Global Austerity Alert: Looming Budget Cuts in 2021-25 and Alternatives
Map of countries with projected austerity cuts in 2021-2022, in terms of GDP, based on IMF fiscal projections. Credit: I. Ortiz and M. Cummins, 2021By Isabel Ortiz and Matthew CumminsNEW YORK and NAIROBI, Apr 15 2021 (IPS) Last week Ministers of Finance met virtually at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to discuss policies to tackle the pandemic and socio-economic recovery. But a global study just published by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, international trade unions and civil society organizations, sounds an alert of an emerging austerity shock: Mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

COVID-19 Teaches Us to Better Manage Global Systemic Risks
This family in Tuvalu* is at the frontline of the effects of climate change. The water is only 10 metres from their house at high tide. Tuvalu rarely exceeds 3 metres above sea level, and at its widest point it spans about 200 meters. Tuvalu is extremely vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels combined with extreme weather events is contributing to the inundation of low-lying areas. Coastal erosion is also a major problem in Tuvalu, particularly on the western side of the islands. Credit: Mark Garten/UN PhotoBy Liu ZhenminUNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 2021 (IPS) Millions of lives lost. Trillions of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Liu Zhenmin Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

New Report Calls for Improved Eating Habits in a World of Extremes
Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) has pioneered the food pyramid, which recommends both nutritious and good food for the planet. In its latest report, it makes recommendations for Africa. Credit: Anaya Katlego / UnsplashBy Ignatius BandaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Apr 13 2021 (IPS) With the two extremes of global hunger and obesity on the increase, a new report suggests a radical reset for food and nutrition to ensure the long-term sustainability of livelihoods and the environment. According to a new Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) report, 690 million people globally lack sufficie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ignatius Banda Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Source Type: news

Barilla Foundation Brings Health and Climate Together in New Double Pyramid
The Barilla Foundation New Double Pyramid includes seven cultural pyramids including ones for specific regions like South Asia where these rice workers come from. Other cultural regions include Latin America, East Asia, Nordic and Canada, USA, Mediterranean and Africa. Credit: Deepak Kumar / Unsplash By Alison KentishNEW YORK, Apr 12 2021 (IPS) Following an extensive scientific review, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) is preparing to launch a new food systems model which incorporates nutrition and climate. Researchers from the Foundation teamed up with counterparts from the Frederico II Univers...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alison Kentish Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Source Type: news

Overcoming COVID-19: World Leaders Must Finance a More Equal World to Beat Pandemics
High school graduation, Accra, Ghana, 2013. Credit: United NationsBy Winnie ByanyimaGENEVA, Apr 8 2021 (IPS) Leaders at this year’s World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings (April 5-11) will determine how best to recover from one of the biggest crises the institutions have faced since their founding in 1944—COVID-19’s impact and its economic aftermath. Given the need to fund treatment and vaccines, there is pressure to scale back funding for social provisions. But doing so would prove a catastrophic—and costly—mistake. Instead, leaders must boldly finance a more equal world. The issue isn’t just...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Winnie Byanyima Tags: Development & Aid Education Environment Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Helping Youth Agribusiness Keep Pace with Fast Growing Africa
By Nteranya Sanginga, Aline Mugisho and Seyi MakindeIBADAN, Nigeria, Apr 8 2021 (IPS) From small towns to big cities, sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest urban growth rate in the world. The continent’s population is expected to double by 2050 with the youth representing 60% of the overall population. The UN Department of Global Communication, for example, projects that for the next 15 years urban growth is set to double for several African cities: Dar es Salaam will reach over 13 million inhabitants and Kampala will exceed seven million. Nteranya SangingaAlongside this explosion in urban areas, rural population growt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nteranya Sanginga - Aline Mugisho - Seyi Makinde Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Agricultural Research International I Source Type: news

A Post-COVID-19 Recovery will not be Possible if Water, Sanitation & Hygiene are not High on the Agenda
Michael, 34, a nurse at Wurm CHPS, Ghana, washes his hands. Every healthcare centre in the world’s poorest countries could have taps and toilets for just half-an-hour’s worth of COVID-19 spending. Credit: WaterAid / Apagnawen AnnankraBy Helen HamiltonLONDON, Apr 7 2021 (IPS) This World Health Day, G20 finance ministers will meet in Rome, Italy, to discuss how they will build back from the pandemic. The global economy is and concerted effort, coordination and imagination is needed to enable not only a worldwide recovery but also to ensure that the world’s poorest people are not left behind. The World Hea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Helen Hamilton Tags: Development & Aid Education Environment Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

