As expanding locust swarms threaten the food security of millions of people in East Africa, we talk to a UN expert about what needs to be done to avert a famine. We'll also visit Zimbabwe, where years of drought and a collapsing economy have left half the population facing hunger, and find out why women and girls often bear the brunt of food crises.
World in Progress: Uphill battle
This week, we meet activists in sub-Saharan Africa who are trying to change entrenched cultural beliefs surrounding female genital mutilation, and find out how motorbike ambulances are saving lives in remote Indian villages. We'll also hear from victims of Mexico's drug war who are campaigning for peace amid ongoing violence.
World in Progress: Who decides what's healthy? Private donors impacting WHO's health policies
The current Corona virus outbreak highlights the importance or international coordination in health, and the World Health Organization plays and important role in that. But as UN members states have decreased regular contributions, the WHO now increasingly relies on private donors, whose agendas also influence international health policies. Conflicts of interest may harm millions of people.
World in Progress: Locked up
How can prisons help prepare inmates for the outside world once they are released? In Germany one big concern is that inmates don't lose touch with their kids. We also hear about how inmates are being taught basic skills at prisons in Cambodia.
World in Progress: Global human rights under threat
Human Rights Watch says decades of progress on human rights are at stake because of China — we hear from the NGO's executive director who was barred from entering Hong Kong. Critical voices are silenced in Morocco where 15 journalists, bloggers, rappers and social media users have been arrested. And unwanted immigrants in Japan who have been denied asylum end up in prolonged detention.