Over 20,000 El Salvadoran migrants return through San Salvador’s repatriation center every year. Since 2014, the spike in returning citizens pushed the government to overhaul the strained facilities at Dirección de Atención al Migrante with assistance from USAID and the…

KIGALI—In Rwanda, it might be easier to clear up misconceptions about vasectomies if it didn’t share a word with castration in Kinyarwanda, one of the country’s official languages. Other languages present the same issue, leading to a bit of a branding challenge for the…

Nearly 11 million children will likely die from pneumonia by 2030, according to a new analysis released yesterday on World Pneumonia Day. Children living in poverty are most at risk with more than 1.7 million children predicted to die in both India and Nigeria over the next…

KIGALI—The delegates assembled for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning are more than just advocates of family planning, Gates Institute Director Jose “Oying” Rimon II said in his opening remarks. They might as well be superheroes, because family planning…

Before he knew his colleagues would embrace his transition, Ben Barres weighed a difficult decision: come out as transgender or commit suicide.   Born Barbara, the Stanford University neuroscientist died last year from pancreatic cancer. In his posthumously published…

NYAMIRAMA—Building a basketball court right next to the Nyamirama Health Center was no coincidence. The strategically placed court is part of a deliberate effort to improve access to health education and services in Rwanda’s Kayonza district, visited by a busload of ICFP…

In 1991, 6-year-old Jacob Atem’s South Sudanese village was attacked by Northern rebels. Atem and other surviving “Lost Boys” walked some 2,000 miles before reaching a refugee camp, suffering malnutrition, dehydration and injury. More than 10,000 children died en route.

Many delegates will trickle into Kigali, Rwanda this weekend for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning with little fanfare—but the youth are already starting to steal the show, with a virtual youth relay that started in Mombasa, Kenya earlier this week.

In 2011, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to establish a palliative care mandate. Prior to that, in 2009, Kigali’s Kibagabaga Hospital launched one of the first palliative care programs under then-director Christian Ntizimira. Ntizimira discusses in a Q&…

Wildfires, even those stoked by climate change, are natural phenomena. “What turns them into disaster,” says Ian Davies of the University of Washington, “are the social and political factors.”