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“More than Surgery or Pills”: HEAL Africa provides holistic care in conflict-torn Congo

Dr. Kasereka “Jo” Lusi, an orthopedic surgeon who performs much needed operations in the war-torn region of Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo, is also a forceful advocate for…

Who is Poor Enough for Cash Transfers? Difficult Problem in Malawi

One of the biggest challenges facing cash transfer programs in Malawi is deciding who is poor enough to get the money. The meeting was supposed to start half an hour…

Andrea Coleman: “You cannot deliver a medicine by virtual technology”

Andrea Coleman is co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health, a non-profit organization that manages and maintains vehicles for health-focused partners in Africa. Together with co-founder and husband, Barry Coleman,…

Filmmaker Mira Nair: The Global Storyteller

Mira Nair’s mantra is “If we don’t tell our stories, no one else will.” In her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, she’s exploring her Lahori roots with her contemporary lifestyle…

Samahope: Crowdfunding Health

  Samahope, a new platform for public health campaigns, takes the fight for public health to the individual. By Lindsay Hebert The sixteen women on my computer screen need help….

Where the Heck is Liberia: Meet Child Liberty

Recently Jonathan Lewis, an entrepreneur, started iOnPoverty, to answer the fundamental question:  how did you get that job in social enterprise?  Hundreds of young graduates are looking for gigs in the…

Water Wars in the Digital and Real World

Photo Courtesy of Water.org – By Lindsay Hebert Tilling virtual crops from their urban apartments and assembling criminal empires from the comfort of suburban homes, gamers seem to live in…

Heifer and Gates Unite for East Africa Dairy

Joan Kimeli, the recording clerk at the Metkei Multipurpose Company Limited in Kenya uses a alcohol gun to inspect freshness in milk in Kamwosor Centre village on Monday May 16,…

An Unlikely Obstacle to Girls’ Education: Improving Hygiene Around the World

There’s been a slow but steady push in recent years to improve girls’ access to education in developing countries. But while education has tremendous implications for gender equality and economic…

DC Comics, Time Warner, Warner Bros Announce Campaign to Increase Aid to the Horn of Africa

On January 23, DC Comics announced a new campaign to support to humanitarian work in the Horn of Africa, where a confluence of drought, famine, and Islamist militia rule have…

Conversations with Unreasonable Fellows: Ties Kroezen of NICE

Ties Kroezen lives in the Netherlands, but the fruits of his labor are in Africa. His company, NICE International, brings IT services and clean energy development to The Gambia and…

The Silicon Valley of Shit: Nairobi Is Ground Zero for Sanitation Innovation

A “flying toilet” is a particularly Kenyan device: a small grocery bag used as a toilet and then tossed out the window onto the street. The first encounter is both…

The Other Half of the Story: The HPV Vaccine in Rwanda

Several weeks ago, as GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry wrangled over the ethics and implications of vaccinating preteen girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the virus that causes…

End Malaria: Michael Stanier on publishing, impact and the possibility virus

It’s sometimes a stretch to see how buying a product can solve a cause, but with his new book End Malaria: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save…

A Business In A Beehive

Bees. More specifically, African Bees. They’re probably not the first, or even the fifth thing that comes to mind when you think of poverty alleviation. Yet these little insects are…