The Vulnerability Box: An interview with Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah on pregnant women, children, refugees and research

Cameron Conaway with Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah – WNN Interviews (WNN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Pregnant women with malaria are not given the most effective drugs during their first trimester. Why? It’s contraindicated. “We need to ask ‘why?’ again to get to a deeper answer,” insists Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah, Head of Bioethics and Engagement […]

Nearly 1 million each year: deaths from malaria's mosquitoes

Nearly 1 million each year: deaths from malaria's mosquitoes

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Chittagong, Bangladesh, SOUTHERN ASIA: “They prefer to feed on pregnant women.” I heard this statement time and again as I conducted research into malaria, the parasitic infectious disease often referred to as “The world’s perfect killer.” In 2012 there was an estimated 207 million malaria cases, and despite incredible […]

U.S.: Pennsylvania nurses strike for better work, patient care & safety

U.S.: Pennsylvania nurses strike for better work, patient care & safety

Cameron Conaway – WNN Breaking (WNN) Altoona, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: What happens when a community’s pride and joy is a hospital that gets bought out by a $10 billion blinded-by-profit enterprise? The community protests. Nurses at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Altoona aren’t striking in freezing temperatures for increased pay; they’re striking to […]

Physicians must identify & report underage victims of sex-trafficking

Physicians must identify & report underage victims of sex-trafficking

Cameron Conaway – WNN Justice (WNN) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: With her guide dog by her side, child sex trafficking survivor Margeaux Gray presented perhaps the most powerful testimonial at the January U.S. Congressional Briefing: Combating Modern Slavery. “This is my first time speaking in front of an audience like this,” she began. “Even […]

Modern slavery influences your life no matter who you are

Modern slavery influences your life no matter who you are

Cameron Conaway (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: If there can be celebrities of the anti-slavery movement, Ima Matul is certainly one of them. Her brutal story about being trafficked and rising to become a role model for survivors has been featured on CNN, and in 2012 President Barack Obama recognized her as a modern-day […]

New York City is YES a hotbed of human trafficking

New York City is YES a hotbed of human trafficking

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The story of Shandra Woworuntu is, as she often says, “Probably not the form of human trafficking you imagine.” Shandra attained a college degree in her native Indonesia and was employed as a financial analyst at a major international bank. But in 1998, due […]

When global & art comes together to change the world

When global & art comes together to change the world

Cameron Conaway – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A few weeks and 68 years ago thousands of innocent people felt their skin melting off their body. They wandered around with arms outstretched — a scene described by historians as Zombie-like — because it cooled the burning. Charred babies writhed on barren grounds […]

INDIA: When the life of a girl baby isn’t even worth one day

INDIA: When the life of a girl baby isn’t even worth one day

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Delhi, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: Smothering or feeding them milk laced with crushed oleander are two traditional ways of murdering newborn baby girls. Now that some doctors are willing to report the crime, those still engaging in these acts are finding that their old methods leave too much of a […]

U.S. Americans can definitely learn from the slums of India

U.S. Americans can definitely learn from the slums of India

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Mumbai, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: The Dharavi slums of Mumbai, India were once regarded as the world’s largest ‘shanty-town’. Thanks to Danny Boyle’s wildly successful film Slumdog Millionaire it is certainly the most famous. What most people don’t know is that it is also far and away the world’s most […]