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Child Soldiers Released, But Risk Remains
Child soldiers released by armed groups in Yambio, South Sudan. Credit: UN Photo/Isaac BillyBy Will HigginbothamUNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 2018 (IPS)More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, and help will be needed to ensure their safe and bright future, according to a UN agency.The release took place in Western Equatoria State and follows a similar release last month that saw 300 children freed. Both releases are part of a series, supported by the UN’s children’s agency (UNICEF), that will see 1,000 children freed from armed groups. “No child should ever have to pick...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Will Higginbotham Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Education Headlines Health Human Rights Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Solving Japan ’s Fertility Crisis
Japan: aging population needs more than short-term solutions. Credit: IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 2 2018 (IPS)While much of the global discussion for decades has been focused on overpopulation and its consequences, less can be said of the risks of low fertility and an ageing population—risks that are currently threatening the future of Japan. Concerned by fertility trends in Asia, numerous institutions have begun to take action to prevent potentially devastating economic and social consequences.One such group is the Asian Population Development Association (APDA), that serves as the Secretariat of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Labour Population TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Responding to Needs of Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cover artists Dhrupod & Poshla with Saima Hossain at the launch of Unique Glimpses.By Saima Wazed HossainDHAKA, Mar 29 2018 (IPS)Shuchona Foundation is a not-for-profit policy advocacy, research, and capacity-building organization specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and mental health. It is the culmination of the efforts to coordinate and mainstream policies and programs for mental health and NDD’s that began with the launch of the of the GAPH-Bangladesh in 2011.Shuchona’s work is geared towards creating a productive and meaningful life for persons with any disabilities as included – n...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saima Wazed Hossain Tags: Development & Aid Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

World Autism Awareness Day 2018
By IPS World DeskROME, Mar 28 2018 (IPS)Austism Spectrum Disorder is a name that covers a range of similar disorders affecting a person’s interaction, communication and behaviour. Asperger Syndrome is included in this range.Its causes remain unknown, but one in sixty-eight children are diagnosed with ASD, and these numbers are on the rise globally.This year, World Austism Awareness Day will be observed at the United Nations with particular emphasis on the importance of empowering women and girls with Autism.In a world where gender imbalances are pervasive, women and girls with disabilities experience gender-base viol...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Development & Aid Global Health Multimedia Poverty & SDGs Video Source Type: news

Conflicts Force Up Global Hunger Levels
Almost 400,000 famine victims who fled to the Mogadishu for aid at the height of famine, are still living in one of the many refugee camps outside Mogadishu. Credit: Abdurrahman Warsameh/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2018 (IPS)Largely driven by conflict, the number of hungry people has dramatically increased around the world, reversing decades of progress, according to a new report. Launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the Global Report on Food Crises 2018 has exposed the worrisome scale and magnitude of today’s crises.&l...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

El Salvador ’s Shameful Treatment of Women Who Miscarry
A low middle-income country with half the population below the age of 25, El Salvador suffers from high socioeconomic and gender inequity. Credit: UNFPABy Jeannette UrquillaSAN SALVADOR, Mar 28 2018 (IPS)Mayra Veronica Figueroa Marroquin (34) was released from prison earlier this month after serving time for what she argued was a miscarriage. Her sentence was reduced from 30 years to the 15 years she had already spent behind bars. At age 19, she had been working as a housekeeper in 2003 when she was raped and subsequently suffered a miscarriage. She was convicted under El Salvador’s abortion ban – one of the mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jeannette Urquilla Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Celebrations Herald a New Set of Hurdles for Bangladesh
Between March 20 and 25, Bangladesh celebrated the graduation with colourful rallies, service week for citizens by the government agencies, cultural programmes, laser shows and fireworks. Credit: A.Z.M. Anas/IPSBy A.Z.M. AnasDHAKA, Mar 27 2018 (IPS)Bangladesh’s great strides in human development were widely celebrated this month, although they come at the potential cost of Western trade benefits that have helped underpin the nation’s export success for decades.On March 15, Bangladesh became eligible to graduate from Least Developed Country status after a United Nations policy panel said the South Asian nation m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: A.Z.M. Anas Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Bangladesh Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Source Type: news

