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Justin Mwaba, Mirriam Phiri Biemba and Daniel Chiofu at the Twapia Health Center.

In Zambia's Copperbelt, 'foot soldiers' in the fight against HIV make a difference for hard-to-reach groups

Mirriam Phiri Biemba, the head nurse at Twapia Health Center, has noticed that more people are coming to her clinic, including many who never used to cross the threshold.

Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To stem child labor in mining, it takes a village

When was the last time you thought about the minerals inside your cell phone or laptop? Where did they come from? Who mined them?

With peer education and support, a truck driver in Zambia ensures he won't spread HIV

There was a time when Arthur Mbewe engaged in sexual relationships outside of his marriage. The 47-year-old admits it. As a long-distance lorry driver for a construction firm, he spends most of his time hauling building materials across Zambia, away from his wife and children in Kayosha,...

In Zambia, a traditional healer leads by example to stem the spread of HIV

Fifteen years ago, Chipo Chilala weighed just 18 kilos, although he was a grown man. He visited all of the traditional healers that he knew to see if they could help. None of them could.  "I finally went to the clinic and was diagnosed with HIV and TB," Chilala, a traditional healer...

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For a father and son in Tanzania, a new view on parenting brings family happiness

There was a time when Ally Bakary Kangana didn’t think it was important to spend time with his son. “I also believed all decisions must be made by parents, especially fathers,” recalls the 52-year-old. It was simply how he was raised, Ally explains. His own upbringing was very patriarchal.

To stop the spread of HIV in Malawi, bringing services to fishermen is critical

By Mercy Phiri Layton Nyama lives in Makawa, a village in Mangochi along the southwest arm of Lake Malawi. His only source of income is fishing. Last year, though, Layton began having trouble doing his work. He developed an uncontrollable headache, general body pains and dizziness, which...

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At a fish 'maternity ward' in Malawi, one man inspires an entire community

By Issa Mwanjabe and Mercy Phiri Every morning, 27-year-old Amini Mustafa goes to a swamp near his house, throwing in maize brans and chicken dung. This swamp, which looks deserted because of the old boats and branches that litter it, is not an ordinary lagoon. It is a fish sanctuary, a...

To stem child labor in mining, a village in Colombia turns to systemic solutions – and fish

In the backyard of her aquamarine-colored house, Lizeth Mendoza carefully unwraps fish for the day's lunch. She cleans them and takes them to the kitchen. When her children get home to study, she’ll fry them. She smiles, relieved. She remembers the days when there were no fish to fry.

With post-revolution civic education, a Pact partner helps build a democratic generation in Ukraine

By Yuliia Kurnyshova and Paul Shields Polina Verbytska is passionate about civic education. She has been working to improve it in Ukraine for much of her career and believes its importance can’t be underestimated. “Better civic education could have protected Ukraine from Russia’s...

With new business skills, caregivers of vulnerable Tanzanian children provide for their families

Leila Mkere beams as she speaks. The 36-year-old is pleased with herself, and rightly so. She runs two successful businesses, selling charcoal and vegetables. The income goes a long way in providing a good life for her two girls, ages 4 and 8. It’s been a journey to get here, requiring...

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