All posts tagged fragile states

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Door-to-door vaccinators: risking their lives to help stop the spread of polio in Pakistan

By Svea Closser, Middlebury College

In the last two years, more than 60 people have been murdered delivering polio vaccine door-to-door to children in Pakistan. These workers are part of a global effort to eradicate polio; they’re working to create a firewall of vaccinated children that would…

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Missing: confidence in Liberia’s health system

by Margaret E. Kruk, Associate Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

“Fear of Ebola breeds a terror of physicians” proclaimed an article in the New York Times recently, observing that sick people in rural areas were more comfortable with seeking help from traditional healers than health system workers…

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From fragility to resilience

By Karl Blanchet

When we talk about fragile states, we could cover the usual alarming figures: it is anticipated that by 2015, half of the world’s population living in poverty will be in fragile states. Similarly, while poverty continues to decline globally, fragile states still grapple with alarmingly poor…

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