A view of Bidi Bidi refugee camp in northern Uganda.

Addressing maternal and child health in fragile contexts

Creative solutions can overcome barriers to access to health services in fragile contexts. 
Wilson Sauto, 38, a home based counsellor in Kamunhukamwe village, Nyanga.

Research findings are catalyst to nationwide HIV prevention trial in Botswana

New research into HIV prevention has led to a groundbreaking national trial for HIV prevention in Botswana.
Selam Asre, 28, gave birth to a baby girl by Caesarean section at the Merawi Primary Hospital.

Studying deaths can save lives

Knowing what is killing mothers and children in Ethiopia is vital — it will help save lives by ensuring that public health money is spent wisely.
Tunnel chamber


Unpacking the disruptive potential of blockchain technology for human development.
Bano Bibi lives in a small mud dwelling in the outskirts of Islamabad with her granddaughters.

Take heart in an initiative aiming to bring universal healthcare to Pakistan

Heartfile has developed an innovative model of health financing that enrolls primarily public sector health facilities.
Priyanka and Praveen checks the water samples collected from different parts of Bangalore.

The world needs more women scientists

Women are significantly underrepresented in science, making up only 28% of all researchers globally — and the disparity is even greater in the fields of natural sciences and engineering.
Teresa de Jesus Palacios, checks her cell phone on her porch. Tres Picos, Tonala, Chiapas, Mexico

Fostering an Internet for women’s empowerment

Coding Rights leverages creative feminist approaches to support online rights
Mariam Nakawa, photographed near her mine shaft at a gold mining site in central Uganda.

Golden girls: The hidden role of women in Africa's artisanal mines

Nakacho was one of just a handful of women at this artisanal mining site who had managed to break away from the roles generally ascribed to her gender to become a part-owner of a mine shaft.
Daycare worker Monicah Njoki Njoroge teaches three year old Christus Mwangi about basic maths in Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya.

Could affordable daycare be the key to unlocking women’s earning power in Africa?

Balancing childcare and income generation is a problem faced by mothers around the world.
Daniel and Nora Bosco lost two-thirds of their land under more than a metre of mud. Only their home and a cornfield were spared.

The Pampas are vanishing under water

Threatened by floods, the Pampas of Argentina are vanishing.
Visit of Bajenu Gox in the district of Kaolack, Senegal.

Maternal and child health is a community affair in Senegal

In Senegal, neighbourhood women known as godmothers bring vital maternal and child healthcare information to isolated women. Research is finding ways to make their work sustainable and better valued by the national health system.
A coffee farm worker in Cauca, southwestern Colombia

Saving coffee

Global warming is threatening coffee production and the economies of small countries that rely on it to make a living. In Colombia, producers and scientists are keeping a close eye on the situation.
As part of an experimental project, Indian farmers spray mango trees with a hexanal-based solution, a natural compound that helps to preserve fruit.

The mango-saving molecule

In India, the mango is known as "the king of fruits", but it is also very fragile. 
A woman attends her produce post in a market, Guatemala City. Guatemala.

Including women in work

Latin American enterprises are proving that “for profit” can also mean “for social good”
A Senegalese man smoking

Smoking: Africa fights back

Determined to prevent disaster, Senegal is taking the lead in the war against tobacco.
Daycare classroom

The power of daycare

One of the first formal evaluations of a daycare program in India for low-income households could provide empirical evidence that will improve gender equality across the country and beyond.
Ulderico Parado over looks his rice fields in Cagao Village in Palo, Leyte

Exploring eco-health in China and Southeast Asia

An international research team aims to protect human health and the environment by improving agricultural practices in four Asian countries.
Electricity connections

IDRC-supported project influencing government policy in Kenya

Kenya’s population is becoming increasingly urban; more than half of Nairobi’s residents live in informal settlements (slums) plagued by cramped living conditions and poor access to basic services.
Students at Aberdeen Primary School in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

AFRIpads: the anti-dropout pad

In Africa, one in ten teenage girls misses school or drops out because of her periods. However, Canadian researchers found that reusable sanitary pads might be just what’s needed to keep girls in school.
Nighat Dad

Protecting digital rights in Pakistan

The work of activist and lawyer Nighat Dad embodies the digital rights dichotomy facing Pakistan and many other developing countries.
Mother carrying baby on her back

Bridging cultural and social divides for indigenous health in Peru

Health authorities are committed to implementing intercultural health programs as a means to eliminate the health differences between indigenous peoples and the rest of the population
Members of the Boa Vista community, on the border of the Juma Reserve in the Brazilian Amazon

Leishmaniasis: sickness without borders

A fly carrying a deadly parasite is endemic in the jungles of the Iguazu Falls, located where the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. 
Maria da Sena Araujo and her family tend a crop of potatoes, in Brazil

Six keys to opportunity for Latin America’s poor rural areas

Latin American researchers have identified six factors that can spell the difference between growth and stagnation in rural areas. Key is a strong coalition of all stakeholders.
Woman turns on tap for clean water, in Sri Lanka.

Coping with water crisis in Cuba

Cuba’s economic decline has led to a slow but steady deterioration of water supplies and sanitation services.
Indian village girl outside the city of Jaisalmer, Rajastan

The daughter deficit — Exploring declining sex ratios in India

Female population equals or slightly surpasses the number of males, except in India. 
Mexico City Highway

Taking control of air pollution in Mexico city

The United Nations described Mexico City’s air as the most polluted on the planet
Women who benifit from a daycare funded by the Productive Safety Nets Program in Arsi

Breaking the cycle of poverty in Ethiopia

Communities in the highlands of Ethiopia face what seems to be a simple problem: not enough food.
Artisanal gold miner in Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, December 2007

Mining, contamination, and health in Ecuador

Research leads to action to improve human health.
Dharavi, Mumbai, India

Environmental pollution

Worldwide, thousands of different types of chemicals pose serious risks to human and ecosystems’ health.