On World Health Day, a Call for Equity, Justice & the End of Paternalism
Family planning counselor and nurse speaks to group at clinic in Nakuru, Kenya. Credit: Sala LewisBy Joyce Banda and Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins*WASHINGTON DC, Apr 7 2021 (IPS) The past year has forced many of us to address difficult truths about how we treat and take care of each other — among them is a reckoning with racism and injustice. In the global health and development sector, this reckoning is not new. Black, Brown and Indigenous women have been at the forefront of driving efforts to end inequity, racism and paternalism for decades, but the threats remain. As women and leaders in global health and development fro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Banda and Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins Tags: Development & Aid Education Environment Global Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Women and Girls to the Front
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee and Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy 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 ...
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

IMF, World Bank Must Support Developing Countries ’ Recovery
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 6 2021 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take an unprecedented human and economic toll, wiping away years of modest and uneven progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Developing countries now need much more support as progress towards the SDGs was ‘not on track’ even before the pandemic. Anis ChowdhuryBy end-2022, average incomes are expected to be 18% below pre-crisis levels in low-income countries (LICs) and 22% less in emerging and developing countries excluding China – compared to 13% lower for developed e...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Three Ways the US Can Promote Equity in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic Globally
Continued inequity in COVID-19 vaccination means virus mutations occur and newer variants emerge that may be resistant to currently available vaccines. Credit: United Nations.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Apr 2 2021 (IPS) As richer western nations continue hoarding COVID-19 vaccines to the detriment of poorer nations, there is some light on the horizon. On April 15, 2021, the U.S. will join the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) and co-host the launch of the Investment Opportunity for COVAX Advance Market Commitment. The aim of the event is to raise more funds to ensure at least 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Accentuates Need for Caribbean Countries to Improve Food and Nutrition Security
Jaxine Scott displays some vegetables in her backyard garden at her Kingston, Jamaica home. Credit: Kate ChappellBy Kate ChappellKINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 2 2021 (IPS) Last year, Jaxine Scott was off work as a caregiver at a primary school as a result of the pandemic. One day, she noticed a green shoot emerging from some garlic in her fridge. She decided to plant it, and to her surprise, it thrived. “I thought ‘It looks like I have a green thumb, let me plant something else,’” Scott says. She now has a backyard garden, including cucumber, pumpkin, melon, callaloo, cantaloupe, pak choy and tomatoes. &ld...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kate Chappell Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

UN Leadership Necessary for Fairer Tax Cooperation
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 1 2021 (IPS) Illicit financial flows (IFFs) hurt all countries, both developed and developing. But poor countries suffer relatively more, accounting for nearly half the loss of world tax revenue. IFFs refer to cross-border movements of money and other financial assets obtained illegally at source, e.g., by corruption, smuggling, tax evasion, etc. This often involves trade mis-invoicing and transnational corporations’ (TNCs) transfer pricing via ‘creative’ accounting or book-keeping. Jomo Kwame SundaramStaggering revenue losses About ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

World Autism Awareness Day – 2 April 2021
By External SourceMar 30 2021 (IPS-Partners) Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex condition that remains misunderstood. The effects of ASD and the severity of symptoms vary so much between individuals. But the number of people with ASD diagnoses continues to grow globally. The rate of ASD in the US grew by an estimated 14% in just 2 years. According to the World Health Organization, ASD affects 1 in 160 children. The prevalence of ASD in children is at its highest in Hong Kong. About 1 in 54 children in the United States has an ASD diagnosis. An ASD diagnosis is four times more likely in boys than girls. People with AS...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Education Health Labour Multimedia Video Source Type: news

