From carbon taxes to tax breaks, emission reduction policies have widespread support
(Resources for the Future (RFF)) As the general election nears amid a historic season of hurricanes, wildfires, and heat waves, a new survey finds that majorities of Americans are supportive of climate change mitigation measures. This suggests that policymakers can introduce legislation that would enjoy public approval--including a green stimulus package to help deal with the economic downturn associated with COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Texas travel industry CEO with deep SA ties to depart
Dan Decker plans to retire as president and CEO of the Texas Travel Alliance at the end of the year. Decker said his decision was "both personal and professional" when asked about the move. "Businesses in travel and tourism have been bit hard by the economic downturn as a result of the pandemic and need strong advocates now more than ever," he noted. Decker has held key positions with the TTA s ince 2016. Prior to that, he spent more than 11 years as president of SeaWorld San Antonio and its companion… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

‘How Am I Going To Make It?’ Months of Eviction Uncertainty Are Taking a Toll on Millions of Families
Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Marlenis Zambrano is out of money. A 48-year-old single mother in Virginia, she tried her best to get by after being furloughed from her Defense Department daycare job in March by selling homemade face masks and empanadas to help support her two dependent children, both in college. She twice applied for housing relief from Arlington County, but was denied because, at the time, she had $5,000 in savings intended for her daughter’s tuition. With that money long gone, Zambrano is living off her credit card, racking up $5,000 in charges to pay for her Arlington, Virginia apartment....
Source: TIME: Health - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

The Debt the Government Does Not Want to Recognize
By Saul Escobar ToledoMEXICO CITY, Sep 11 2020 (IPS) The national occupation and employment survey prepared by INEGI, with figures updated to July 2020, shows an improvement that has occurred in the last two months. However, the employment situation, compared with the data existing before the pandemic still shows serious problems: Saul Escobar ToledoOf the 12 million who left the labor market since the beginning of April, 7.2 have already returned; the other 4,800,000 declared they needed a job, but they are not looking for one. In addition, another important portion of the workforce became part of the people characterize...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saul Escobar Toledo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

South Africa: Steep Slump in GDP as Covid-19 Takes Its Toll on Economy
[StatsSA] The punch in the gut was severe. Perhaps the second quarter of 2020 will become known as the pandemic quarter. South Africa's economy suffered a significant contraction during April, May and June, when the country operated under widespread lockdown restrictions in response to COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 8, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UNESCO urges action to meet rampant $200 billion annual funding gap for education in poorest countries due to COVID-19
By PRESS RELEASEPARIS, Sep 4 2020 (IPS-Partners) New research by the Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO shows an increase in the annual funding gap for education in the poorest countries to as much as US$200 billion a year. These findings are published in the new paper, Act Now: Reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the Cost of Achieving SDG4. The paper calls for the immediate introduction of emergency remedial programmes, which could reduce the potential cost of COVID-19 on education by 75%. This could also reduce the social cost of failing to meet the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG4) which calls for...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: PRESS RELEASE Tags: Education Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Slammed by virus, France unveils huge economic rescue plan
Facing resurgent virus infections, France will spend $118 billion to try to pull the country out of its worst economic slump since World War II (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Citizens selling gold for cash in India as coronavirus lockdowns devastate local economies
(Natural News) Many countries in the world were affected by the coronavirus pandemic in more ways than one – India being one of them. With tough times ahead due to an economic downturn, Indians are pawning family gold for some much-needed quick cash. Delhi resident Jasmine Nair had to sell her family gold in July after... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sheltering in place and domestic violence: evidence from calls for service during COVID-19 - Leslie E, Wilson R.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an economic slowdown as more people practice social distancing and shelter at home. The increase in family isolation, unemployment, and economic stress has the potential to increase domestic violence. We document the pandem... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Black lives matter, and yes, you are racist: the parallelism of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries - McCoy H.
The United States of America is at a crossroads, one that we have been at before. This is not the first time that we have battled a pandemic while experiencing an economic downturn, state sanctioned violence and racial terror against Blacks, the boiling ov... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

