What is the face of noma?

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 and cheek. 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 breathing. Read rest of post and find the answer to the question: What is the face of noma? ...more


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. Read more... ...more

Raising Awareness about the Life-Shattering Condition of Obstetric Fistula

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. ...more

I first found out about this condition while watching Oprah who was showing portions of the ...more

African child care association, Inc. needs your help and support for children affected by HIV/AIDS

African child care aSSOCIATION IS A 501(C)(3) organization HELPING CHILDREN with HIV/AIDS thru education, prevention, financial assistance and material distribution. But it is hard to continue our programs without media exposure, fundings and donations. Please donate to accainc by visiting us at www.accainc.org or http://accainc.blogspot.com/ ...more

AFRICAN CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION, INC (accainc) is a 501(c)(3) organization helping children ...more

BlogHers Act and BlogHer's matching funds: The best I ever felt about spending so much

I just spent $2,200 in the blink of an eye...easiest money I ever spent. Check out our BlogHers Act/Global Giving fundraising widget: ...more

I admit I did a doubletake, but loved seeing that number jump up yesterday. Thank you, ...more

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights (May 15) is another opportunity to raise awareness about maternal health, Myanmar relief

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. ...more

Thank you all for posting the links to your Bloggers Unite posts. I added them to a post on ...more

Weekly Earthlinks

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. ...more

Food Crisis: Being more thankful, more thoughtful and less wasteful

[Updated to add Mad Momma's wonderful post on ways to curb wastage]. ...more

BlogHer is run by some really smart women here, and I am happy to be part of this family ...more

Genocide, Childlessness, and Female Guilt

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. ...more

I realize I'm coming to this blog a bit late. I'm 52 and my husband (of 30 years) and I are ...more

BlogHers get creative with donation ideas for Global Giving. There's still time to act and save women's lives.

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?" ...more

I certainly hope you get those 200 comments!

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