The first time I met Sri Lakshmi, she was climbing a flight of stairs in a half-constructed building in the residential area of Vanasthalipuram, in the South Indian city of Hyderabad, carrying a stack of bricks on her head. She was a forced labourer, who received no payment for her work. That was in mid-April.
Reflecting on the slogan zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Language has always mattered in the AIDS epidemic. From the outset, stigma was fuelled by blaming phrases like “gay plague” or “African disease”. As early as 1987, sociologist Paula Treichler called AIDS an epidemic of signification, noting [...]
Benta and Ezekiel Awino have brought their nine month old baby, Ronny, to Rongo District Hospital in Western Kenya for an HIV test. Here, Benta, who is living with HIV, has received quality care throughout her pregnancy. Now, both she and her baby return to the same centre for appointments to address the gamut of health concerns [...]
In this blog, Dominic Haslam of the British NGO Sightsavers explains the implications of the UK government’s recent decision to integrate the needs of people living with disabilities into its global development planning.
Last Friday, the UK government responded to a report by its International Development Committee by announcing its most comprehensive commitment to disability in [...]
The international community witnessed a number of natural disasters in 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November, caused extensive damage with about 8,000 people dead or missing and more than 16 million affected. Other countries, including India and Mexico, were also severely damaged by typhoons and hurricanes in 2013. The Solomon Islands, China, [...]
It was sometimes lonely to be the only doctor in a remote province during Mozambique’s 17-years-long civil war. But mostly Father Aldo Marchesini was too busy.
This week, at a summit organised by the World Bank’s Africa Region, we’ll be celebrating 40 years of one of the Bank’s first health projects and a highly successful public private partnership which is now treating up to 100 million people a year for river blindness (onchocerciasis).
Next week we’ll hear the UK government’s response to the recommendations made by the International Development Select Committee’s inquiry into development and disability.
C’était un vendredi matin ensoleillé en février 2014. Une jeune femme était assise à l’extérieur de l’Hôpital général de référence de Bukavu, la tête tournée vers le ciel, l’air triste et confuse. Elle attire mon attention du fait que deux heures après mon entrée a l’hôpital – je faisais une recherche sur l’accès aux [...]
For millions of people in rural Vietnam, the impacts of climate change are mounting and sometimes deadly. As weather patterns change, many of Vietnam’s women in particular are paying a high price.
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