Students around the world were challenged to fight disease rumors in a 24-hour hackathon. From left: A proposed pill package featuring a Tanzanian comic character, designed by a team from Boston University. A board game to help teach kids about schistosomiasis created by students from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, and the Complexity Science Hub in Vienna.
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Shaista sits in her tiny home on the outskirts of Kabul. Her youngest, a 3-year-old girl, sits on her lap; some of her other seven children sit beside her. Behind them, she is boiling a pot of water on the wood-burning stove. But she's told the children it is dinner, and she tells them, "just wait for your father." Then she hopes they'll fall asleep, because there's no food to give them.
A scene from Priya's Mask, a new comic book and animated film that tackles the challenges around the pandemic. It's the latest installment of the Indian superhero series Priya.
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Joan Garcia became pregnant at 14 and gave birth at 15. She and her child travel by raft between the two shacks where they live in Navotas fish port on Manila Bay.
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Valentina Constanza Cerda Aravena of Santiago, Chile; Simone Di Benedetto of Italy; and Shin Chai-mi of Daegu, South Korea share selfies from their homes.
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Damiao Justino Macamo, right, helped produce this batch of gelato during his first day at Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, with the help of instructor Luca Cappelletti.
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Teenage sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen of Bali have received many honors for their efforts to ban plastic bags. Above: They accept the 2017 "Award for Our Earth" from Germany's Bambi Awards.
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A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine finds that motor vehicle crashes were one of the leading causes of death among children and adolescents in the U.S. in 2016.
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Francescangeli says boys sometimes work long hours and are often tasked with pushing carts to move rocks out of the mines. "Being a child in these places is really hard," he says. "If they have some time to spend in a free way, they like to be children. But their life doesn't permit them to be children so often."