How the Home Office really treats our migrant NHS heroes
The UK immigration system has never been smooth to navigate. The Home Office is infamous for its extortionate fees and interminably long wait times. Under the disruption of COVID-19, the slowdown in operations (including a lack of appointments, delayed processing times and the suspension of priority services) has made life unbearable for many people who rely on a visa to live in the UK. Tilly is a 39-year-old NHS surgical assistant who lives with her husband and three children. She has called the UK home for 20 years, and has worked for the NHS as a surgical assistant for the past three years. She’s been working rele...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Behind the headlines Magazine Covid-19 Home Office migrant workers NHS NHS surcharge visa Source Type: news

How the Home Office really treats our NHS heroes
The UK immigration system has never been smooth to navigate. The Home Office is infamous for its extortionate fees and interminably long wait times. Under the disruption of COVID-19, the slowdown in operations (including a lack of appointments, delayed processing times and the suspension of priority services) has made life unbearable for many people who rely on a visa to live in the UK. Tilly is a 39-year-old NHS surgical assistant who lives with her husband and three children. She has called the UK home for 20 years, and has worked for the NHS as a surgical assistant for the past three years. She’s been working rele...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Behind the headlines Magazine Covid-19 Home Office migrant workers NHS NHS surcharge visa Source Type: news

Scarcity of labs may slow down vaccine trials
A scarcity of laboratories equipped to handle necessary tests and meet all safety requirements may delay trials of potential Covid-19 vaccines in India, some vaccine developers said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - August 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Q & A: Ageing Africa Left out of COVID-19 Policies
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of the ageing population in various African countries were not adequately addressed. However, since the pandemic a recent survey has shown that the pandemic has further compounded the existing health challenges, further increasing neglect of older persons.Credit: Dolphin Emali/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Aug 21 2020 (IPS) Nearly three quarters of respondents in a survey across 18 African countries have claimed that their countries’ COVID-19 responses are gravely lacking in addressing the ageing population. The survey, conducted by the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Ageing Population Source Type: news

Crucial Community Giving Campaign begins Aug. 24
The economic downturn related to COVID-19 has created more need in the community, for people and the agencies that support them. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - August 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Source Type: news

Namibia: Covid-19 Wrecks Oshana's Economy
[Namibian] MANY small and medium businesses in the Oshana region have been forced to shut down due to the economic downturn caused by Covid-19 and its offshoots, but hope for a recovery still lingers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 14, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Rare Economic Bright Spot in the U.S. Health System: The Vet ’s Office
Usually during an economic downturn, people tend to spend less on health care for pets. This time, the opposite is happening. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Veterinary Medicine Quarantine (Life and Culture) Pets Dogs Cats Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Recession and Depression Finances United States Source Type: news

It ’s Time for American Leaders to Wake Up to the Threat of Climate Change for the Good of the Planet and Business
The coronavirus pandemic has worn out its welcome on Earth. Just try and find someone who’s not sick and tired of working from the basement, wearing a mask, bumping elbows in greeting or simply living with the worry of themselves or their family getting sick. And these inconveniences pale in comparison to the pain many have suffered from sickness or the loss of loved ones. If we could have seen the pandemic coming and had the power to prevent it, of course, we would have. If we had that power but sat on our hands as millions became sick and died, that inaction would be unforgivable. There is another problem that we ...
Source: TIME: Science - August 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: John R. Kasich Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

BCG shots could slow down Covid-19 spread in first thirty days, says study
The paper published in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed medical journal brought out by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said that countries with mandatory Bacillus Calmette-Gu érin (BCG) vaccination showed “slower infection and death rates” during the first 30 days of the Covid-19 outbreak in their country. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - August 2, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Economic and food supply chain disruptions endanger global food security
(International Food Policy Research Institute) COVID-19 has led to a global economic slowdown that is affecting all four pillars of food security - availability, access, utilization, and stability. The greatest threats are to food accessibility, due to income losses and disruptions in supply chains - particularly for more nutritious foods and the world's poor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fight Pandemic, Not Windmills of the Mind
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 28 2020 (IPS) With uneven progress in containing contagion, worsened by the breakdown in multilateral cooperation due to mounting US-China tensions, recovery from the Covid-19 recessions of the first half of 2020 is now expected to be more gradual than previously forecast. Pandemic response measures In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments, especially of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) economies, have introduced massive fiscal and monetary packages for contagion containment, relief and recovery. Anis Chowdhury ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Three Steps for Leaders to Tackle Covid and Climate Emergency
This article is extracted with permission from David Nabarro’s Online Briefing on 9 July 2020. This story was originally published by Thinking the Unthikable   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Three Steps for Leaders to Tackle Covid and Climate Emergency appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr David Nabarro Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Tobacco Industry Factoid on Illicit Trade Leading Governments Astray
Credit: SEATCABy Sophapan Ratanachena-McWhortor and Dr. Hana RossBANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 21 2020 (IPS) A factoid is unreliable information repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact. One such factoid repeatedly echoed across the globe by the tobacco industry is that tobacco tax increases worsen cigarette smuggling. For governments facing challenges to curb smuggling, particularly in the global South, this factoid has scared political leaders from effectively using taxes as a public health tool. Tax increases used as part of comprehensive tobacco control have been shown to successfully reduce smoking in many countri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sophapan Ratanachena-McWhortor and Dr. Hana Ross Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

