Discharging a healthy baby makes me happy

As a clinical assistant in the paediatrics ward at Nyangao hospital, Tanzania, Godfrey Kambanga has his work cut out for him. Understaffing, lack of training and resources has kept neonatal mortality rates amongst the highest in the country. His own patient roster can reach nearly 70 sick children and babies a day. 

VSO volunteers and Dr Siobhan Neville and Dr Peter O’Reilly are paediatricians tasked with supporting the development and training of the Neonatal Intensive Care unit in Nyangao and other hospitals in the region. Working with them has given Godfrey a new set of skills and energy when treating his patients. 

Every baby deserves a chance

Irish paediatrician Dr Siobhán Neville is volunteering in Lindi, one of the most deprived parts of Tanzania. Based across several local hospitals and health centres, she and partner Peter O’Reilly are supporting initiatives to improve newborn care and challenge the tragically high rate of newborn death in the region. 

Safe deliveries and healthier futures for women in Cambodia

Ans Ohms is a Dutch midwife and volunteer in Cambodia. She is supporting the development of midwife training across six hospitals. Thanks to these improvements, over 10,000 pregnant women have already benefited. Furthermore, she is assisting in the development of course material that will support the training of 120 midwives every year. The impact of her efforts is already felt and thanks to Ans, mothers here have a better chance of a safe delivery and a healthier future.

Nepal earthquakes: One year on

One year ago today, the first of two massive earthquakes tore through Nepal. Their wake of devastation claimed nearly 9,000 lives and left hundred of thousands of people homeless.

The generous response to our emergency appeal, to the tune of £700,000, made a huge difference to people in dire need. But a year on, Nepal is still in a bad way.

7 reasons to be optimistic about solving the world's health problems

World Health Day has been marked each April 7 for nearly 70 years to raise awareness of the world's most serious health threats.

So much has changed in that time. Phenomenal developments in medicine have brought cures for infectious disease, and international efforts to improve life in poorer countries have brought improvements in nutrition, sanitation, housing and standards of healthcare

Whilst there’s still lots of work to do in global health, let’s take a moment to remember a few of the major achievements we can be proud of.

Four ways we're improving health for everyone

Health is precious. Being unwell can keep us keep us from learning, making a living, and caring for our families. Without good quality healthcare, sickness, pregnancy and infection can mean chronic poverty, suffering and stigma.

Together, we're making a real difference by improving health services where action is needed most.

20,000 chances to change the world

This week we’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon, who’s travelling hundreds of miles to volunteer in Cambodia.

Tania is a former refugee from the DRC and is an aspiring midwife – but those aren’t the only things that make her special. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.