This is a guest post by Andy Bryant, executive director of the Segal Family Foundation Fall in New York City is filled with glitzy events that occup...
Although I had seen townships in other parts of the world, there was something about the scale of this place that left me dumbfounded. I later learnt that these tiny boxes made of corrugated-iron, plastic sheeting and scraps of wood, which precariously sat on top of one another, were home to over 2 million people.
The health care systems in the countries most affected by the virus -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- have collapsed. Even before the Ebola outbreak, these countries had very low doctor-to-patient ratios; Liberia had one doctor for every 100,000 people prior to the outbreak.
Not even the specter of a spillover of Islamic extremism from Somalia can dampen the atmosphere in Kenya, where commercial oil production is expected to begin in 2016 and discovery after discovery has made this the hottest and fastest-paced hydrocarbon scene on the continent.
Newborn health is inextricably connected to maternal health. Similarly to maternal mortality, preventable diseases are the major causes of under-five deaths. Inadequate nutrition, limited access to clean water and poor healthcare infrastructures lead to the spread of preventable infectious diseases.
This week, as world leaders gather in New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly where they will discuss a new set of development targets for a Post MDG world we will be encouraging them to stay focused and committed on actions to improve maternal and newborn health.
Climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies' ways of living on the Earth.
Al-Shabaab remains a real and credible threat and should be addressed as one. The likelihood of another spectacular commercial shopping center attack in the region remains as real today as it did a year ago.
I didn't know what I was looking for, just that I'd know when I saw it. I wanted something irreplaceable and perfect -- something to remind me of my work with refugees, and of the woman that this dirty, relentless and fulfilling work had made me.
This year marks the time when rhinos are breeding at a rate lower than the poaching rate. They are in increasing deficit. But the turning point is that there is a World Rhino Day, and that the global public is starting to say, "Enough!"
This act of voicing one's truth in the face of tremendous hostility is precisely what the filmmakers behind one of the most poetic and masterly cinematic depictions of queer life have done. They have documented the poignant personal stories of Kenya's LGBT community
I felt I owed it to my grandmother, for the privilege of being born safe and secure and loved. I felt I owed it to the children's faces that peered out of the photograph albums she has pieced together over the years; some who survived, many others who didn't.
A year after Westgate: the world feels less safe, more fragile. Everywhere, we see inequality, the potential for unrest. The one thing in short supply is the thing we need most: courage.
By any yardstick, the conflicts of the Middle East are not being well managed. Three states have failed - Iraq, Syria and Libya - two of these as a consequence of Western intervention. Other states like Yemen are tottering.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.
Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."