March 17, 2017

Sand Mining Sinkholes in Kagal

by Debayan Gupta in

Durgi Naik is a 58 year old woman who lives alone and does household work in Kagal, a small fishing village in Northern Karnataka. Vinod Patgar, an Enviro-Legal Coordinator (ELC) with the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program, also hails from this village. His work as an ELC has made him the go-to man for his fellow…

March 7, 2017

Fighting Land Grabs in Myanmar: Daw Mya’s Story

by Namati in

For decades, the Burmese military seized land across Myanmar. In Eastern Shan province, they took Daw Mya’s land to plant teak trees for their private profit. Daw Mya tried to fight the land grab, submitting complaint letters to old parliament members and political parties, but she found her case ignored. The government began to address…

February 28, 2017

Gujarat villagers act to stop a company’s mishandling of coal and cement

by Namati in

For years, the improper handling of coal and cement at the jetty of a prominent company polluted the air near the Muldwakarka Port in Gujarat, India. Villagers worried that the dust posed health risks and farmers complained that it damaged their crops and fields. The newly appointed Sarpanch (Village Head) of Muldwarka felt compelled to…

February 28, 2017

Sensitizing Health Workers to the Needs of the Elderly in Mozambique

by Ellie Feinglass in

Davide de Conceição is a Namati health advocate in Mozambique, supporting a busy facility in Inhambane Province. In 2016, he began hearing complaints from elderly patients about the lack of courtesy and respect they were shown during their clinic visits. Ministry of Health policy states that elderly patients should receive priority attention at health facilities,…

February 28, 2017

Birth Certificates in Bangladesh: Ruma’s Story

by Namati in

Ruma’s daughter was approaching school age, but there was a problem: Her daughter didn’t have a birth certificate. Ruma couldn’t enroll her in school without one.   The idea of securing a birth certificate was daunting and unclear for Ruma. She is a member of Bangladesh’s Urdu-speaking community, a minority group that has faced discrimination…

December 13, 2016

Privacy for Patients

by Ellie Feinglass in

Our health advocate Lina, who works in a busy district hospital, received a complaint from a group of HIV patients regarding the lack of privacy in the hospital pharmacy.  Large numbers of patients at the were crowding around the windows where prescriptions are disbursed, making it easy for others to see which medicines each patient had been given.  A number of HIV patients reportedly…

December 13, 2016

Delivery Amid Abuse

by Ellie Feinglass in

Alcina has lived her entire life in an isolated coastal village in Mozambique’s southern region, without access to electricity, running water, or transport. She gave birth to her three children at the local health center – a 17km trek from her home. Within moments of each delivery, she was forced to get out of bed…

December 10, 2016

The Exchange of Ideas and Inspiration

by Michael Otto in

Juves Tchiamala works for Lawyers of Hope Rwanda, empowering vulnerable individuals in court or through a network of paralegals he helps to train and coordinate. His organization was struggling with monitoring cases, communicating impact, securing financial sustainability, and recruiting and motivating community paralegals. So when Juves heard about the Global Legal Empowerment learning exchange, he…

December 9, 2016

The Loss and Delay of HIV Patients’ Lab Results

by Ellie Feinglass in

At a bustling health center on the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique, nearly 8,000 patients living with HIV receive care and treatment. Despite the high volume, the health facility did not have a CD4 machine on-site for measuring the level of immuno-suppression in HIV patients. Blood samples had to be transported to a nearby hospital for…

December 6, 2016

Full Prescriptions Half Filled

by Ellie Feinglass in

When Marizinha, a patient at a bustling peri-urban health facility in Inhambane Province, Mozambique went in June to the pharmacy for a consult, the doctor wrote her a prescription for 60 pills. Just enough for one month. However, the pharmacy tech at the health center dispensed only 30 of the pills. “He acted like he…

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