Setting the agenda beyond 2015. See on – The Same Heart – Millennium Development Goals UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is mobilizing global action around the great challenge of our time: sustainable development. It is a call that the world must heed. See on

Women’s health continues to be a battleground in the Philippines…as in the United States. See on – The Same Heart – Child Labor Tom Hundley MANILA—In what is expected to mark a pivotal moment in this rapidly developing but still impoverished nation, the Supreme Court of the Philippines will […]

Sierra Leone, Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso are projected to have a growth rate strong enough (at least 7%)  to enable them to reach the Millennium Development Goals ( See on – The Same Heart – Millennium Development Goals Six ECOWAS Countries Projected to Meet the […]

According to UNICEF, approximately 2,000 children die per day from diarrhoeal diseases, due to poor drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. 785 million people still lack access to clean water. In the least developed countries, less than 11% of the population has piped water supplies (urban) and in the countryside less than 3% have piped water. Over a billion people rely on boreholes with hand-pumps while 1 in 10 use surface water, however polluted. Investment in hygiene promotion, sanitation and water service are among the most cost-effective ways of reducing child mortality. The World Bank estimates it will require an additional $30 billion dollars a year to reach the MDG’s for universal access to water and sanitation by 2015.

In 2011, an estimated 3.1 to 3.8 million children under 15 years of age were living with HIV/AIDS. Only 23% of these children or 456,000 receive ARV medications to prolong their lives. Between 280,000 and 390,000 children will die each year as a result. Source ( UNICEF: The World Bank estimates it will take between 20-25 billion dollars a year in additional humanitarian aid to meet the Fourth Millennium Development Goal – Reduce Child Mortality by two thirds by 2015. It will take a common vision, plan and purpose. It will require THE SAME HEART.

As of 2011, roughly 17.3 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS and millions more have been affected with a vastly increased risk of poverty, homelessness, school dropout, discrimination and loss of life’s opportunities.( Source: UNICEF: Read about one sustainable solution to the problem, Nyumbani Orphan […]

Globally, more than a third of child deaths are attributable to malnutrition, five million children a year. One out of six children in developing countries is underweight, roughly 100 million children. 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry, with 23 million in Africa alone. The World Food Program calculates […]

Nearly one in six children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labor around the world, over 215 million children. Of this total, a staggering 115 million are engaged in illegal hazardous work that threatens their health, safety, morals and violates their basic human dignity. Ending the economic exploitation of children […]

I came upon this excellent article by journalist James Rupert, Afghanistan’s Miracle School Struggles to Survive Among the Wealthy (full disclosure: Jim is an old college friend of mine). It got me thinking about the ethical difficulties attendant upon much of humanitarian aid as currently practised by the United States. […]