Topic — Health

Washing hands improves schooling in Mwandama Millennium Village

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As part of the Global Handwashing Day celebrated across the world last week, Mwandama’s schools joined together to sing, dance and have fun in the name of better health. During the event, more than 600 children in brightly colored uniforms pledged to wash their hands with soap and water – the simplest and most inexpensive

Millennium Villages: The Art of Scaling Up

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For eight years, the Millennium Villages have been playing an important role in advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. That role is unusual and is therefore not well understood. In this article I will illustrate it through one important example: the case of malaria. Back in the year 2000, when the MDGs were

New Partnership to Promote Hygiene

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Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, part of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) at Columbia University, is pleased to announce a new partnership with SusanA. SusanA partners with organizations that actively promote sustainable sanitation systems. This is an exciting opportunity for the Millennium Villages Project as it will help to build connections with a cohort

Social and Emotional Learning in Ruhiira, Uganda

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The practice of cross-generational sex (CGS), has extremely negative impacts on school-age girls in Uganda, increasing their risk of HIV infection and reducing their self-esteem. The service and emotional learning (SEL) initiative in the Ruhiira Millennium Village aims to provide support and education for vulnerable adolescent girls. Above is a photo of girls participating in Eminyeeto, a young women’s empowerment program in Ruhiira.

With 1,000 Days Left to Reach MDGs, A Look Back and Forward

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With the 1,000-day milestone to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in mind, the Earth Institute’s Sustainable Development Seminar gathered professors Jeffrey Sachs, Prabhjot Singh, and Vijay Modi reflect on the progress of the Millennium Villages Project.

African Voices: Community Health in Northern Ghana

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This post is part of a series from the Millennium Village site of SADA in northern Ghana which was launched in late 2012. Through their own voice, the series explores how the lives of community members are changing over the duration of the project. Please check back with us as they continue to tell their stories.

New Paper: Healthcare Services for Rural Sub-Saharan Africa Within Reach

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A new paper published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization has determined that providing rural sub-Saharan Africans a close-to-client health system by paid, full-time community health workers by 2015 would cost $2.6 billion per year, or just $6.86 per person covered by the program.

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