Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will visit Haiti together on Monday, March 22, 2010. It will be their first joint visit to the area. They will be traveling with several of the board members of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which to date has raised over $31 million from over 200,000 contributions for relief and recovery efforts.
CSIS Releases Report on Smart Global Health Policy

I have served on the Board of Trustees at the Center for Strategic and International Studies since 2007. The work they are doing has continued to live up to its mission, which is "finding ways for America to sustain its prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world." Earlier today, CSIS issued a report from their Commission on Smart Global Health Policy, and I think it is well worth the read if you are interested in the issue of Global Health.

The report, entitled "A Healthier, Safer, and More Prosperous World," is the result of nearly a year's worth of work, which looked in detail at the long-term U.S. strategic approach to global health.
The Leading Child Killers No One Is Talking About

Which two diseases kill the most children worldwide? If you guessed AIDS, malaria, or measles, you're wrong. Pneumonia and diarrhea claim the lives of more children under age 5 than those three diseases combined and account for over 30% of child deaths worldwide.

Pneumonia and diarrhea kill more children than any other disease - yet most people are unaware that this common illness has such a profound impact on the world's children. Every day, 10,000 children die from pneumonia and diarrhea despite the fact that affordable prevention and treatment options exist. For millions of children around the world, these diseases could be prevented with vaccines and medicines that cost less than $10.
Battleground Academy's Middle School, Grades 5-8, collected over $1,800 from their students as a fundraiser for Haiti Relief efforts. The students gave a minimum donation of $5 for the privilege of wearing blue jeans to school (in exchange for their typical uniform attire).
As of this week, we've been able to donate over $115,000 of your generous gifts to provide immediate assistance for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Most recently, beneficiaries have included Missionary Flights International, which has provided air transport during this time of crisis in Haiti, and Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, which will be purchasing tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccinations for over 6500 children in Port au Prince.
On January 3rd, Big Kenny was awoken with a strong emotion. Thirty minutes later it was the words to "Cry With You." Big Kenny worked on "Cry With You" while planning his departure to Haiti to help search for Walt who was in the country working on several renewable energy projects at the time. It features a broad range of spirit and talent who came into The Last Dollar Studio to track and complete the song while Big Kenny was away. The song includes the First String Orchestra directed by Carl Marsh, recorded at Oceanway Studios the day prior to Big Kenny's departure to Haiti, spoken word by Senator Bill Frist just back from Haiti himself, Better Than Ezra members Kevin Griffin and Travis McNabb, Glotown Artist Damien Horne, Lo Carter as well as many others.
February 10, 2010

Three Updates: Reflections and Reports

We continue to receive reports from friends and acquaintances and partners who are still in the field in Haiti. We want to share three of those stories today.
The work in Haiti continues, and there are still so many suffering. It is difficult to see if help is actually getting through at times with so much devastation and need. If you've followed my blog and twitter feed, you read some of the amazing things that have happened down there during this short time. There are hundreds of stories like these, but I wanted to share one with you now and thank the efforts of so many to make at least one success story.

I traveled to Haiti with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, who had their first physician on the ground on January 13. Their work was tremendous and immediate. While I was there, they had built up to a 55-person Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), of which 21 were medical professionals. That number has only continued to grow since.
**Hope Through Healing Hands donated $5,000 to Big Kenny's Love Everybody, LLC to support the medical and trauma services he and his team provided in Haiti.

by Cindy Watts

The Tennessean Blog

Country singer "Big Kenny" Alphin was in the Charlotte, N.C., airport flying home to Nashville from a gig when he saw the news - a 7.0 magnitude earthquake had struck Haiti. Capital city Port au Prince was in shambles. More than 100,000 people were presumed dead.

Alphin immediately called Jeanne Ratterman. Her husband, Alphin's friend Walt Ratterman, had been in Port au Prince since Jan. 2.

The news - no news.

January 25, 2010

Invisible Lives, a documentary scheduled to air worldwide January 26 at 20:30 GMT on BBC World, will be featuring the work of Save the Children.  In the documentary, Dr. Joy Lawn, a newborn health expert with Save the Children, travels to Nepal and Malawi to examine how these two countries, although worlds apart, are making progress in saving newborn lives. The documentary explores how these low-income countries are among the few on track to meet the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths of children under 5 years of age by 2/3 by 2015 despite a myriad of obstacles.

Those who have satellite television or special cable may have access to the program on the BBC World Channel.  If you don't, there will be a free download to the video of the program on and after 26th January at www.rockhopper.tv

 

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