The Human Impact

New MSF emergency health clinic in Haiti an “advance”

April 10, 2012

Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has opened a new emergency health referral centre in Haiti, which will celebrate its official launch on Wednesday in conjunction with Haiti’s health ministry.

Trafficking: When women are brutalised as “assets”

April 10, 2012

Last month I was writing on an “asset” widely traded globally: Women.

Sri Lanka’s war-traumatised at risk as aid group leaves?

April 5, 2012

It was with a heavy heart I read the press release this morning.

A desperately needed aid programme run by the charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) – in English, Doctors without Borders – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north has shut down after only 18 months of operation.

Not enough focus on child soldiers in “Kony 2012″ -War Child

April 5, 2012

The focus of a film calling for the capture of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony should have been on helping child victims instead, Amanda Weisbaum of non-governmental organisation War Child UK said on Wednesday.

Invest in women in conflict zones to promote change

April 3, 2012

Where would you put your money as an investor? A leading campaigner against gender-based violence says there is only one answer – invest it in women in conflict zones.

“No choice” for Afghan girls brought up as boys

April 2, 2012

In Afghanistan’s largely conservative, male-dominated society, a son is often viewed as a family’s most valuable resource.

“Rampant feminist” Cindy Gallop tackles love, sex, porn

April 2, 2012

Easy access to hardcore pornography on the Web and a general lack of sex education for youth is changing attitudes about lovemaking, according to entrepreneur Cindy Gallop.

Epidemiologist uses film in fight against S.Africa gold-mine TB

March 30, 2012

Jonathan Smith is trying to fight disease with facts, figures and – emotion.

Smith is using data-driven research as the basis for a documentary film he hopes will raise awareness about the plight of migrant workers in South African gold mines who, according to a 2011 report published in the American Journal of Public Health, contract tuberculosis (TB) at a rate 10 times higher than the populations from which they come.

What good is ‘crowd-sourcing’ when everyone needs help?

March 29, 2012

In a recent blog post I referred in passing to some of the hype surrounding “crowd-sourcing” projects in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

After 20 years: still no aid for Bosnian rape and torture victims

March 29, 2012

Nearly two decades after war ended in Bosnia and Herzegovina, hundreds of women who survived rape and torture in the conflict are still seeking reparations and justice, with only 40 cases of sexual violence having been prosecuted so far, an Amnesty International report says.