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Yearly Archives: 2012

International Day of the Girl


No one could help Mary when her labour started to go wrong. With no health centre or hospital nearby, at just 16 Mary gave birth at home. No one with medical training was with her and after three agonising days she ... Read more

Run for Health


Health Poverty Action has teamed up with specialist running shop Run and Become to launch a new initiative highlighting the two-fold benefits of running. We all know what a positive impact running has on our own health and well-being. But ... Read more

Standing up for maternal health in Guatemala

Giving birth standing up is an ancient tradition amongst indigenous Guatemalan women.   This deeply embedded cultural practice does not damage the health of mother or baby; indeed many women in the West are now encouraged to stay upright and ... Read more

The worst place in the world to give birth?

Sierra Leone has often been described as the worst place in the world to be pregnant. Following a brutal civil war, half the country’s population was displaced and infrastructure was devastated. With widespread poverty, there was little funding for health ... Read more

Remember a Charity Week: Leaving the gift of Health


This week is Remember a Charity Week, so we’re taking the chance to think about the things made possible by the people who have left gifts to Health Poverty Action in their Will. Their support has strengthened poor and marginalised people around ... Read more

Multi-cultural Gathering for Maternal Health


Musicians, Artists and Chefs came together last weekend to celebrate London’s diversity and raise vital funds for Health Poverty Action at the Jewish Museum. World Jamboree was organised by Health Poverty Action supporter, Beverly Andrews who decided to put on ... Read more

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Five Years On


Five years ago today the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. It nobly set out the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, including their right to health, and was the ... Read more

Cambodia Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week


  In the mountainous province of Ratanakiri, 250 people gathered to learn about, discuss and celebrate breastfeeding to mark World Breastfeeding Week. Saly Chunny, a mother of two and representative of the regional mothers group spoke of the importance of access ... Read more

South West Four Weekender


This year, Health Poverty Action was fortunate enough to be chosen as a charity partner of South West Four Weekender! SW4 has been titled as London’s premiere electronic music festival with the line-up featuring the likes of Chase & Status, ... Read more

Somalia puts an end to FGM

This August, Somalia banned female circumcision by law. The ban is a welcome addition to the constitution but enforcing an end to the practice will be a huge challenge. Somalia’s acknowledgment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a “cruel and ... Read more

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