In Argentina’s capital city, recyclers collect and resell hundreds of tons of materials every day. Jacquelina Flores has become a leading advocate for recyclers, including women who have moved into new roles as “environmental promoters,” teaching city residents how to recycle and promoting recycling.
Informal tobacco sales have long provided supplemental income for residents of Makokoba, the oldest suburb of Bulawayo. However, the dismal Zimbabwean economy has driven more and more residents into the informal trade, making competition fierce, while police last year began confiscating sellers’ tobacco because of violations of health regulations that had been previously ignored.
In a village north of Goma, health organizations are struggling to counter a cholera epidemic brought on by an extended dry season and lack of rainfall. Their efforts – including clean water deliveries and community education – have made an impact, but residents say future outbreaks are inevitable unless the government addresses the village’s lack of water infrastructure.
Getting a prosthesis through Argentina’s health system takes time and considerable effort. Low-cost prosthesis workshops are filling the gap by using creative substitutions to perform the same functions at far less cost.
Nepal’s old age homes are filled with aging citizens who were abandoned by their adult children. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has put forth an amendment to the Senior Citizens Act which would require children to pay 10 percent of their income toward their parents’ care. It includes provisions allowing the elderly to keep a portion of their property, and civil penalties for elder abuse.
Mexico has seen a surge in refugee applications in recent years, driven by people fleeing violence in Central America. In response, organizations are offering legal help to asylum-seekers facing a complex application process.