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Solving the last mile payment challenge in Liberia
Think of the longest ATM line you've seen in the US...and multiply it by 80. On the World Bank index of ATMs per 100,000 people, Liberia comes in at fewer than 2 (by comparison, the US has 174). Not surprisingly, it’s the kind of place where delivering cash as an aid intervention is often deemed “impossible” by the sector. Our team launched in Monrovia 8 months ago - and $654K dollars distributed later, we’re reaching ...
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Regaining Purpose: Helping refugees launch new chapters with small businesses
Article and photos by Sadie Rose Zavgren, Village Enterprise In 2018, Village Enterprise partnered with Mercy Corps Uganda on a project funded by the ECHO Foundation to adapt Village Enterprise’s microenterprise Graduation program for refugees. The pilot paired newly arrived refugees with host community members to launch small businesses.  This promotes resilience and reduced aid reliance across three refugee settlements in West Nil...
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Restoring sight for those who have lost everything
In late 2017, one million Rohingya refugees fleeing violence streamed into Bangladesh, walking through jungle, across mountains and rivers for weeks to find safety. “While emergency care was the first priority it soon became clear that up to 50,000 refugees were blind,” points out Ian Wishart, The Fred Hollows Foundation CEO. With the help of partners, including Baitush Sharaf Eye Hospital, The Foundation was the first eye healt...
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“You never want to lose a baby”: Gathering with purpose at D-Rev’s first newborn symposium
One thing about neonatologists, they are very passionate about their babies. You never want to lose a baby. You would do anything to save that baby… and sometimes babies are very sick, and we have very few neonatal intensive care units. And even the spaces sometimes are not enough. So sometimes as a neonatologist or as a doctor or as a nurse, you are asking yourself, “Which baby is going to go in the ventilator? Which baby is going t...
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Dedicating This Mother’s Day to 1,000 Moms in Madagascar
By: Kate Grant, CEO Fistula Foundation   I remember what it felt like when my son was born. After 24 hours of labor, nearly four hours of which was pushing with little result other than utter exhaustion, I ended up with C-section.  But other than a bruised ego, my son and I were both healthy. I remember the true awe – and I use that word literally and carefully – that I felt the first time I picked him up. I know that I ...
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Many girls marry too young, but what is an effective way to delay marriage?
Girls who marry before the age of 18 tend to face greater difficulties in life than girls who delay marriage—they are more likely to be socially isolated, to have early and high-risk pregnancies, and to experience intimate partner violence. They also complete less schooling than girls who marry after age 18.   Without evidence, decision-makers often have to guess the answers to questions like this. IPA works with our partners to gen...
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To Build Rural Economies, Offer Farmers Choice
Remember: May 28th is World Hunger Day We believe farmers should be treated as clients, not beneficiaries. Here's why. At the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Rwandan President Paul Kagame said, “We have everything we need to succeed. We must start treating farmers as clients. They need the latest skills and services to increase their productivity.” At One Acre Fund, we agree. Treating farmers as clients ulti...
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How I Became A Community Healthcare Nurse with Possible
By Aasha Bhatta  I was twenty-two, a year out of nursing school, when a woman named Dhana came in the private hospital, barely alive. We rushed to donate blood and resuscitate her. Dhana had delivered a child at home, but the placenta had remained inside. Fearing it would slip back inside, a piece of wood was tied to her umbilical cord. After excess bleeding, Dhana had walked for a day, then took an ambulance to reach us. The hospital ...
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Window Stickers That Save Lives
It’s hard to believe that something as simple—and cheap—as a sticker can save lives. But Zusha! has proven that it can.   See the Zusha! team in action in Kenya. Zusha! is a Swahili word that means “speak up, speak out”. It is now a term synonymous with a nationwide road safety campaign in Kenya.   Since 2010, Georgetown University researchers have been working to save lives on Kenya’...
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A Cote d’Ivoire teacher sees improved attendance from SCI deworming
Kenise Klah Keino’s story Schistosomiasis is a type of parasitic worm infection that is carried by freshwater snails and is estimated to affect over 200 million people worldwide. It’s transmitted through contact with contaminated water during daily activities like bathing and fishing. Schistosomiasis can result in impaired child development, reduced productivity and internal organ damage.  Watch a video of teacher...
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