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Durante la maternidad la capacidad biológica y psicológica de la madre se ve fuertemente exigida y en el período postnatal enfrenta la mayor dificultad: cuidar a su hijo. Prevenir adecuadamente los problemas de relación psicofisiológica del niño con su madre ha sido reconocido como una estrategia para que los sufrimientos y dificultades de éste no se conviertan en rasgos estables de su personalidad y experiencia de vida. Con el objetivo de implementar estrategias de asesoramiento y contención en madres que concurrieron a una maternidad pública de San Miguel de Tucumán, se implementaron actividades de soporte psicosocial y nutricional en etapas: 1º: Se formó a los voluntarios, con temas referidos a los cambios psíquicos, físicos y bioquímicos que ocurren durante el embarazo, parto y postparto asi como temas de psicoprofilaxis con el fin de aplicarlos durante las entrevistas a las madres; 2º: Las gestantes, fueron invitadas a participar y previo consentimiento informado, respondieron a: Cuestionario de Salud Prenatal (Malaise Inventory), Recordatorio sobre alimentación. Se dialogó sobre sus dudas y temores sobre la experiencia de maternidad; 3º: En el postparto se localizó a las madres en la Maternidad o se visitó su domicilio. Se aplicó Escala de Edimburgo, otras técnicas de screening psicológico y se dialogó sobre temas del posparto como cambios en su estado de ánimo y dieta. Se brindó información sobre alimentación del bebé e importancia de la lactancia materna, y se ofreció interconsulta psicológica e información sobre servicios sociales. Los voluntarios comprometidos en su misión lograron enriquecer sus experiencias con el soporte brindado a la madre y su hijo, motivándolos a continuar con actividades afines. En cada momento se entregó folletos didácticos, elaborados por los voluntarios, con información referida a los temas mas consultados.

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We are having a blood drive in our school and the blood drive is credited to a 3-year old who is fighting for his life. He has Pearson's syndrome. His mother is a teacher at our school. The younger students made cards and the older ones are dedicating our blood drive and seeking donors to Bennett. The process for the blood drive is led by our YAC (Youth Acting in the Community), our service club. The Casady School Blood Drive will take place on December 11 from 7:30-12:30.. The picture is from our after school program

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EngAyde is a collaborative effort of concerned Sierra Leoneans that volunteer their time brokering information that will influence decisions and actions to end the fight against Ebola in our beloved country.Our work is essentially about connecting, catalysing, influencing decisions and actions in so far that we act as a policy advisory group that applies pressure where necessary.
We work in conjunction with affiliate partners to curate a unique mix of content around what's going on, what's topical, who's doing what, with what resource and how you can get involved in Sierra Leone and abroad.
Our group got together over a series of comments on a FB post in July. After weeks of talking, planning and waiting for something to happen, we decided to take the bull by the horns and respond to the nuanced interests of the Sierra Leonean community at home and abroad. If you happen to be one of those wanting to make a difference in helping Sierra Leone, then you are in the right place. We aim to shine a light on 3 areas of information in the battle against Ebola : 1.Inspiration: we aim to provide news and updates that will get you going “wow, that's amazing, we should do something like that"; 2.Insight: We aim to share commentaries, analysis and ideas that might have you saying: "aha, now I understand" or "OK, I hadn't thought of that angle" or "oh, so that's what's needed; 3.Connections: We look forward to fostering links between Ebola related activities/ groups and concerned citizens or friends of Sierra Leone that lead to a "so that's who we need to speak to/work with". We cannot do this without you, so we welcome all aspiring "EngAyders" to volunteer with us, give tip offs, flag important dates for the diary, cool campaigns, pictures of unsung heroes etc.

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VYLH-Philippines is a network of pro-active, service-oriented, empowering and visionary leaders equipped with knowledge and skills in mobilizing the youth for health. It is composed of youth leaders from different community- and university-based youth organizations throughout the Philippines. The formation of VYLH-Philippines is part of an international effort to establish the March of Dimes – Global Network for Maternal and Infant Health (MOD-GNMIH) participated by youth counterparts in China and Lebanon linked by the common interest of volunteerism and public service to improve birth outcomes worldwide through advocacy. The network was organized with the aim of creating a network of youth leaders who will champion in increasing public awareness on existing health programs, and on the significance of a healthy lifestyle at an early age. Currently, the network is in the forefront of the campaign directed to increase the public’s awareness on the significance of folic acid supplementation in the prevention of birth defects, and on the importance of newborn screening in saving babies from death and mental retardation. The network also advocates for the passage of the Rare Disease Act, an act addressing the needs of patients with rare and orphan disorders. Since 2009, VYLH-Philippines has been organizing health promotion and advocacy activities such as community and school lectures, mothers’ classes in hospitals and health centers, symposia, and exhibits. The network also continuously engages in developing print and accessible online resource materials; designing communication tools and strategies; and establishing partnerships with local agencies and professional organizations. The network has also integrated in its calendar of activities some national and international observances related to the advocacy. At present, the network’s volunteer force is a diverse mixture of youth leaders coming from different interests and professions.
VYLH-Philippines has also conducted local, provincial, regional, and island-wide youth camps in order to sustain the membership of the network, and engage youth leaders coming from unrepresented areas of the network’s volunteer pool. A national leadership congress of volunteers is also regularly held in order to strengthen the network, recommission volunteers, provide updates about program developments and future plans, as well as discuss relevant and timely health issues. At present, the network’s volunteer force is a diverse mixture of youth leaders coming from different interests and professions. In the span of four years, VYLH-Philippines has trained more than 300 volunteer youth leaders coming from more than 200 youth organizations nationwide and has conducted year-round advocacy projects, three national volunteer congresses, three island-wide youth camps, and one national camp. Recently, VYLH-Philippines was invited as the sole Filipino Youth Organization to participate in the 6th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World. The network’s programs were also recognized by the Voice of the Youth Network-Philippines as one of the Outstanding Health Awareness Project of 2013. Taking value to the importance of the youth in nation building, VYLH-Philippines had, and will continue to mold, equip, and engage Filipino youth leaders in the hope of promoting a healthier nation.

