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World Bank Releases New World Indicators Data

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wdi-2014-cover-smallEveryone knows the World Bank loves its data and for those of us who write about and follow global health and development trends we are particularly grateful for how thorough they are in continually updating and releasing data that is relevant to the stories we write and to the global health programs we cover.

On Friday, the World Bank released its latest datasets about World Development…

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Why Don’t We Spend More Money at Home? Breaking Down False Notions About U.S. Foreign Aid

ForeignAid101-thumbnail_1_orig_cWhenever I go to the Hill to advocate for continued and, more importantly, increased funding for foreign aid I always hear from staffers that their constituents perpetually call their congressperson’s or senator’s office telling them to stop spending money in other countries and use that money at home. What these concerned citizens and so many in the United States, do not understand is that the…

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Meet Dismus Mwalukwanda, a Community Health Worker in Zambia #WHWWeek

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I walked quickly beside Dismus Mwalukwanda on a sandy path bordered by overgrown shrubbery leading through the bush to rural homes outside of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Mwalukwanda, 43, is a frontline health worker for the Njovo Village and took me to visit a family whose young children he has treated often. Mwalukwand is in charge of helping families in his area make steps toward malaria…

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USAID Launches New Global Development Lab

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Exactly how does the global community end poverty by 2030? According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), it’s by working together.

Today marks the official launch of USAID’s Global Development Lab, a new initiative that uses science and technology to improve global health and development outcomes around the world. Utilizing data and analytics USAID is quickly moving towards…

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Teaching in the Netherlands and Learning Outcomes #TeacherTuesday

Teaching in the Netherlands and Learning Outcomes #TeacherTuesday

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This interview was conducted by and is courtesy of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report team. 

We are happy to join UNESCO’s #TeacherTuesday campaign – a ten week journey around the world to share a glimpse of teaching from the voices of teachers themselves. The sixth honored teacher is Cees, a teacher from the Netherlands. This is his story.

I’m working at a secondary school…

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Our Work With Seventh Generation to #FightToxins

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For the next month 100 of our members will become Toxin Freedom Fighters as they spread the word through blogs and social media about the need to update and reform the Toxic Chemicals Control Act of 1976. In 1976 60,000 chemicals were grandfathered in and since then 20,000 new chemicals have been added, but fewer than 10,000 of them have ever been tested.

Seventh Generationis calling upon…

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Did you know that over 80,000 chemicals currently in use in the United States have never been tested? The law that should protect us was written in 1976 and never updated. This law should be reformed so that all people are protected and informed. And it needsto be meaningful - the current law introduced isn’t any better than the original law. (via Motherhood Moment: World Wisdom: Fight Toxins)

Did you know that over 80,000 chemicals currently in use in the United States have never been tested? The law that should protect us was written in 1976 and never updated. This law should be reformed so that all people are protected and informed. And it needsto be meaningful - the current law introduced isn’t any better than the original law. (via Motherhood Moment: World Wisdom: Fight Toxins)

The first time I heard of cancer was when I was 12. I grew up in a high rise building in Brooklyn, NY with tons of friends and other families. Our building was a tight knit community where most people knew your name. One of my mother’s friends was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly thereafter he died. Then a female friend was diagnosed, she lived but later her husband came down with the disease and died. Then another friend, and another and another. I didn’t know much about the disease but I felt like our building had an epidemic. (via Sign The Dotted Line With Seventh Generation Against Harmful Chemicals)

The first time I heard of cancer was when I was 12. I grew up in a high rise building in Brooklyn, NY with tons of friends and other families. Our building was a tight knit community where most people knew your name. One of my mother’s friends was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly thereafter he died. Then a female friend was diagnosed, she lived but later her husband came down with the disease and died. Then another friend, and another and another. I didn’t know much about the disease but I felt like our building had an epidemic. (via Sign The Dotted Line With Seventh Generation Against Harmful Chemicals)

n my naivete, I figured the government and companies producing items for home and health use would make sure everything was safe and didn’t question what chemicals could do to me, my home, my pets and the environment. It turns out legislation hasn’t been updated since the 1970′s. In the 1970′s, people were still smoking on airplanes. We obviously had lots to learn about the hazards of chemicals. The Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976 and has not been updated since. (via Tell Congress: No More Toxic Chemicals! (Sponsored) | Cora’s Story)

n my naivete, I figured the government and companies producing items for home and health use would make sure everything was safe and didn’t question what chemicals could do to me, my home, my pets and the environment. It turns out legislation hasn’t been updated since the 1970′s. In the 1970′s, people were still smoking on airplanes. We obviously had lots to learn about the hazards of chemicals. The Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976 and has not been updated since. (via Tell Congress: No More Toxic Chemicals! (Sponsored) | Cora’s Story)

Seventh Generation is trying to get Congress to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act BUT they need your help. Please sign their petition here: http://bit.ly/1dmbZwn. They are trying to get 100,000 signatures on this petition. The signatures wills strengthen the movement behind chemical reform. If they reach 100,000 signatures by the end of April they will deliver this petition to Congress. (via Stand Up For Safer Chemicals with Seventh Generation #ToxinFree #FightToxins #sponsored | The Steady Hand)

Seventh Generation is trying to get Congress to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act BUT they need your help. Please sign their petition here: http://bit.ly/1dmbZwn. They are trying to get 100,000 signatures on this petition. The signatures wills strengthen the movement behind chemical reform. If they reach 100,000 signatures by the end of April they will deliver this petition to Congress. (via Stand Up For Safer Chemicals with Seventh Generation #ToxinFree #FightToxins #sponsored | The Steady Hand)

Did you know that more than 80,000 chemicals available in the U.S. have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and on the environment? I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being a guinea pig, and I don’t like my children to be guinea pigs, either. Together, we can fight toxins. Sign the petition to reform TSCA today to help us get to 100,000 signatures. (via Join the Toxin-Freedom Fighters and Stand Up for Safer Chemicals »)

Did you know that more than 80,000 chemicals available in the U.S. have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and on the environment? I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being a guinea pig, and I don’t like my children to be guinea pigs, either. Together, we can fight toxins. Sign the petition to reform TSCA today to help us get to 100,000 signatures. (via Join the Toxin-Freedom Fighters and Stand Up for Safer Chemicals »)

Toxic chemicals are a great concern of mine. I take pride in the fact that I read product labels carefully and always try to buy environmentally friendly and safe products to use in my home. This applies to every product I by: Food, household products and toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and soap. I honestly thought I was doing a good job by keeping nasty, toxic chemicals out of my body, my families bodies and the environment. (via Toxin Freedom Fighters: Standing Up For Safer Chemicals | Thirdeyemom)

Toxic chemicals are a great concern of mine. I take pride in the fact that I read product labels carefully and always try to buy environmentally friendly and safe products to use in my home. This applies to every product I by: Food, household products and toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and soap. I honestly thought I was doing a good job by keeping nasty, toxic chemicals out of my body, my families bodies and the environment. (via Toxin Freedom Fighters: Standing Up For Safer Chemicals | Thirdeyemom)