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    Borders as Bridges, Not Barriers

    Today, more than 232 million people live outside their countries of birth, with the U.S. as the top destination, followed by Russia, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Manav Seva Sansthan, SEVA, works at strategic Indo-Nepal cross border transit points to ensure safe and informed migration and to combat human trafficking.

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Ebola Prevention through Health Worker Behavioral Studies

Ebola Prevention through Health Worker Behavioral Studies

December 17th, 2014

. By Maureen Littlejohn

Sector: Health

  TIME magazine named Ebola health workers their Persons of the Year for good reason. These dedicated professionals are risking their own lives to save others in a job full of hazards, many of which are currently unknown. As the disease continues to spread, researchers have realized there is a need to understand the culture of behaviour these frontline workers contend with to... (more)

Tags: Africa,Ebola,Research,Sierra Leone

IACC Series, Transparency International, Part 3: Reducing Corruption in Paraguayan Schools

IACC Series, Transparency International, Part 3: Reducing Corruption in Paraguayan Schools

December 16th, 2014

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Education,Governance

  For many students across the Global North, attending school is a carefree practice that sees little political influence. The educational system is not typically controlled by specific political ties, monetary funds are monitored, and transparency is ensured to all interested beneficiaries, as well as the general public. But for many countries across the Global South, especially those with higher public... (more)

Tags: Corruption,Paraguay,School,South America,Transparency International

Sayana Press Brings Affordable Family Planning to 69 Countries

Sayana Press Brings Affordable Family Planning to 69 Countries

December 15th, 2014

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Health

  Lack of contraception and family planning services is a serious challenge for women in developing countries around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200 million women in the Global South would like to access contraception, but are currently unable. In 2012 alone, this led to almost 80 million unplanned pregnancies, with about 25% of women... (more)

Tags: abortion,Africa,Children,contraception,family planning,health,maternal health,pregnancy,Women

The Potato Park: Indigenous Knowledge and Agricultural Success in Peru

The Potato Park: Indigenous Knowledge and Agricultural Success in Peru

December 13th, 2014

. By Sarah Anstett

Sector: Agriculture,Environment,Livelihoods

  Potato Park, located in the Cusco region of Peru, is one of the world’s few biological reserves operated by local indigenous populations. It proves that, with the aid of science, mixing old knowledge with new technology can be a successful recipe for protecting crops against climate change. Potato Park is home to over 6000 indigenous Quechua peoples from six surrounding communities.... (more)

Tags: cooperative,farming,indigenous,Peru,potato,Quechua

Ebola Series, Part 1: Building Locally-Appropriate Ebola Interventions

Ebola Series, Part 1: Building Locally-Appropriate Ebola Interventions

December 11th, 2014

. By Rachel Pott

Sector: Health

  As the Ebola death toll passes 6000, some researchers are taking a different approach to counter the spread of the disease.[1] So far, support has focused on public health measures, from vaccines and drug trials to increased facilities and equipment. However, these methods have limited efficacy if they are not combined with comprehensive understanding of local communities. To address this gap,... (more)

Tags: Africa,DFID,Ebola,LCHTM,public health,West Africa

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