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Behind the Scenes at One Acre Fund’s Soil Lab
Welcome to our soil laboratory, where scientists are unlocking a wealth of knowledge hidden in farmers’ soils. A client's soil sample is run through a mid-infrared spectrometer, an instrument that can determine the exact makeup of the soil, down to a single element. It’s delivery day at One Acre Fund’s soil analytics laboratory in Kakamega, Kenya, and there’s a flurry of activity. A shipment of almost 3,0...
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Community Health Workers Keep Their Eyes Open for People in Need
Community health workers (CHWs), many of them women, work at the vanguard of Seva's efforts to combat blindness in many regions around the world. Rokehatun and Madhumsri, two field workers from the Alipurduar Hospital in West Bengal, travel door-to-door by bicycle to find villagers in need of eye care and refer them to the hospital for treatment. These workers – some paid, and some volunteer – conduct on-the-ground o...
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Maintaining a Treatment Programme during an Ebola Outbreak
By Dr Mousumi Rahman, Senior Programme Advisor The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recently experienced an outbreak of the Ebola Virus. First reported on 8th May 2018, there have so far been 38 confirmed cases and over 20 deaths. The SCI continues to support a schistosomiasis treatment programme in DRC, and fortunately, the outbreak did not start until just after the last round of treatment was distributed in the country. Th...
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HOPE Amidst a Refugee Crisis
HOPE Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s partner in Bangladesh, has been on the front lines of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Amidst the sprawling refugee camps, HOPE has begun to identify fistula patients. They are working tirelessly to bring aid in a dire situation. 22 year-old Setara Begum told her harrowing story as a Rohingya refugee. When her labor became complicated, she didn’t dare seek medical help at the local hospital, after he...
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An invisible refugee crisis
Did you know about the invisible refugee crisis in Uganda? In 2016, Uganda took in more people than any other nation in the world — and that includes all of Europe at the height of the crisis. In 2016, the nation took in more people than any other nation in the world — and that includes all of Europe at the height of the crisis. Unfortunately, it's not making headlines. In response, GiveDirectly has launched a service cal...
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DMI is excited to launch a new life-saving programme in Mozambique called INTENSAÚDE. INTENSAÚDE is a 2-year project with a big ambition – to save over 8000 under five lives. DMI will be running a national radio campaign to promote awareness of the symptoms of the three biggest killers of young children in Mozambique: malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. During the campaign, radio stations across Mozambique will broadcast short 1 min...
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The Happiest High Five--Saving a Child’s Sight in Kenya
In Kenya, more than 650,000 people are blind or visually impaired due to cataract. Many of these are children who are living in poverty, for whom the problem is especially dire. Childhood cataract must be treated urgently because it can lead to irreversible blindness - even if help becomes available later in life. Brain development is usually complete around 10 years of age. During this developmental phase, the brain learns to process visual s...
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Off the grid: Finding light after the dark from Hurricane Maria
By Mary Babic No matter how the numbers are tallied, the fact is that many thousands of US citizens are still without power in Puerto Rico – more than seven months after Hurricane Maria tore into the aging and fragile power grid across the island. Recently, the US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources held a hearing to “examine the current status of Puerto Rico’s electric grid and proposals for the future operati...
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My Friend, Oprah
by Kate Grant, Fistula Foundation's Chief Executive I got the best job of my life from Oprah Winfrey. I know you think I’m just a name dropper, but I’ve never met Oprah. She has no idea I exist. I’m sure of it. But without Oprah, Fistula Foundation, which I lead, and which has helped tens of thousands of women in Africa and Asia whose bodies have been broken by childbirth receive life-transforming surgery, likely ...
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Why are Kenyan Women Suffering from ‘Mwenye Syndrome’?
By Ann Morris, Member, Maverick Collective Bamba, Kenya – Zippora holding her child. © Ann Morris Zippora Masha invites her guests into her spacious mud-walled home, where educational posters, brought home by her husband, a teacher, line the walls. Her oldest daughter, 5, is at school, but her youngest, a healthy, chubby toddler, snoozes on her hip. Although her own education ended in third grade, she hopes...
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