Inspiring Change: Today is International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women. Over the last few years, the CDC Foundation has gathered stories throughout the world about the life-saving work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are five of many examples, highlighting those who are making a difference for women and girls and celebrating the dedication and innovation of women working to improve health in communities everywhere.

Mama SprinklesBerlyne Otieno, better known as “Mama Sprinkles,” sells sprinkles vitamin packs to help boost the health of local children in Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Sprinkles address micronutrient deficiencies in children and provide an income to local women’s groups in impoverished rural areas. Read more


mHealthWazazi Nipendeni (“Parents Love Me” in Swahili), a healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood text-messaging and multi-media campaign, is reaching new and expectant mothers in the most remote corners of Tanzania. Read more


mHealth - CathyDr. Cathy Mwangi, CDC Foundation mHealth Kenya, was involved in launching a new e-mobile platform that will advance the future of medical supply distribution in Kenya. Read more


SafeTogether for Girls released the first edition of Safe, a digital magazine that is focused on sexual violence and tells the stories of children exposed to violence all over the world. The magazine brings courageous stories to light, sharing solutions and resources for prevention and highlighting the heroes around the world who are making a difference. Read more

safe delivery for mothers in kenyaThrough individual donations to the CDC Foundation, CDC-Kenya staff distribute safe delivery kits and offer transportation for pregnant women to a healthcare facility for delivery. Read more



Terri Heyns, MA, is the associate vice president for communications for the CDC Foundation.