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Africa in Transition | Educational Entertainment: Promoting Health and Social Change through Pop Culture

By 2050, Africa’s young population—those between 0 and 24 years of age—will increase by 50 percent. As these young people work to overcome barriers to a more prosperous life, how will they get the information they need? Sharing information through innovative media platforms, such as serial dramas, music, and online games can be an effective tool for reducing risky behaviors and improving population health. In particular, stories told through television and radio dramas can have widespread influence on people’s health and create social change. 
 

Community Health Matters in the Journey to Self-Reliance

“We recognize that what we’re talking about is a journey, but we also recognize that people have dreams for themselves and what this is about is helping them achieve those dreams,” said Ellen Starbird, Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID, at a recent Wilson Center event about the importance of community health systems, with a particular focus on voluntary family planning and infectious disease prevention.

Africa in Transition | Investing in Youth for Economic Prosperity

“African countries are not in the middle of one transition, they are in the midst of several transitions,” said Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor and Chair of the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, at a recent Wilson Center event on demographic trends on the continent, and investing in youth to ensure economic prosperity. “All of these transitions are an opportunity for prosperity, an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to build human capital,” said Eloundou-Enyugue.

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

Saving Mothers, Giving Life: It Takes a System to Save a Mother

“Saving Mothers, Giving Life has undeniably raised the bar in how we address maternal perinatal mortality,” said Dr.

Aligning the Stars for Quality RMNCH Care! What Does it Take?

Poor quality care is now a bigger barrier to reducing mortality than insufficient access to healthcare, said Dr. Margaret Kruk, Chair of The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goal Era. She spoke at a recent Wilson Center event on strategies to improve and sustain high-quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care at scale.

Where's the Link? Maternal and Child Health, Aid, and Armed Conflict

While most people killed in wars are male, several studies have found that “mortality among women in some high-intensity conflicts was as severe as male mortality,” said Henrik Urdal, the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), at a recent Wilson Center event on the links between maternal and child health, aid, and armed conflict.

Rwanda 22 Years Later: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities

On April 27, 2016, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Rwanda 22 Years Later: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities, a conversation with H.E. Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, as she reflected on Rwanda’s economic, political, and security trajectories over the last 22 years and into the future.

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