Posted by: tneupane | 05/01/2009

Photo of the week


Photo by Vince Blaser

Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-WI, Vice Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues, presents a 2009 Global Health Award to Her Excellency Mrs. Maria da Luz Guebuza, the First Lady of Mozambique on April 24, 2009. The Global Health Council bestowed the awards to the first ladies of Cape Verde and Mozambique for their outstanding leadership and work to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Africa. Maurice Middleberg, Executive Vice President of the Global Health Council (pictured left), moderated the news conference at the National Press Club.


  1. The health indicators for African women are dismally low. I doubt the usefulness of African ladies summit in United States. While millions of poor African women continue to die, Global Health organizations are focusing on entertaining these so called “African first ladies” in LA. The health aid hardly reaches the grass-roots and women who need treatment. While a selected few continue to indulge in luxury of photo-ops and it’s sad to see organizations like global health council joining the Frey, instead doing the real work of building the global health.

    • Thanks very much for your comment!

      While it is true that the First Ladies Summit isn’t directly delivering assistance to grassroots organizations or the women in need of services, events like this do raise the visibility of an issue. The attention garnered by having events like this and having celebrities attend can be ONE component of global health work. It is neither the primary way that the Council works, nor is it the only way.

      Human rights, HIV/AIDS and poverty campaigns have used these types of strategies to raise both awareness and money. In order to get the resources — financing, materials and people — and services you mention donated or delivered, there has to be attention to the problem, policy change and commitment. People are motivated by different things — hopefully someone will be motivated to become more involved or to read, watch or listen to information about the lives of women in Africa.

      The “real work” requires multiple methods — advocacy, publicity, research, information sharing and, of course, service delivery.

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