Author: Jennifer Philipp

DOHA, Qatar — The World Health Organization (WHO) has rated Qatar as 44th in the world for overall efficiency in providing healthcare to its citizens. With an expansive network of doctors and hospitals, immediate ambulance services and health management programs, medical assistance is of a high standard. However, migrant workers in Qatar, who make up about 60% of the population and 95% of the workforce, face a different reality. Coming from some of the world’s poorest countries, the majority of these workers are single male workers depending on economic opportunities in Qatar to earn income for their families back home.…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in a global effort to gather medical supplies and secure resources to protect people from infection and care for patients. The pandemic brings to light the severe healthcare disparities between nations as developing countries and underserved communities have very limited access to healthcare. Many people don’t have access to basic needs and medical supplies such as face masks, gloves and ventilators during the pandemic. Small businesses have joined the battle against COVID-19 in developing countries in various ways. The world’s poor are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to battling…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The effects of COVID-19 are known and felt worldwide. Businesses are closing either temporarily or for good, people are losing their jobs, schools are shutting down and thousands of people have died. There are some effects, however, that not every person or country will take the time to notice. One of those effects is a rise in child marriage. Estimates show that 12 million girls under the age of 18 are married annually. Some countries, such as Zambia and India, have committed to eradicating such practices by 2030, mitigating the effects of coronavirus on child marriage rates.…

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso –- The landlocked African country Burkina Faso has been suffering as a result of the worldwide pandemic that has managed to upset countless economies and governments. While many different groups of people are facing strain in the country, the women in Burkina Faso are in more danger. Pre- COVID-19: Since 2017, an Islamic regime in Burkina Faso has been undoing the education progress made over the years. The group has been killing, kidnapping and threatening teachers, educational professionals and students. Burkina Faso’s government had already closed many schools in the country prior to the pandemic. The government…

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SEATTLE, Washington — As COVID-19 upends financial markets worldwide, many informal workers remain quarantined without any social or financial support. Conversely, female entrepreneurs in developing countries risk COVID-19 exposure due to crowded workspaces and scarce access to potable water and healthcare. Many such workers must keep working even if they do not receive pay. While female workers struggle to stay safe, women entrepreneurs in developing countries are pivoting their often unpaid domestic skills into start-up businesses. The Inequality of Informality The informal economy (industries such as hospitality, custodial services, cooking and eldercare) employs up to 70% of women working in…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Matt Damon is best known for his A-list acting and Academy Award-winning screenwriting, but he is also a co-founder of a global nonprofit organization working to bring clean water and sanitation to those that need it most. The nonprofit Water.org is currently operating in 13 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The results have been inspiring. Thanks to the efforts of Water.org, 30 million people can now “turn on a tap” for clean drinking water “and safely use a toilet.” Matt Damon, Gary White and Water.org As Matt Damon rose to prominence in Hollywood,…

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The small but mighty island of Puerto Rico has been through a lot recently. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017, the global COVID-19 pandemic is currently ravaging Puerto Rico. As a result, hunger in Puerto Rico is now a problem with a spotlight shining on it. In 2016, 44% of the island’s population lived in poverty. Prior to the hurricane, 1.5 million people were food insecure. Hurricane Maria devastated 80% of the crops in Puerto Rico, meaning the island lost about $780 million in agricultural yields. Before the pandemic,…

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, comprising of more than 17,000 islands. Healthcare in Indonesia is a complex subject of debate. In 2014, the Indonesian government implemented Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN), a health insurance system that aims to provide healthcare to every citizen in the country. A significant wealth gap divides Indonesians living in rural areas and those in well-developed, urban environments and health services also vary significantly between regions. JKN is only beginning to close that gap. Insurance and Growth JKN covers more than 80% of the Indonesian population but it intends…

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The state of healthcare in Honduras points to a larger story of political corruption within the country. The country’s public healthcare system suffers from poor management and a lack of resources, preventing those who rely on it from receiving proper care. Understanding the System Healthcare in Honduras operates through both a private and public system. Honduras reserves the private system for the wealthy and those who have private insurers, an economic elite that represents roughly 10% of the population. The public system comprises of two institutions: the Ministry of Health and the Honduran Social Security Institute. The…

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SEATTLE, Washington — According to a report from the World Health Organization and the World Bank in 2017, at least half of the world faces a lack of basic health services. When they do have access, many are pushed into poverty because they have to pay for them out of pocket. One solution to this growing issue has been the integration of community health workers (CHWs) to strengthen the ability of countries to provide basic health services. What to Know About CHWs Many low- and middle-income countries have considered integrating community health workers into health systems. Not only is it…

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