Fitness, Fundraising and Friendship for Prostate Cancer
By Syed Neaz Ahmad FRSALONDON, Mar 30 2021 (IPS-Partners) Over the Pandemic months, most activities – social, cultural, economic & philanthropic have been hit hard. The worst-hit has been patients suffering from serious diseases. Most have shied away from visiting their doctors and referral fell by 52,000 due to Covid-19. However, as they say, life goes on, and in this case, death goes on too. Prostate Cancer UK – a charity exclusive to the disease – report that despite awareness and development in technology – every 45 minutes a man dies of this dreaded disease. It is the ‘most commonly ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Syed Neaz Ahmad FRSA Tags: Health Source Type: news

Covid19 a Wake-up Call to Address Development Fault Lines in Asia and the Pacific
By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 30 2021 (IPS) The world is emerging from the biggest social and economic shock in living memory, but it will be a long time before the deep scars of the COVID-19 pandemic on human well-being fully heal. In the Asia-Pacific region, where 60 per cent of the world lives, the pandemic revealed chronic development fault lines through its excessively harmful impact on the most vulnerable. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) estimates that 89 million more people in the region have been pushed back into extreme poverty at the $1.90 p...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Identities
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Mar 30 2021 (IPS)   I was born in the winter in 1990 in a country not my own i was born with my father’s eyes maybe i stole them he doesn’t look like that anymore i was born in seven countries i was born carved up by borders i was born with a graveyard of languages for teeth i was born to be a darkness in an american boy´s bed … Safia Elhillo Many years ago, when my youngest daughter was still a child, she suddenly became sick with stomach pains, vomiting and high fever. At the hospital a nice nurse, probably to find out if the feverish little girl was cognizan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Education Featured Global Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

IMF, World Bank Must Urgently Help Finance Developing Countries
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 30 2021 (IPS) COVID-19 has set back the uneven progress of recent decades, directly causing more than two million deaths. The slowdown, due to the pandemic and policy responses, has pushed hundreds of millions more into poverty, hunger and worse, also deepening many inequalities. Anis ChowdhuryDevelopment setbacks The outlook for developing countries is grim, with output losses of 5.7% in 2020. Compared to pre-pandemic trends, the expected 8.1% loss by end-2021 will be much worse than advanced countries dropping 4.7%. COVID-19 has further set back progr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Arab Region Counts Cost of Devastating COVID-19 Pandemic
Delegates at the hybrid conference held virtually in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference discussed the impact of COVID-19 the regions’ ICPD25 commitments. Credit: APDABy Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 29 2021 (IPS) More than eight million people moved onto the poverty line in the Arab region, a conference of Arab and Asian parliamentarians heard. The hybrid conference, held simultaneously in Beirut, Lebanon, and via video conferencing to delegates in Asia and the Arab region, was a follow up on earlier discussions on the regions’ ICPD25 Commitments. Dr Luay Shabaneh, Regional Director, UNFPA ASRO, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Sustainability Asian Po Source Type: news

Maquila Female Workers in Their Own Words: Fighting COVID and Labor Abuse
To Enrique González Rojo (1928-2021), friend, comrade in many struggles, admirable poet, and Marxist thinkerBy Saul Escobar ToledoMEXICO CITY, Mar 26 2021 (IPS) A compilation of testimonies collected by Blanca Velázquez Díaz and published by the Ebert Foundation (available at: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/mexiko/17328.pdf) offers an account of the harsh reality by which some workers of the maquila industry in the Mexican state of Morelos have gone through over these last twelve months. Their words reflect, undoubtedly, similar experiences of millions of workers in different parts of the count...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saul Escobar Toledo Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

„We will overcome it“: Experiences of the impact of COVID-19 in Suva, Fiji
By External SourceMar 25 2021 (IPS-Partners) This short video explores the experiences of COVID-19 in Fiji’s capital, Suva, by University students. The participants reflect on the impact of the virus in the Pacific nation, where themes such as the emotional implications of COVID as well as its effects on the economy, food security, resilience and more are discussed. They remind us that despite all the negativity that the virus has brought, one has to be hopeful and resilient about the future. The participants, all students at the University of the South Pacific, are Salote Nasolo (postgraduate student in climate ch...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Health Humanitarian Emergencies Multimedia Video Source Type: news

