Author: The Borgen Project

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya is a part of the Global Alliance Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI Vaccine Alliance. GAVI was established in 2000 to help increase the accessibility of vaccines to communities of extreme poverty in developing countries. GAVI focuses on providing vaccines to children to protect the health of the communities by decreasing the potential spread of diseases. Projections showed that The GAVI project would do well in Kenya at the beginning of 2020. Kenya was on schedule to transition from depending on GAVI to being fully independent and paying for all the country’s vaccines by 2027. COVID-19 has…

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TACOMA, Washington — J-Hope of the K-pop band BTS celebrated his birthday by reaching out a hand to help vulnerable children. The artist turned 27 on February 18 and marked the occasion by donating 150 million won (around $135,400) to ChildFund Korea. The organization is an influential, international NGO in the Republic of Korea working for the welfare of children. J-Hope’s birthday donation to ChildFund will go a long way in ensuring the safety and well-being of children supported by the NGO. ChildFund Korea ChildFund Korea’s mission is to offer financial, physical and emotional support to children who have mental…

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DELAND, Florida — On February 11, 2021, the Young African Leaders Initiative Act of 2021, or the YALI Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Karen Bass. With 30 co-sponsors and bipartisan support, the bill aims to “Establish a comprehensive United States Government initiative to build the capacity of young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.” The YALI Program and Initiatives The bill supports further funding and revamping of the YALI program created in 2010 by the Obama administration. The YALI program is the U.S. Government’s initiative to invest in the education and professional futures of young Africans.…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In October 2020, the White House announced the removal of Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) after being on the list for 27 years. As part of the deal, Sudan must pay $335 million “to compensate victims of the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole.” The decision comes after critical political transitions took place in Sudan in 2019. The country removed former dictator Omar al-Bashir and established a transitional government until Sudan can hold fair and free elections. However, the decision also comes at…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District has been fighting to end global poverty since he was first elected to office in 2018. Congressman Dean Phillips is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as a member of two subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. As a member of these committees, Phillips has made it a priority to co-sponsor legislation to enact true change. Among the numerous anti-poverty bills he has co-sponsored, two stand out…

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TACOMA, Washington — As we welcome the new year and the new presidential administration, we look to the ways U.S. policies and initiatives can contribute to the global effort to alleviate poverty internationally. In President Biden’s first 100 days in office, he emphasized plans to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations, depoliticize mask-wearing, extend unemployment benefits, pause student loan repayments, reform the criminal justice system and increase the supply of eco-friendly goods. President Biden has also pushed for Congress members to support the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package and plans to organize an international summit where leaders from around the world will converse…

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KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda has a population of approximately 12.3 million people, 63% of whom are living in extreme poverty. Since COVID-19 has swept through Rwanda, it has impacted the country’s economy and potential economic growth. However, Rwanda’s battle against COVID-19 is not a solitary one. Many humanitarian organizations are working together to support Rwanda amid this unprecedented crisis and help keep vulnerable groups protected from the virus. The Helping Hands Rwanda continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and find new ways to combat the virus. Still, COVID-19 imposed many challenges for organizations trying to give support to Rwanda.…

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LEMON GROVE, California — In 2017, 83 out of 100,000 Colombian women passed away due to pregnancy complications. In fact, the number of maternal deaths in Colombia is rising for Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean women. Low-income women who need prenatal care rely on Colombia’s public healthcare insurance to cover medical costs. However, state-issued insurance often takes a significant amount of time to approve pregnancy-related procedures. Apart from dealing with unreliable health insurance, pregnant women experience mediocre treatment from doctors who do not look out for their patient’s best interests. Nevertheless, traditional midwives in Colombia visit Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean women in their…

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TACOMA, Washington — On the whole, the numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Africa have remained low, especially compared to the American, European and Asian continents. By October, there were around 1.5 million cases across Africa, which has a population of more than one billion. Additionally, the total of deaths on the entire continent was close to 40,000. When compared with “roughly 580,000 in the Americas, 230,000 in Europe and 205,000 in Asia,” Africa has definitely had fewer deaths. COVID-19 Art in Africa has changed how people are reacting to the pandemic. It is also helping artists survive in quarantine.…

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MONTREAL, Quebec — Across the globe, countries have adapted to a new reality due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease continues to impact housing, global health, economics and mental health, which has already left millions in a state of crisis. To combat these detrimental effects, it is imperative to tackle the root cause — the virus itself. Fortunately, two pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna, developed a vaccine to fight against COVID-19. There is a need for vaccine dissemination worldwide. However, developing nations are at a disadvantage in the battle against COVID-19 in terms of vaccine distribution and storage. Under these…

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