global health

Six years after cholera was introduced into one of Haiti’s largest rivers due to negligent waste management at a United Nations Peacekeeper base, the UN publicly apologized to cholera victims. The United Nations deeply regrets the loss of life and suffering caused by the cholera outbreak in Haiti. On behalf of the United Nations, I want…

Read more An apology for cholera

Victor Ncube is a 3-month-old baby at Isaiah’s Baby Home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which provides basic services for abandoned or orphaned children. At any given time, up to 20 children at the home receive free health-care services and nutritional assistance, with the support of Mennonite Central Committee. About 830 women die each day due to…

Read more Reaching both mother and child

In March, I met with Hannatu Anthony* one of the beneficiaries of free medications, treatments and socio-economic empowerment programs made possible by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) support for the Faith Alive Clinic in Jos, Nigeria. Hannatu Anthony was pregnant and receiving free prenatal services and medical care at the Faith Alive Clinic. The clinic offers…

Read more Rejected and stigmatized, but saved by your love

(MCC photo/Dave Klassen)

Ebola has good reason to be considered a global health crisis, but it points to a larger weakness of health systems in developing countries and their lack of preparedness for outbreaks like Ebola, and others. In many African countries, health worker shortages and scarce funding for building and maintaining health care facilities are constant challenges…

Read more Building strong health systems must be a priority