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VIDEO: ‘Happy’ in El Salvador

Salvadorans have created their own version of the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Blogger Mildred Largaespada praises the video on her Facebook page [es]:

It's beautiful. And yes, as in real life, this is also real: During most of the day, women and men of El Salvador are happy rather than distressed by the bad news that some media outlets report and pretend to make more real than the reality this video shows.

The video was uploaded by YouTube user El Salvador Happy:

Thrive Show: On Living Well With Chronic Illness

Bedridden with a chronic illness called myalgic encephalomyelitis, online media virtuoso Jen Brea is launching a new interactive video series using Google Hangout called Thrive Show on how to live well with invisible and chronic illnesses.

The first episode is today, March 27, and features a conversation with Eva Hagberg, the author of the book It's All In Your Head.

Brea is the director of a forthcoming film about M.E. called Canary in a Coal Mine that raised more than $200,000 on Kickstarter. She was also a Global Voices editor for stories from Francophone regions until 2010.

Ebola Virus Outbreak Kills 59 in Guinea, Closes in on Conakry

Ebola virus virion via wikimedia Commons -  Public Health Image Library, #10816- public domain

Ebola virus virion via wikimedia Commons – Public Health Image Library, #10816- public domain

An Ebola outbreak killed at least 59 people in Guinea and a few suspected cases near the Capital Conakry suggest that it may have spread to the Guinean capital. Barbara Krief provides the latest updates [fr]:

Au moins huit agents de santé ont été tués à ce jour. En collaboration avec le ministère guinéen de la Santé, l'Unicef a rapidement livré dans les zones les plus affectées cinq tonnes de médicaments et d'équipements médicaux tels que des gants, nattes plastiques, couvertures, protège-nez, et des solutions de réhydratation orale et intraveineuse pour protéger le personnel médical et traiter les malades

At least eight health workers have been killed so far. In collaboration with the Guinean Ministry of Health, UNICEF has delivered in most affected areas five tons of medicines and medical equipment such as gloves, plastic mats, blankets, nose guard, and rehydration solutions to protect medical staff and treat patients.

Here is a video providing information on how to protect oneself from the Ebola virus :

“Happy” Video Exposes the Other Side of Rio de Janeiro

Inspired by the ”worldwide contagious happiness” that was sparked by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy“, as can be seen in hundreds of dancing videos from around the world, Brazilian group of video-makers Jeitinho Carioca (“Shit Cariocas Say”) has created a local version for Rio de Janeiro with a satirical tone. 

Besides showing people dancing with a happy feeling, the video also exposes other not-so-happy current affairs in the city, such as the high cost of living, the racism problem, thievery and violence, as well as the construction works for the World Cup and Olympics. 

Watch “We Are Rio“:

Global Voices has also reported on “Happy” videos of Middle East and North AfricaHong Kong and the Pursuit of Happiness in Africa.

[Video] Can We Also Celebrate Daughters in India?

Video Volunteers Community Correspondent Gayatri documents in a video one obscure ritual of India, the ‘Saptami Beti’, where women celebrate having a son. She comments:

It is important to talk about this. I want to show this video in all the areas where ‘Saptami’ is celebrated. People give it so much importance even though it is a rather strange celebration. Why don’t they celebrate their daughters who keep their houses running, the cattle fed and the water tanks filled? Why just their sons? The tradition and rationality behind it are so deeply carved into people… but we can change it.

VIDEO: Fashion Resistance to Militarism

The “Fashion Resistance to Militarism” [ja], a fashion show organized by Asian Women’s Association, a non-profit women's right organization to call attention to the issue of violence against women, took place on December 1, 2013. The full video is now available here.

Image captured from youtube video of Fashion Resistance to Militarism by the Asian Women’s Association

Image captured from YouTube video of Fashion Resistance to Militarism by the Asian Women’s Association

Video: Distributing Food in Yarmouk Camp-Syria

FAJER PRESS posted a video of the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus while receiving food parcels to feed the 18,000 remaining residents of the camp, who have been forced to eat stray animals to survive amid critical food shortages.

The video is dated December 30, 2013.

VIDEO: A “Waiting House” for Pregnant Women in Peru

This video report by Oscar Durand and Elie Gardner for The World originally appeared on PRI.org on February 23, 2014 and is republished as part of a content sharing agreement.

In rural Peru, women are encouraged to spend their last weeks of pregnancy in special residential facilities that offer comfort and care. But the waiting remains difficult.

To prevent women from giving birth at home, where they face a higher risk of death, Peru has established a network of maternal “waiting houses.” These residential facilities host women from rural areas during their final weeks of pregnancy, so they can give birth in the presence of skilled attendants. Ana María Bolege, 21, has come to a waiting house in the Andean town of Ayacucho, three hours by road from her home.

This story is part of PRI's The Ninth Month series, a journey through pregnancy and childbirth, across cultures and continents. Join the Ninth Month community on Facebook to share stories about childbirth where you live. Twitter hashtag #ninthmonth

[Video] Decoding Indian Headshakes In Less Than Two minutes

A lot of people confuse themselves about what the Indian head shakes mean and how to communicate using the same. Probably that is why a satirical video deciphering different types of Indian headshakes has gone viral. The 1:44 minutes long video titled “Indian headshakes, what do they mean?” has attracted more than 1.2 million views since it was published in YouTube on February 16, 2014. It has generated interesting reactions in different social media platforms such as Reddit and Twitter:

Paul Mathew, its writer and director told BBC: “If we had known that this video was going to get such awesome viewership we would have shot it better.”

VIDEO: She's 7 Months Pregnant – And Still Working the Fields

This video report by Sonia Narang for The World originally appeared on PRI.org on February 23, 2014 and is republished as part of a content sharing agreement.

Januka Rasaeli lives in a rural village in Nepal, where women do strenuous chores all day long. Heavily pregnant, she worries her work will put her baby at risk.

In recent years, Nepal has made a big push to improve the health of pregnant women, and the country has seen a drop in the number of women dying during childbirth. Yet expectant mothers often do backbreaking work that can harm their health and that of their unborn children. As she toils all day, Januka Rasaeli, 28, shares her hopes and fears.

This story is part of PRI's The Ninth Month series, a journey through pregnancy and childbirth, across cultures and continents. Join the Ninth Month community on Facebook to share stories about childbirth where you live. Twitter hashtag #ninthmonth

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