Take a Stand this month against period poverty

Take a Stand this month against period poverty

Period poverty is a growing problem in Ireland. It can be an off putting topic for some, but the fact is that women and trans men who are homeless or living in hardship cannot afford sanitary products, which can be dangerous to health and take away a person’s...
Cooking up a better future in Bhutan

Cooking up a better future in Bhutan

Globally, 3 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – still use open fires to cook their food, causing more deaths than AIDS, Malaria and tuberculosis combined. Sari Perdana highlights a safer alternative. Whether you are a smoker or not – you probably...
The fear-bola crisis

The fear-bola crisis

Laura Hussey analyses recent Western news coverage of the Ebola virus and finds that it leaves much to be desired. ‘All flights from West Africa should be immediately discontinued to the USA, and Europe should do the same thing’. This pearl of wisdom was bestowed upon...
HIV and hope: the role of support groups

HIV and hope: the role of support groups

On World AIDS Day, Emma Haverty reflects on the important role of support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS. In the township of Kayamandi, 30% of the population live with HIV, much higher than the overall prevalence of 12% for South Africa. Recently, I...
When a Band Aid is not enough

When a Band Aid is not enough

Mary Coogan explores how Band Aid 30 continues to perpetuate stereotypes and simplistic messages rather than addressing the underlying structures of global inequality. Around eight years ago, I was snowed in for the first time in my life. This happened in Lesotho, a...
Break in Case of Emergency – Ebola

Break in Case of Emergency – Ebola

Cian Doherty looks at the ebola outbreak and gives an update on the current situation. Cillian Murphy (playing an average-ordinary-everyday-joe) wakes up from a short coma in the Mater Hospital. He pulls the cables off his body and gets out of bed. In the corridor, he...