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A pandemic puts pressure on every part of a country’s economy and society. For developing countries that were already facing major challenges before COVID-19, this pressure will be particularly painful. As the virus spreads, especially across Africa and parts of Asia, one of the most used preventative measures is a luxury not all countries can […]

LONDON, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Persuading people to try out a more climate-friendly lifestyle with cleaner air, less non-essential shopping and more modest travel plans has always been a hard sell during my time as climate change editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. I’ve spent years trying – not always successfully – to […]

Dear mums bedtimes are about to get less excruciating for your little ones. The country music legend Dolly Parton brings kids a dose fantasy with her a weekly series titled “Goodnight with Dolly” in which she reads bedtime stories to children online. This is the continuation of her passion project called the Imagination Library project […]

  By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The first two cases of the coronavirus were confirmed among Colombia’s indigenous people on Tuesday, local authorities said, fanning fears that the highly contagious disease could decimate vulnerable tribal communities. The cases were found in two people from the Yukpa group who live in […]

By Laurie Goering LONDON, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The coronavirus pandemic is a preview of the types of global health threats that will emerge as the planet becomes hotter, and how it is tackled has implications for dealing with climate threats as well, health experts said on Tuesday. “With COVID-19, we can see […]

By Emma Batha LONDON, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From Thailand to India, countries have told people not to make April Fools’ Day pranks related to coronavirus, with some threatening jail time as they seek to prevent the spread of rumours which could put lives at risk. Tech giant Google, which is famous for […]

  The City of Joburg South Africa has availed two clinics in each of its seven regions to screen patients for Covid-19 in case of a wider outbreak.Residents of Joburg who wish to locate clinics made available for Covid-19 screening are urged to contact the City’s 24-hour Disaster Management Centre on 010 224 0932. The […]

AWDAL, Somalia, March 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Muse Aarinte watched helplessly as a swarm of locusts swept into his village, devouring all the crops, bushes and even the leaves on the trees. Now he fears a plague is coming. Geerisa village, a remote, mud-and-thatch settlement in an arid, breakaway region of Somalia, survived the […]

use Aarinte watched helplessly as a swarm of locusts swept into his village, devouring the crops, bushes and even the leaves on the trees. Now he fears a plague is coming. Geerisa village, a remote, mud-and-thatch settlement in an arid, breakaway region of Somalia, survived the first outbreak of locusts in January. But Aarinte doesn’t […]

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Closing U.S. abortion clinics as non-essential is a political effort to exploit the pandemic to limit reproductive rights, supporters said on Monday after filing legal action against states that ordered clinics to shut down. Several Midwestern and Southern states that already have strict abortion […]


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