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Murmurs of revolution from the shed
by Subeskha Poudel, Partnerships Manager at Possible Pulling the dhoti up to her ankle, Dambar scrambled inside the chaupadi. A mud house atop a cowshed, today was her third day of menstruation. In the tiny claustrophobic room, her sister-in-law and her young neighbor, also menstruating, had each chosen a corner to sleep. As the moonlight poured in and Dambar tucked her legs between the folds of the blanket, she was determined: “I am not...
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Navigating new waters for iodine nutrition in Djibouti
A new water source will disrupt Djibouti’s source of iodine. IGN is working with partners to steer a course of action toward healthy iodine nutrition through iodized salt. In Djibouti, drastic national infrastructure changes are underway that will disrupt the country's current source of iodine: drinking water. A pipeline is currently in development to channel water from Ethiopia to Djibouti in an effort to improve water quality, and ...
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SCI News: Treatment starts in Nigeria; Strengthening Data Capacity in Niger
The first round of SCI-supported treatment has started in Nigeria as part of a collaboration between SCI and Sightsavers. The programme will aim to provide 3 million treatments against schistosomiasis and close to 800,000 treatments against soil-transmitted helminth infections for school-age children, in 54 Local Governorate Authorities, across 5 states.   The implementation of the programme will be supported by the Nigerian Federal Mi...
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U.N Study: Digitization of Kenyan Farmer Payments Helps Tackle Poverty
One of the most important tools on Everline Wakhungu’s farm is her mobile phone. Everline, who raises maize, beans, and livestock on a four-acre farm in western Kenya, always plants her crops on time because of text message reminders she receives from One Acre Fund. Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Kenya, and the nonprofit, which provides smallholder farmers with inputs on credit and agricultural training, has expanded its digital p...
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What It's Like for a Blind Girl in Kenya
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...
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Against Malaria Foundation Update and Great Website Features
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...
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The search for safety: A Syrian tale
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...
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Transforming Masculinities: Are we engaging men and boys the smartest way to end gender-based violence?
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...
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Empowering Girls in Rural Bangladesh
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...
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Regaining Sight and Hope in Myanmar
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...
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