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Christabel Ligami

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7 October 2019

Samburu, Kenya

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A region in Kenya has combined innovation and demand to develop a birthing cushion that helps to encourage mothers to deliver their babies at the local health center. As more women choose this option, the stigma aroun...

Yes! Magazine

Mary Annette Pember

27 July 2018

Frank's Landing, Washington, United States

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Indigenous-led herbalists accompanied a two-week-long canoe gathering along the coast of Washington and Canada. They aimed to decolonize herbalism and support sustainable plant medicine and helped canoe gathering part...

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Katja Ridderbusch

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28 March 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Cassandra Quave is searching for a cure to drug-resistant infections using plant medicines. She and her team recently tested a topical ointment made from peppertree extract on mice that they had infected with drug-res...

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Mary Annette Pember

5 January 2018

United States

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It is exceptionally difficult for indigenous people in Canada and the United States to receive culturally competent care from non-Native providers. A series of efforts focused on maternal care and the role of midwives...

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Odette Chalaby

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15 December 2017

Mexico

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The CASA school in Guanajuato was founded to train midwives and advocate for their role during childbirth. CASA's students receive an education in modern medicine as well as traditional practices, with the goal of bei...

High Country News

Sarah Amandolare

18 September 2017

El Desemboque, Mexico

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A group who is being affected the most by climate change in the Sonoran Desert is also working to fight climate change using both tradition and new technology. The Seri are a small tribe whose ecological knowledge ha...

Shanghai Daily

Zhang Qian

12 August 2016

Shanghai, China

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With the help of public awareness campaigns and modern technology, hospitals in Shanghai are helping to combat cultural taboos and successfully increase the number of voluntary organ donations in the country.

Bright Magazine

Sophie Cousins

9 March 2016

Suri, West Bengal, India

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India has an estimated 2.5 million medical “quacks.” Can they be trained to do no harm?

Mongabay

Jeremy Hance

24 June 2015

Brazil

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The Matsés, an indigenous population in Brazil in Peru, teamed up with Acaté, a conservation group, to create a medicinal knowledge encyclopedia. The encyclopedia was compiled by five shamans, took two years, is 500 p...

Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine

Cathy Shufro

1 April 2014

Sitapur, Nepal

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In Nepal, a nation of farmers, undernutrition leaves children stunted and at lifelong risk. A nationwide survey aims to track this problem and use a comprehensive approach to tackle it.

The Atlantic

Olga Khazan

13 June 2013

Ntcheu, Malawi

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Some groups are making strides at ending child marriage and female genital mutilation, practices that are common and yet dangerous. They're doing so by reaching out to the men in charge.

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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6 February 2013

Malawi

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The vast majority of births in Malawi still happen under the care of traditional birth attendants, who are often unequipped to deal with potentially lethal complications. But new president Joyce Banda is helping Malaw...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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26 September 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Post-traumatic stress has triggered dire consequences for U.S. veterans, including an increase in suicide, and not all therapeutic treatments for the disorder have succeeded. To treat and potentially cure the effects ...

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