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Baroness Jenny Tonge at the panel discussion

Influencing the UK Government to support all health workers

Human resources are a central part of functioning health systems and are critical for achieving global health and development targets including the Millennium Development Goals.  Health workers are essential for delivering vital health services to women and girls throughout their lives.

In advance of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health that’s… Read more »

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Score Foundation - Project Eyeway

Changing perceptions and empowering visually impaired people in India

On World Sight Day, VSO volunteer Claire Boxall, public relations and communications specialist at Score Foundation, blogs about changing perceptions of blind people in India.

Around 8 million people in India are blind.

India was one of the first signatories to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons withRead more »

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Photographer © KT Watson

Migrant children in Thailand miss out on early childhood development

There are at least 200,000 migrant children of an estimated 2.5 million migrant workers in Thailand. The majority are from Myanmar. Despite national policies that are inclusive of migrant children, such as the 2005 Education for All policy, their lack of social protection and legal status means that migrant children’s access to crucial early childhood… Read more »


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