Partnering to Save Lives

By Jodi Allison

At MAP International, we concentrate much of our efforts on medicines that benefit those without access to the most needed life-saving drugs, such as antibiotics and oral rehydration salts. But for those living in resource-poor countries who suffer from more rare diseases, we also work directly with pharmaceutical partners to meet specific needs. One example of this is the Jimenez family. Continue reading

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Congratulations to Jonathan Samet, 2016 Fries Prize Recipient

Dee Dee Honaman, CDCF

Dee Dee Honaman, CDCF

By Dee Dee Honaman, director of special projects and Fries Prize administrator at the CDC Foundation

Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health, which is why all of us at the CDC Foundation are so pleased that Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., received the 2016 Fries Prize for Improving Health last week at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Samet received this prestigious recognition for his pioneering research and decades of advocacy on the negative impacts of air pollution on health. Continue reading

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The World’s Vulnerable Are Losing

Steve Stirling

Steve Stirling

By Steve Stirling

In the lead up to and aftermath of the recent presidential election, Americans have focused on winners and losers. They have watched endless coverage of the campaign, the election and now the analysis. Social media is lit up with debates and political hashtags. Continue reading

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Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: More people will die if we don’t act now

Jean Michael Vigreux, Haiti Country director

Jean Michael Vigreux, Haiti Country director

By Jean-Michel Vigreux, CARE Haiti Country Director

As the impacts of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti started to emerge, the damage from the storm immediately started being compared to the damage of the 2010 earthquake. I could not imagine that a hurricane could possibly leave comparable levels of damage as the 2010 earthquake. But then I went to Jeremie, the capital of Grand’Anse that was hardest hit by the storm, and saw firsthand the shocking level of destruction this hurricane left in its wake.   Continue reading

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Holding My Gaze on Haiti

By Jennifer Grant

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means, where I live, that the emergency siren was tested at 10a.m. Poised to sound in the event of a tornado or other dangers, it’s a long, shrill sound, starting up like an air raid signal, swirling and filling the sky. I’ve lived here in the suburbs of Chicago for most of my life, so I barely notice the test. But this morning when it broke the morning’s silence, my thoughts—though not far from it at the time—were wrenched back to Haiti, where in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a real emergency continues. Continue reading

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UN General Assembly Elevates Antibiotic Resistance to Crisis Level

Dr. Judy Monroe is president and CEO of the CDC Foundation.

Dr. Judy Monroe is president and CEO of the CDC Foundation.

By Dr. Judy Monroe, president & CEO of the CDC Foundation

What do we do if antibiotics no longer work and are no longer the “miracle drug” we’ve all come to take for granted since at least the 1940s? This question was a key topic at the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City at the end of September, and weighed heavily on my mind. This was only the fourth time in UN history that a health issue has been the topic of the main high level meeting at the assembly, where heads of state dig deeper into one key issue affecting the world.  For anti-microbial resistance to be elevated in such a manner shows that we are facing a serious global problem if we don’t find solutions now. Continue reading

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My First Disaster

Kathryn Hearn | Marketing Communications Officer

Kathryn Hearn | Marketing Communications Officer

By: Kathryn Hearn

They say you never forget your first disaster. For me, it occurred this summer as I was part of the team from MAP International responding to the floods in Louisiana. Louisianans are no strangers to flooding conditions, but this flooding was unprecedented. Nothing could prepare me for what we were going to encounter. The destruction was widespread and heartbreaking. Continue reading

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Sir Richard Peto Receives CDC Foundation Hero Award

Dr. Judy Monroe

Dr. Judy Monroe

By Dr. Judy Monroe, president & CEO of the CDC Foundation

Did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart attack and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the world today? Eighty percent of CVD deaths are the result of heart attacks and strokes, with more than three-quarters occurring in low-and middle-income countries. A significant number of those at highest risk for CVD events are without access to medications that could have immediate benefits. In addition, CVD places a significant economic and social burden on low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, related costs over the next decade could be as high as $3.6 trillion annually. Continue reading

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Join CARE’s Walk in Her Shoes to Help End Poverty for Women and Girls

Nicole Harris is the Media Relations Manager at CARE

Nicole Harris is the Media Relations Manager at CARE

By Nicole Harris, CARE Media Relations Manager

For more than 20 years of our 70-year history, CARE has been headquartered in Atlanta. From our bright orange building at the corner of Piedmont and Ellis St, we help provide women, girls and their families with the information, resources and skills needed to reach their full potential – and in turn to help their communities overcome poverty. Continue reading

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Helping Special Children Lead a Full Life

By Steve Stirling, President and CEO, MAP International

Living with a disability isn’t easy. As a child in Korea, I contracted polio and lost my ability to run and play like other children. But because I was later adopted by an American family, I received excellent health care and today live a full life. Continue reading

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