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.
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 with… Read more »
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 »
Expectations and anxieties were running high last week as civil society representatives convened in Bonn to discuss ‘Advancing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda’ ahead of the High Level Panel meeting currently taking place in Bali.
The Panel, which is due to report to the UN Secretary General in May, faces a series… Read more »
The preoccupation with economic growth as the route out of poverty often means that the contribution of unpaid work – including work caring for others – to social and economic well-being remains a marginalised, if not absent, issue within development debates. That in turn neglects the stark fact that the majority of unpaid work around the… Read more »
Equity, valuing teachers, governance and accountability should be central to post-2015 development agenda
Last month I joined a team of 13 VSO employees, partners and volunteers at the Asia Pacific Regional Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post 2015 Development Agenda in Bangkok. The conference was organised by the regional offices of UNESCO and UNICEF. Its purpose was to ensure that the voices… Read more »