Centering Equity: A Vision for Global Health in 2021
COVID-19 has amplified the omission of disabled people. Credit: BigstockBy Shubha Nagesh and Sara RotenbergDEHRADUN, India/OXFORD, UK, Mar 24 2021 (IPS) 2020 will be remembered as the year that changed the world, as COVID-19 spared no country, no community, and no person. As the pandemic continues in 2021, there is recognition that some groups are impacted more than others, not just by the virus itself, but also by the socio-economic and access inequities exacerbated by global shutdowns. Globally, countries, and organisations are seeking to build back better and address inequities. António Guterres, Secretary-Genera...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shubha Nagesh and Sara Rotenberg Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Hope & Numbers: What will it take to Tip the Scales on Climate Action?
The UN says global temperature rise could lead to more frequent and more intense extreme weather events, such as prolonged droughts or devastating floods. Nations are “nowhere close” to the level of action needed to fight global warming, according to a UN climate action report released February 2021. The study urged countries to adopt stronger and more ambitious plans to reach the Paris Agreement goals, and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century. Credit: WFP/Matteo CosorichBy Naomi GoodmanAMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, Mar 24 2021 (IPS) We should be well on the way to solving ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naomi Goodman Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

End Vaccine Apartheid Before Millions More Die
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 23 2021 (IPS) At least 85 poor countries will not have significant access to coronavirus vaccines before 2023. Unfortunately, a year’s delay will cause an estimated 2.5 million avoidable deaths in low and lower-middle income countries. As the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General has put it, the world is at the brink of a catastrophic moral failure. Anis Chowdhury Vaccine apartheid The EU, US, UK, Switzerland, Canada and their allies continue to block the developing country proposal to temporarily suspend the World Trade Organization (W...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Water Governance and Data Collection is Key to Reach Development Goals
Lack of access to safe drinking water is still not a possibility for millions and this has only been further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. Manipadma Jena/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Mar 22 2021 (IPS) Prioritising water governance and ensuring data collection and investment in groundwater use around the world are some of the key issues that need to be addressed with regards to achieving development goals. “If we do not make water governance a priority, we do feel and state that we would probably not reach the Sustainable Development Goals,” Sareen Malik, the executive secretary of the African...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Aid Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Water Day 2021 Source Type: news

The UN Food Systems Summit: How Not to Respond to the Urgency of Reform
At a critical juncture on the road to the UN Food Systems Summit, three UN rights experts warn that it will fail to be a 'people's summit' unless it is urgently rethought.By Michael Fakhri, Hilal Elver and Olivier De SchutterNEW YORK, Mar 22 2021 (IPS) Global food systems have been failing most people for a long time, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made a critical situation even worse. 265 million people are threatened by famine, up 50% on last year; 700 million suffer from chronic hunger; and 2 billion more from malnutrition, with obesity and associated diet-related diseases increasing in all world regions. Michael Fakhri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Michael Fakhri - Hilal Elver - Olivier De Schutter Tags: Aid Civil Society Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Why Water & Sanitation Systems are Vital for the Economy
Credit: UN WaterBy Catarina de AlbuquerqueLISBON, Mar 21 2021 (IPS) This World Water Day, we celebrate the value of water, which at first might be a given: after all, water is the basis of all life. Without water we have no health, wealth, equality, or education. But, do governments adequately prioritize and invest in clean water? The answer, in far too many parts of the world, is a resounding no. As an international community, we are too often blind to the huge cost of failing to serve so many people with the most basic but crucial of services. Globally, there are still 2.2 billion people without access to safe drinking...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catarina de Albuquerque Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Water Day 2021 Source Type: news

The Value of Water Goes Far Beyond its Stock Price
In northern Ghana some 50% of people lack access to safe drinking water. Credit: UNDP GhanaBy Lyla Mehta and Alan Nicol*EAST SUSSEX, UK, Mar 20 2021 (IPS) In the midst of a global pandemic, when the presence of water in our lives has never seemed more important, its future availability has also never been more uncertain. Water scarcity is now such a threat that it is even possible to trade in ‘water futures’ – joining commodities like gold and oil on Wall Street, with traders hedging against future water availability. So, while farmers and pastoralists struggle to know when the next rainfall will come, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lyla Mehta and Alan Nicol Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Water Day 2021 Source Type: news

