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Is HIV off topic on the global health agenda?

Breda Gahan | 01 December 2017 | 0 Comments

This World AIDS Day, Breda Gahan - Concern’s Global Health & HIV and AIDS Programme Adviser and Tsion Fikre – Concern’s Health and HIV Research Intern discuss the position of HIV on the global health agenda and how Concern Worldwide is incorporating HIV and AIDS responses into its programmes.

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Topics: HIV, AIDS, health, World AIDS Day

Access to clean water is a big deal, especially for women like Filema

Cian Purcell-Milton | 08 June 2017 | 0 Comments

The ECHO funded water scheme in Ethiopia saves Filema a two-hour round trip each time she needs water for her household and is a positive contribution to her family’s health and quality of life.

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Topics: women, water, ethiopia, ECHO, gender, health

AIDS complacency can kill

Breda Gahan | 01 December 2016 | 0 Comments

On World AIDS Day Breda Gahan – Concern’s Global Health and HIV Team Lead – reflects on the risks of complacency and the importance of ensuring that no-one is left behind in terms of HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment.

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Topics: health, World AIDS Day, sexual health

We can’t wait: World Toilet Day 2016

Franck Flachenberg | 16 November 2016 | 12 Comments

Saturday 19 November is World Toilet Day. It’s time to stop being embarrassed about poo and start to talk dirty, says Franck Flachenberg, Concern’s Environmental Health Technical Advisor.

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Topics: sanitation, south sudan, health, World Toilet Day

The daily battle with hunger in Niger

Maedhbh McDonald | 28 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Living in a country that wastes over one million tonnes of food each year, it’s difficult to conceive of a situation where you could go hungry. And with food so readily available it’s hard to imagine not being able to find food when you need it. But as difficult as it is to conceive, hunger exists and it’s a daily reality for almost 795 million people. Currently one in nine people around the world are continuously hungry and on a recent trip to Niger I witnessed the real extent of hunger and its cruel consequences.

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Topics: health, nutrition, malnutrition, Niger

An ambulance service with a difference

Maedhbh McDonald | 09 September 2016 | 0 Comments

In isolated villages in rural Niger, Concern is using donkey and camel drawn carts to transport rural dwellers to nearby health posts. This inventive solution is breaking down barriers to accessing medical services.

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Topics: health, Niger, camel ambulence, donkey ambulence

Communities powering progress in Liberia

Kieran McConville | 29 January 2016 | 0 Comments

Kieran McConville discovers how strong commitment from village communities in Liberia is powering projects to improve their health, well-being and prosperity.  

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Topics: liberia, health, Livelihoods

Getting to zero: working towards an end to AIDS

Breda Gahan | 27 January 2016 | 0 Comments

By 2030, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to have ended the epidemic of AIDS. Concern’s Global Health & HIV Adviser, Breda Gahan, reflects on progress made in the last 15 years in relation to this goal – and on the massive task that still remains ahead.

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Topics: HIV, AIDS, health

What happens to an Ebola clinic when epidemic moves on?

Kieran McConville | 21 October 2015 | 0 Comments

Kieran McConville visits a diamond town deep in the forests of Liberia to find how one Ebola treatment centre has undergone a dramatic change of purpose.

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Topics: ebola, liberia, health

Bicycle ambulances in Malawi

Caoimhe Gaskin | 08 December 2014 | 1 Comment

Many Malawians live on less than a dollar a day, with some health centres being as far as 16km away, this poses a serious issue in an emergency situation. Here, Christina tells us her story. 

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Topics: malawi, health, bicycle ambulance, success story, gender equality

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