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In the United States, October marks National Domestic Abuse Awareness month. Domestic violence takes multiple forms in many societies, including physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse, destruction of property, social isolation and economic dependency. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of age, gender, race, social status or sexual orientation.
For many of us breastfeeding isn't glamorous or easy, it's a private struggle emotionally and physically. When I look at this photo I remember the tears, the fear, and the isolation of those first months. Those were some of the hardest of my life.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn't come naturally to most women.
Imagine that you've just given birth, in a hospital you didn't plan on delivering in, and in a country foreign to you. You're now living in a temporary shelter, you've left behind your home, your job, and your intimate community of friends has been scattered. Then imagine yourself trying with all of your might to breastfeed your new bundle of joy.
A lot of people, knowing English is Sierra Leone’s official language, ask if we teach in English. The answer is a clear “No!” as very few women speak English. Few adult women have attended any school, so speak their tribal language. We work among the Mende people, who live in some of the most remote areas of the southern part of Sierra Leone and are one of the largest tribes.
I'm a lucky person. Reflecting on my childhood, I was a happy, care-free kid. I enjoyed financial security, two loving parents, a home in the country, a permanent playmate (my younger sister), and have many fond memories to revisit. I want to acknowledge my luck and own it, because not everyone is dealt the same hand.
Continuing our celebration of super dads, we interviewed Austin-based musician Bob Schneider and his wife Laura Moore-Schneider about the balancing act that is parenthood. Enjoy their poignant and insightful responses, fondest memories and honest thoughts about becoming a badass parent.
In honor of Father's Day, COHI asked Brian Rosenworcel, the drummer of the band Guster, a few questions about fatherhood, life balance and parenting as a source of musical inspiration. Read on, and enjoy!
Recently I was given the opportunity to participate in the COHI response to the much-publicized Syrian refugee crisis in Greece. I had never been to Greece, but I spent several years traveling in the Middle East and studying Arabic when I was in undergrad and I looked forward to applying that experience in a medical context.
I’m delighted to share with the COHI community that the two WeCare Solar Suitcases are installed and functioning in Waspam municipality, Nicaragua.Our maternal health community partners are delighted and thrilled to have light!
She was tall, she wore a tattered yellow sari with green trim on the edges. Her too thin arms hung on her long frame, a melodic jangle accompanied her when she walked into the dark examination room generated by the bangles on her too thin wrists.
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