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Health education is the way to a better world. In Haiti health providers are scarce while the population rises exponentially. One way, some of my colleagues and me have found to counter this situation is by giving the average health care recipient the means to be a part of their own health by providing them with health information in laymen terms and their native language which is creole in presentations and through social media campaigns.

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Health education is the way to a better world. Providers are scarce and populations are rising exponentially. So as a physician, with some of my colleagues, we decided that a good way to counter this situation is by giving the usual health care recipients an opportunity to be a part of their own care by giving them proper information in laymen terms and their native language. We did so in the event of the Chikungunya outbreak that hit Haiti in mid 2014 by doing presentations and sharing guidelines through social media. We founded a non profit organization to make sure our volunteering brings about sustainable change for the Haitian population.

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I work for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel which is the fastest growing hospital in Jerusalem and treats over 500,000 patients a year. In an effort to lower the spread of infections, the staff of the hospital put together a Hip Hop rapping clip intended to increase awareness of the importance of washing hands. In honor of Global Washing Hands Day this week we released the video with English subtitles, http://goo.gl/1d2MMX We are proud to be part of the effort to increase awareness that washing hands is very important and can save lives. Please share this video. We post numerous healthy living tips on our Facebook page, @Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Thank you, Shalom from Jerusalem, Dahlia

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The picture was taken in Alexandria - Egypt during one of "Operation smile Egypt" medical missions, as we help drawing new smile every day by correcting a facial deformities of cleft lip and cleft palate through surgery. Since my first volunteering participation, volunteering became like breathing to me. And my life changed.
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I am Sospeterson Thagicu, founder of the Green Umbrella Youth Group, Our mission is to reach the women,girls and youths those are marginalized and outside the reach of mainstream support and services. Many are tbrought up in these regions and no one have come up with any lifesaving ideas due to lack of information and been unrecognized, hence using this gap to address the issue affecting these marginalized communities.
The expectant mothers – those who are economically and socially outside the reach of mainstream services and support in hard-to-reach rural areas, find themselves in life and death situations during the delivery time especially if complication occur, in most case both lives are usually lost due to lack of qualified and professional assistance in these regions. Overall, these communities don't know what a maternity hospital is and 100% births occur at home, and they always relay on to the traditional midwives. These midwives lack even basic protective gears like cergical gloves, they use their bare hands. Sterilized razors, instead they use kitchen knives, where they used it repeatedly to all their patients, in fact they just clean it with water and soup after using it, hence exposing themselves, the mother and the baby to infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS. This midwives always offer this services in good faith and they don't charge any fee to the mothers. This is true face of how serious these challenge poses a great threat to the midwives, babies and the mothers from these communities in today’s modern world.
Together we can make giving birth save in this communities to both the mother, baby and the midwives, by providing them with lifesaving skills, first aid equipments, training and provision of basic equipments like cergical gloves, disinfectants, sterilized razors and strings hence reduce any danger that arises during this time.
After these programs, these traditional midwives will be at their best practice like their counterpart in professional carrier, and lack of infrastructure will be the only difference. In these ways, we expect that the birth complication, which occurs due to lack of professional experts will significantly reduce as well as the death, related to it. In case of emergency, which is inevitable, they will be at best of their practice using live saving skills until the patient reach to a medical facility. The project will contribute in achieving the millennium Development Goals in health where free maternal care will be available to all.
For a long time, the presences of these traditional midwives have been ignored, and they have been in operation without any recognition. The project will create a room for safe birth, not by luck. It will provide a communication channels between the local population, the beneficially and the participants with qualified professional in all leading medical facilities and government institutions, hence ensuring that the needs of these infants, midwives and expectant women are been heard and addressed by the relevant authorities. These will also facilitates other public exchange programs between the different social groups and other stakeholders.

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Through the facilitation of Lizzie Moyo and her family, the Zimbabwe ILCO Trust is an organization that came into existence in the year 2007 with the main objective of advocating for the needs and interests of all ostomates in Zimbabwe. The idea to form this organization came out of the realization that there was a gap in the Zimbabwean health care system for the care of ostomates an experiences which the Moyo family went through as they battled to save Lizzie’s life before and after operation. After the operation Lizzie was battling to get her medical materials and services required by her were very expensive or unavailable in the health institutions in this country. It was after a torrid experience characterized by a number of difficulties and challenges that they went through in taking care of Lizzie, that the Moyo family considered other ostomates similar to Lizzie who were in various circumstances including rural areas and poor urban areas who were also facing similar challenges in taking care of themselves that they decided to mobilize other ostomates and their families around Zimbabwe in an attempt to advocate for their special needs and interests thereby contributing to the goal of serving lives and humanity. ILCO ZIM is an organization that is set to train, educate and inform the Ostomates, Doctors, nurses, Policy makers, caregivers and the community at large on Ostomy. This program is the first and one of its own kind in Zimbabwe that aims to upgrade the lifestyles of the ostomates so that they are socially empowered and economically self reliant through increase in knowledge on ostomy care, public awareness on stoma conditions. ILCO focuses on holding awareness campaigns in the communities of Zimbabwe so the they are informed , educated and equipped with the knowledge of the Ostomates thereby also registering ostomates and distributing Ostomy appliances , lobbying and Advocating to relevant ministries and society on Ostomy appliances and Ostomates rights and needs through the media.

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