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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

16 January 2013

Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Twelve million people are blind in India, and are robbed of their livelihoods as a result. A hugely successful chain of cataract hospitals in India helped its business by treating half its patients for free.

High Country News

Dave Philipps

19 November 2012

Colorado, United States

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After controversy over the removal wild horse populations, the Bureau of Land Management was tasked with the order of protecting wild horse populations. After years of protection, however, the wild horse population ha...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

30 October 2012

New York, New York, United States

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American families tend to handle grief individually and feel alone after the tragedy of losing a child. In Israel, communities communicate to the bereaving family their support by creating permanent and public memorials.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 October 2012

Delphi, Indiana, United States

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Thousands of clinics in America have no doctors. The primary care providers are nurse-practitioners – and their results are as good or better than that of the doctors.

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

8 August 2012

Zambia

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In Zambia, the need for surgery is just as common as in the United States - doctors, however, are rare. So Zambia is training clinical officers – with no medical degrees – to do C-sections and hernia repairs.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 July 2012

Uganda

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Different programs in various nations are training ordinary people and creating community groups to effectively satisfy the mental health needs of their communities. In many of these regions, "treatment gaps" – where ...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

12 July 2012

Madarounfa, Maradi, Niger

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Officials in Niger are addressing chronic severe droughts causing food shortages and leading to a widespread threat of starvation. They provide aid to malnourished children and resources for a crop planting technique ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

22 February 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In a vast country like the United States in a world of lightning-fast change, it no longer makes sense to presume that governments possess, or even understand, the best ways to address pressing needs and promote “the ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 December 2011

Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, India

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In Tanzania, mapping of water points showed that nationally, less than half the existing rural water points were working—of water points that were less than two years old, a quarter had already stopped functioning. Br...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 December 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The United States can outsource certain kinds of "microwork," such as accurately digitizing large swaths of information, to developing countries without taking jobs from Americans ― if it’s done carefully, and ethical...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

10 November 2011

California, United States

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The best way to lose weight is to join a small group. This article looks at the case study of Saddleback Church in southern California that mixed faith and peer support to help congregates lose weight, including the p...

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David Bornstein

28 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The United States now has a variety of federally-supported nutrition programs, but the health care system remains disconnected from the social determinants of health. Many doctors simply lack the resources to provide ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 June 2011

Honduras

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A prosthetist from Texas visiting Jaipur Limb workshops in Honduras saw problems with their low-cost prosthetics - the issue wasn't the design of the leg, but the technicians at the Honduras workshops were people comp...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 June 2011

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Poor neighborhoods in the United States lack quality play spaces for children, also known as play deserts. An organization is enabling communities across the nation to build their own playground.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 March 2011

New York, New York, United States

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It's unusual for health programs to find it financially beneficial to send a home visitor regularly to help patients. But medical programs in various parts of the United States are experimenting with using peer groups...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 February 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The health problems of millions of Americans are directly related to patients' failure to follow doctors’ orders. Community health workers are increasingly successful in New York and other American cities – not to sub...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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The second of two columns on how ordinary women trained to become their village doctors are making rural villages much healthier. Financial incentives, supporting workers, and encouraging cooperation from governments ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

14 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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Many health professionals choose to not live in poor, rural areas that lack access to healthcare. The Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health, and the Comprehensive Rural Health Project are tra...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 January 2011

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Access to electricity in India takes a huge economic, educational, and health-related toll. A small company called Husk Power Systems has created an innovative system that is turning rice husks into electricity and il...

Science in Society

Sam Burcher

8 May 2009

Mastala, Kusungu District, Malawi

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A bright young man named William took it upon himself to bring electricity to his small, rural village in Malawi, despite having few resources at his disposal. William invented a windmill using recycled materials, an...

NPR

John Nielsen

24 June 2008

New York, United States

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Invasive weeds are ruining the habitat of New York's wild bog turtles. In Hudson River Valley, domestic goats and cows are being used to save bog turtles by grazing on this foreign weed. So far, the plan seems to be w...

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