
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On Thursday, May 15, Blogcatalog.com is challenging bloggers to Unite for Human Rights by posting words, pictures and/or videos.
While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations.
Cross posted from Down To Earth, my digest links of interest for the week.
We're starting a new feature this week: a digest of links I and my
partners-in-blogging-crime have come across recently. Many of which
we'd love to have featured full-length analyses, but the rest of life
intervened. Some are great resources and some are merely intersting.
My initial idea for a topic for today didn't originally have to do with women who chose to not have children. Originally, I was thinking about today's date. Although Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Rememberence Day) is officially on May 2, because it falls on Shabbat, it is being observed today in Israel. Thus I decided that it would be a good time to write about what women are doing to stop genocide around the world now. This is a very important issue to me as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors.
It's been just over two weeks since Lisa Stone announced that BlogHers Act was teaming up with Global Giving to make a difference on the issue of maternal health and asked, "How many women's lives can we save with donations from the BlogHer community, between now and Mother's Day?"