The Human Impact

Insecurity hinders aid distribution in northern Mali

April 12, 2012

As Mali tries to restore order after the recent coup, a key challenge for the interim civilian government will be getting aid to people as the country verges on a humanitarian disaster.

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.