Kamanda is a youth advocate for Plan International, and lives in Port Loko on the north of Sierra Leone. In this blog, he describes what happened before and after the 3-day national lockdown which began on the 19th of September.Read More
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Water and Health Conference, hosted by the University of North Carolina’s Water Institute. The conference, the brainchild of the articulate and charismatic Dr. Jamie Bartram, formerly of the World Health Organization (WHO) and now a professor at UNC, convenes an eclectic blend of field practitioners, policy wonks and academic researchers. The conference works, and results in very interesting, thought-provoking, and forward-looking presentations and conversations about what we must do to push for progress in access to improved water and sanitation.Read More
Indonesia, Southeast Asia's most populous nation (over 240 million), is one of the world's great emerging economies. It has been growing at 4-6% per year for the last 10 years; few countries have posted better results over this very difficult decade. A recent McKinsey Global Institute Report expects that it will be the world's 7th largest economy by 2030. New roads, office buildings, hospitals are all under construction throughout the major cities. Indonesia looks and feels prosperous.Read More
Uganda is a contradiction. This beautiful lush east African country of 35 million is rich in minerals. With abundant rainfall and rich soils, you can grow practically anything. Uganda could feed Africa, people often say.Read More
Malaria is a killer. It claims the lives of so many children in Mali, but they die unnecessarily as the disease is easy to prevent. I became the coordinator of Plan’s project for maternal and neonatal health in Kangaba, an area where the risk from malaria was very high.Read More
My village of Keniele, situated 56 miles south-east from Bamako, is marshland due to its wet climate. I have lived here for almost all my youth years and I got married here as well.
I have been married for 12 years, and live with my husband and our 6 children. The unexpected illness of my children from malaria had always been a source of strife in my marriage.