The General Assembly explores the benefits of micro financing

microcredit

microcredit

A range of financial services for the poor, from loans and savings accounts to payment and transfer systems, have played a significant role in the fight against poverty, and more efforts are needed to ensure that these kinds of services reach the poorest who often live the farthest from banks and markets. General Assembly delegates gathered at the United Nations recently measured progress in the follow-up to the 2005 International Year of Microfinance. The delegates said through microfinance a variety of financial services for low income clients have significantly improved the living conditions of the most neglected in society.

health care workers screening for diseases

health care workers screening for diseases

We hear about the fight against neglected tropical diseases in Southeast Asia

The UN’s health agency has identified a number of tropical diseases which they have categorized as neglected. The diseases primarily affect the poorest sectors of society, especially the rural poor and the most disadvantaged urban populations. The diseases commonly referred to as tropical neglected diseases can lead to blindness, disfiguring scars and ulcers, severe pain, and damage to internal organs. Four of them – leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar) and yaws – continue to represent a major public health problem in the 11 countries in the South-East Asia Region. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua spoke to Dr Lorenzo Savioli of the World Health Organization and asked why the diseases are classified as neglected.

Students in the Philippines play a big role in preparing for natural disasters

school children in the Philippines

school children in the Philippines

Whether it’s a typhoon, a volcanic eruption, an earthquake or a tsunami, the Philippines is no stranger when it comes to disasters. Children are playing a key role in preparing for disasters. In Albay Province, three hundred miles south of the capital city Manila, the Mount Mayon volcano is a permanent reminder of potential danger. Residents face the constant threat of volcanic ash, combined with the possible eruption of the volcano. That’s why preparing for disaster is so important.

Producer: Gail Walker
Duration: 14’00″

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