Although their team lost the final World Cup match, Argentines celebrate their strong showing in the competition and remain grateful for the monthlong distraction from the country’s dire economic problems.
Last Maker of Traditional Kashmiri Musical Instrument Tightens Strings of Each Santoor With Twinge of Sorrow
Ghulam Muhammad Zaz is the last man in a long line of traditional musical instrument-makers in Jammu and Kashmir state who still makes the Kashmiri santoor. His family has been crafting the instrument for eight generations. Having no one to whom he can pass along his intricate skills, Zaz says the art soon will die.
Committed to preserving Buenos Aires’ architectural heritage, the city government operates a free school that teaches restoration trades in the historic center of the city. After 14 years in operation, the school will graduate its first class this year, having just offered a technical assistant degree course last year. School authorities aim to broadcast the work of the academy so the entire community can benefit from its training.
World Cup Gives Cameroon’s English Speakers Respite From Marginalization in Mostly Francophone Nation
English-speaking Cameroonians say they ordinarily feel alienated in a nation dominated by Francophones. Anglophone Cameroon comprises just over 16 percent of the country’s population. But Anglophones say that watching the national football team compete in the World Cup awakens their pride and patriotism.
Anemia is increasing in Nepal, posing particular risks to pregnant teenagers and women in rural areas, experts say. One teen mother shares her story.
Female condom sales have increased in Bamenda, Cameroon, as a local organization recruits and trains hairdressers to sell the product in their salons.
Although the federal and state governments are spending more on health care in rural parts of the Kashmir Valley, pregnant women say they do not see substantial improvements in the quality of medical services.
As Mexico’s Teen Fertility Rate Rises, Activists Urge Wider Education, Dissemination of Contraceptives
With Mexico’s teen fertility rate rising over the past 15 years, experts and teen mothers evaluate government prevention efforts.
Widely considered “untouchable” during their menstrual periods, Hindu women in Nepal sleep apart from their families, refrain from attending festivities and religious rites, and make do with unhygienic methods of absorption.
Local experts warn that teenage girls in Nepal are putting their health at risk by using the emergency contraceptive pill as their sole form of birth control.