Let’s ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for ALL.

Today’s heroes are often celebrities, actors, singers, athletes and entertainers, children look up to them and want to to be like them. I think it’s time that we introduce our children to a new type of hero… the real super heroes of our time, the ones that saves lives, the ones that daily serve their communities and help protect and nourish the lives of others, Community Health Workers.  I was able to spend a week with community health workers in Guatemala; I went out into their communities to see first hand how they care for women and children, ultimately saving lives and keeping the community healthy and well. I left Guatemala inspired to help community health workers continue the work that they do.

When we are sick we simply go the doctor or call our nurse line, if it’s after hours we have after clinics. When men, women and children in developing countries are sick, they walk miles to receive healthcare or must wait days until a health worker can make it to them because there are not enough health workers on the ground.

I’m especially inspired by Felix, he has been a local health worker in Xachmochán Village, Guatemala, since 2007. He has served countless families in and around his village, treating sick children who otherwise would not have access to the medicines that could save their lives. Here’s a 3 minute video about Felix that I know will leave you inspired too…

  • Maternal mortality rates are 14 times higher in developing countries than in developed countries, and only half of women in those regions have access to health care.
  • Over 16,000 children under 5 die every day, mainly from malnourishment, dehydration and preventable diseases.

Thankfully, due to vaccines and the work of community health workers, child mortality has dropped by more than 50% since 1990. Still, we can do better as global citizens of the world to help ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for ALL.

Save the Children Sustainable Goals

 

This weekend, world leaders from 193 countries will come together at the United Nations General Assembly and commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years.  All 17 Sustainable Development Goals are important, but one is especially important to me after spending time with frontline health workers and the mothers and children who needed them most,  Goal 3: GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING.

The Global Goals - Good Health & Well Being

  • The United Nations wants to help rid the world of extreme poverty, provide an equal education for girls and boys, and protect our environment for generations to come.
  • The UN Foundation has identified the Sustainable Development Goals — 17 global goals for sustainable development. These goals will set the world’s agenda for the next 15 years.
  • The 17 goals will be officially adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, September 25-27 in NYC.

Help support Goal 3 in 3 simple ways!

Stay connected.

Get informed.

Learn more about the Global Goals at www.globalgoals.org/

Tell everyone.

The more people who know about the Global Goals for sustainable development, the more successful they’ll be. If we all fight for them, our leaders will make them happen.

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Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I am so glad that the UN is helping to get these kids and their families the help they need to be healthy! It’s sad what goes on in other countries.

  2. says

    This is such a great campaign! I love how we are offering the whole world at an opportunity to thrive and survive!

  3. says

    The discrepancy in health care and quality of life between the first and third worlds is simply astounding–and disgusting. Thank goodness for initiatives like this that are trying to make a difference
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  4. says

    People like Felix definitely deserve more praise. Even on bad days it’s easier to get medical attention here than in some other countries.
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  5. says

    This is great post that brings awareness to healthcare in other countries. We think ours is bad but at least we have it!
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  6. says

    I think we should support campaigns that look after the welfare of children. There are so many children in need worldwide, so much hunger, sickness and suffering. Kids do not deserve to be born in a world like that, so we must pull our resources together and help the less fortunate. It is our Christian duty to do so.
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  7. says

    Good health is very important. Hope we could bring awareness, help kids that less fortunate and help their future

  8. says

    The statistics are heartbreaking. This looks like a great missionary opportunity, if you ask me.

  9. says

    It is so sad to think of all the poverty in the world. We live in a country that wastes so much food and resources every day.

  10. says

    This is so awesome. We have a little boy we adopted about 3 years ago. More like a sponsor. Its been so nice to see all the changes in his life over the years for the nominal amount of money we send.

  11. says

    What an incredible organization. I have been trying to think of ways to get my kids involved in something like this. I think it important for them to see how blessed they are, and to be able to help kids who may not have the same opportunities they do.
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  12. says

    This is a wonderful campaign. I know that in the US we are pretty spoiled when it comes to medical care and proper nutrition.

    We currently sponsor a child thru World Vision. It has been fun watching him grow and learn things he might not have had the opportunity without a sponsor.

  13. says

    you are so right, these people are the true heroes. It makes me so sad to hear those stats on maternal and child mortality. We really do take our access to health care for granted. Thank you for bringing to light ways to help!
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  14. says

    Wow this is so cool I am glad difference is being made in the world. The most inspiring is to see the improvements since 1990. Thanks for sharing!

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