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New WHO Report Says Uganda Maternal Mortality Rates Down, Still Work to Do

2013 WHO Report: Maternal mortality rates down, still work to do

According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, maternal deaths in Uganda have been reducing at a rate of 5.1% every year over the last ten years. Titled “Countdown to 2015: maternal, newborn, and child survival," the report applauds the decline but seeks to remind the global community of the power of and work left to do in reducing maternal morality.

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Turning the World 'Inside Out' in Malawi

Inside Out in Malawi -- photy by Ellen Doherty

Among its many programs, The Hunger Project engages with communities around the world to achieve financial security. Financial security comes in many forms. One community that is, unfortunately, well acquainted with financial insecurity is the fishermen in Malawi. Today we feature a project called Inside Out -- an admirable cause working to empower and give a voice to this neglected population in a creative way.

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Mexico’s National Crusade Against Hunger

Mexico’s National Crusade Against Hunger -- THP Country Director Meets President of Mexico

The Government of Mexico is pioneering a locally oriented social program to eradicate hunger called the National Crusade Against Hunger (the Crusade). Having submitted initial recommendations to influence its development, The Hunger Project-Mexico is eager to continue supporting the Crusade as it is implemented in all four of our program states.

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Kiwis Inspired to Take a Stand Against Chronic Hunger

VP for Advancement Betsy Deisroth meets with activists in New Zealand

In June 2013, staff and volunteers of The Hunger Project-New Zealand were delighted to host Betsy Deisroth, Vice President for Advancement in Auckland from New York. Over the course of two evening events, Betsy inspired and encouraged local activism towards the end of chronic hunger, and updated Kiwi supporters on the impact their work is having around the world.

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Over Two Decades of Activism to End Global Hunger

S. Hardwick - Long-time hunger activist in New Zealand

For over two decades, veteran activist and Aucklander, Shirley Hardwick, has been working to end global hunger. If you were in intermediate school in the eighties in New Zealand, there is a good chance that, during geography class, you saw an educational video on chronic persistent hunger which Shirley had sent to the teacher. 

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THP-Burkina Epicenter Welcomes Council Members

Burkina Epicenters Welcome Council Members

THP-Burkina is moving forward with epicenter tours to build relationships with Council Members and newly elected officials.

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During their Trip to Africa, THP Leaders Strengthen Relations with Heads of State

Mary Ellen McNish Meets with Leaders and Staff

During a March 2013 trip to Africa, THP President and CEO Mary Ellen McNish, Vice President for Africa Dr. Idrissa Dicko and other staff leaders met with two African heads of state: His Excellency Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and His Excellency Macky Sall of Senegal.

Both leaders were knowledgeable about The Hunger Project’s programs in their countries and looked forward to learning more. H.E. Macky Sall’s Chief of Staff was from a village where THP’s Ndereppe Epicenter is located and was very aware of the progress made in the villages there as a result of The Hunger Project’s work.

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Stopping Two-Child Laws that Harm Women Leaders in India

Indian woman at community planning meeting with her two children, 2011

At a time when The Hunger Project has empowered more than 80,000 elected women representatives in India to be effective change agents in their villages, ambitious women’s voices are being silenced by a Two-Child Norm policy that prohibits the participation of any representative with more than two living children. The policy restricts women’s political participation, hampers the growth of female political leadership, and further marginalizes the most effective community of leaders.

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THP-Mexico Moves Closer to Self Sufficiency

Mexico Update to the Global Board

During the last half of 2012, THP-Mexico had its first Inter-regional meeting and worked with 21,380 grassroots partners across 22 communities of nine municipalities in three states: Oaxaca, Chiapas and Zacatecas. In Chiapas, community partners received training from the National Institute for Cooperatives Development to begin to commercialize products in New York. In Zacatecas, THP Mexico helped revise current plans for the poultry farm. Additionally, THP Mexico joined advocacy campaigns and participated in advocacy meetings

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Safe and Transparent Microfinance with the Smart Campaign

The Hunger Project endorses The Smart Campaign for safe and transparent microfinance programs

Critics of microfinance express concern that financial service providers are more interested in maximizing profits than meeting the needs of their poor clients and a new global effort, known as the Smart Campaign, aims to right this wrong. By identifying a set of common standards to guide all microfinance operations, the Smart Campaign provides a useful framework around which those who value putting clients first can rally. The Hunger Project recently signed on as an endorser of the Smart Campaign to demonstrate that it agrees with the idea that all microfinance clients deserve transparent, respectful and prudent services.

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