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The Washington Post

Samantha Schmidt

12 October 2021

La Giajira, Colombia

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IPSI Palaima is working to vaccinate Indigenous families who live in hard-to-reach areas of La Guajira, where there are no paved roads, electricity, or running water and staff must use cars, boats, and motorbikes to r...

Pulse Nigeria

Bayo Wahab

9 September 2021

Nigeria

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Hacey Health Initiative and Alabiyamo Maternal and Child Healthcare Foundation are improving maternal and newborn health in rural communities. The groups have provided more than 50,000 birthing kits containing sterili...

IowaWatch

Lyle Muller

Pat Kinney

17 August 2021

Iowa, United States

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A few small towns in Iowa have seen an increase in their populations despite the opposite trend across the state. An investigation by IowaWatch of 58 towns showed the services and amenities that were common in those t...

Governing

David Kidd

12 August 2021

Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States

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Small towns in Ohio are turning to a developer to revitalize their main streets in order to bring residents and businesses back. Small Nation is the brainchild of a local developer who put his struggling town back on ...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

8 July 2021

Virginia, United States

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When two hospital systems merged to create Ballad Health, agreements ensured all hospitals would stay open for at least five years and essential services in each of the rural and poorly served counties would be mainta...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

1 July 2021

Williamson, West Virginia, United States

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Williamson Health and Wellness Center is a federally qualified health center in rural West Virginia, that provides medical, dental, and mental health care as well as chronic-disease management and wellness coaching on...

Reckon

Anna Claire Vollers

21 June 2021

Pickens County, Alabama, United States

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School Health Model for Academics Reaching All and Transforming Lives (SMART) clinics are school-based clinics that fill in rural healthcare gaps. SMART clinics are fully funded for three years and then must be self-s...

Rwanda News Agency

André Gakwaya

11 June 2021

Nyamagabe, Rwanda

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A comprehensive initiative to reduce stunting in children caused by malnutrition and poverty is seeing positive results in Rwanda. The government has provided food, frequent health assessments, and has also encouraged...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

18 May 2021

Kentucky, United States

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Awareness is growing that community health workers (CHWs) are an effective way to address social determinants of health and reduce health inequities. The success of CHWs is due to the fact that they share life experie...

Nigeria Health Watch

Farai Shawn Matiashe

3 May 2021

Wedza, Nigeria

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Mobility for Africa provides electric tricycles, called Hambas, to take pregnant women to and from health appointments. Mobility is critical to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and the three-wheel tricycles are ...

BBC

Richard Kenny

20 April 2021

Zambia

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Long distances and lack of transportation present steep obstacles to education, healthcare access, entrepreneurship, and economic mobility in general for Zambians. Onyx Connect is an initiative that provides affordabl...

BBC

Richard Kenny

20 April 2021

Zambia

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Onyx Connect sprang from the imagination of one entrepreneur who saw how poor roads and poverty made bicycles the only practical alternative to walking great distances in southern Zambia. Onyx sells sturdy bikes with ...

IJNet

Annie Philip

15 April 2021

Delhi, India

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India's protesting farmers objected to the news media's coverage of their protests, seeing it as too pro-government. Trolley Times became the grassroots response: a startup newsletter about the protests, often written...

New Mexico In Depth

Shaun Griswold

24 August 2020

Cuba, New Mexico, United States

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The Cuba Independent School District in northern New Mexico has deployed a fleet of school buses to deliver food and school kits to students from its districts. Bus drivers reach rural areas of Sandoval County and hel...

Al Jazeera

Malika Bilal

27 April 2020

Dakar, Senegal

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As the COVID-19 pandemic picked up across the world, Senegal, taking lessons from its experiences with Ebola, acted quickly. Measures like hard travel restrictions and lockdowns, daily information briefings and broadc...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

7 January 2020

Wimbledon, North Dakota, United States

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Small, rural grocery stores around the country keep their doors open by using creative, cross-sector financing, recruiting local volunteers, and thinking outside the box as many residents move closer to urban areas. O...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Becky Jacobs

2 January 2020

Logan, Utah, United States

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Training rural residents to work from home eases the struggle with unemployment. Utah’s Rural Online Initiative program provides rural residents with an online work certificate and training in online tools such as vid...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

29 October 2019

Morris, Minnesota, United States

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Voices for Rural Resilience is an organization that spurs collaboration amongst rural farmers on addressing issues of climate change. Anna Claussen, the founder, says that there are misconceptions of rural America and...

Yes! Magazine

Timothy A. Wise

26 October 2019

Cuetzalán, Puebla, Mexico

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A collection of remote villages in Mexico have banded together to create "a union of cooperatives that is achieving food sovereignty through agroecology." Their efforts started in the 1990s, when corporations were loo...

NPR

Rhitu Chatterjee

7 August 2019

McGregor, Minnesota, United States

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Due to urban migration from rural areas, communities in less populated regions around the country are experiencing increased loneliness and lack of social connection; a health organization in Minnesota is building per...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

17 July 2019

Alabama, United States

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Close collaboration between stakeholders in a community allows rural health centers to remain in operation. With the failure of many rural hospitals across the United States, medical providers, nonprofit organizations...

NPR

Patti Neighmond

7 July 2019

United States

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Almost a quarter of rural Americans surveyed by NPR had used a telehealth service in the past few years. While new technologies are allowing remote patients to gain new access to healthcare, lack of broadband service ...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

22 June 2019

Danville, Virginia, United States

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A network of member organizations in and around Danville, Virginia tackles the region's health and nutrition pitfalls by relying on the strength of their tight-knit rural towns to donate and distribute health resource...

NPR

Celeste Noche

8 June 2019

Stornoway, Scotland

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Mobile libraries provide a crucial point of engagement for remote communities. In Scotland, the country’s mobile library service has provided residents of its Western Isles with access to books, Gaelic culture, and a ...

Down To Earth

Kundan Pandey

7 February 2019

Punjab, India

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Balad Kalan’s Scheduled Castes, popularly called Dalits, collectively bid to win the rights to fertile common lands that big landlords had taken control of. Each family contributed what they could and, after protests ...

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