Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion aid package - the largest in history - to help cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the intensifying coronavirus pandemic, and President Donald Trump quickly signed it into law. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

India ’s Trinity of Challenges
Normally bustling streets in cities across India were mostly deserted as the country observed the shutdown. Credit: UN IndiaBy N Chandra MohanNEW DELHI, Mar 27 2020 (IPS) The exigencies of combatting the coronavirus pandemic on a war-footing — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide stay-at-home lockdown for 21 days to break the chain of transmission — has certainly deflected attention from equally pressing challenges confronting India. The nation’s capital witnessed horrific communal violence when the US President was visiting India, triggering international outrage, including from the South....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: N Chandra Mohan Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Coronavirus & Early Lessons from China
Credit: UN Population Fund (UNFPA)By Helge Berger, Kenneth Kang, & Changyong Rhee, International Monetary Fund (IMF)WASHINGTON DC, Mar 27 2020 (IPS) The impact of the coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. China’s experience so far shows that the right policies make a difference in fighting the disease and mitigating its impact—but some of these policies come with difficult economic tradeoffs. Success in containing the virus comes at the price of slowing economic activity, no matter whether social distancing and reduced mobil...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Helge Berger - Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Is It Time to Postpone the 2020 Climate Summit?
By Felix Dodds and Michael StraussNEW YORK, Mar 25 2020 (IPS) With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the planet and the governments of both wealthy and poorer nations overwhelmed by the demands of managing a response, the scheduling of this year’s critical UN Climate Summit is suddenly in doubt. COP26 (formally, the 26th annual Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) is planned for Glasgow, Scotland (UK) from 9-20 November. It will be the culmination of five years of negotiations since the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. More than 100 presidents and prime ministers are expected ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss Tags: Climate Change Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Conformis Faced with Tough Decision to Furlough One-Third of Its Workforce
Conformis is furloughing one-third of its workforce citing a sharp decline in elective procedures because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to the measure, the custom orthopedics implant company said it us withdrawing its 3% to 6% product revenue growth target for 2020. The Billerica, MA-based company said its product areas of knee and hip surgery are being impacted in ‘unprecedented ways.’ About 80 employees would be furloughed. “We’ve taken a very aggressive early action here with [Monday’s] announcement,â€...
Source: MDDI - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Orthopedics Source Type: news

Djibouti Intensifies Awareness-raising Efforts Against FGM
ICPD awareness-raising campaigns in rural Tadjourah and Ali Sabieh in Djibouti, organised by the Parliamentary Group of Population and Development (PGPD). Courtesy: PGPD. By Mantoe PhakathiMBABANE, Mar 24 2020 (IPS) Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is still widely practised in the African country of Djibouti. Despite efforts by the government and development agencies to curb this practice, culture, tradition and religion continue to slow down progress. According to Hassan Omar Mohamed, a Member of Parliament from the Djibouti House of Assembly, FGM is a deeply-rooted practice that has stood the test of time. The United Nat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

What Coronavirus Means for the Possibility of a Carbon-Free Economy
In the days following Barack Obama’s election as president, incoming chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel made a bold declaration about how the administration would respond to the urgent financial crisis. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” he said, citing a range of challenges, from climate to health care, that might be addressed as part of a response to the Great Recession. Politicians and policymakers are just beginning to understand how much pain the coronavirus pandemic will inflict, and it goes without saying that policy experts of all stripes universally agree that protecting human life shoul...
Source: TIME: Science - March 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

In Light of the Global Pandemic, Focus Attention on the People
Kazimir Malevich, Children on the Grass, 1908 (Pushkin Museum State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow). By External SourceMar 23 2020 (IPS-Partners) SARS-CoV-2 or COVID19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilisation; a struggle that needs to put life before profit. We will only win this struggle – as China has already done – if our people are united and disciplined, if governments earn our respect by their actions, and if we act in solidarity across the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Health Source Type: news

State Intervention Necessary to Overcome Covid-19 Threats
By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame SundaramBERLIN and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 2020 (IPS) It is now clear that most East Asian government responses to novel coronavirus or Covid-19 outbreaks have been effective. In Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, the number infected have remained relatively low despite their proximity and vulnerability, while containment in China and South Korea has been impressive. Vladimir PopovSome other countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic are trying to replicate East Asian policy responses, not only in public health, but also in handling economic contraction. More than two decades after the 1997-...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Checks to Americans will ease the coronavirus slump, but they may not be much of an economic stimulus
Lump-sum payments will be a godsend to low-income households, but it will be hard to pump that money back into the economy when people are staying home. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Don Lee Source Type: news

The Biggest Threat to Medical Device Revenue Growth During the Pandemic
In a new report, Needham & Co.'s Mike Matson says he doesn't expect an economic slowdown to weigh directly on medtech growth, but that doesn't mean the industry will be unaffected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "We think that the biggest threat to medtech revenue growth is a decline in elective procedures," the analyst said, adding that this trend is driven by hospitals cutting back on or stopping elective procedures as they prepare for and focus on COVID-19 patients, and by patients deferring elective procedures due to fears of exposure to the virus. Both factors have already caused large declines in procedur...
Source: MDDI - March 18, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Hotel industry seeks WARN waiver, minimum wage delay amid COVID-19 pandemic
The California hotel industry is asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend the reporting requirements under the state's WARN law and delay implementation of annual increases in the minimum wage, citing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lynn Mohrfeld, president and CEO of the California Hotel and Lodging Association, said those items are among a series of economic measures the industry group wants implemented as it grapples with the abrupt slowdown in travel and hotel bookings. The California… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Douglas Fruehling Source Type: news

Hotel industry seeks WARN waiver, minimum wage delay amid COVID-19 pandemic
The California hotel industry is asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend the reporting requirements under the state's WARN law and delay implementation of annual increases in the minimum wage, citing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lynn Mohrfeld, president and CEO of the California Hotel and Lodging Association, said those items are among a series of economic measures the industry group wants implemented as it grapples with the abrupt slowdown in travel and hotel bookings. The California… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 18, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Douglas Fruehling Source Type: news

Checks to Americans will ease the coronavirus slump, but it may not be much of an economic stimulus
Lump-sum payments will be a godsend to low-income households, but it will be harder to pump that money back into the economy when people are told to stay home. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Don Lee Source Type: news

Editorial: The U.S. economy is sliding into a coronavirus hole. Congress needs to do more to pull it out
Congress can and should do more to combat a coronavirus downturn — including a $1,000 UBI check to every citizen. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Times Editorial Board Source Type: news