Two decades ago, HIV/AIDS infections were doubling each year and almost 4,000 people died daily from the virus. Since then, the global response has come a long way and serves as a model of how to address a public health crisis. AIDS-related deaths have dropped by more than half since their peak in the early 2000s. And now, 27.5 million people have access to life-saving treatments. But COVID-19 has severely impacted a lot of that progress, as the world battles twin...
We know that the impact of coronavirus is being felt more by those living in developing countries than elsewhere. Vaccine rollout remains painfully unequal and financing to help with the recovery is still completely inadequate. At the same time, new data shows the extent of Africa‘s debt challenges and the urgency needed to fix it before it‘s too late. Here are six reasons why Africa’s debt crisis could be here to stay. 1. African countries‘ debt rose to US$625 billion...
COVID-19 has affected education everywhere, but the effects on school children in low-income countries are particularly concerning. It‘s been harder for children in the world‘s poorest countries to access remote learning programs designed to counter school closures. And girls have been particularly impacted: 20 million girls risk never returning to school after this global health crisis has passed. The key to remedying this global learning crisis is financing. Now is not the time to reduce available funds for international development,...
Storytelling is essential — it helps us understand, learn about, and discover new communities, places, and more. Every day, journalists around the world work hard to tell stories that inform and inspire others. That‘s why the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the ONE Campaign and the family of Michael Elliott partner annually to honor these amazing storytellers. Each year, the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling is awarded to a promising journalist for their outstanding work covering...
It‘s in all our interests to end the pandemic and the economic crisis it continues to drive. We have the means to do this, so what are the issues standing between us and finally ending the pandemic? 1. Wealthy countries are still hoarding vaccines despite nearly meeting the global vaccination target Did you know? New analysis from ONE shows that twice as many people in wealthier countries have received a booster shot as people in low-income countries got their first vaccine...
Every day, almost 20 million people in South Africa go to bed hungry. And every month, 30 million people don’t have enough money, leaving them vulnerable to food insecurity. In Cape Town, community gardens and nonprofits are fighting this food insecurity by rescuing food waste, encouraging people to grow their own gardens at home, and fostering the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs. On this World Food Day, here‘s a closer look at their work. Bo-Kaap Helpers Garden: Building garden communities during COVID-19 Between...
To see a brighter future, young activists know that they can‘t wait until tomorrow to start changing the world. Action has to happen now. In South Africa specifically, seven young girls are doing just that. Through education, climate action, and action against gender-based violence, these girls prove no one is too young to start changing the world. On this International Day of the Girl, here‘s a closer look at their activism. On empowering girls through education The afternoon sun shines brightly on...
At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, wealthy countries ripped up the economic rulebook to support their people and economies through the crisis but the response globally and support for other countries who didn‘t have the same luxury has been a little more lacklustre. This hampered many low-income countries’ abilities to respond to the pandemic, particularly against the backdrop of a growing economic crisis, unsustainable debts, and a liquidity crisis. It’s now been over 18 months since the start of...
We know that coming together as one can affect change. That‘s why in 2015, the UN set forth 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each goal is designed to take the necessary steps to achieve sustainable development for all in areas such as global poverty, global hunger, and more, and to encourage the global community to come together and change the world for the better. But none of the SDGs can...
Imagine a place where COVID-19 never ends. Where the virus just constantly mutates, crosses borders, and wreaks havoc on our lives and livelihoods. Where life as we know it doesn‘t return for anyone. It sounds horrible right? We already imagined such a place with our animated series Pandemica which we released six months ago. We made it as a warning. But millions of people are already living in this grim reality. And it will only get worse if global leaders don‘t...