Access to Safe Water Never Loses Value
COVID precautions at Safe Water Network iJal Station in India. Credit: Safe Water NetworkBy Nathan YardyNEW YORK, Mar 20 2021 (IPS) The global community is celebrating World Water Day 2021. In the COVID-19 pandemic era, the importance and value of water for all people has never been clearer. Access to safe water is essential for public health and thriving communities. Before COVID, we knew that 4 billion people, or about two-thirds of the world’s population, face severe water scarcity at least one month every year. One of the most important defenses against the coronavirus, washing hands with soap and water, is out ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nathan Yardy Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Water Day 2021 Source Type: news

Oral Health Should be a Development Priority
Photo by Bekky Bekks on Unsplash By Adekemi AdeniyanEKITI, Nigeria, Mar 19 2021 (IPS) The mouth is a barometer of social inequities — it reflects the injustices in our society. As George Cuvier, an 18th century naturalist said: “Show me your teeth, and I will tell you who you are”. To me, as a dentist, the mouth is like a microscope that reveals more than just tooth decay. It exposes us to a world where people lack access to water, health, quality education and live on low income. So, when the FDI World Dental Federation unveils a “Be Proud of Your Mouth” campaign for World Oral Health Day (W...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Adekemi Adeniyan Tags: Africa Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

A Moral Failure: Billions of People with No Access to Clean Drinking Water
Credit: UNDPBy Volkan Bozkir *UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 2021 (IPS) Water is integral to sustainable development, but we are well behind on the goals and targets that we have set ourselves. By current estimates: – Some 2.2 billion people – almost a third of the global population – continue to lack access to safely managed drinking water; – 4.2 billion people – more than half of the planet’s population – live without safely managed sanitation; – 2 billion people don’t have a decent toilet of their own; – and 3 billion lack basic handwashing facilities – even in ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Volkan Bozkir Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Clean Water Vital for Protecting Those on the Frontline of Climate Change in Post-Pandemic World
A woman in Madagascar walks for up to 14km a day to find clean water. Credit: UNICEF/Safidy AndrianantenainBy Jonathan FarrLONDON, Mar 19 2021 (IPS) For many, the last year will be remembered as the time our day-to-day lives screeched to a halt. As Covid-19 spread mercilessly across the world, wreaking havoc on health and livelihoods, world leaders, health experts and scientists grappled with how to protect populations and stem the tide of the virus. It is right that attention has been focused on the immediate threat posed by the pandemic; the global death toll has surpassed 2.6 million people and we have suffered the wor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jonathan Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Five Steps to Combat Gender-Based Violence Globally
District Manager, HRLS Program, conducts a client workshop in the presence of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Sakhipur Upazila, Tangail. Cedit: BRACBy Jenefa JabbarDHAKA, Bangladesh, Mar 16 2021 (IPS) The 410 Legal Aid Centers that I manage in Bangladesh for BRAC’s Human Rights and Legal Aid Services received approximately 35,900 requests for assistance in 2020. Almost all of them involve gender-based violence against women and girls. In Bangladesh, gender-based violence comes in many forms: physical abuse; husbands throwing wives out of the home in domestic disputes; husbands demanding that their wives get more dowry ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jenefa Jabbar Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Inequality, COVID-19 and the Plight of the Young
Credit: @ Mahnaz YazdaniBy Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Mar 16 2021 (IPS) Inequality characterizes the world we live in, predisposing how we act and think. We perceive our existence as composed of dichotomies – men and women, young and old, black or white, as well as a difference between those who have and those who do not have access to wealth, health, education and influence. Dichotomies are also born out of comparisons, about how things are now and how they could have been, how they were before and how they are now. COVID-19 is on the mind of a majority of the world’s population and as in everything else wh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Economy & Trade Education Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Sustainable Development Goals Can Guide Asia-Pacific to Build Back Better
By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 16 2021 (IPS) The COVID-19 crisis poses an unprecedented threat to development in the Asia-Pacific region that could reverse much of the hard-earned progress made in recent years. The good news is we know how to tackle this challenge. Recovery from the pandemic and our global efforts to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 must go hand-in-hand. The Goals provide a compass to navigate this crisis, faster and greener, everywhere and for everyone. Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaResults from the 2021 edition of the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day, 2021More Women Leaders Make Better Societies
The upcoming Samoan election is a unique opportunity to encourage diversity in politicsBy Simona MarinescuAPIA, Samoa, Mar 12 2021 (IPS) This year it will be 128 years since the right of women to vote was first recognized, with New Zealand becoming the first nation to allow the participation of women in its general election in 1893. From the suffragettes – to today’s feminists, both men and women have fought to increase women’s political participation and representation. It has been a slow, sometimes bitter and occasionally even dangerous struggle. Yet global progress remains slow and uneven – as i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simona Marinescu Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

