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The Good Health Train

(July 6th, 2009)

Fifteen years after apartheid, South Africa is still in many ways a divided nation. Though the country’s private health care system is similar to what we have in the U.S., it remains expensive and out of reach for most South Africans, especially those who are poor, black or live in rural communities.

Gretchen Wilson reports from the small town of Kroonstad, where an innovative solution tries to bridge this gap by bringing quality health care by train.

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The Oprah School on Trial

(October 29th, 2008)

The Daily Beast An exclusive report on the sexual abuse case that tarnished Oprah’s South African School—and an interview with the dorm matron at the center of the scandal. In the moments before her trial resumes, Tiny Makopo, a former dormitory matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, is sending text messages and […]

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Child Trafficking in South Africa

(October 27th, 2008)

Human trafficking is one of the biggest criminal industries in the world — fast outpacing illicit trade in drugs and arms. Child trafficking — recruiting and transporting kids to work effectively as indentured laborers — continues despite international campaigns to stop the practice. In Africa, South Africa is a main destination. Correspondent Gretchen Wilson visits one of South Africa’s border region, and speaks to one child who escaped.

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Malaria’s toll in dollars and deaths

(April 25th, 2008)

Malaria kills more than a million people around the world every year, and most clinical cases are in Africa. On World Malaria Day, Gretchen Wilson talks about the disease, its effect on the continent and new efforts to control it.

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Cocoa made sweet without child labor

(February 14th, 2008)

West Africa supplies much of the cocoa used by the major chocolate companies, and the region is also known for using child labor. Gretchen Wilson reports measures the U.S. and chocolate industry are taking to free child cocoa workers.

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Cadbury sweetens lives of cocoa farmers

(January 30th, 2008)

Ghana’s cocoa farmers are suffering from a poverty cycle, with the global price of cocoa struggling and production waning. But Cadbury wants to put money towards teaching farmers to yield more crops. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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The dark side of chocolate

(January 11th, 2008)

Some 200,000 children work in cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. Gretchen Wilson reports on a group of U.S. lawmakers visiting that country to find ways to wean the industry off child labor.

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Zimbabwe children fend for themselves

(December 24th, 2007)

With Zimbabwe’s inflation out of control and about 80% of its workforce unemployed, thousands of its citizens are crossing into South Africa illegally to find work. Many of them are children who make that journey by themselves. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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A playful way to bring water closer

(July 24th, 2007)

More than a billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. But one South African village has found a way for communities to access fresh drinking water and have fun at the same time. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Research is discounting myths about orphans

(November 10th, 2006)

NEWCASTLE, 10 November 2006 (IRIN) – A few years ago Prof Timothy Quinlan was hearing horror stories about delinquency and abandonment among AIDS orphans that would spell trouble for their future social acceptance.

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