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Culturally-Appropriate Housing for Life in Northern Canada

Culturally-Appropriate Housing for Life in Northern Canada

September 17th, 2014

. By Sarah Anstett

Sector: Livelihoods

A new initiative in Northern Canada aims to develop housing for Aboriginal residents that are not only significantly more energy efficient than current buildings, but are also designed with cultural traditions in mind. The project, dubbed the “Northern Sustainable House” is being piloted in Arviat, Nunavut, with similar initiatives underway in Dawson City, Yukon, and Whitehorse, Northwest Territories. The project is... (more)

Tags: aboriginal,arctic,Canada,community,culture,First Nations,housing

Chicken Production Takes Flight in Haiti

Chicken Production Takes Flight in Haiti

September 16th, 2014

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Agriculture,Livelihoods

Haiti has experienced severe environmental degradation over the past three decades, leading to serious agricultural and economic decline. This decline often makes it difficult and very costly for local smallholder farmers to introduce more sophisticated agricultural techniques. The consequence is that this once fertile nation now relies on imports for 50% of its food needs. However, one Canadian NGO has... (more)

Tags: capacity,chickens,Haiti,livestock,poultry

Human trials begin to test new drugs against Ebola virus

Human trials begin to test new drugs against Ebola virus

September 15th, 2014

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Health

In March of this year, the Ebola virus broke out in Guinea and quickly spread through four other West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, and in Africa can be contracted through consumption of bush-meats. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the virus, which currently... (more)

Tags: Africa,Ebola,West Africa

Could a Malaria Vaccine Be on the Horizon?

Could a Malaria Vaccine Be on the Horizon?

September 14th, 2014

. By Calondra Mainhart

Sector: Health

A UK drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, is seeking regulatory approval for RTS,S, the world's first malaria vaccine. Created in 1987, the vaccine has been almost 30 years in the making, and if approved will be available as soon as 2015. Although trials have shown the vaccine is only able to reduce the incidence of malaria, even partial efficacy will help to greatly reduce the... (more)

Tags: GlaxoSmithKline,GSK,malaria vaccine,RTS S,Sub-Saharan Africa

This tiny bag offers a big impact on hygienic childbirth

This tiny bag offers a big impact on hygienic childbirth

September 11th, 2014

. By Lindsay Purchase

Sector: Gender,Health,Water & Sanitation

Today, approximately 800 women died from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes, most of which were preventable. The same was true yesterday and will be true again tomorrow, according to statistics from the World Health Organization. This is nearly half of the level of reported maternal deaths in 1990, but it remains a significant problem to overcome.Unsafe or unhygienic childbirths vastly increase... (more)

Tags: child mortality,childbirth,maternal health,maternal mortality,Pregnant

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