Photo of Tabsile in North Star Alliance Roadside Wellness Centre

This is the first post in North Star Alliance’s “Women and Wellness“ series which celebrates the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day by exploring issues related to women’s health and wellness in the transport sector and related communities.  The following article is by Thabsile Sithole, transcribed by Robin Landis. I am Thabsile Sithole. I am…

With a busy 2011 well underway, we wanted to look back and share some of the exciting North Star Alliance figures from 2010. This data highlights the tremendous success and impact North Star Alliance and partners are having in transport corridor communities across Africa…Click the infographic below to see a larger version, then, let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Every day more than 7,000 people become infected with HIV. 80% of these new infections result from unsafe sex. This Valentine’s Day North Star Alliance is working hard to support UNAIDS in their fight to ensure that everyone can #LoveSafely.

Setting up a ‘wellness centre’ is no easy or straightforward task. Just like the roads here in The Gambia, it can be a bumpy ride…the iconic red dust of the African countryside clogs your senses – it impairs your vision, stifles your nose and blurs your thinking. In the midst of such uncertainty, all one wants is some guidance – a clearly marked signpost or updated map – to get you back on the right track.

If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.  – African proverb I am sometimes asked which of my past experiences has helped me most in my current work at North Star. I’m not quick enough to give my best answer on the spot, so I usually mumble something…

Making the decision to get tested for HIV can be difficult. For many, it means confronting not only the status of their own health, but their social status within a community as well. Ensuring that every community has access to high quality information, counseling, and medical care is, therefore, paramount to reducing not only the number of new infections, but the overall health and wellbeing of a community.

Chirundu South

NGO-land has been in the grip of the “business approach” hype for some time now. As it goes with hypes, the interesting or original insights that kicked the whole thing off have become largely obscured under a superficial layer of jargon. Is there anything of substance left? There are two main variants to the business hype: Variant…

Bill Clinton has just delivered his speech at AIDS2010. In his remarks, he referred to the lost hours and dollars spent at non-productive conferences that are a characteristic of the bloated overheads of many Westerns NGOs. President Clinton also pointed out that “healthcare is not only a right, but an extraordinarily good economic investment.” If you consider…

In the 1970s, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act marked the beginning of the end to corporations shirking responsibility for unsavoury/illegal practices carried out by their suppliers/partners. Since then it has become generally accepted that companies are responsible for the impact of their business activities, including those outsourced to third parties. Thank God we got that one sorted. (Roll film on BP-oil spill debacle.)

Nick Kristof’ recent article on blood minerals in eastern Congo has set off a lot of chatter in the blogosphere (see here, and here). There is a lot of talk about company’s “cleaning up their supply chains”. In the growing maelstrom of indignation, let’s not forget the human components of those supply chains: the transporters…

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