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Across Latin America, indigenous communities are on frontlines of an ongoing battle, fighting to protect their culture and livelihoods from companies and governments hungry for land and resources. As guardians of the forest and preservers of indigenous culture, indigenous women play a key role in keeping their communities safe and thriving. Sara Omi, with the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP), recently discussed the role of indigenous women with BurnessDigital's Miles Sedgwick at the 12th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York.
"We have lost him, and must recognize the need for a next generation of selfless and driven leaders. For me, Mandela's example will always stand as a reminder of what is possible when conviction faces injustice, of the work that still remains unfinished, and of the long road ahead."
Malaria is one of the world's most pressing health problems. It kills hundreds of thousands of people per year, most of them young African children, and infects many more. Many children who survive bouts of the disease suffer permanent mental and physical impairments. While deaths from malaria have dropped by more than 25% globally since 2000, new tools are needed to fight emerging drug and insecticide resistance and ensure goals of elimination and eradication can be met. Ashley Birkett, Director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), recently sat down with BurnessGlobal's Ellen Wilson to discuss MVI's role in vaccine development and the malaria-free future he envisions.
For parents, the experience of taking their child to the pediatrician or hospital for necessary vaccinations or tests involving a series of shots is a time of anxiety and stress. In fact, ten percent of both children and adults have a significant needle phobia. Often, this is because the pain with getting shots with needles is managed poorly, if it is even managed at all.