Stories: Education

  • Doctors For Liberation

    Last Thursday we visited the Medical School of the Aristide Foundation [UniFA] and had the privilege of an audience with former first  lady, Mdm Mildred Aristide. She spoke about the history of the medical school which, though it was started in 2002, can be traced back to 1996 when Haiti restored diplomatic relations with Cuba, which had been &lsquo...

  • An Eyes-Only Rotation in Thailand

    A previous accident had already cost the Thai fisherman his sight in one eye when a fish jumped from a bucket and slapped him in the face. The blow ruptured the fisherman’s remaining “good” eyeball. It was a late evening in March when the injured man arrived at Mettapracharak Hospital and Eye Institute west of...

  • Young HIV-Positive Nigerians Seek Education, Rights

    When Aminat Alli-Agboola, 33, first found out she was HIV-positive in 2004, she was too sick to react to the news. “I was very ill,” she says. “There was nothing I could do but pray to survive.” At the time, she attended Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, a city on the southwest coast of Nigeria. Unsure how...

  • Dol House

    Tuesday 12th January 2010 began like all other weekdays in the Dol household. The children, all in their teens, woke at 5.30 am and in the half sleep readied themselves quietly and left for school in the truck. By the time they reached the main road at the bottom of the steep hill, they were wide awake. Much later, Rea and her...

  • Rougher Road Ahead for Morocco’s Maternal Health

    Aicha Sasbou, who has worked for 30 years as a traditional birth attendant in this remote region of the Atlas Mountains, clearly remembers her first delivery. She was called along with her aunt to help her own sister. Her job: hold the candle and provide light for the delivery, since there was no electricity. But once the baby arrived, Sasbou forgot...

  • Die Kosten von „umsonst“

    Read an English translation.  Oft habe ich in den letzten sieben Tagen gehört, dass ein bestimmter Service „free“, also umsonst, wäre. Grund­schule ist natürlich „free“. Und selbst Verhütungs­mittel gäbe es so. Doch immer wenn ich mich mit Menschen unterhalten habe, die...

  • Kenya’s Ownership Society

    The community service workers we have met here in Kenya are very, very worried about social programs creating dependency on the government. Thus, whenever they talk about their social programs, they emphasize the importance of the individuals "taking ownership." For example, elementary schools are supposed to be free, but in practice they are not. Parents must buy school uniforms,...