Struggling with years of drought and the spectre of a Day Zero shut-off of the public water supply, Cape Town offers a unique place to reflect on our changing environment and how to adapt. This city served as a timely gathering place for the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) and the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference.
A marriage of scientific knowledge and traditional practice has led to the development of three highly nutritious, robust, and productive yellow potato varieties. Researchers from Colombia and Canada are working with public and private sector partners to increase production and consumption of this nutritious and all-natural food staple across Colombia and beyond.
Higher yields and new business opportunities
IDRC support for the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is building local leaders and finding solutions for challenges such as conflict medicine, refugee health, and the growing burden of nutrition and obesity-related diseases.
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.
Mobile phones are being harnessed to bring vital health information to ethnic minority women in Vietnam. Isolated from mainstream maternal and childcare services by geography, language, education, and poverty, these women experience much higher mortality rates than the majority Kinh population.
Health extension workers (HEW) in Ethiopia occupy a unique position by providing a vital link between communities and the health sector. The front line of Ethiopia’s primary health system, HEWs shoulder the tremendous responsibility of providing services to families and communities. They also transmit information to higher-level facilities to ensure appropriate care for patients and adequate resources for treating them.
On January 16, 2017, Peru’s Minister of Health, Patricia J. Gargía Funegra, signed a ministerial order to implement an innovative eHealth system throughout the country. Known as WawaRed, the system was piloted in 15 health centres in the district of Ventanilla to improve maternal and child health. With the signed ministerial order it will now reach 350 centres countrywide, including 20 in the humid lowlands where the Zika virus continues to spread.
An innovative mHealth project called MOS@N is helping vulnerable populations in the Nouna district of Burkina Faso enjoy better health and greater access to health services. The project has also enhanced the status of women health workers by overcoming deep-seated gender biases.