Global Team of 200

Global Team of 200 is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

WaterAid is proving that even the impossible can be won. Because of donor
support from people who won’t take poverty for an answer, WaterAid has been able
to help over 19 million people gain access to safe water since 1981, and reached
15.1 million people with toilets and sanitation since 2004. That’s millions of stories
of how individual lives have been transformed in some of the world’s poorest,
hardest to reach places. (via Sharing My #waterstory for World Water Day | Window on the World)

Water is just the beginning of the road out of poverty. WaterAid helps the world’s poorest people to plan, build and manage their own safe water supplies and to improve their sanitation and hygiene. These basic services transform lives. Hours spent carrying water can instead be spent with family, tending crops, raising livestock or starting a business. Simple changes to sanitation and hygiene practices save thousands of babies’ lives and keep children in school. (via World Water Day, You and WaterAid America |

March 22 is World Water Day, a day for all of us to raise our voices, cameras, pens and pennies on behalf of the 768 million people around the world that live without safe water to drink. (via Biz Mommy L.A.)

It pains my heart to see a pregnant woman walk into a health facility and leave without her baby. It greatly saddens me. Especially when I learn that the death could have been avoided. I mourn for the baby that never made it out of the hospital, or even the one that never made it to the hospital in the first place. I cry for the baby who got an infection when she was being delivered at home, or in a facility that was not adequately equipped. I cry for the mother who lost her baby in a case of negligence at a health facility. I read of this cases all the time -in the newspapers and on television. As a journalist, I sometimes publish these stories. (via Mummy Tales Why Newborn Health Matters to Me)

Save the Children recently released a brand-new report about newborn survival: Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives. 2.9 million babies die every year around the world from health complications that are wholly preventable like preterm complications and sepsis. Even though that number has been halved since 1990, the number of newborn deaths is still drastically high. Of those 2.9 million babies who die each year, 1 million of them die within the first 24 hours of life. (via Moms Reflect on Global Newborn Health and Survival)

Obviously, this is an important topic to me. I lost a two day old infant and have been championing for Newborn Health ever since. I often blog about this topic, most recently about the Newborn Health Action Plan. So when Social Good Moms sent out information about raising awareness to help end newborn death, it was not even a question that I would participate.

No matter where you are babies draw a crowd. It is no different in Ethiopia at a rural health post where babies are with their mothers for care. At a recent stop at a health post in Hawassa, Ethiopia, one baby girl wore a handmade, traditional bracelet her mother told us keeps away hiccups. Despite the mother’s use of cultural practices she luckily still brought her baby into the health center for preventive medicine and a check-up with the nurses.

Ethiopia is a success story. Through the government, NGOs, and the provate sector ethiopia has effectively reduced the number of newborn deaths from 54 per every 100,000 live births to 29 from 1990 - 2012. That is a remarkable achivement. It’s Health Extension Program, accorsing to Save the Children, is one of the major interventions that is keeping more babies and children alive. 

Save the Children just launched its most recent report, Ending Newborn Deaths which lays out a roadmap to drastically decrease the 2.9 million babies that die each year from preventable causes. 

In many areas of Ethiopia where traditions still plays an active role in childbirth and health, especially in Ethiopia’s lowlands and highlands, it is customary for mothers who have just had a child to self-isolate for at least six weeks before being seen by other members of the family and the community. Per traditional culture after the isolation period the baby will be named. Unfortunately many of the health complications for babies occur within the first few days of birth, but the government, through the expertise of NGOs on the ground and locals, have been able to keep more children alive through frontline health workers that check on babies and mothers in the critical period right after birth. It is important for health extension workers to care for babies and ensure their healthy development. Because health extension workers are trusted community members sometimes they can see a mother’s baby and sometimes they cannot, but they are making considerable progress.

The health extension workers work diligently to encourage mothers to take their babies to health posts for regular check-ups or bring them in when their babies are sick instead of relying on traditional cultural remedies and practices.

2.9 million newborns around the world did not live past 28 days and 1 million of those babies died within the first 24 hours of life? 1.2 million babies died of stillbirth in 2012. These numbers are reported in Save the Children’s latest report released today: Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives. Those numbers are huge, but that doesn’t diminish how many mothers in the United States also lose newborns.


My birth stories are much different from most mothers. My first two children were adopted, and my third child was the only one who I gave birth too. When I first found out that I was pregnant, I was excited and nervous at the same time. After my first appointment with the doctor, we learned that my pregnancy would be an extremely high risk pregnancy. They had found that there was an abnormality in my womb that put my unborn child and I at risk. (via Glitterful Felt Stories: My Miracle Baby)

The first day of a child’s life is the most dangerous, and too many mothers give birth alone on the floor of their home or in the bush without any life-saving help. We hear horror stories of mothers walking for hours during labor to find trained help, all too often ending in tragedy. “It’s criminal that many of these deaths could be averted simply if there was someone on hand to make sure the birth took place safely and who knew what to do in a crisis.”