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How I found inspiration in fighting the Ebola outbreak

How I found inspiration in fighting the Ebola outbreak

By Benjamin M. Freeman Jr., a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative. After an exciting 14 weeks in the USA as a Mandela Washington Fellow, I faced the mind-boggling challenge of returning to Liberia in the midst of a raging Ebola outbreak. The Government of Liberia had announced a state of emergenc......
7 Sustainable toilets that could change the way the world poops

7 Sustainable toilets that could change the way the world poops

By Jaswanth Madhavan, ONE policy team  We know how important toilets are in the fight against water contamination and diarrheal disease. But because of infrastructure and cost, conventional toilets don’t always work in developing countries – and as a result, 35% of the world’s population to lack access......
11 year old tells the story of how toilets brought her back to school

11 year old tells the story of how toilets brought her back to school

For World Toilet Day (November 19th), Mo Scarpelli, a multimedia producer at charity: water, shares the story of Khadija’s and her journey back to school thanks to the installation of sanitation facilities. This story was reposted with permission from charity: water.  What did you care about when you were in the fif......
Your vaccine petition signatures: Delivered to Raj Shah!

Your vaccine petition signatures: Delivered to Raj Shah!

By Annaliese Grunder, a 14-year-old ONE member I used to hate getting vaccinated. Whenever a nurse would come through the pediatrician’s door with a syringe, I would do anything from cowering under the table to screaming at the top of my lungs in my attempts to avoid being poked with a needle. Now I’m beginning…...
Political update: Where things stand on global vaccines in Congress

Political update: Where things stand on global vaccines in Congress

By Rhiannon Wootres, ONE Government Relations Team Remember this? If you haven’t seen it yet, get ready for an unimaginable amount of cuteness. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance‘s replenishment of funds will be discussed by leaders at the end of January in Berlin, Germany. These funds will enable Gavi to immunize 300 millio......
Give a child a book. Transform a life.

Give a child a book. Transform a life.

By Alexandra Downey (@AlexandraDowney), First Book Do you remember your favorite book as a child? Was it The Story of Ferdinand or Goodnight Moon or Where the Wild Things Are? Imagine never having met these characters. Now imagine not having books to call your own. Millions of children globally don’t have access to books, p......
How Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program is improving the lives of female workers

How Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program is improving the lives of female workers

By Shubh Sharma, Technical Specialist, ICRW’s Asia Regional Office Globally, the garment industry is one of the largest employers of low-skilled women workers. In India, many of these women come from disadvantaged, rural communities, where their families choose early marriage over an education (which their brothers are affo......
Dr. Jill Biden: Why I’m guest curating ONE Girls and Women this November

Dr. Jill Biden: Why I’m guest curating ONE Girls and Women this November

A nation cannot reach its full potential until its women can reach theirs. As an educator and an advocate for women’s empowerment, I care deeply about the advancement of our world’s women and girls. This summer, I had the opportunity to learn first-hand about efforts to improve the status of women in Africa. I will&hellip......
Women entrepreneurs become catalysts for others

Women entrepreneurs become catalysts for others

By Shari Berenbach, President, US African Development Foundation Most people assume that businesses flourish in a competitive environment – where one person’s gain comes at the expense of another’s.   It doesn’t have to be that way. The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) has supported a number of women ent......
Why you shouldn’t always trust social media for your world news and views

Why you shouldn’t always trust social media for your world news and views

By Elliott Stein, ONE member, United Kingdom Times have changed dramatically. We no longer sit in front of the television every evening and watch the news religiously. We don’t wait for each morning to arrive to eat breakfast while reading the newspaper. Nowadays, the combination of mobile devices and increasingly busy li......
Case study: How Nigeria contained the Ebola outbreak

Case study: How Nigeria contained the Ebola outbreak

By Edwin Ikhuoria, Nigeria Country Representative, ONE Nigeria’s response to the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa has so far been robust and decisive – attracting commendations from several international partners. As of October 13, 2014, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola, a victory in ......
Pregnant women face double threat in Ebola crisis countries

Pregnant women face double threat in Ebola crisis countries

By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.  Today, I call for urgent funding to meet the reproductive health needs of women and mothers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As these nations fight the devastating impact of Ebol......
Why TB treatment can’t keep up with demand

Why TB treatment can’t keep up with demand

By Mandy Slutsker, the Senior Associate for TB at ACTION, a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty. Every day, hundreds of people with a deadly disease are being turned away from clinics and hospitals. Without proper treatment, they are ask......
Life in an Ebola-affected country: Musulyn’s Story

Life in an Ebola-affected country: Musulyn’s Story

We asked people living in Liberia and confronting Ebola to tell us about themselves. Today we meet Musulyn “Sweetz” Myers, 21
. What do you do for a living? I am a full-time musician. What you have been doing for the last few weeks? I have been working on an Ebola awareness song with 40 other Liberian…...
How toilets are helping keep girls in school

How toilets are helping keep girls in school

By Stacy Morrison, Editor in Chief and VP, Content Programming at BlogHer, Inc.  I am in Bangalore, India, standing in a dusty but large schoolyard, preparing to be shown the one surprising thing that has increased both the number of girls who attend school and the number of years they stay in school: a private, cement-wall......