By Montasser Kamal
Access to information and services for contraception and birth spacing are critical to maternal and child health programming. It is no surprise then, that IDRC is supporting research in sub-Saharan Africa to investigate emerging questions and to propose ways to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents.
By Lisa Hiwasaki, Lowine Hill
Gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and physical ability influence how individuals experience climate change and adapt to its impact. Although women, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, the poor, and youth contribute the least to the phenomenon of climate change (e.g., in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases), they are often the most vulnerable to its effects.
Posted by Alanna Mitchell on February 22, 2018
In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, online opportunities are arising that could help resurrect the Caribbean nation
Haitians were already the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere when a massive earthquake struck just southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010.
Despite extreme poverty, Bangladesh has made great strides towards improving the health of women and children. Since the mid-1980s, the maternal mortality rate has fallen by one-third, and in the last decade the child mortality rate has been cut in half. Improved life expectancy, immunization coverage, and tuberculosis and diarrhea control are also part of this remarkable success story.
Among the multiple challenges facing refugee and rural populations in Lebanon is the high rate of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Widespread NCDs account for more than 80% of deaths, and one out of three refugees suffers from a chronic illness.
This is a particularly troubling problem because the influx of Syrian refugees increased the Lebanese population by 30% between 2011 and 2013. Refugees who fled Palestine after the 1948 war and their descendants make up an additional 10% of the population.