I’d gone to Haiti with Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based global health organization founded after the earthquake in 2010. Because of my global health reporting and interest in the welfare of mothers and children at home and abroad, I was invited on a “learning tour” of health initiatives there.
It has been about two months since I left Nashville. Kisumu has become my new “home” since we started the hospital visits in Western Kenya. Almost 3 weeks after leaving Kisumu; I had been in 2 counties referral hospitals and 1 sub county referral hospital that are located in 3 different cities.
In Destine's case, if she can continue to have access to contraceptives to limit the size of her family, she has optimism for a more successful future for her children and her community.
It’s no secret that I believe investing in global health is absolutely essential, and investments in women and girls—particularly maternal and child health—does nothing less than change a country’s trajectory.
How often do we unenthusiastically (or even begrudgingly) attend workshops, seminars, and conferences designed to deepen our knowledge and expertise or enhance our skills, instead of truly appreciating that we even have access to those types of learning opportunities to begin with and while our professional counterparts in developing nations are so hungry for new knowledge and would give anything to have access to those same opportunities?
This summer over 300,000 pastors and leaders from all forms of professions congregated either in South Barrington, IL at the main-campus of Willow Creek Community Church or at one of the more than 675 telecast locations in 135 countries from all over the world to develop their leadership skills at the annual Global Leaders Summit conference.

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