As some of you may know, for the past couple months, I've been working on UN SDG 3.2.1 – reducing under 5 mortality. Annually, 5 million children never reach their 5th birthday due to preventable causes.
People around the world are working on building infrastructure to improve sanitation, increase vaccination, etc. But, so much of the solution comes from something these developing countries already have.
Yep, all the leading causes of child death, including pneumonia, diarrhea, and typhus could all be improved by increasing the amount of mothers that breastfeed.
The antibodies from a mother's milk are transferred to the child to give them free, natural immunization against the toughest diseases.
So why aren't mothers doing it?
That's what I'm working on. It's a marketing problem. Mothers don't know the benefits of breastfeeding. And if they do, they don't have the support necessary to do it.
Breastfeeding works best when mothers have a knowledgeable and nurturing community to help them work through the inevitable questions and problems, as well as a supportive work environment, but not every mother has this.
I'm currently working on a pilot in rural Nigeria to educate birth attendants on how to initiate breastfeeding during the first few hours of a newborn's life.
Nigeria has the highest child mortality rates worldwide with almost 118 deaths per 1,000 live births. This rate gets even higher in rural areas. Only about 17% of children ever receive breastmilk.
For more details, read my article about the heartbreaking reality behind child mortality in developing countries.
🤱 Progress for February
Working on finalizing proposal for pilot in rural Nigeria
Partnering with NGOs and local organizations to aid in running the pilot
Keep talking to amazing scientists and aid workers that understand the root causes of exclusive breastfeeding
Speaking at the Conference for Undergraduate Underrepresented Minorities in Physics
As a physics nerd, you could probably imagine the freakout I had when I was invited to speak at the University of Maryland's 2nd annual CUMIP. I was able to meet and speak with many other high-school students working in or aspiring to enter physics research. But, there's a problem. These students don't know where to begin. Here are some terrifying stats to prove the point:
1) Globally, there's only 13,000 physicists. To put that in perspective, there's around 130k people working on JUST AI.
2) Most of these physicists break into their own areas of expertise, leaving smaller niches like quantum physics all but abandoned.
It's important for all of us to recognize that science begins now. Whether you're 8, 15, or 23, you can make a difference in the field.
On the note of science starting young, the team at Q-munity and I have been working for the past month on how to bring technology to younger students.
We're hosting a conference for over 500 students to be introduced to the world of emerging technology.
The conference features some of the most influential people including Will Gee, CEO of Balti Virtual, and Michelle Kwok, CEO of FLIK.
Our mission is to inspire the young scientists in attendance that now is the time to build the future. Sign up today at www.qmunity.tech/vision.
That's not even the best part.
We're awarding $1,000 to a team of innovators who create a project using emerging technology.
In the past few weeks, I've been humbled to review the groundbreaking submissions from students around the world solving problems using emerging technology. Students, just 15 and 16, have pitched quantum communications models and new AI-powered social platforms.
The future looks great.
Ending Bad Habits
Yep, I downloaded a sobriety app to track my caffeine addiction.
I entered this year with the goal of ending two bad habits: caffeine and my atrocious sleep schedule. (The former mostly as a result of the latter).
So I quit them cold turkey.
I've been waking up at 6am this entire month without using caffeine. And I've never felt better.
It was definitely a rough start but now I'm extremely grateful I did it. Maybe I can even say I'm a "morning person" now??
Thank you to HKA Communications for this article detailing my quantum story. S/o Hilary for the support!
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