How will COVID-19 Affect Women Entrepreneurs?
Prior to the pandemic, supporting and catalysing women entrepreneurship was a topic that was gaining traction across intermediary organisations and investment firms. Picture courtesy: Charlotte AndersonBy Saipriya SallaBENGALURU, Karnataka, India, Jul 19 2020 (IPS) Two years ago, Aarti started a small business selling traditional handicrafts online, supporting artisans based in rural Karnataka. After an initial phase of struggle, she had a steady stream of orders and was looking to procure manufacturing equipment and scale the impact of her business by supporting more local talent. All this came to a grinding halt in March...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saipriya Salla Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Gender Headlines Health Source Type: news

Toward a More Resilient Europe
This article is from International Monetary Fund   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Toward a More Resilient Europe appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Poul M. Thomsen Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Risk of an increase in suicide rates associated with economic downturn due to COVID-19 pandemic - Inoue K, Hashioka S, Kawano N.
The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened citizens' lives not only through the direct viral lethality. It has also posed an indirect threat that prompts poor people, due to the global recession, to commit suicide. Effective measures to prevent such suicides are... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children in South Asia
Raghbendra Jha is Professor of Economics, and Executive Director Australian National University. By Raghbendra JhaCANBERRA, Australia, Jul 6 2020 (IPS) The onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 set off a series of health and economic crises that feed upon each other. The health crisis exacerbates the economic crisis by disrupting supply chains, throwing large number of people (particularly those working in the informal sector) out of work and closing down large numbers of enterprises – particularly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). Raghbendra JhaThe economic crisis, in turn, exacerbates the healt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghbendra Jha Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Italy's coronavirus lockdown leaves citizens in poverty and unable to rebound because of economic restrictions
(Natural News) Italy lifted its two-month-long lockdown on May 18. But, its impact will be felt for far longer, as the measure also caused the country’s worst economic downturn in 75 years. On March 8, the Italian government placed the northern parts of the country under cordon sanitaire; this was then extended nationally the next day. While the country has emerged... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sustainable Tourism and Fisheries Key to Growth in Post-COVID Pacific
A boat rests on the shores of Fiji. Credit: Unsplash / Nicolas WeldinghBy Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 30 2020 (IPS) Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts in small island developing States (SIDS), where setbacks are likely to undo years of development gains and push many people back into poverty. Compared to other developing countries, SIDS in the Asia-Pacific region have done well in containing the spread of the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Rethinking Youth Suicide Prevention During COVID
Remote schooling, the economic downturn, and potential sickness also play a role in stress and risk levels. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Pausing Reopening Efforts as Coronavirus Cases Surge
(AUSTIN, Texas) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday halted elective surgeries in Texas’ biggest counties and said the state would “pause” its aggressive re-opening as it deals with a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that has made it one of the nation’s virus hotspots. The suspension of elective surgeries is designed to protect hospital space in the Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Statewide, the number of COVID-19 patients has more than doubled in two weeks. Texas has reported more than 11,000 new cases in the previous two days alone. Read more: America Is Done With CO...
Source: TIME: Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jim Vertuno and Paul J. Weber / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk Texas wire Source Type: news

Helping consumers in a crisis
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A new study shows that the central bank tool known as quantitative easing helped consumers substantially during the last big economic downturn -- a finding with clear relevance for today's pandemic-hit economy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reopening from the Great Lockdown: Uneven and Uncertain Recovery
Gita Gopinath is Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)By Gita GopinathWASHINGTON DC, Jun 24 2020 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic pushed economies into a Great Lockdown, which helped contain the virus and save lives, but also triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression. Over 75 percent of countries are now reopening at the same time as the pandemic is intensifying in many emerging market and developing economies. Several countries have started to recover. However, in the absence of a medical solution, the strength of the recovery is highly uncertain and the impact on sectors and countries uneven....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Gita Gopinath Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

