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Growth Out of Poverty; S M Sehgal Foundation’s Agriculture Route

By S M Sehgal Foundation

“The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer”

~Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

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Laser land levelling. Photo: Sehgal Foundation

This aphorism, published in 1840, may seem outdated in a twenty-first-century world driven by digitization and artificial intelligence. However, despite technological advancements, significant opportunities for growth remain. An Oxfam report on inequality in India highlights that 5 percent of Indians now own over 60 percent of the country’s wealth, while the bottom 50 percent possess only 3 percent. With 65 percent of the population residing in rural areas, a focus on rural development is crucial for balanced and inclusive progress. Efforts to address rural poverty show promising results. For instance, a study by the State Bank of India revealed a decline in rural poverty from 25.7 percent in 2011–12 to 7.2 percent in 2022–23. Despite this progress, millions remain in poverty, underscoring the need for continued focus on sustainable development.

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Providence Global Programs

By Joel Meyers, Director of Communications, GlobalWA

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Providence doctor mentoring KUHeS medical student at Mangochi District Hospital. Photo courtesy of Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

You may know Providence as a US-based healthcare provider, especially if you live in the western half of the continent. In fact, they have 120,000 caregivers serving in 51 hospitals and over 1,000 clinics, senior services, supportive housing, and many other health and educational services.

Providence’s Global and Domestic Engagement department has supported healthcare practitioners around the globe since 2012 with training, mentoring, and infrastructure improvement initiatives through key partnerships.

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Behind the Numbers: Rachel Ndirangu's Personal Journey to Close the Gender Health Gap

By Amber Cortes

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A health care worker explains to a patient how to self-inject Sayana Press, the DMPA-SC self-injectable contraceptive, at the Dominique Health Center in Pikine, Senegal. Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki

Rachel Ndirangu knows her numbers.

“Nearly 300,000 women die annually from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, with 95% in LMICs,” says Ndirangu, the Africa Regional Director for Advocacy and Public Policy at PATH, an organization that works in countries around the world to advance health equity and close the gender health gap.

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