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Towards a Major Public Health Milestone: Sierra Leone's Progress towards Eliminating River Blindness

River blindness (onchocerciasis) has been known to humankind since “biblical times”. It was second only to cataract as a cause of blindness in Sierra Leone until recently – It used to be so common in some highly-affected riverside villages that people accepted the inevitability of visual impairment from their mid-30s.

Never Too Old To Learn: Nigérien “Husband Schools” Promote Family Health and Well-Being

Women in Niger face many challenges in ensuring the health and well-being of their families. Food security threats are regular occurrences, and ensuring that children are healthy and benefit from proper nutrition is a day-to-day struggle. When women benefit from the support of their husbands to pursue modern family planning methods, get regular health check-ups for their children, and learn about proper hygiene and nutrition practices, their job is much easier.

The Humanitarian Community Is Counting on the Oslo Conference to Raise Awareness and Funds for the Neglected Lake Chad Crisis

The Lake Chad Basin of West Africa has long suffered from the mutually reinforcing effects of economic poverty, underdevelopment, and climate change. These challenges have been exacerbated by an unprecedented security situation since February 2015 – continuous cross-border raids by Boko Haram insurgents have created terror, mass displacement and miserable, precarious living conditions for millions of people.

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