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The True Size of Africa

May 19th, 2011

Came across this awesome infographic via GOOD. Click on the image to view it larger.

In addition to the well known social issues of illiteracy and innumeracy, there also should be such a concept as immappacy, meaning insufficient geographical knowledge.

A survey of random American schoolkids let them guess the population and land area of their country. Not entirely unexpected, but still rather unsettling, the majority chose 1-2 billion and largest in the world, respectively.

Even with Asian and European college students, geographical estimates were often off by factors of 2-3. This is partly due to the highly distored nature of the predominantly used mapping projections (such as Mercator).

A particularly extreme example is the worldwide misjudgment of the true size of Africa. This single image tries to embody the massive scale, which is larger than the USA, China, India, Japan, and all of Europe combined!

Alyssa Milano,, and the Global Network Unite Against Lymphatic Filariasis!

April 19th, 2011

Photo courtesy of IMA World Health.

LF, also known as elephantiasis, affects 120 million people worldwide and this week (April 19-26), we are proud to partner with actress and Global Network Ambassador Alyssa Milano and an online platform to educate and engage consumers around positive actions on a social-media driven campaign to raise $75,000 to keep a lymphatic filariasis (LF) program alive in the Indian state of Orissa.

IMA World Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have partnered with the

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Indian n.g.o CASA on a lymphatic filariasis program in Orissa to care for 23,000 LF patients and work to identify new cases of the disease. The program serves to provide emotional support, home care, and health education to LF patients and their families. These health and education programs allow LF patients to get back on their feet and be empowered to return to work and be productive citizens, contributing to their families and communities.

This program needs $75,000 to continue. The Global Network, Alyssa Milano, and are determined to End the Neglect and raise those funds now. Together we make a BIG difference.

Will you join our cause? This is how you can help us meet our goal of $75,000:

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The Solutions that Aren’t (Part 1)

March 16th, 2011

By: Alanna Shaikh

In the past couple of years we’ve faced major reconsideration of two of international developments biggest miracles: micro-credit and the Green Revolution.[i] They have gone from being seen as world-changing silver bullets to just one more tool in a kind of effective arsenal.

Micro-credit – the extension of small loans to poor people it seems, doesn’t lift most people out of poverty. Instead, what it does is help poor people to smooth their consumption – spread the cost of major expenditures over time. A loan that pays for a wedding, a home, or medical expenses allows a family to pay in installments slowly, as opposed to being suddenly drained of all their resources. It acts, in fact, in much the same way as micro-savings. Or a credit card, for that matter, and how many people have been lifted out of poverty by a Discover card? It’s a useful tool for money management, and a valuable tool for people who previously had no access to this kind of credit, but it’s not a game-changer. (For more information on micro-finance, I recommend reading anything David Roodman has written in particular this paper and his excellent blog.)

The Green Revolution has faced a similar rethinking. For those of you not familiar with the term, the Green Revolution was “a series of research, development, and technology transfer initiatives, occurring between the 1940s and the late 1970s, that increased agriculture production around the world, beginning most markedly in the late 1960s…The initiatives involved the development of high-yielding varieties of cereal grains, expansion of irrigation infrastructure, modernization of management techniques, distribution of hybridized seeds, synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides to farmers.”

The impact of the Green Revolution was felt primarily in South Asia, with Africa as a lesser beneficiary of the new technology. It has long been seen as one of international development aid’s greatest successes. We broke South Asia’s famine cycle. How do you not count that as a win?

Read more: The Solutions that Aren’t (Part 1)

An Eye on the World: The New Global Atlas for Trachoma

February 23rd, 2011

Interactive media is part of the new wave of organizational communication methods and a wonderful example of this has been launched today with the new global atlas of trachoma called Trachoma Atlas. Trachoma Atlas is the brainchild of several collaborating partners including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the International Trachoma Initiative at The Task Force for Global Health, Atlanta, GA and The Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. They are funded by a generous donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Taken from CoffeeKecs Flickr Photostream

Read more: An Eye on the World: The New Global Atlas for Trachoma

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