U.S. Inmates ‘Mistakenly’ Received COVID-19 Stimulus Checks. Now, the IRS Wants That Money Back
(BOISE, Idaho) — Hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus relief payments have been sent to people incarcerated across the United States, and now the IRS is asking state officials to help claw back the cash that the federal tax agency says was mistakenly sent. The legislation authorizing the payments during the pandemic doesn’t specifically exclude jail or prison inmates, and the IRS has refused to say exactly what legal authority it has to retrieve the money. On its website, it points to the unrelated Social Security Act, which bars incarcerated people from receiving some types of old-age and survivor i...
Source: TIME: Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Boone / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Money News Desk wire Source Type: news

Helping Bangladesh Recover from COVID-19
A municipal truck sanitizes the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh in order to prevent COVID-19.By External SourceDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jun 22 2020 (IPS) One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh exemplifies the triple blow that many emerging market countries have suffered from COVID-19: domestic slowdown caused by the disease and the efforts to contain its spread; a sharp decline in exports, particularly in the ready-made garment sector, and a drop in remittances. Its once robust economy has dramatically slowed in recent months. To help Bangladesh during this crisis, the IMF has approved emergency loans...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

East Africa: Hundreds of Ethiopian COVID-19 Impacted Migrant Families Receive Food and Assistance in Kenya
[Africa Renewal] The migrants, many of whom have been living and working in Kenya for years, have lost jobs and income due to movement restrictions and curfews and the general economic slowdown, all brought by the pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Senegal: COVID-19 Creates a Unique Opportunity for an Inclusive and Sustainable Food Policy
[Southern Voice] Like other West African countries, Senegal has taken draconian measures to limit mobility to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. The government has also implemented economic and social measures to mitigate the pandemic's effects on the most vulnerable sections of the population. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Americans Are the Unhappiest They Have Been in 50 Years: Poll
(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — It’s been a rough year for the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they’ve been in nearly 50 years. This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. It finds that just 14% of American adults say they’re very happy, down from 31% who said the same in 2018. That year, 23% said they’d often or sometimes felt isolated in recent weeks. Now, 50% say that. The survey, conducted in late May, draws on nearly a half-century of research from the General So...
Source: TIME: Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tamar Lee / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Mental Health News Desk wire Source Type: news

African Development Bank COVID-19 response: moving from commitment to action
By African Development BankJun 15 2020 (IPS-Partners) The African Development Bank has responded swiftly to the needs of its member countries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank’s operations have continued to run smoothly since the first cases appeared in early March, despite the wide range of lockdowns and measures imposed by governments to flatten the curve. The COVID-19 pandemic is forecast to cause Africa’s GDP to drop by between $22.1 billion and $88.3 billion. African countries, with the experience of having fought off Ebola, are working to adapt to this new threat and looking to the Bank for ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: African Development Bank Tags: Africa Aid Economy & Trade Health Source Type: news

America Is Done With COVID-19. COVID-19 Isn ’t Done With America
It’s been months now since U.S. President Donald Trump predicted his miracle. That was back in February, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the president announced that come April, when the weather got warmer, the coronavirus would “miraculously [go] away.” It didn’t. And nor has it been reduced to “ashes,” as Trump claimed on June 5 when, arguing for a rapid reopening of the economy, he said, “We want the continued blanket lockdown to end for the states. We may have some embers or some ashes, or we may have some flames coming, but we’ll put them out. We&rsq...
Source: TIME: Health - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger and Chris Wilson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 interactive Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on Women in South Asia
By Raghbendra JhaCANBERRA, Australia, Jun 12 2020 (IPS) Prior to the onset of the coronavirus crisis South Asian women participated only sparingly in the labor market. Even though South Asia was and still has the potential to become one of the fastest growing regions in the world (post COVID19) female labor force participation rates were low at 23.6% compared to 80% for men (World Bank figures). Raghbendra JhaThe principal reasons for low female labor participation rates are (i) relatively low literacy rates for women as compared to men1 although the gap between the two is falling and both rates are rising; (ii) gender no...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghbendra Jha Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Women Were Making Historic Strides in the Workforce. Then the Pandemic Hit
Yasmine Parrish was at the top of her game. The marketing consultant from Los Angeles, who works with fashion and beauty brands, was successfully placing her clients in conferences, speaking engagements and consumer-driven events around the country. “I made more money in February than any other month in my whole career,” says Parrish, 32. “I was at a place I had always wanted to be in terms of caliber of clients.” Then the pandemic hit. Events across the country were canceled, slashing Parrish’s income by about two thirds. She filed for unemployment benefits and mortgage payments nearly deplet...
Source: TIME: Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Economy UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

