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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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GiveDirectly Featured in PBS Newshour Segment
Since being founded in 2011, GiveDirectly has given cash unconditionally to villagers in eastern Africa, particularly Kenya and Uganda. Our most recent project involves providing a basic income consisting of cash payments to every adult in a rural Kenyan village. We were pleased to recently have PBS NewsHour correspondent Christopher Livesay visit us in Kenya and report on our work. Here you can see great interviews with recipients, GiveDire...
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AMF update - including breaking news: 2.9 million nets for Zambia!
The team at AMF is excited to share a number of updates on our recent progress. Zambia distribution We have signed an agreement with the Zambia Ministry of Health to fund 2.9 million nets for distribution in August 2017. This will be our first distribution in Zambia and will mean AMF is responsible for protecting a third of the population of the country with long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). In tota...
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“Salt + iodine = Saving IQ” | The IGN Supports a Nationwide Campaign in Russia for mandatory iodized salt law
Russia is the world’s largest country by territory, and it has a population of over 140 million. Spanning two continents and eleven time zones, it encompasses a vast geographic diversity within its borders. Endemic goiter has been reported in written records dating back centuries. Starting in the 1950s, a national program to control IDD in selected regions provided iodized salt to approximately 60% of the country’s population. But as ...
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Partnerships in mental healthcare service delivery in low-resource settings: developing an innovative network in rural Nepal
This article was originally published in Globalization and Health, 13 January 2017 Bibhav Acharya, Duncan Maru, Ryan Schwarz, David Citrin, Jasmine Tenpa, Soniya Hirachan, Madhur Basnet, Poshan Thapa, Sikhar Swar, Scott Halliday, Brandon Kohrt, Nagendra P. Luitel, Erick Hung, Bikash Gauchan, Rajeev Pokharel and Maria Ekstrand Abstract Background...
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Oxfam Responds to East African Famine Threatening 20 Million People
Below is a summary of Oxfam’s work addressing the current famine crisis in the four East African countries where it threatening the lives of 20 million people; links to more in-depth articles follow. Oxfam/Lauren Hartnett Throughout South Sudan, Oxfam is providing water and sanitation to help people avoid diseases like cholera and diarrhea, which can lead to malnutrition and prove fatal. Oxfam and others are wo...
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DMI Launches Radio4Life Campaign Across West Africa
Six years ago, DMI partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropic Medicine to conduct the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) on whether a mass media campaign could save lives. The preliminary results from this RCT suggest that our campaign has significantly increased treatment-seeking for children under five, ante-natal care visits and health-facility deliveries. Based on these initial positive results, we are now planning to laun...
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Gifts to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative now worth twice as much
A long-time supporter has just announced that all gifts to the SCI’s 2017 London Marathon campaign (at www.bit.ly/go-together) will be matched, up to £13.1k. The SCI works to improve the health and development of some of the world’s poorest populations by supporting mass-treatment programmes against schistosomiasis and intestinal worms.  This year’s London Marathon campaign goal is £26.2k – £1,000...
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One Acre Fund Explains Why Climate Funds Should Target Smallholder Farmers
This blog was co-written by Perin L. Saint Ange, Associate Vice-President and Head of the Programme Management Department of IFAD, and Tony Kalm, One Acre Fund's President in USA. The article was originally published by This is Africa. Climate change is threatening to become the biggest crisis humanity has faced in generations. Millions of the world’s poorest people are already paying a terrible toll. Smallholder farmers are among th...
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