An Argentine physician champions apipuncture, the application of bee venom at traditional acupuncture points. Dr. Osvaldo Mihura raises more than a million bees for use in the treatment, which he claims can alleviate pain, blood clots, hypertension, asthma, arthritis and even cancer. At 77, he regrets that he will not live to see apipuncture, which has not been proven effective by clinical studies, gain wide acceptance in the West.
Minibus drivers in urban Zambia commonly flout traffic regulations – speeding, making risky mergers and picking up passengers outside of designated stops. Passengers object, saying reckless driving makes them vulnerable to accidents, but drivers say they must break the rules to earn a living wage after paying their business costs, from rising fuel prices to officers’ bribe demands. Government officials request the public’s help in prosecuting corrupt officers and count on a road expansion project to ease the congestion that contributes to the problem.
As Young Nannies Leave Workforce to Attend School, Cameroonian Mothers Are Taking Their Babies to Work
As a result of a nationwide campaign to end child labor, many Cameroonian girls who used to work as nannies now go to school. Lacking affordable childcare, working mothers increasingly take their babies to their workplaces. While some employers do not object to the practice, others forbid it on grounds that it lowers productivity.
Young girls from poor families in remote regions of Nepal are often forced into indentured labor. Since 1996, some 12,000 such girls, called kamlaris, have been rescued from servitude. Kamlaris, their families and local organizations fighting for their rights have brought government attention to their plight.
To prevent unplanned pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, nonprofit organizations and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, supply condoms to students through student leaders and peer educators. Student pregnancies have come down from four a month to one a month, on average. While some students object to the condom distribution programs on moral grounds, most say they are important because students are sexually active and many have multiple partners.
In a nation where classical music is widely perceived as the province of the elite, Ngoma Dolce Music Academy is breaking down class barriers. Zambia’s first classical music academy has helped hundreds of students realize their artistic potential. Once completed, the academy’s new home in Lusaka also will be a place where the public can take in recitals and lectures – and where musicians can meet and collaborate.
Evicted Once, Nepali Squatters Living in the Ruins of a Razed River Settlement Fear a Recurring Nightmare
Residents of the Thapathali squatter settlement in Kathmandu were evicted in May 2012 but now live in temporary huts at the settlement site on the Bagmati River. Authorities destroyed 260 homes, and squatters have built about 210 temporary structures in their place. Squatter families say they have nowhere else to go and are forced to live in primitive conditions in the settlement until the government provides affordable alternatives.
Despite losing his sight, Kenyan runner Henry Wanyoike has pursued his dream of becoming an athletic champion. He has set two world records and has won medals in both track events and marathons. His achievements have made him a source of inspiration for his community and his nation.
Alerted to Hazards Posed by Open Dumping, Residents of Zambian Slum Advocate for Proper Waste Disposal
Residents of a densely populated Zambian slum have started initiatives aimed at keeping their environment clean. Under one of the initiatives, residents hired by nonprofits collect garbage from house to house and dump it at designated collection sites. However, some residents say they will continue to dump garbage in the streets because they are too poor to pay the waste disposal fees imposed by the community organizations.
Nepal’s first female barber, Laxmi Napit, is breaking down stereotypes in conservative Nepalese society. Some 65,000 Nepalis work in hair salons, but fewer than 100 of them are women who work as barbers. In addition to operating a successful barber salon for 13 years, Napit is providing free on-the-job training to impoverished young people.