Southern Africa cries for help as El Nino and climate change savage maize harvest

Only half of $600 m promised in aid has come Two-year-old Zeka shriekings as a health worker measures the circumference of her arm while another holds her legs and presses her flesh. The nurses agree: Zeka has clear signs of edema, a swelling condition caused by extreme hunger. She will live, but she needs to…

‘Global gag rule’ could have dire impact in Latin american states, activists warn

Reinstatement of policy by Donald Trump could have chilling impact in region that already has high rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality Donald Trumps reversal of abortion-related aid policy will have a chilling impact on Latin american states, say family-planning campaigners in a region that already has some of the worlds highest rates of…

A war on medications? We’d be better off paying for a war on starvation | Natasha Horsfield

Deforestation, limiting access to pain relief, forcing farmers into poverty: we need to wake up to the fact that proscribing medications causes more damage than good Global drug control policies, much like taxation or climate change, impact heavily on many regions of development and inevitably on efforts to meet many of the sustainable development goals…

Hosting refugees now utilizes 9% of foreign aid budgets

Surge in aid from many European countries driven by expenditure on looking after refugees at home, where spending has nearly doubled The amount of foreign aid fund rich nations spend on dealing with the impact of the refugee crisis at home has almost doubled over the past year and now accounts for 9% of all…

Blockchain: so much bigger than bitcoin …

From voting to healthcare, music to energy production, blockchain may only change the way we run our lives Bitcoin The five Blockchain: so much bigger than bitcoin … From voting to healthcare, music to energy production, blockchain may merely change the route we run our lives Ian Tucker Sun 28 Jan 2018 02. 00 EST…

Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing

Campaigner involved in case that could lead to legal abortion in first 12 weeks of pregnancy enters protection programme Days before a Brazilian supreme court hearing on a move that could eventually decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a leading feminist campaigner is in hiding after receiving death threats. Debora Diniz, a…

Don’t let Trump derail gender equality talks, experts caution G7 leaders

Gender council members insist leaders must honour plans to discuss equality despite tensions over US tariffs Members of the G7′ s first gender advisory board have vowed that talks about US tariffs will not overshadow deliberations about women’s empowerment as they prepare to meet world leaders this weekend. Justin Trudeau made the advisory council to…

No pain relief , no working water: the perils of childbirth in Tanzania | Leah McLaren

Natural birth is the only option for many females here, and though dedicated midwives do their best, the risk of infection and sepsis is high At the Nyarugusu medical dispensary in north-west Tanzania, Eva Paulo, 23, is in her 36 th hour of labour. She paces barefoot in circles around the dusty yard behind the…

‘Why would we invest in a disabled person? ‘: struggle bigotry in Mozambique | Lucy Lamble

In poorer countries, more than 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed and struggling to survive. A educate strategy is helping break down barriers At 21, Mateus Mbazo from Sofala province in Mozambique faced a stark selection: starve or steal. Recently orphaned, with physical disabilities on his right side affecting his arm and leg, Mbazo…

Women seek islands of refuge in Papua New Guinea’s sea of violence | Helen Davidson

For women in Papua New Guinea, violence at home is horribly normal. Local charities are trying to provide shelters in the absence of government support In a room in Lae, Paula sits on the floor, Julie on a lounge. Caseworkers and support staff are on seats, and barefoot children peer at the newcomers. The children…