'Half the Sky' Shows Women Overcoming Oppression and Building a Better World

The two part special Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide premiered on PBS earlier this week. America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde join New York Times journalists Nick Kristof to meet some of of the women that are profiled the book of the same name co-authored by his wife Sheryl WuDunn.

A post in the Huffington Post by Dr. Jamela Saleh Alraiby, Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population, Yemen and member of the White Ribbon Alliance Board of Directors, tells of the importance of women and girls. She explains her hopes for ending the suffering of girls in her home country.

Fighting to ban child marriage in Yemen is so difficult as it has religious, cultural and tribal roots, but this challenge gives us more strength to save our girls and to stop the violence they are exposed to, to assure that they have the means and tools to make their own decisions, and to ensure their participation in sustainable development.

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Melinda Gates On Global Health Spending

Melinda Gates and New York Times journalist Nick Kristof allowed readers to submit questions about international development and global health.   The first part of the conversation was published yesterday; this question and answer caught the eye of us at Healthy Lives:

Question: I attended a talk once with the British economist Benny Dembitzer. He thinks that too much money is spent on the fight against malaria and other diseases, believing that a child may be saved from malaria today but could die from diptheria tomorrow. Instead, he’d rather see that money spend on primary education. As a molecular biologist, I think that the fight against insect transmitted diseases can be won, but I can understand the argument. Do you think that a point might be reached at which we have to say: Enough’s enough. Let’s give everyone bed nets and we can fight malaria through bringing people out of poverty? –ROBERT JONES

MELINDA: I hear that question a lot, and I don’t think it is either or. We have to do both. It is incredibly important not only to invest in health, but also to invest in efforts that stimulate economic growth, expand access to opportunity, and help the poor raise themselves out of poverty. Take agriculture, for example. We invest in agriculture because we believe that if smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women, had access to better information and higher yielding and more resilient crops, they could better feed their families, earn higher incomes, and become self-sufficient.

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Family Planning with IUDs

In Sunday’s New York Times, Nick Kristof shares the experiences of taking two contest winners to see various countries in Africa. In the article, Kristof discusses how the continent has been improving over the past few years. In one section he mentions the challenge that family planning continues to pose. Only 23 percent of women

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Why ‘Smart Aid’ Means Stopping ‘Sugar Daddies’ from Spreading HIV

If you haven’t read it already, don’t miss Nicholas Kristof’s column today on “Smart Aid” in which he  discusses the contributions that economists are making to aid effectiveness.  Kristof points to information campaigns against ‘Sugar Daddies’ as a particularly cost-effective way to combat HIV:  What’s the most cost-effective way to prevent H.I.V. transmission in Africa?

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Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof Discuss Maternal Health

Ed note: George Clooney and Nicholas Kristof’s Q and A about Malaria inspired us to post this article from the July 2010 issue of Impact Magazine, in which PSI Board Member Ashley Judd interviews Nicholas Kristof about maternal health and the challenges facing women in the developing world.    Ms. Judd: You’ve drawn global attention to

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George Clooney Discusses Anti-Malaria Bednets

George Clooney contracted Malaria on a visit to Sudan last month.  To his great credit, he is using that experience (and his celebrity) to draw attention to the disease.  On Nicholas Kristof’s blog today, he and Kristof answer readers’ questions about Malaria.   Here’s what they have to say about bed nets:  Q.  How helpful

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Healthy Dose February 9, 2011

Top Story New Study: Infants Exposed to HIV at Birth, But Not Infected May Have Lower Anti-body Levels.  New research in the Journal of the American Medical Association breaks new ground on the study of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission. From Xinhua: In a study that included infants from South Africa, those who were exposed to human

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