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Christmas dinners from around the world

The idea of a meal of turkey or ham with all the trimmings is synonymous for many of us over the holiday period, but have you ever wondered what our …


Melkam Yelidet Be'al - Merry Christmas!

On the eve of Christmas, looking over the hills, down into the city, a fog is rising over the town of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That fog, rising up from …


How motorcycles are reducing maternal deaths in Kenya

<i>This piece by Anthony Langat originally appeared on TakePart on January 3, 2015.</i><p>The road on the slopes of Mount Elgon is steep and rugged. Trucks and …


"I found out that I was HIV-positive after having contracted tuberculosis"

<i>The following post by Gaolatlhe Kalanke originally appeared as part of UNAIDS’s “Faces of an AIDS-Free Generation” campaign.</i><p><b>I found out that I was</b> …


"My name is Koketso Mokhethoa. I am 24 years old and I was born with HIV."

<i>The following post originally appeared as part of UNAIDS’s “Faces of an AIDS-Free Generation” campaign.</i><p>My name is Koketso Mokhethoa. I am 24 years …


THIS is why we need to keep up the fight against AIDS

Today is World AIDS Day and our new report makes it clear – <b>we are starting to see a dangerous level of complacency in the fight against HIV/AIDS!</b> If …


From shack to a toilet mall: How I moved with my toilet to the city

<b>Standing in the chilly, drizzling night of April, I debated whether to dash some 100 feet to the corner of our garden, where a little shack of</b> …


Why toilets win

Today is <b>World Toilet Day</b> and we’re working with to turn your attention to the 2.4 billion people who lack access to a toilet worldwide. …


Meet an African organization fighting anemia and blood cancer

If you are of African descent, then you probably know someone who has sickle cell anemia, or worse, who has died from it. You may also know or be …


Dr. Mkopi: "I know I can't do it all"

We had the chance to sit down with Dr. Namala Mkopi, a pediatrician in Tanzania and the first [email protected] Champion. As the [email protected] …


7 ethically made gifts for everyone on your holiday list

This year, give gifts that give back! These socially conscious products make a positive impact throughout the African continent—and are hand-picked …


The incredible power of art to change the world

<i>“Art can go through where other things can’t. You can’t have barriers, because it breaks through your prejudices, breaks through everything that you</i> …


Behind the scenes of "Strong Girl Remix"

To celebrate the U.S. launch of the “Strong Girl Remix,” I sat down with two of the artists from the song: Zimbabwe’s Selmor Mtukudzi and Tendai …


10 photos that take you inside the intriguing world of Kenya's pastoral tribe

<i>This post by Susan Portnoy originally appeared on TakePartWorld on November 4, 2015.</i> <br>It was a mild September night, and I was in Kenya’s northern …


Why investing in research and development is a necessity for healthier lives for all

Imagine you live in New York City in the year 1915. You’ve never heard of a smartphone, Netflix, or Twitter. The thought of a woman running for …


The secret ingredient that could turn a dry UN document into real change for a 15-year-old girl

<i>This post was originally published on Huffington Post Impact on October 28, 2015.</i><p>World leaders have just agreed upon the Global Goals for sustainable …


6 TED Talks you HAVE to watch

In these awesome, hand-picked TED Talks, these speakers draw upon their own experiences, relationships, and stories to show us why we, as a global …

TED Talks

6 quotes that show how the world can be a better place by 2030

By now, you’ve heard about the Global Goals adopted by the UN in September and how they’ll shape world progress between now and 2030. Now, watch this …


World Polio Day: How far we’ve come and what’s left to do

<i>(This post originally appeared on Voice of America on October 23, 2015.)</i><p><b>Today, on World Polio Day, we honor the sacrifices of the many people around</b> …


"My son was born in our car:" Reflections on maternal health and the importance of skilled birth attendants

Last week, Mark Leon Goldberg—editor of the U.N. and global affairs blog <i>U.N. Dispatch</i> and host of the Global Dispatches podcast—wrote about watching …

Maternal Health

3 meals, 1 family: A day of food in Senegal

On a recent rainy morning, Léna Diop, 21, and a few members of her family get a slow start to their day in the working-class Dakar suburb of …

Food & Dining

The power of the pumpkin in Uganda

With Halloween right around the corner, everyone is flooding the store to get their costumes, candies, and, of course, their pumpkins! <b>Did you know</b> …