|Shortly after taking office, the Trump administration reinstated the Global Gag Rule, designed to cut US funding to any organization that provides abortion services. While every Republican administration since Reagan has promulgated the policy (and every Democratic withdrawn it), Trump's expanded version is more disastrous for global health than any prior iteration. Not only does it cut funding to organizations for abortions, it slashes all US government funding - close to $9 billion - to organizations that offer a range of non-abortion related health services if they also provide, refer, or even just counsel about abortion. This expansion means essential health care for diseases such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and cervical cancer will be denied. |
Printed in the Hesperian Society
online bulletin January 11, 2018:
Monday, January 15, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
This baby doesn't know it now but it just received one of the biggest gifts available to children throughout the world -- vaccinations. Josephine, the Wasaidizi health worker supervisor in DR Congo, was recently trained by the government and appointed as an immunization coordinator in her area of Lubumbashi. She said she was chosen because of her long volunteer service to HealthEd Connect.
We're making huge strides in vaccinations throughout the world.
According to WHO:
During 2016, about 86% of infants worldwide (116.5 million infants) received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine, protecting them against infectious diseases that can cause serious illness and disability or be fatal. By 2016, 130 countries had reached at least 90% coverage of DTP3 vaccine.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
You may have the new tax code figured out but I sure don't!!
As we bid 2017 adieu, we send our heartfelt and grateful thanks for making this an incredible year of change and progress. You, our faithful supporters, have helped change the course of countless lives and communities. What a team!
We've been following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) closely knowing it will impact charities such as HealthEd Connect. We thought you might find the explanation provided by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation (below) helpful in answering the question, "What is likely to be the impact of TCJA on me next year?"
Washington News, Published December 22, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
|Wishing you a wondrous Christmas like those seen through the|
innocent eyes of a child
Thank you for making 2017 a special year by keeping the Spirit of Christmas alive all year long in the hearts of countless children who have been blessed by your generosity. They may not have sugar plums dancing in their heads but they have happy tummies from hot porridge lunches!!
The HealthEd Connect Team
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
These are the stellar teachers at the Chipulukusu Young Peace Makers School. Starting in a one-room church classroom in 2009 with students sitting on the floor, the school has grown to accommodate over 400 students in a state-of-the-art facility. Three of the teachers have earned teaching diplomas thanks to HealthEd Connect scholarships; the remainder are enrolled in classes pursuing them.
The school has been designated as a Model School by USAID -- these are the teachers that have earned that stellar reputation for the school! Each year the country of Zambia sponsors a Teacher's Day when schools are closed for holiday and teachers join in parades and celebration. Our teachers are proudly modeling the new shirts the school provided for the 2017 celebration.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
|Antibiotic Ointment magic for burns|
Most of us have a tube of antibiotic ointment lying unnoticed -- but taken for granted --- in our medicine cabinets.
Jane, the Kafwa supervisor on the right, recently wrote:
The young child I have attached was burnt only our medicine [the antibiotic ointment we supply] made him well.
She went on to say they have used up the last of the ointment but are continuing to help people by making a traditional antiseptic from guava leaves that we teach in our training.
In addition to providing essential first-line aid, Jane and her group are delivering babies at the clinic and have formed a new grief support group for younger orphans that began meeting in November. She's also conducting a survey "because diseases are changing every year."
Anyone like to nominate Jane for volunteer of the year?