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‘There is nothing that a man can do that a woman cannot also do.’
by Hannah McCandless “We feel so empowered!” exclaimed one of the women in Bed Mot savings group in Olwelai Village. Empowerment. It’s a buzzword. As with many buzzwords in the development industry its meaning tends to be ambiguous, flexible, and overused. And yet there I was, sitting in rural Uganda, being told by our business owners that they felt empowered. Empowerment may be a buzzword. It is also a concrete result of our...
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How to Transform Sanitation Access for Women and Girls in Vietnam
By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, MCSD, PSI In rural Vietnam, 30% of families lack access to sanitation facilities that meet basic hygiene standards. The lack of access to sanitation disproportionately affects women and girls, who face numerous adverse health effects and safety risks as a result. To address this issue, PSI Vietnam, with support from philanthropist Camilla Hagen Sørli and the Maverick Collective, is working to build a...
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Lumbini Eye Institute's Surgical Eye Team is 70% Female!
The surgeon looks through her microscope. A small incision is made, a cloudy lens carefully removed, a new lens inserted. It all happens in less than 15-minutes. The patient walks out. Another patient is guided in. Throughout the day, the surgical team at Nepal's Lumbini Eye Institute will perform more than 100 cataract surgeries that will restore sight and transform lives. In addition to the life-changing impact the surgeons have on ea...
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34 eye surgeons for 15 million people: Why the Cambodian eye care system needs your help
The people of Cambodia radiate resilience and optimism. Tourism is booming and the economy is growing. But the turmoil of the Khmer Rouge regime and the effects of genocide and has left scars that will take a long time to heal. For all the progress in this fascinating country, there is also persistent poverty, corruption and deficiencies in the health care system. The eye care system in Cambodia highlights the incredible disproportion of servi...
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PSI: Five Ways to Make Social Media Work for Health
By Perrie Briskin, Communications Manager for Digital Media, PSI/Myanmar Marketing can sometimes feel like throwing darts in the dark. Is it the commercial or promotional umbrella that drives sales, or do they work in concert? Commercial brands with infinite marketing dollars can afford a thousand darts. PSI doesn’t have this luxury. Social marketing dollars are precious and promoting health products is a different challenge than, for...
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Living Goods Reduces Child Deaths by 27% in IPA Study
“IPA recently completed a large-scale randomized study for Living Goods showing the model is reducing child deaths by a staggering 27 percent. The result has been nothing short of transformational. The power and quality of research has persuaded policymakers, replication partners, and major funders to back a rapid scale up of the approach. As a result, Living Goods’ reach has tripled to 5 million people served. Proof positive that IPA...
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Welcome Village Enterprise!
Village Enterprise is thrilled to be the newest cost-effective and high impact charity selected by The Life You Can Save. Our mission is to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. To accomplish this, Village Enterprise provides a “graduation program” that includes business and financial skills training, mentoring, small grants, and savings networks to first-time entrepreneurs living on less than $...
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SCI: Prevalence Reductions, A+ DFID Rating & Farewell to Alan Fenwick
A fond farewell and thanks to Dr. Alan Fenwick Professor Fenwick convinced the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of the plausibility of his vision, securing the second grant they ever made, and established the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative(SCI) at Imperial College London in 2002. The SCI had a single objective, to prove that it was possible to develop and deliver a schistosomiasis control programme at a national scale, that was replicable...
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One Acre Fund: Three Things the New U.S. President Should Do to Address World Hunger
This blog was written by David Hong, One Acre Fund's global senior policy analyst, and Homi Kharas, senior fellow and deputy director for global economics and development at the Brookings Institution. The article was originally published by The Hill. The U.S. will soon go to the polls to elect our new president, who will walk into the Oval Office with a laundry list of global challenges. Not all of those issues grab daily headlines. Howeve...
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GDLive is Live!
Here's GiveDirectly's note introducing their new feature: During this past emotional month, GiveDirectly had the exciting launch of GDLive. We hope this project can provide an uplifting channel and a reflection of your collective compassion for the global poor through an honest look into their lives and the impact of your investments. GDLive provides an unfiltered, near real-time connection with program participants, allowing you to hear direct...
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