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Against Malaria Foundation Update and Great Website Features
Against Malaria Foundation AMF update, July 2017 It is a busy summer for the AMF team and partners. We are in the middle of three distributions and we are assessing another eight that require funding. We saw strong donor support this past fiscal year (June 2016-June 2017) with 75,283 donations received (prior year 51,901) totaling more than US$42m. This allowed us to fund a number of multi-million net distributions and protect 29 mi...
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The search for safety: A Syrian tale
Follow along as one refugee family travels from Syria to Lebanon to Italy to escape violence in their homeland.  The stories we most often hear about Syrian refugees are of those who embarked on perilous and illegal journeys to reach safe haven in Europe. This is not that kind of story. This is a story about what happens when the international community lends a hand so those who are already vulnerable can find a home without fur...
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Transforming Masculinities: Are we engaging men and boys the smartest way to end gender-based violence?
PSI and Partners Take On Social Norms in DRC By Aubrey Weber, FHI 360 Instances of early pregnancy, gender-based and intimate partner violence, and child marriage are an unfortunate reality for millions of women. In many settings, sustained improvements in family planning and sexual and reproductive health will only be obtained by addressing the social norms—unspoken rules that govern behavior—that inhibit family planning a...
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Empowering Girls in Rural Bangladesh
Child marriage is correlated with negative health and education outcomes around the world. Researchers evaluated the impacts of a conditional incentive program and an adolescent empowerment program on adolescent marriage, teenage childbearing, and education in rural Bangladesh. They found that offering incentives conditional on delayed marriage was an effective way to reduce child marriage, reduce teenage childbearing, and increase education. The...
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Regaining Sight and Hope in Myanmar
Sixty-five-year-old Daw Ei Zin lost sight in her right eye over a year ago. She grew very worried as her left eye began to cloud over and lose vision too. Eventually, both of her eyes became so clouded that she could no longer see.  She lives with her unmarried son, where she used to spend her days sitting alone in the house, fighting depression and waiting for her son to return home at the end of the day. She couldn’t do anything f...
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Food fortification program is formally endorsed in Liberia
In Jan 2017, Liberia’s Ministry of Health officially signed the country's National Food Fortification Guidelines, formally endorsing and launching the country’s first-ever fortification program. From left: Mrs. Kou Baawo, Director of Nutrition, Ministry of Health; Dr. Francis Kateh, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health; Laura Rowe, President, PHC; Marion Mykers, Country Coordinator, PHC. Project Healthy Children is great...
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Evidence Action's
No Lean Season: A Ticket Out of Seasonal Poverty What is No Lean Season? No Lean Season reduces the negative effects of seasonality on the poorest in rural agricultural areas by enabling labor mobility that increases incomes.  It is a new program that we are testing in Evidence Action Beta's portfolio, based on rigorous experimental evidence. We give a travel subsidy of $20 to very poor rural laborers so they can send a family m...
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What I Know for Sure by Kate Grant, CEO Fistula Foundation
A wise woman, Judith Campbell, once said, “when your heart speaks, take good notes.” It’s been more than two decades since I met two people who would change my life forever: Dr. Catherine Hamlin, the pioneering founder of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, and one of her fistula patients, a young woman left incontinent from the unrelieved obstructed labor that also resulted in the death of her baby. Abandoned by her h...
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GAIN looks toward elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders by 2020
Iodine deficiency is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage. Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), represent a serious threat to children’s mental health and often their very survival. Severe iodine deficiency may reduce a child's IQ by 10-15 points, resulting in poorer school performance and worse economic prospects later in life. Iodine deficiency can impair the social and economic wellbeing of e...
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Living Goods: My Superhero's Name is Milly and She Lives in Uganda
This article, but Leah Perkinson, was first published in Impakter. Milly goes door-to-door selling every day goods and medicines in her hometown district of Kyengera. Kyengera is just outside Kampala, Uganda’s fast growing capital. She diagnoses and treats what could otherwise be debilitating and deadly disease and illness like malaria and diarrhea. She also connects her customers to more specialized care in hospitals. Five years ago,...
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