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GST rates on disability aids unacceptable: Abidi

Jul 12, 2017 According to NCPDEP almost all appliances that disabled people use such as a wheelchair, or a braille typewriter or a hearing aid will become at least 5% more expensive.

Breastfeeding campaigns should focus on the elite too: Montek

Jan 03, 2014 The silence on the need to protect, promote and support breastfeeding was broken in the last month of 2013 when the Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission of India, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, launched the World Breastfeeding Costing Initiative (WBCi) Report ‘The Need to Invest in Babies’ by IBFAN. He termed the Report as ‘excellent’ and stressed that the “there is no reason for not acting”. The health benefits of proper breastfeeding are well known, and now there is increasing evidence how it can protect women from dangerous diseases like breast and ovarian cancer. Campaigns need to be directed at not just the poor, but also the elite, who set the fashion for infant feeding. He also called for strong campaigns to highlight the dangers of formula feeding, as is being done for tobacco. (Source: IBFAN)
 

Communicating Climate Change in Nepal

Dec 24, 2013 The consequences of climate change will be devastating for a mountainous country like Nepal. Recent reports show Nepal's temperature will rise by up to 3 degrees Celsius in the next 40-90 years. The warming trends may result in heavy floods, landslides, forest fires, and soil erosion. Nepal will also suffer from droughts and Glacial Lake Outburst Flooding (GLOF), which is not only dangerous for those living in Nepal but will affect the livelihoods of people in South and East Asian regions who depend on Himalayan water. There is an urgent need to prepare vulnerable communities so that they can adapt. A small village in Madan Pokhara in west Nepal understands the consequences of changing climate and is preparing resilience mechanisms that will reduce their vulnerability. Source: SciDev.net
 

Erratic weather threatens livelihoods in Pakistan

Dec 16, 2013 In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers' problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in a row since 2008, deciding which crops to grow, and if they should continue to cultivate traditional crops such as wheat, has become increasingly complicated for farmers. Rain-fed areas contribute 12 per cent of the 24 million tonnes of wheat produced annually in Pakistan. Wheat is an important crop for Pakistan's agricultural economy, accounting for 3 per cent of GDP and earning around US$600 million in foreign exchange reserves through exports each year. Source: SciDev.net
 

Raising awareness on forced prostitution in India

Nov 22, 2013 In India, every 40 girls under the age of 15 are forced and trafficked into prostitution and other sexual exploitation. This video by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, raises awareness against forced prostitution in India. Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) is a leading child rights organisation working to eliminate child labour and exploitation in all its forms and manifestations across the country. Since 1980, BBA has lead the rescue of 82,808 victims of trafficking till 14 November 2013, it continues to protect children from slavery.
 

Bangladesh: Climate change threatens livelihood

Nov 01, 2013 Climate change continues to threaten food security in Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, where rising sea levels and seasonal storms worry farmers. Those living along the country's southern coast fear for their crops and livelihoods. Now the Government of Bangladesh is working with IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development to provide training to farmers with the aim of introducing new techniques to beat the crisis. (Source: UN)
 

Malala Yousafzai: Inspiration for educating children

Oct 01, 2013 Malala Yousafzai was shot and almost killed by Taliban militants in Pakistan on her way home from school, yet her survival only made her a greater global advocate for universal education. The United Nations declared 12th July ‘Malala Day’ on her 16th birthday, in honour of her courage and determination, and for inspiring others to speak out for their rights.
 

Lighting up lives in Ladakh using solar power

Sep 26, 2013 Understanding the potential of Solar Power to transform the future of the remotest of areas in the country, Luminous Power Technologies connected with Global Himalayan expedition to connect to the local communities to light up the lives of people who have never witnessed any artificial light after dark apart from the natural moon light. This expedition was aimed to set up the third E base at Ladakh to highlight stories of simple people shouldering extraordinary responsibilities, and communities working unknowingly towards saving the planet.
 

Children with bones of glass

Sep 02, 2013 Every day millions of children with disabilities fight discrimination and prejudice as well as physical barriers towards leading a fulfilling life. Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted in 2006 is critical to mobilizing support for disabled children.
 

Nepal: Improving International Trade

Aug 05, 2013 Despite international demand for Nepal's home-grown products, getting the goods out of the country isn't easy. Unsafe road conditions and vast amounts of paperwork delay the process. With support from the World Bank, Nepal is working to improve roads and modernize customs procedures to cut the length of time it takes to deliver merchandise to its destination.
 

India: No Toilet, No Bride

Jul 16, 2013 Nearly half of India's 1.2 billion people don't have access to toilets, especially in rural villages. The lack of sanitation is the cause of one in every ten deaths here. Supported by the World Bank, the Government has introduced a sanitation campaign called ‘No Toilet, No Bride’, to educate villagers about proper waste disposal.
 
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