Coronavirus Makes it a Double-Edged Sword

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV, COVID-19

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The wave of fear remains as the coronavirus continues to impact many lives all over the world. Forty-two-year-old Florence Hachiyona of the Moyo community in southern Zambia likens the COVID-19 era as “facing a double-edged sword.”

“After hearing what the coronavirus can do and that it had reached Zambia, fear besieged me. I started [having] sleep-less nights. I thought it was over for me. Being HIV positive already, I fear contracting another virus because I would die faster and leave my children alone to suffer,” says Florence, a mother of four.

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World Refugee Day: When life is upended

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2020 2:25:23 PM / by Elisabeth Rickard posted in Uganda, Health, WV, International Day, COVID-19

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We’ve likely all had an experience of life changing in an instant. Maybe it was the birth of a first child, the unexpected loss of a loved one, or bad news about a job. Whatever it was, life was irrevocably altered after.

For millions of refugees, the life-changing experience might involve armed conflict, a natural disaster, or persecution. And it can propel them into uncertain and dangerous places, with few options to build better futures.

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Rumi Becomes a Coronavirus Hidden Hero

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by George Sarkar posted in Health, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, Bangladesh, WV, COVID-19

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The impact of COVID-19 has changed the entire world. In one community in Bangladesh, a Hidden Hero has emerged to help slow the spread. Meet Rumi, a 16-year-old who lives in a slum with her parents and brother Rummon (9) in southern Bangladesh. “I mostly invest my time helping my parents in household chores, playing with my younger brother and messaging my community with my peers. My school and life have greatly changed…now I spend my days at home to stay safe from the coronavirus contamination. I miss my normal days,” says Rumi. She completed high school this year and now disseminates life-saving messages to communities through the Chader Alo (“moonlight”) Child Forum mobilized and inspired by World Vision’s Area Program in Barishal City.

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What Every Mother Wants

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2020 7:23:37 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in Health, Women and Girls, WV, International Day, COVID-19

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Ask any mother what she wants more than anything in the world, and she’ll likely say, “for my children to be safe, healthy, and happy.” For mothers living in extreme poverty, this gift is hard to come by … especially now with the threat of COVID-19. But people like Gertrude Jima (pictured right) are at the forefront of giving moms what they want most – access to knowledge and resources that empower them to care for their children.

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A Healthy Baby Born HIV-Free

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

HIVfree1“It’s a miracle that my daughter is alive today,” says Sonya Hamboya, a 25-year-old widow in southern Zambia.

Sonya is a vibrant mother of two adorable kids, a boy and girl, 11 and 5, respectively. She lives with her children and baby niece in a mountainous, remote village in World Vision’s Moyo Area Program.

As a child, Sonya loved school and hoped to become a doctor. Unfortunately, at 14, she became pregnant in eighth grade and was forced out of school.

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What if we didn’t have clean water or soap to wash our hands?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2020 3:25:34 PM / by Dr. Greg Allgood posted in Water, Health, WV, International Day, COVID-19

D485-0774-91jpg_870989World Vision’s expertise in the prevention of the spread of infectious disease has never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important activities to prevent the spread of the virus is to ensure that people have a way to wash their hands and understand why it’s so critical. And of course, you can’t wash your hands effectively without clean water. 

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Safe Delivery at Last

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Teresa with her last born son

While health facilities play a critical role in preventing stillbirths and improving new born survival, most women in some rural, isolated communities in Zambia were, until recently, subjected to unsanitary environments while giving birth at these clinics.

“I dreaded giving birth from the clinic because of what I went through when giving birth to my first three children,” says 35-year-old Teresa Siambulato of Mweemba Village in southern Zambia.

Teresa is a happily married mother of four handsome boys, whose ages range between 10 months and 10 years. She adores children and always looked forward to giving birth to her own at the Kayuni Rural Health Center—the only health facility in her village. 

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The Quiet Heroes of Nyakabale

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:37:37 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Uganda, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Florence & her second born using the tippy-tap

No one knows better than Florence how the benefits of having community health workers in her village can be life changing. Last year, Nyakabale was far from being a model village. As with most communities where open defecation exists, Nyakabale had extremely low standards of hygiene and sanitation. Through World Vision, volunteer community health workers (CHW) were trained to help teach people about the benefits of living in a clean environment, free of disease and waste. The CHWs help parents learn how to prevent common illnesses like diarrhea through better hygiene practices.

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Grasping At Straws

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2019 12:58:00 PM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Health, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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In the vast Semiarid lands of North Eastern Kenya lies Wajir town, in Wajir County, home to Kenyan Somali communities. For years the children and the communities in this region have suffered from waterborne diseases including diarrhea, typhoid and cholera which is said to be endemic in the town.

Najma (10), a grade four student in Wajir town remembers what it was like. "There were times we would get sick in the stomach from drinking dirty water,” she said.

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An “acronym soup” that empowers moms and saves lives?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 8, 2019 9:47:38 AM / by Lori Chuchu-Ryan posted in Uganda, Zambia, Health, Women and Girls, WV, International Day

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CHWs, ttC, 7-11, PDH. These aren’t just your ordinary acronyms. They stand for the very simple, very powerful approaches World Vision is using to strengthen health care systems and save the lives of moms and their babies. In honor of World Health Day, we invite you to learn what they are and how have they delivered double-digit improvements in just two years.

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