New Voices and Modern Tools in UNICEF’s Flagship Report

In December, the United Nations deemed 2014 one of the worst years on record for the world’s children, especially those in the Middle East and Africa. Despite this dire news, it is also important to focus on UNICEF’s successes in its efforts to support the rights of children worldwide, and what can be done to achieve a better outlook for 2015.

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Sayana Press Brings Affordable Family Planning to 69 Countries

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 resorting to unsafe abortions.

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Innovative Partnership Strengthens Home-Grown Health Care

A collaboration between PATH and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has established an innovative health centre to fast-track the development of a number of sustainable health technologies that are aimed specifically at reducing maternal and child deaths in the country and in low-income communities in particular.

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CARE’s Rwandan Childhood Project, a Best-Practice In Program Integration

CARE International has been implementing an innovative early childhood development project in parts of Rwanda that is changing lives in a number of sectors. This project deserves to be highlighted because of the phenomenal manner in which it integrates distinct developmental practices into one comprehensive program. Beneficiaries of all ages are engaged at various levels throughout their lives, with the …

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Providing Incentives for Good Health Practices

Healthcare is one of the most fundamental aspects of human lives being addressed by NGOs and non-profits. Programs are regularly forced to choose between addressing acute and chronic conditions, or proving preventative services. The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) has been implementing a Micro Health Insurance program that offers mostly preventative services while providing limited treatment. The …

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Micro-Saving for Education

FINCA and the Private Education Development Network (PEDN) have been carrying out a small savings program with schools across Uganda to subsidize the costs of primary education. While Uganda guarantees universal primary education, it does so with prohibitive user fees that often lead to pupils dropping out and does little to off-set other costs. In response, Smoothing the Costs of …

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A Literacy Program with an Important Message

Plain Ink is currently operating in Italy, India, and Afghanistan, striving to improve literacy and educational attainment levels. Their Asian operations consist of activities related to distribution and creation of reading materials. They deliver books, comics, and other reading aids to school and institutions in disadvantaged communities. To compliment this work they also partner with local storytellers, writers, and illustrators …

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