The Ongoing Fight for Gender Parity in Lebanon
Zwein during one of the 2019 protests in Beirut. Credit: Victoria El-Khoury ZweinBy Maria AounBEIRUT, Lebanon, Mar 12 2021 (IPS) The fight for equality around the globe has taken a few steps forward in some countries which provides a glimmer of hope for future generations for increased female participation and representation. However, that particular fight is taking new shapes and forms in multiple corners of the world, where women are still persecuted, silenced, threatened, killed, harassed, and stripped off their basic human rights on a daily basis. The question today is, when will the world become a safer place for wome...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maria Aoun Tags: Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Middle East & North Africa Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Source Type: news

Only Small Percentage of COVID-19 Recovery Allocated to Green Initiatives
Photovoltaic panels on St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Of the trillions of dollars set aside for COVID-19 recovery, a small percentage has been used in green recovery initiatives according to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Mar 11 2021 (IPS) Last year, only $368 billion of a $14.6tn budget geared towards COVID-19 recovery measures across the world’s largest 50 countries took into account green recovery initiatives, according to a report launched yesterday, Mar. 10. “Are we building back better?” by the Global Recovery Obse...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations COVID-19 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Source Type: news

COVID-19 Education Response: Education Cannot Wait and Partners Reach over 9 Million Vulnerable Children and Youth
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency education programmes supported by Education Cannot Wait are providing hope and protection to girls and boys in over 30 emergencies and protracted crises world-wide By PRESS RELEASENEW YORK, Mar 11 2021 (IPS-Partners) As the world marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic on 11 March 2021, initial progress reports on Education Cannot Wait’s (ECW) COVID-19 emergency responses to date show that the Fund and its partners have already reached over 9 million vulnerable girls and boys in the midst of the worst education crisis of our lifetime. Within days of the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: PRESS RELEASE Tags: Education Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

More ‘Can & Must be Done ’ to Eradicate Caste-Based Discrimination, Says UN Rights Chief
People walk down a street of shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: World Bank/Peter KapuscinskiBy Simone GalimbertiKATHMANDU, Nepal, Mar 11 2021 (IPS) There is hardly a better way to promote human rights in Nepal than celebrating Muskan Khatun for being one of the winners of the prestigious International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award, released on the International Women’s Day by the Government of the United States of America. As an acid attack survivor, Khatun, despite her young age, turned herself into a courageous advocate. Her work, together with many of her peers, themselves victims, was instrumental, in pressing t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simone Galimberti Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Extent of Violence Against Women During Pandemic Exposed
Parliamentarians from Africa and Asia met to discuss how to improve the conditions of women, girls, and youth during pandemics. Credit: APDABy Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 11 2021 (IPS) COVID-19 restrictions exposed women and girls to heightened abuse – revealing the conditions in which gender-based violence became the shadow pandemic on the continent, a recent webinar attended by parliamentarians from Africa and Asia heard. Gift Malunga, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country representative for Zambia, told delegates that during the lockdown in Zambia, 90% of calls to traditional hotlines ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Education Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Down in Hell
Minor resting after exiting the mine, Ghana. Credit: Lisa KristineBy Lisa KristineSAN FRANCISCO, Mar 9 2021 (IPS) I am about 200 feet down a rickety old mine shaft, in the Ashanti gold mining region of Ghana. It is stiflingly hot and darker than a moonless night. I can only feel the touch of sweaty bodies passing in the darkness and hear the reverberating sound of miners coughing and breaking rocks. The lack of oxygen and dust make it hard to breathe. I have no idea how deep this shaft goes – hundreds of feet? More? If there is a Hell this must be what it feels like. The abolitionists who have brought me to this ill...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lisa Kristine Tags: Africa Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Prioritise Pandemic Relief, Recovery: No Time for Debt Buybacks
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 9 2021 (IPS) Developing country governments are being wrongly advised to use their modest fiscal resources to pay down accumulated debt instead of strengthening pandemic relief and recovery. Thus, debt phobia risks deepening and extending COVID-19 recessions by prioritising buybacks. Anis ChowdhuryPandemic debt mounting Nearly half (44%) of low-income countries were already debt-distressed or at high risk even before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020. Limited fiscal space has constrained developing countries’ relief and recovery mea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day, 2021Why Green Growth and Climate Action Fall Short Without Addressing Gender Inequality
Credit: GGGIBy Frank Rijsberman, Ingvild Solvang and Bertha Wakisa ChiudzaSEOUL, Republic of Korea, Mar 8 2021 (IPS) As the global effort to address climate change has strengthened over the last few years, so has the realization that rising temperatures and climactic disruptions disproportionately impact women, particularly in developing countries, as they tend to be more dependent upon natural resources and are thus overrepresented in resource-intensive economic sectors. Furthermore, inherent in gender inequality are disadvantages for and discrimination against women in all facets of society, including in the economy and ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Frank Rijsberman - Ingvild Solvang - Bertha Wakisa Chiudza Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Gender Global Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Climate Chan Source Type: news

