The day after Women's Day, I had the unfortunate experience of spending the whole day at the Wynberg Magistrates Court to assist a friend in obtaining a protection order. Due to various reasons, we could only get there at 10h00 but I strode up confidently to the domestic violence clerk’s office to announce our arrival. I was told that it was too late, we should have been there at 7h45, and we need to return tomorrow.
Interview with Mohamed Somane Abdi, MSF Assistant Project Coordinator, Marere, southern Somalia.
The drought has affected us badly. Marere used to be a farming area but there has been no harvest now for more than two years. You can see the effects of the drought right here in our hospital, where numbers of patients in our inpatient feeding centre have doubled.
Last night, 80 under-fives with severe malnutrition stayed in the hospital, while we were treating a further 443 children as outpatients.
"Hunger and destitution..."
This week, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has sent medical teams and four charter planes carrying 55 tons of medical equipment, medicines and therapeutic food to Mogadishu in response to the crisis in Somalia. In the past weeks, an estimated 100 000 people have fled from south and central Somalia to the capital to seek assistance. They are settling in numerous camps in and around Mogadishu, with little or no access to health care.
Dear Dr. Chan
The participants of the civil society consultation on strengthening the UN treaty body system hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, 20 and 21 June 2011 called on all civil society organisations to endorse the Pretoria Statement on the strengthening and reform of the UN human rights treaty body system.
Target audience-centred approach…
It’s a ghastly phrase that I recently came across in a thick business book, that promised ten quick steps to success and riches.
Naturally I had my usual approach to such things: that business thinking just doesn’t take into account the complexity of working in development, and therefore is difficult to apply.
But when I started digging underneath the words, its meaning suddenly became quite clear - put your customer at the heart of what you do.
According to the Constitution of South Africa (Section 152), one of the objects of local government is to promote social development.
Technology is an improved route to an unimproved target. Technology is associated with innovation. It involves the transformation of ideas into something useful. Innovation is just not limited to creative people and organisations, but also involves the availability of technological and scientific talent. Technology and innovation are synergistic. Technology has definitely changed our lives and for the better.
Some 3 000 sub-Saharan Africans are stranded in camps at the Tunisian border with Libya. Most had fled violence or repression in their own countries in search of work in Libya. Due to the war, they had to flee. But due to the situations in their native countries, they cannot be repatriated, and are therefore stuck where they are, their futures uncertain.
4 July 2012
Charles Sako, Catherine Atieno and Siama Musine live and work in Kibera, a deprived area of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. They are also all HIV positive and receive treatment through Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders' clinic in Kibera.
Six years ago, they were given disposable cameras for a week to document their lives on HIV treatment. From those photos, MSF created a project called ‘My Life with HIV’.
R2K believes a responsive and accountable democracy able to meet the basic needs of our people is built on transparency and the free flow of information.
The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) illustrated with frightening statistics earlier this year that “a stable family life with both parents is the privilege of a minority of children” in South Africa.
SAIRR project manager, Lucy Holborn, revealed that “there are nearly four million orphans in the country, 859 000 of whom are double orphans who have lost both their parents.”