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Restoring sight breaks the cycle of poverty in Kenya
For Juliet Gileema, an ophthalmic nurse in Kenya’s Busia County, eye health is about more than just restoring people’s sight – it is about restoring their livelihood and dignity. At an eye camp supported by The Fred Hollows Foundation, Juliet recalls the case of a widow whose blindness had robbed her of more than her sight. “She was left with a big chunk of land but due to the cataract she was not able to see. So...
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New initiative to bring vaccination to over 8 million people across Africa
This press release is reprinted from the Gavi website Geneva, 15 August 2018 - Millions of people living in remote areas across Liberia, Uganda, and Kenya will get support to access lifesaving vaccines thanks to a new partnership between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, The Audacious Project, Last Mile Health and Living Goods. The new partnership will provide a combined US $18 million to Last Mile Health and Living Goods' Audacious Proj...
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Designing a Reality Powered by Youth
by Emma Beck, Associate Communications Manager, Adolescents 360 Ayana has a dream for his 25-year-old sister. It’s a dream for the same sister who teasingly calls him “competitive.” Ayana prefers his mother’s more flattering description of “brave.” But whatever you call them, these two characteristics feed Ayana’s commitment to helping girls find a pathway to achieving their dreams. “I want...
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Why I Left Google for a Career in Development
To outsiders, it looked like Jerry Kamau was living the dream. After graduating from the University of Nairobi with a degree in survey engineering, Jerry landed a job with Google, the tech giant known for its employee perks and laid-back office culture. He spent almost nine years at the company, first building up Google Maps in Africa, then helping manage a large team in Hyderabad, India, that supported Google Maps in Western markets. ...
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The future looks bright orange with Sanku-PHC!
During the month of August, Sanku-PHC not only reached 1 million people with nutritious lifesaving foods, but also won the IoT Evolution Product of the Year Awards. Partnering with Vodafone, Sanku-PHC designed a new fortification device that collects mill production data and transmits it automatically to a central, cloud-based database via the Vodafone Managed IoT Connectivity Platform. Why is this news so important? It...
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Expanding Deworming to Migrant Populations in India under National Deworming Day
by Aparna Ananthakrishnan With almost 226 million children at risk of parasitic worm infections, India faces the highest burden of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) globally. The implications for those affected are severe, with long-term impacts on nutrition levels, economic potential and overall quality of life. Most of India's deworming treatments are delivered in schools. To combat STH infection in children, in Fe...
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On the Road to New Salt Legislation in Bangladesh: Honouring Iodized Salt Producers
By Debashish Chanda, Portfolio Lead, GAIN Bangladesh Iodine deficiency is the single greatest cause of preventable mental impairment globally. It causes many other adverse effects on growth and development, such as goitre, due to inadequate thyroid hormone production. These iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) can be effectively and inexpensively prevented by iodizing all salt for human and animal consumption (known as Universal Salt Iodizati...
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Investing in Mom-trepreneurs: why moms make the best entrepreneurs
By Hannah McCandless I get to meet a lot of moms. Over 75% of our business owners are women. And most of them, are moms. Using their small businesses, they are investing in their children’s education, providing healthy and nutritious meals, and working every day to build a better life for their families. They aren’t just entrepreneurs, they’re mom-trepreneurs. The value of investing in women isn’t news...
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IPA Studies Education Interventions for Improving Learning
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA works with governments, businesses and NGOs to design, rigorously evaluate and refine interventions spanning agriculture, education, health, finance, governance, social protection and post-conflict recovery. Here are summaries of recent education-related studies from Ghana and Peru, as well as cas...
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In Remote Nepal, A Broken Bone is Anything but Simple
Breaking a bone is a common occurrence; most of us will have either broken a bone or cared for a loved one with a fracture. Bones have a remarkable ability to heal. Yet all too often, even highly treatable fractures result in death and disability. At Nepal’s Charikot Hospital, a government teaching and training facility where Possible works, we treat 150 to 200 orthopedic procedures per month, divided into soft tissue injury, fractur...
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