The Mexican Economy: A Short or Long Recession Cycle?
By Saul Escobar ToledoMEXICO CITY, Mar 8 2021 (IPS) The trend of the Mexican economy during the last two years has not been positive. INEGI, the official bureau of statistics, has just reported that GDP registered a fall of 8.5 percent compared to 2019 with seasonally adjusted figures. But in 2019 GDP also receded, although in far less measure, less than one percentage point. However, it must be considered that the Mexican economy has been falling for 6 quarters (compared to the previous year). Considering the population growth rate (1.2 percent per year), the fall in the GDP per capita is close to 11 percent. This figure ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saul Escobar Toledo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Drug Users Often Do Not Seek Help Because They Fear Legal Repercussion
By Simona MarinescuAPIA, Samoa, Mar 8 2021 (IPS) In the February 12th editorial on the issue of illicit drug use, the Samoa Observer stated that “… there is no data currently available to show that drug abuse including meth consumption levels in Samoa have reached crisis levels, which would warrant the government considering decriminalizing drug use and consumption.” The United Nation’s position on this is clear, we must not sit by and wait for a problem to blight our communities before acting. The evidence shows that it is cheaper and more effective to prevent drug use than to deal with the conseq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simona Marinescu Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day, 2021Every Girl Has a Right to An Education
The following opinion piece is part of series to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day, March 8.By Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Mar 7 2021 (IPS) Access to an inclusive quality education is a universal human right. When the inherent right to a good education is ignored or denied, the consequences are severe. For a girl in country of conflict or forced displacement, the impact is brutally multiplied. Yasmine SherifBesides their already marginalized role in war-torn countries or as refugees, adolescent girls and girls are being disproportionately affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the p...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Armed Conflicts Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women in Politics Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day, 2021Women Must Continue To Claim Power & Challenge The Unseen Barriers
The following opinion piece is part of series to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day, March 8.By Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, Mar 6 2021 (IPS) Power is an intriguing concept and it means different things to different people. In simple words, power is the ability to influence the behavior of others to get what you want. Power distribution is usually visible in most societies when there is a clear and obvious division between the roles of the men and expectations from women. One can’t talk about power without talking about patriarchy – in which men always hold the power and women are largely excl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Education Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Peace TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health Internati Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day, 2021Women’s Leadership in the Global Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic
UN Women China Qinghai programme beneficiaries. Credit: UN WomenBy Siddharth Chatterjee and Smriti AryalBEIJING, Mar 6 2021 (IPS) Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” We recognize the tremendous contribution and leadership demonstrated by women and girls around the world in shaping our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and a more sustainable future. A global review of the progress achieved towards commitments made at the Fourth World Conference on Women 25 years ago in Beijing, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee and Smriti Aryal Tags: Civil Society Education Gender Gender Violence Global Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women in Politics Women's Health International Women's Day 2021 Source Type: news