So how do communities with limited electricity and running water in Ethiopia reduce infant mortality and dramatically improve newborn and maternal health?With a system designed by Ethiopians for Ethiopia, and a lot of amazingly dedicated health extension workers and volunteers. (The tier system is explained in the first picture.) I’m obviously no expert, but from what I could tell the nonprofit funding worked precisely because it was helping people execute their vision, rather than trying to impose a strategy upon them.Today, I visited a health center and then a health outpost, a small structure with no electricity serving a community of around 5,000. The Outpost (picture two) was staffed by two women who can do everything from treat malaria to deliver babies. They have a detailed and systematic approach (those files in picture three contain information about every family in their area), but they rely on the volunteer Women’s Health Care Army to provide education, prenatal care, and family planning assistance, among many other things, to every family in the area.It was fascinating to start my journey at a facility that can do Caesarean sections and then follow the health care system into individual residences, where a woman can talk directly to someone she trusts about prenatal vitamins, contraception, and breastfeeding.The health challenges here in Ethiopia are massive, obviously, but these volunteers are a big part of the reason that Ethiopia’s infant and maternal mortality rates are dropping so dramatically.You’ll meet several of them in a forthcoming video, but I just wanted to share the amazingness of today’s experience.
We might have mentioned before how much we love science fiction, and the fact that this year’s summer reading theme is Science. Actually: Science!! It needs an exclamation point.
So, we’ve put together a really, really, incredibly huge booklist (working title? The Hive) for fans of science and fantasy fiction - and we added a little something extra, since, if you’re anything like us, when you love reading a genre, you love to watch films and shows, and play video games, in that same genre.
And if you’re playing Reading Bingo this summer with us for Summer Reading - or if you’re planning to take part in our Summer Fling (With a Book)! matchmaking program - then these books will definitely see you through summer and beyond!
I like this format a lot.
Totally stealing this for displays in our Teen Center.
Hahaha, steal away! And add to it! If we’d had more room, we would have added more books, trust us. :)
Have we mentioned before how much we love the Pickerington Library? Well, it bears repeating. Also, if you haven’t read READY PLAYER ONE, go do it. RIGHT NOW.
I wanted to thank all of my followers with a giveaway! I wanted to share a few of my favorite things with you all!
You can win the Anchor Print Shep Shirt from Vineyard Vines, the Large Agenda in Let’s Cha Cha from Lilly Pulitzer, and a pair of Reva Flats from Tory Burch (your choice of color). I will message the winner for their size of the Shep shirt and the color/size of the flats.
1. Must be following atlanticcoastprep . I will check!
2. Must reblog. The more times you reblog, the more chances you get.
3. Likes do not count as entries
4. Open to everyone, I will also ship internationally!
Ends August 8th! I will message the winner. GOOD LUCK!!
I have reviewed the guidelines and as a result, the giveaway is still on, but it is only open to those in the UNITED STATES.
AND because of the large number of entries, the contest will end on Friday July 11th at 9pm Eastern Standard Time.
im sorry for the confusion this may have caused you
I am so surprised with the number of entries in just a few days! Remember the giveaway ends tomorrow at 9pm eastern standard time then I will be picking a winner.
The winner will be announced and messaged shortly after.
I am really grateful for all of you! Good luck!!!