Celebrate Solutions: “Foot Soldiers of Change” Bring Healthcare to Rural Women

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

What do the Copper Canyon of Mexico’s Sierra Madre and Karnali Zone in Western Nepal have in common? Both are remote, rural areas where a trip to the doctor is an arduous journey and most women deliver their babies at home, alone. Thanks to One Heart World-Wide, these sites are also the locations for its Foot Soldiers of Change program, which has trained local people to help over 2,000 pregnant women access trained birth attendants and receive emergency care. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Farming for a Healthier Future

By: Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach for Women Deliver

sweet_potato.jpgAt the Tamlega Dispensary in Chwele, Kenya, pregnant women who arrive for check-ups leave with an unusual prescription: a voucher for sweetpotato vines. The goal is to leverage the untapped potential of sweetpotatoes, a food crop rich in vitamin A, to significantly improve the nutrition, incomes, and food production of farming families in sub-Saharan Africa, especially among impoverished women and children.

The project, “Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA),” was launched in eight sub-Saharan African countries in 2009 by the International Potato Center (CIP), with support from a five-year, $21 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more...


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