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Evidence Action Beta Studies Recruiting youth volunteers in Africa to improve child literacy
by Evidence Action's Sasha Gallant and Julie Wang'ombe In late 2018, our Evidence Action team attended the inaugural Teaching at the Right Level conference in South Africa, hosted by pioneers in the field, Pratham and J-PAL. The conference brought together policymakers, researchers, and implementing partners from across the continent to exchange lessons and ideas to advance what is now one of the most rigorously evaluate...
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Dancing Queen: Visit to Fistula Survivor Padma Thapa in Dahachur, Nepal
By: Lindsey Pollaczek, VP of Programs at Fistula Foundation “My mother gave me a second life, and so now, I just have to dance!” Padma Thapa, age 65, began to dance and twirl, laughing as she threw her arms around Dr. Shirley Heywood, her “mother,” who gave her a second chance at life after repairing her obstetric fistula. Earlier this year, I had the honor of meeting Padma at her home in rural Nepal. I was visiti...
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DMI's RCT is first to show that mass media can change health behaviors
A 2018 highlight for DMI was the publication of the results of our child survival trial in Burkina Faso. This randomised controlled trial (RCT) was the first to demonstrate that mass media can change health behaviours.  The campaign used DMI’s ‘Saturation+’ methodology, broadcasting radio spots 10 times a day, 365 days a year. It promoted health-seeking behaviours, including ante-natal care attendance...
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Village Enterprise's Innovations Summit and Human Centered Design
By Hannah McCandless, Village Enterprise Program Manager We’re obsessed with innovation. We love new stuff, fresh approaches, ground breaking solutions. When we think “innovation”, we tend to think of finished products. The iPhone. The lightbulb. But all new products started with an idea. Steve Jobs’s idea? To build a phone that people would fall in love with. What Steve Jobs knew, is that innovation isn&rsq...
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How Your Support of HKI Safeguards Children’s Sight and Lives
Most of us know that vitamin A— naturally occurring in certain fruits, vegetables, and animal foods—is needed for good vision. But it’s also essential for immunity and healthy growth in children. In fact, vitamin A deficiency, which affects an estimated 250 million preschool children worldwide, is both the leading cause of preventable child blindness and a principal factor in early childhood deaths in both sub-Saharan Africa and...
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Dr. Denis Mukwege Receives Nobel Peace Prize
By Kate Grant, CEO, Fistula Foundation Last month's announcement by the Nobel Committee that Dr. Denis Mukwege would be a recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was the right news, at the right time, and for the right person. I have been privileged to know Dr. Mukwege for nearly a decade. When Fistula Foundation adopted a global mission in 2009, he became our very first partner, and we have been proud to support his work with more...
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AMF Supporters Accomplish ExtraOARdinary Feats to Save Lives
'Oardinary’ Boys Crush an Atlantic Challenge Two not-so oardinary AMF supporters, Oli Glanville and George Randell, accomplished quite a feat early this year: rowing 3,000 miles in a very small boat. And they didn’t just row it, they smashed it: they are now the second fastest pair in history to row the Atlantic. Oli and George took part in the 2017 Talisker Atlantic Challenge, setting off from San Sebastian in the Ca...
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GAIN'S Dr. Lawrence Haddad Awarded World Food Prize
GAIN’s Executive Director Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro, of Imperial College London and 4SD are recipients of the 2018 World Food Prize. “The 2018 laureates’ work significantly improved nutrition for mothers and children in the critical first 1000 days of life”, stated the World Food Prize Foundation. “Their relentless leadership and advocacy has inspired efforts by countless others that have collectively...
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Neonatal Healthcare in Rural Africa
Photos and Stories by: Sarah Severns for D-Rev D-Rev designs and delivers healthcare technology to under-served populations. D-Rev’s products are user-centric, affordable, and durable - proving to be an important part of closing the quality healthcare gap around the world.  Late on a Friday afternoon, Kyomukama sat alone on a thatched mat just inside the doorway of her home in Kitoma Village near Fort Portal, Uganda. As the shado...
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USAID compares a traditional intervention to a simple cash transfer
GiveDirectly is excited to share something they’ve been hard at work on for over 4 years: the results from their first experimental benchmarking study, a unique collaboration with USAID,, and academic and implementing partners set in Rwanda. Here is a rundown of recent articles covering this important news: In The Atlantic, GiveDirectly co-founders Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus discuss the study in A/B/ Testing Foreign Aid:...
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