Excluded from access to very basic financial services, the very poor are continually denied their chance to access a dignified route out of poverty. Microcredit is the provision of small loans (roughly $50-$100) targeted at the very poor.
As the holiday season approaches and Canadians prepare for holiday parties and gift giving, over one billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.
We are at a crossroads in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB). Newly released figures from the World Health Organization indicate the incidence of new TB cases and deaths due to TB have declined over the last several years because of significant global investments in tuberculosis control.
Last March, the federal Government announced that it will slash the budget of the Canadian International Development Agency by $319 million (more than 8 percent) over three years. These cuts will lead to major set-backs in the fight against global poverty.
The creation of the polio vaccine has successfully eradicated polio in the developed world and has nearly wiped it out globally, leaving many to falsely believe that polio is a disease of the past.
Polio is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease. When the virus strikes it invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible, sometimes fatal, paralysis in a matter of hours. Polio mainly affects children under five. Thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) the total number of polio cases has dropped from 350,000 in 1988 to 650 …
The world is at a critical juncture in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). Every year 8.8 million people around the world become newly infected with TB and the disease is responsible for 1.4 million deaths annually, including nearly a quarter of all AIDS deaths.
This April, the World Bank named Dr. Jim Yong Kim as its next president.[1. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:23170638~pagePK:34370~piPK:34424~theSitePK:4607,00.html] Dr. Kim, a global health specialist, will officially begin his tenure at the World Bank on July 1st. As the new president of the World Bank and the first development professional ever to head the institution, Dr. Kim represents the potential of truly returning to …
Canada has shown tremendous leadership in the area of maternal and child health. In 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper paved the way for an incredible $7.3 billion total investment to the Muskoka Initiative by G8 countries and has made good on Canada’s $1.1 billion promise.