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Celebrate Solutions: Is Access to Safe Water A Secret Ingredient to Reducing Maternal Deaths?

By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

In a recent PLOS article, “From Joint Thinking to Joint Action: A Call to Action on Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Maternal and Newborn Health,” representatives from WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, WHO, UNICEF, UN Population Fund, UNFPA, and the Share Research Consortium, put forward a case that access to safe water is an overlooked but essential tool for reducing maternal mortality—a development goal that has proven particularly hard to reach. Read more...

Our Big Bet For The Future: 2015 Gates Annual Letter

Originally posted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Forty years ago, Bill and his childhood friend Paul Allen bet that software and personal computers would change the way people around the world worked and played. This bet wasn't exactly a wager. It was an opportunity to make computers personal and empower people through the magic of software. Some people thought they were nuts. But the bet turned out well.

Fifteen years ago, the two of us made a similar bet. We started our foundation in 2000 with the idea that by backing innovative work in health and education, we could help dramatically reduce inequity. The progress we've seen so far is very exciting — so exciting that we are doubling down on the bet we made 15 years ago, and picking ambitious goals for what's possible 15 years from now. Read more...

Focus on the Finances of Sexual Health

By: Tewodros Melesse; Originally posted by Huffington Post

The snow-capped mountains of the Swiss skiing resort of Davos seem a million miles away from the small wooden shack in a slum in Pampanga, Philippines that Marites Garcia calls home.

Every day she sees her eight children and two grandchildren go without food. It breaks her heart but there's little she can do. She doesn't have an education or a job and neither does her husband. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Micro-Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment

By: Emily Mello, Women Deliver

When you invest in girls and women, everybody wins.

Here at Women Deliver, we can’t say that enough. Economically empowered women not only raise the labor productivity of their countries, but also spend more of their earned income on their families. Hindustan UniLever Limited (HUL), India’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company, is applying this principle through Project Shakti. This entrepreneurial program offers rural women microgrants to become distributors of the company’s health and hygiene products. Read more...

Innovative and Exciting Young Leaders Program Opens for New Applicants

January 15, 2015, New York, NY – Women Deliver announces the opening of the application process for their new Young Leaders Program (YLP). The YLP is a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women around the world. Read more...

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