Editors’ Picks: 11 Hidden Gems on Our Global Health Blog in 2021

Some stories on our Goats and Soda blog find an audience. Sometimes they don’t. And when that happens, we publishers are really disappointed!

That’s why we’re highlighting the stories from 2021 that we think deserve more pageviews.

You will discover a group in Germany that teaches refugee women to ride bicycles. A Facebook page in Senegal that helps people find lost items like smartphones — and sheep! And the profile of a wheelchair basketball champion who found creative ways to stay on top of her game during the pandemic.

We hope you find some time this holiday season to read these stories. Who knows, maybe they will go viral.

So you’ve lost a wallet or a phone – or a horse. Senegal has a Facebook page for that

It all started when Moustapha Sané lost his wallet in Dakar. He created the “Found or Lost” Facebook page. This often leads to a reunion, even if some pigeons are still MIA Posted on October 3, 2021

These 4 freshmen from India have a remarkable story to tell

They came from families who had to face seemingly insurmountable difficulties and were admitted to the best American colleges. A school in India gave them their chance. Posted on November 6, 2021

A 15-year-old girl invented a solar-powered ironing cart that is gaining global respect

Vinisha Umashankar came up with the idea of ​​using solar energy instead of charcoal to heat the irons. “Iron-Max” was a finalist for Prince William’s Earthshot Award and in November she spoke at COP26. Posted on November 3, 2021

They found it! Zambian President’s Long Lost Album: ‘We Shall Fight HIV/AIDS’

Kenneth Kaunda spoke about HIV when African leaders did not even acknowledge its existence. He also talked about it in a 2005 album that caused a sensation, then disappeared. And so a search began. Posted on September 26, 2021

What happened to…the women who boldly declared, “No Sex For Fish”?

Women in a Kenyan village had a radical idea to end the practice of trading sex for fish to sell: what if they owned their own boats? They had a lot of success. Then came a series of terrible setbacks. Posted on September 19, 2021

“A beautiful feeling”: refugee women in Germany learn the pleasure of cycling

They come from countries where the idea of ​​a girl on a bike is often taboo. Now a group called Bikeygees is teaching them how to master the pedals. For new riders, it’s a lifelong dream come true. Posted on August 22, 2021

This teenager is pushed to get married because of the pandemic. His school helps him to resist

She is one of 110 girls in a boarding school program run by the Veerni Institute in India. When the lockdowns hit, they were sent home to their villages, where child marriage is rampant. Posted on August 12, 2021

Shoot that invisible bullet! How a top wheelchair player keeps her game in lockdown

Sinet An and her Cambodian basketball teammates scored their first big international victory at the end of 2019. Then came COVID. Now they train via Zoom – and dream of returning to the field. Posted on July 5, 2021

Buried alive in Mongolia’s worst sandstorms in a decade

Even rescue teams couldn’t make progress during one of the most violent of many sandstorms this spring. Herders lost their herds – around 1.6 million head of cattle – and their lives. Posted May 30, 2021

How the sewing machine gave power – and fashion credibility – to African women

In “The African Lookbook”, Catherine McKinley folds, stretches and tears the fabric of what traditional history has told us about African women in the garment industry. Posted May 13, 2021

COMIC: For my job, I check the death toll from COVID. Why am I insensitive to numbers?

Every week, I check the latest COVID-19 deaths for NPR. After a while, I felt no grief at the numbers. I just felt numb. I wanted to understand why and how to overcome this numbness. Posted on April 25, 2021


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