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'We have no right to give up on Syria' - Concern CEO calls for more robust diplomatic response

Dominic MacSorley | 20 April 2018 | 0 Comments

Ahead of a major conference next week on the future of Syria, Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley says Ireland's society, energy and history could help influence necessary change.

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Topics: lebanon, conflict, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Ireland, peace, politics

The right to learn in Malawi

Cian Purcell-Milton | 16 April 2018 | 0 Comments

Learn how a community in Malawi changed the educational environment at their school and welcomed the first female teacher in eight years – ensuring a more inclusive and equitable quality of education for all.

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Topics: education, malawi, gender equality

‘I was in heaven and now it's like hell’- Story of a refugee in Lebanon

Jason Kennedy | 13 April 2018 | 0 Comments

A young woman who fled war-torn Syria says her life has never been worse.

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Topics: humanitarian, syria, emergencies, lebanon, refugee, Refugee Crisis

‘When you’re alone and surrounded by fields, no one can hear your screams.’

Dominic MacSorley | 11 April 2018 | 0 Comments

In the year of the #metoo movement, it’s vital that we not only embrace a more radical push for real gender equality, but that we harness this moment to ensure it reaches women in all regions of the world. Concern CEO and Chair of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence, Dominic MacSorley, reflects on this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women and its timely focus on rural women and girls.

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Meet the Irish boy who skipped school aged 16 to join a major aid mission to Africa

Kevin Jenkinson | 09 April 2018 | 0 Comments

Young Karl Vekins was just 16 when he skipped school for the adventure of a lifetime on-board Ireland’s first major aid mission to a famine and war-torn region in Africa.

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Topics: famine, humanitarian, aid, nigeria, Africa, humanitarian crisis, Concern50, war

My Health, My Right - World Health Day 2018

Breda Gahan | 06 April 2018 | 0 Comments

This World Health Day, on April 7th, Concern’s Global Health & HIV Advisor Breda Gahan discusses the right to health and Concern’s role in supporting Universal Health Coverage.

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Topics: south sudan, malawi, health, chad, World Health Day

Tackling malnutrition in the desert: A photo story from Pakistan

Clare Ahern | 05 April 2018 | 0 Comments

In the second of our two-part series from Pakistan's Thar Desert, we focus on the nutrition component of our integrated programme which is tackling the devastating effects of recurrent drought in the region. Supported by ECHO, the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, we're working with partners to treat women and children suffering from malnutrition. 

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Topics: hunger, ECHO, nutrition, malnutrition, Pakistan, drought, Desert

QUIZ: Can you name the Irish celebrities in this classic 80s video for Concern?

Kevin Jenkinson | 02 April 2018 | 0 Comments

This 1985 hit song 'Show Some Concern' highlights that music can be a force for good in Ireland, but can you name the celebrities who were in it?

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Topics: ethiopia, Republic of Sudan, Concern50

Tackling drought in the Desert: A photo story from Pakistan

Clare Ahern | 28 March 2018 | 0 Comments

In the first of our 2018 reports from Pakistan's Thar Desert, we look at the consolidated efforts necessary to deliver an integrated food and nutrition programme that has long term impact. With support from ECHO, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, Concern is working with partners to change the conditions that are causing recurrent malnutrition crises in a region crippled by water shortages as a result of a prolonged drought.

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Topics: ECHO, Livelihoods, wash, Pakistan, drought, Desert

Improving community health in Niger

Ciara Hogan | 26 March 2018 | 0 Comments

With support from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, Concern is working hand in hand with communities in rural Niger to improve health, nutrition and sanitation. Learn how community health volunteers, Mika and Abdoussalam, are helping to educate their neighbours and bring about lasting change.

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Topics: ECHO, health, Niger

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