Covid-19 diagnostic test makers want export ban lifted as demand for kits from Indian states slow down
The reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction tests, known as RT-PCR tests, are the gold standard in diagnosing Covid-19. The demand comes a day after the government lifted the ban on the export of antibody test kits, which check for antibodies of a disease. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clean Energy Capacity Grew at a Record Pace in 2019, U.N. Report Finds. But it Needs to Grow Even Faster
The world’s renewable power capacity grew at a faster rate last year than ever before, while the cost of adding new capacity fell to a record low, says a U.N. Environment Program report released June 10. Researchers found that in 2019, governments and companies created 184 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable power capacity —12% more than was added in 2018. That increase came despite investment in the sector rising by just 1%, to $282.2 billion, meaning clean power capacity was cheaper to create per watt. (The report does not include the older technology of large hydropower dams because such projects are not subject...
Source: TIME: Science - June 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change Londontime Source Type: news

From Rent Freezes To Liquor Buybacks: How States Are Helping People Cope
With limited resources themselves, states are having to get creative helping residents deal with the COVID-19 economic slowdown. But how much help you can get depends on where you live.(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sean McMinn Source Type: news

We Need to Slow down and Reconnect with Our Ocean for the Future of the Planet
By Stuart MinchinJun 8 2020 (IPS) COVID19 has brought the world to a halt. The devastating impact of the global pandemic on people’s lives and the world’s economy is a jarring and historic turning point for all of us but it is also an opportunity to re-think many of our practices. As we mark World Oceans Day, the current global slowdown may be the reset our Ocean needs and the Pacific region is asking the world to reflect on our past to inform innovation for our future. COVID has disrupted the global transport sector massively, and the increasing reliance on global shipping as flights are grounded presents bot...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stuart Minchin Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Green Economy Headlines Health Multimedia Video Source Type: news

Blog: Making technology an effective weapon in the battle against COVID-19
By Commonwealth economic adviser, Tamara MughoghoJun 3 2020 (IPS-Partners) Imagine a world without the internet and erase the last few decades of technological advancement. Then imagine how governments, schools and businesses would have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues its relentless march around the globe, there have been debates about the effectiveness of response strategies such as social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Particularly, there is concern about the ability of countries with larger populations to enforce these measures. There is no question that technology has played a major ro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tamara Mughogho Tags: Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

World Comes Together with $1.35 billion for Yemen
A displaced Yemeni woman stands outside a makeshift shelter that she shares with her extended family. Courtesy: IOM/O. HeadonBy Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 2020 (IPS) World leaders gathered on Tuesday to pledge $1.35 billion in aid for Yemen, which currently undergoing what many is the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis”, with Saudi Arabia announcing a contribution of $500 million.  At the ceremony, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer said that reducing aid to Yemen at this time would be “catastrophic.”  Those present at the cerem...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Population TerraViva United Nations COVID-19 Yemen Source Type: news

We Don ’t Fully Understand How Deadly the Coronavirus Has Been For Black Americans. That’s a Tragedy of Data
Black Americans are fighting against two distinct yet interlaced enemies this week: institutionalized racism and a pandemic that is disproportionately infecting and killing them. The protests that have rocked cities from coast to coast over the past few days were, in the immediate sense, sparked by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. And police brutality has been the central theme of the demonstrations. But the protests are also being fueled by the fact that black communities have been devastated by the deadly pathogen working its way across America. While black people make up only about 1...
Source: TIME: Health - June 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sanya Mansoor Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Government's stimulus program to boost consumer spending
(Hiroshima University) The world has been experiencing an unprecedented economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant number of economic activities have shut down. With increasing unemployment, economists are devising and proposing economic measures that could help ensure a sustainable increase in consumer spending and circumvent a long-term economic recession. However, whether the proposed economic measures are going to provide a long-term solution to these problems remains a concern. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news