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Measles Vaccinations: Saving Millions of Lives Worldwide

The unfolding outbreak of measles across the country has focused attention on whether parents should get their children vaccinated against measles and other diseases. This is a question the Red Cross answers approximately 100 million times a year around the world with life-saving vaccinations.

Turning the tables for better health care in Haiti

Imagine traveling for hours to meet with your doctor. You arrive at the office, exhausted from your journey, only to hear that your doctor is not in. 

Or imagine you are pregnant with your first child and you receive regular visits from a community health worker. When she submits the data from the visit to the nurse at the closest facility, the nurse only copies down half of the information, or has even lost your medical records by the time you arrive to deliver your child. 

This happens too often in Haiti. 

Three key reasons why Ebola is also a food security crisis

“Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Build it and they will come? Yes, with creativity, evidence, and cross-sector coordination.

In many remote regions around the world, it is extremely difficult for women in labor to reach a hospital or a clinic, causing risks to their lives and the lives of their babies. The important role mobility plays in health in the developing world is well documented. In India, the convening of key stakeholders across many government sectors was critical to galvanize a statewide, lifesaving ambulance service. 

Learning in the Time of Ebola

Throughout West Africa, the widespread outbreak of Ebola has placed regular life on hold. In an effort to prevent the further spread of the virus, curfews have been put in place. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. And schools have been closed since August.

But for students in EDC’s USAID-funded Advancing Youth Project in Liberia, learning has not come to a full halt. In an innovative response to a humbling health crisis, classes are continuing over the radio.

And across the country, students are tuning in.

Community-Based Protection

Community-based approaches to protection (CBP) have largely been developed by NGOs in complement to the often more legalistic and state-centric work of mandated protection actors. NGOs have long worked within communities in crisis – including as implementing partners for the major UN agencies – so developing community-based protection work built on their pre-existing strength, experience and networks. Whilst there is anecdotal evidence of its success as an approach it does present some specific challenges in terms of demonstrating results.

Why the Global Push for Local Democratic Governance?

The current pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong is yet another example of a push for good, local, democratic governance. China’s move to limit the electoral freedom of Hong Kong might have served as an immediate cause, the protest is a reflection of the growing consensus for accountable governance. A movement that was witnessed in the Arab Spring, and currently in Ukraine and Syria.

Fostering Grassroots Innovation and Resilience in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is an earthquake-prone country located in mountainous Central Asia, where almost half of the population lives on less than $2 a day. Numerous seismic events damage the homes of the rural poor, which are usually their only asset. Retrofitting homes using rebar and concrete to make them withstand tremors and earthquakes is far too expensive for these low-income families.

A Little Boy Gives Us Hope in Liberia

To quote Dickens, my experience in Liberia over the past six months has been the best of times and the worst of times. I have loved and lived in this remarkable country for two years now, and previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer here for five, and the resilience and beauty of the people has always been an inspiration to me. The Ebola outbreak has proven this to be true again.

The epidemic has started to reach a crescendo, and help from the international community is already providing a fresh hope. But we have a long way to go.

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