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Posted by Fred Hollows Foundation on Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Mark Maina works for The Fred Hollows Foundation in Africa. His role gives him a first-hand view of the blindness gender disparity in Kenya. As a father of a young girl, he's particularly in tune to the issues that he sees women in Kenya facing across the board. Here, he shares with us his thoughts about gender, health, and education.
In Kenya, gender is a prickly issue. Traditional gender roles abound, although in recent times i...
Posted by Against Malaria Foundation on Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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...
Posted by Oxfam on Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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...
Posted by Population Services International on Wednesday, July 05, 2017
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...
Posted by Innovations for Poverty Action on Wednesday, July 05, 2017
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...
Posted by Seva on Wednesday, July 05, 2017
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...
Posted by Project Healthy Children on Wednesday, July 05, 2017
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...
Posted by Evidence Action on Sunday, June 04, 2017
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...
Posted by Fistula Foundation on Sunday, May 28, 2017
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...
Posted by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition on Sunday, May 28, 2017
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...