“ I Was Blind, But Now I See ” – Celebrating Malawi’s Progress on World NTD Day
Vainesi, a former trachoma trichiasis patient, cheers in celebration knowing that trachoma has been eliminated in Malawi. Vainesi had suffered with the pain caused by trachoma for 10 years before a local disability mobiliser encouraged her to go to the hospital for treatment. By Lazarus McCarthy ChakweraLILONGWE, Jan 30 2023 (IPS) “I was blind, but now I see.” This is what Vainesi, from Salima District in Central Malawi, said after surgery to treat trachoma. A mother of three, Vainesi had been unable to work or provide for her family once the disease began to affect her eyesight. Vainesi is one of millions of Malawians...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 30, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera Tags: Africa Development & Aid Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

The Women Helping Timor-Leste To Emerge From Conflict
This year, Timor-Leste – otherwise known as East Timor – turned 20-years-old. A significant achievement for this beautiful, young country that is home to vibrant marine life and incredible biodiversity – not to mention scrumptious vanilla, coffee and chocolate. With its rugged mountains,…#centralbank #taurmatanruak #indonesia #indonesian #easttimorese #timorleste #unsungheroesofcompassion #timorese #bella #dulce (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 3, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can ASEAN put its foot down on intransigent Myanmar?
TOKYO -- Once regarded as the world's most successful regional organization, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is losing its luster. This year's ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh in November clearly showed its bright and dark sides. The bright side is the bloc's decision to add East Timor as its…#cambodia #associationofsoutheastasiannations #phnompenh #asean #tokyo #easttimor (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 3, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vatican affirms sanctioning Nobel-winning bishop over sex scandal
Holy See says it received allegations over Carlos Ximenes Belo’s behaviour in East Timor 2019, and then sanctioned him. #holysee #bishop #easttimor #vatican #carlosximenesbelo #nobel (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vatican sanctions Nobel laureate after Timor accusations - The Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse scandal caught up with a Nobel Peace Prize winner Thursday, with the Vatican confirming that it had sanctioned the East Timor... #boys #easttimor #nobel #sexabusescandal #catholicchurch #vatican #timor #carlosximenesbelo #theassociatedpress (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare responses to gender-based violence in Timor-Leste: women want empathy, information and safety from an integrated support system - Wild K, Young F, de Araujo G, Fernandes A, Gomes L, Kelly L, Taft A.
Healthcare providers are one of the first professionals women are likely to come into contact with after experiencing violence as they seek care for injuries and associated health problems or in routine care such as reproductive health services. Systematic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 21, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Bullying and truancy amongst school-going adolescents in Timor-Leste: results from the 2015 global school-based health survey - Owusu DN, Owusu Ansah K, Dey NEY, Duah HO, Agbadi P.
INTRODUCTION: Studies in Southeast Asia found that bullying commonly occurred among students, and it has a detrimental impact on their school attendance. However, there is a paucity of literature in Timor-Leste on the association between bullying and truan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 4, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Covax, the Developing World ’ s Hope against COVID, Has Made It Only Halfway
Delivery of syringes for the vaccination campaign in El Salvador. Latin American countries have made steady progress in immunizing their populations, partly through direct negotiations between their governments and suppliers and partly through international cooperation. CREDIT: PAHO By Humberto MárquezCARACAS, Jan 20 2022 (IPS) The Covax initiative, the hope of the countries of the developing South to immunize their populations against COVID-19, only met half of its goals in 2021. And as 2022 begins, and the omicron variant of the virus is spreading fast, the scheme still depends on the decisions of pharmaceutical compani...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Humberto Marquez Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations COVAX COVID-19 vaccines Source Type: news

HKU ecologists develop a novel forensic tool for detecting laundering of critically endangered cockatoos
(The University of Hong Kong) Ecologists at the University of Hong Kong have applied stable isotope techniques to determine whether birds in the pet trade are captive or wild-caught, a key piece of evidence required in many cases to determine whether a trade is legal or not. They have applied this technique to the yellow-crested cockatoo, a critically endangered species from Indonesia/Timor-Leste with a global population of fewer than 2,500, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 12, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Timor-Leste floods leave death, destruction and displacement in their wake
DILI, Timor-Leste – Forty-two deaths. Dozens missing. More than 10,000 newly homeless. Impassable roads. Power blackouts. Rescue attempts requiring excavators and cranes. This is the devastating aftermath   for Timor-Leste, an island nation already battling COVID-19, after being hit with torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Seroja. The downpour caused landslides and the worst flooding in four decades.  The Government, with support by United Nations agencies including UNFPA and development partners, is leading the humanitarian response. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Getting to Better than Normal in a Post-COVID-19 World
Delegates at an online conference organised by APDA and AFPPD looked at ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls. By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Apr 6 2021 (IPS) Girls in Asia don’t want to go back to normal – they want to go “back to better than normal”, says Zara Rapoport, a delegate during an online seminar on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender. The seminar, held this week, was organised by the Asian Forum for Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA). It focused on the impact of COVI...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Environment Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Flash floods and landslides in Indonesia and East Timor kill 70
Torrential rain sparked widespread destruction in eastern Indonesia and neighbouring East Timor. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scores die in flash floods in Indonesia and Timor-Leste
Death toll expected to rise further after torrential rain swept the Indonesian archipelago and neighbouring Timor-Leste (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Call for Urgent Action by 275 World Leaders on Global Education Emergency In Face of Covid19
Credit: UNICEF Mali / DickoBy External SourceNEW YORK, Aug 18 2020 (IPS) We write to call for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19. With over 1 billion children still out of school because of the lockdown, there is now a real and present danger that the public health crisis will create a COVID generation who lose out on schooling and whose opportunities are permanently damaged. While the more fortunate have had access to alternatives, the world’s poorest children have been locked out of learning, denied internet access, and with the loss of free school meals – once a lifelin...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

Southeast Asia Has a Chance to Build Back Better Post-Pandemic
A boat on Pasig River in the Philippines. The Philippines has the highest mortality rate from the coronavirus in Southeast Asia. Credit:Kara Santos/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 2020 (IPS) Southeast Asia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been efficient, but some areas such as data privacy, measures to go back to normalcy after lockdown is lifted, and resources for migrant or transient populations will need addressing.  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said while the pandemic has introduced new challenges in the region, including threats to peace and security, “containment measu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus CO Source Type: news