Mandy Moore heads to Tanzania for PSI to promote recognition of the importance of #healthworkers

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Note/disclaimer: I am drawing attention to this trip, which I do honestly believe highlights an important group, at the request of one of my colleagues and fellow bloggers who works for PSI, though I am not getting paid for it.

Though the issue of celebrities foraying into global health and development is somewhat controversial (and occasionally scandalous), I maintain that it is not necessarily a bad thing. IMO, it all depends on who they are working with and what they are doing. Thus, starting your own charity like Alicia Keys or Madonna is probably not the best approach, signing on as ambassadors can, I think, draw attention to important issues and groups by putting a celebrity face on an organization's efforts.

Which is why I'm happy to point out that Mandy Moore is back in Africa with PSI, this time in Tanzania, to draw focus on the importance of a critical but vastly underappreciated resource in global health: health workers.
A robust and effective global health workforce must be a top priority for the international community, and Mandy Moore is helping to champion this cause along with Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, a coalition of more than two-thousand mom bloggers who currently span twenty countries who care about spreading the good news about the amazing work nonprofit organizations and NGOs are doing around the world. They’re visiting health workers in Tanzania with us along with IntraHealth International, with whom PSI partnered to produce the latest issue of Impact Magazine, focusing on the global health workforce.

Follow @TheMandyMoore, @JenniferJames, @SocialGoodMoms, and @IntraHealth as well as @PSIImpact and PSI’s @MarshallPSI, @Mandy_McAnally and @regaroni, who will be tweeting and Instragramming the trip all week using #HealthWorkersCount. We’ll be creating a Storify every day to collect some of the best photos, tweets, and commentary from Mandy and the group in Tanzania. We would love to include your thoughts and tweets about the value of an empowered global health workforce.
As a side note, I had no idea that there was "a coalition of more than two-thousand mom bloggers who currently span twenty countries" dedicated to giving press to nonprofit action, though I'm not surprised. Based solely on my experience on Facebook, I have concluded that "mommy bloggers" are a terrifyingly influential collective and a force to be reckoned with.

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