Footsteps magazine shares information, ideas, contacts and experience in a Christian context at grassroots level. It encourages the practical outworking of integral mission in all aspects of local development work. It is published three times a year in four languages – English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. A number of issues have also been produced in Chinese, Bangla and Hindi.

Readers are invited to contribute views, articles, letters and photos by writing to the Editor. 

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What kind of future are we leaving for the next generation? Photo: Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund

Footsteps 99 - Climate change

‘Climate change’ means a large-scale, long-term change in the earth’s weather patterns or average temperatures. This edition includes practical advice on farming adaptations, renewable energy and staying healthy in the heat.

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The number of children being infected with HIV in Malawi has gone down rapidly in recent years. Photo: Chris Boyd, Tearfund

Footsteps 98 - HIV

The response to HIV has changed dramatically since the first cases of AIDS in the 1980s. This issue includes health tips for living positively with HIV, an inspiring interview on fighting stigma and a Bible study on healing and antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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Abdisa Kasim demonstrates how to wash hands at Shashamene Referral Hospital, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Photo: Will Boase Photography

Footsteps 97 - Hygiene and sanitation

Clean water and safe sanitation improve everyone’s health and opportunities in life. This issue includes practical tips on hand washing, soap making and what really works when helping people to change their habits.

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An outreach worker from World Concern Laos running a workshop to raise awareness about human trafficking. Photo: Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund

Footsteps 96 - Human trafficking

We know that human trafficking happens all over the world. You may live in a region where you see its effects clearly every day or it may be more of a hidden problem.

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Around the world many people rely on poultry meat and eggs to provide essential nutrients for a healthy diet. Photo: Peter Caton/Tearfund

Footsteps 95 - Poultry keeping

Across the world many people depend on poultry keeping for their food and their livelihoods. We have included articles on nutrition and food safety, chicken health and some ideas on how to make money from your birds.

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A teenager in Nepal prepares Pumba, a local fried food. Photo: Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund

Footsteps 94 - Valuing food

Features recipes to help you make the most of your food, an article on the health benefits of sweet potatoes and much more.

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Self-help group members pass their savings to the group leader during a weekly meeting. Photo: Cally Spittle/Tearfund

Footsteps 93 - Mobilising local resources

‘Mobilising local resources’ is another way of saying ‘It starts with us’. Mobilising local resources begins with recognising what we have and realising what we can do with it.

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Many of the areas with high levels of violence are also poor, like this community in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. Photo: Sarah Newnham/Tearfund

Footsteps 92 - Conflict and peace

We all experience conflict in our lives. Whether it is within our families, with colleagues or neighbours, there are times when we disagree with others. Disputes can have many causes, including land, natural resources, water, political power or religion.

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A nurse checks the baby’s heartbeat. Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Footsteps 91 - Maternal health

‘We recommend you transfer to hospital now.’ I was at home, and two trained midwives were attending me. But something was wrong. Labour had been going well but after many hours the baby seemed not to be progressing any further. The midwives saw brown waters, which meant the baby could be in distress.

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