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GABORONE — Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has historically enjoyed one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. According to the World Bank, Botswana is an upper middle-income country with a stable democracy since its independence from Britain in 1966. The economic and political stability of the country contribute to its ability to invest in programs designed to improve health. There are four main areas where there have been huge health successes in Botswana. Healthcare Infrastructure Public sector primary healthcare is the main source of healthcare in Botswana. There is an extensive network of health facilities…

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SEATTLE — Many people consider technology such as smartphones, tablets and computers a necessity; but for many human beings across the globe, these devices are luxuries. Digital Democracy (DD), an organization based in Oakland, California, is on a mission to “empower marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights.” This organization believes technology should be used to raise more voices into the spotlight. By partnering with groups that represent communities across the globe, Digital Democracy supports marginalized groups with the strategic use of technology. Digital Democracy Digital Democracy uses technology to help marginalized communities defend their rights in three primary…

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SEATTLE — Many celebrities donate money to charity, but it’s another thing entirely to devote your time as well as your money to charitable causes. These seven celebrities who founded nonprofits aimed at eradicating poverty-related problems around the globe have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty and created their own foundations to help the impoverished people of the world. Matt Damon Matt Damon is no stranger to charitable causes. He has supported projects ranging from cancer research to fighting AIDS and poverty in third world countries. Recently, Damon partnered with Gary White to create Water.org. Water.org works…

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SEATTLE — The digital divide is one of many significant gaps between developed and developing countries. Poorer nations generally have less access to information and communication technology (often abbreviated ICT), and this absence has far more impact on their people than merely limiting the personal use of the internet. Digital technologies are increasingly vital to the global economy. Innovation in technology helps drive economic growth around the globe and the developing world is no exception. The negative effects of not closing the digital divide on developing nations will only increase as the market comes to rely more on ICT. In…

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SEATTLE — For many years, human rights have been a concern in Iran with the U.N. Human Rights Council even serving a special mandate where the rights of Iranian citizens are concerned. In regard to human rights violations, President Hassan Rouhani was, in fact, elected for a second term in 2017 amidst a voting scandal that disqualified voters based on political opinion or gender or religion. In addition to this startling fact, here are 10 facts about human rights in Iran. 10 Facts about Human Rights in Iran The Iranian government has been consistently executing the citizens in Iran. Citizens may…

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SEATTLE — Haiti is a beautiful country in the Caribbean Sea that accounts for a small string of western islands. Haiti is home to beautiful beaches, rich culture and, unfortunately, vast poverty. Haiti has been the target of many devastating disasters and political unrest that left the country in what seems to be a perpetual state of poverty. With the severe poverty rates comes extreme hunger in Haiti; here are the top 10 facts about hunger in Haiti. 10 Facts About Hunger in Haiti Action Against Hunger is one of the top committed organizations in making Haiti its priority. The…

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SEATTLE — In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a strategy for implementing universal healthcare in its Southeast Asia region. Since 2014, WHO has made this a regional priority due in part to the financial burden of healthcare in Southeast Asia, which is among the highest in the world. Healthcare in Southeast Asia WHO discovered in 2014 that 60 percent of total health expenditure in Southeast Asia was out-of-pocket spending higher than in any of the organization’s regions. According to the same report, healthcare costs played a part in a third of all new cases of poverty among South-East…

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana remains one of the poorest countries in South America and is faced with poor infrastructure, a weak government and high poverty rates. However, the country is plentiful of vast natural resources, which just might be the solution to alleviating Guyana from poverty. Guyana’s agricultural sector is one of the most productive components of the country’s economy, accounting for 33 percent of Guyana’s GDP and 30 percent of the country’s employment. In recent years, though, Guyana’s agricultural sector has faced many challenges (e.g. unstable international commodity prices and extreme weather), the country’s non-traditional agricultural sector is expanding,…

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SEATTLE — Julianne Hough is a famous actress who loves to act, sing and generally perform; however, she also loves to bring important stories to people’s attention. She created her own production company, Canary House Productions, specifically for that purpose, and also builds wells in African villages with the help of donations, ensuring that the people there have enough clean water to drink. Julianne Hough Builds Wells in African Villages In 2016, Julianne and her husband, Brooks, went on a trip to Zambia. While there, they witnessed for themselves how much trouble the local villagers had to go through to…

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BEIJING — In George Orwell’s 1984, fictitious Oceania’s Big Brother watched citizens’ every move; now, Uncle Xi (or Xi Dada, the “affectionate” nickname of Chinese president Xi Jinping) is doing the same in the Middle Kingdom. The State Council, China’s premier legislative body, announced in 2014 the creation of a national social credit system. Most audiences are probably familiar with the idea of financial credit; China adopted that notion in the form of a five-year plan and adapted it to everyday life. Its ambitious implementation of a methodology that bases its currency on private choices has elicited disapproval from many in…

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