Global Health Blog Articles

“Abortion is murder!”--a common enough slogan among pro-life advocates in the United States—arouses a powerful emotional response on both sides of the issue. For some, it reflects a sincerely held belief; for others, it offends a woman’s right to choose; but for doctors in Zambia, it reflects a harsh legal reality. In this country of thirteen million in southern Africa, doctors who perform abortions can be – and often are – charged with murder.

By Mathilde Montpetit  |  February 14, 2012

In 1888, Brazil became the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery. However, even today, many Brazilians – some say as many as 250,000 – are working under conditions not so dissimilar to those faced by slaves over a century ago.

In the northeastern state of Pará, slaves are commonly the ones who do the backbreaking work of turning wood into charcoal.

By Mathilde Montpetit  |  January 9, 2012