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Internationally Focused?

For those of you interested in international work, I’ve found a great new resource.  It is called Gapminder, and it allows you to graph health and development indicators from around the world.  Why is this so great?  Because many people have a rather historical view of the world we live in. Want to know what I mean?  Watch this 20 minute lecture by Hans Rosling on the changing data for global development indicators.

Life isn’t always milk and honey, but you may be surprised by just how much “progress” the world has been making. And if you are being called to international work, I challenge you to spend some time exploring the date for the country or region you are made to serve.  Find out what progress has been made and what work is still being done.  You may just find yourself staring at your future.

Many blessings.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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