Wife, mommy, sister, friend, diva - all these words and more describe the person Michelle is and constantly striving to improve. The voice behind
Divas With A Purpose, she embraces the “divatude” of being Driven, Inspiring, Victorious and called-to-Action. Her blog is a collection of inspiration, motivation and fun with a purpose. Her true passion is
calling attention to issues that directly impact women and children.
She lives in Columbia, SC with her husband and three children. Michael (born at 30 weeks), now 11, is a 6th grade honor student who enjoys art, video games and playing with his younger brother and sister. Bradley (born at 37 weeks) is now 4
– loves learning new things and irritating his big brother. Veronica (born at 40 weeks) recently turned 1 and loves singing, playing with her brothers’ toys and random tickle fests.
November 15, 2012 / Michelle D. Garrett
Preterm birth is more common than many realize. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm worldwide every year – that’s almost 1 out of every 10 babies born.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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