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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

Responding to the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis

Maedhbh McDonald | 20 March 2018 | 2 Comments

Since August 2017, targeted violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 700,000 people – almost half of whom are children – to seek safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. As the number of Rohingya refugees continues to rise, this is now the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

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Topics: bangladesh, emergency response, rohingya refugees

“Hell on earth”: The impact of seven years of war in Syria

Clare Ahern | 15 March 2018 | 0 Comments

Today marks seven years of war in Syria. In our video interview, Concern’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Brid Kennedy, discusses the catastrophic impact this conflict has had on the lives of Syrian people.

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Topics: syria, refugees, turkey, lebanon, Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis

Let's talk about men on International Women's Day

Adèle Fox | 08 March 2018 | 0 Comments

Continuing our 'thought leadership' series, Concern's Equality Advisor, Adèle Fox, takes a look at gender equality 107 years after we first marked International Women’s day, and examines the role of men in deconstructing gender inequalities.  

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Topics: gender based violence, gender, international women's day, gender equality, thought leadership series

Bridging the digital divide: technology for refugees

Ellen Ward | 02 March 2018 | 0 Comments

So much of the technology we use today is taken for granted: the laptop provided to us by our employer, the smartphone given to us at Christmas and the tablets our children play on. But not all people have these devices available and an inequality, often called 'the Digital Divide', persists around the globe. Last year, Concern applied for a grant funded by Google which focused on putting digital devices into the hands of those who need them the most.

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Topics: refugees, education, innovation, technology, Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis, innovations

The advantages of digital data collection in Malawi

Caroline Holo | 20 February 2018 | 3 Comments

While paper still plays an important role in Malawi for collecting data, Concern has been investing considerably more in Digital Data Gathering (DDG) devices to help conduct surveys. EU Aid Volunteer (EUAV) Caroline outlines the benefits and challenges of using such devices in a country with limited access to electricity and the internet.

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Topics: malawi, eu aid volunteer, digital data

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