Accelerating Universal Health Coverage in Kenya-How do we get there?
President Uhuru Kenyatta greets a one-day-old baby when he commissioned medical equipment at the Mwingi Level 4 Hospital in Kitui. Kenya. Credit: State HouseBy Werner Schultink and Rudi Eggers & Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 2018 (IPS)The Government of Kenya has prioritized universal health coverage (UHC) in its Big 4 agenda over the next 5 years.This is a significant and perhaps the most important strategic priority. Why? Every year over a million Kenyans get trapped into poverty because of a catastrophic out of pocket payments due to health reasons. In 1978, health campaigners worldwide achieved a major ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Werner Schultink and Rudi Eggers 2 Tags: Africa Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Writers Talk Literary Activism at Paris Book Fair
By SWANPARIS, Mar 22 2018 (IPS)The 2018 Paris Book Fair (Livre Paris) took place against the backdrop of demonstrations in Mayotte that echoed similar protests a year ago in French Guiana, putting the topics of literary activism and popular disaffection high on the agenda at the March 16-19 event.Writers from France’s overseas regions and departments, which include Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, spoke out about their role and contribution to French literature, highlighting the social and economic conditions in their territories.Launching an anthology of short stories titled Guyane: Nou gon ké sa (We’re fed...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: SWAN Tags: Development & Aid Europe Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Ending TB Epidemic Among Youth: Key to Achieving SDGs
David Bryden is the TB Advocacy Officer at RESULTS Educational Fund, a US-based non-profit working to end global poverty.By David BrydenWASHINGTON DC, Mar 22 2018 (IPS)A good education for every child is an urgent global imperative, but what if entering schools puts children at serious health risks? Tuberculosis (TB), the single biggest infectious disease killer, poses a major risk for young people in countries with high prevalence of TB, and schools are among the places where they are most likely to catch it. A young boy suspected with TB. Credit: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and MalariaThe United Nations, which comm...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Bryden Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Whole New Decade for Water
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Water Day on Mar. 22.The post A Whole New Decade for Water appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Education Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Water Day Source Type: news

A Pledge for Parity
At least 1,000 people marched in Rio de Janeiro on March 15 to protest the targeted assassination of 38-year-old political activist Marielle Franco. Credit: Mídia NinjaBy Ann-Kathrin PohlersUNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 2018 (IPS)With March marking Women’s History Month, the debate over gender-based discrimination couldn’t have reached its new peak at a more critical time. Speaking on International Women’s Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Around the world, women and girls are calling out the abusive behavior and discriminatory attitudes they face everywhere and all the time. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ann-Kathrin Pohlers Tags: Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

High and Dry: Can We Fix the World ’s Water Crisis?
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22.The post High and Dry: Can We Fix the World’s Water Crisis? appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mxolisi Ncube Tags: Africa Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Source Type: news

ILO Fails to Cut Ties with Tobacco Industry – Yet Again
Credit: BigstockBy Tih NtiabangYAOUNDE, Mar 20 2018 (IPS)Last week, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) governing body postponed yet again a decision to stop accepting money from the tobacco industry for its projects to end child labour in the tobacco growing sector.A majority of countries and workers in the governing body want to finally break financial ties with the tobacco industry. However, there is still opposition from the employers group and a few countries, mostly in the African region.The tobacco industry has more to gain from its ties with the ILO than countries themselves. No more postponements. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tih Ntiabang Tags: Africa Development & Aid Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs International Labour Organization (ILO) Source Type: news

A Breath of Fresh Air in India
Vehicle ownership in India is projected to hit 400 million by 2040 from the 170 million recorded in 2015, which could prompt a five-fold increase in poisonous gases emitted by cars and trucks. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Ranjit DevrajNEW DELHI, Mar 20 2018 (IPS)With India’s citizens clamouring for breathable air and efficient energy options, the country’s planners are more receptive than ever to explore sustainable development options, says Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).Rijsberman, who was in India to attend the first International Solar Alliance Summit on March 11, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ranjit Devraj Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Energy Environment Featured Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Source Type: news

No Ordinary Match
Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta poses with Lions Clubs International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal and a Unified Football team during the medal ceremony at Loresho Primary school in Nairobi, Kenya- 27 February 2018.By David S. EvangelistaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 2018 (IPS)The parched earth made for a tough football pitch, but the youth of Loresho Primary school were determined. It was blue against yellow- two teams competing for the coveted prize of pride and victory. In every way, this was the typical backdrop of a primary school. Pressed uniforms, dust rising from the running feet of an active student body, and the buzz o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David S. Evangelista Tags: Africa Aid Education Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Latin America & the Caribbean Edging Towards Eliminating Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis, world's top infectious killer. Credit: UNBy Grace VirtueWASHINGTON DC, Mar 16 2018 (IPS)Known as El Libertador throughout the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, Simón Bolívar was central to the battle for independence from Spanish rule in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. A less known fact is that Bolívar, the son of a wealthy Venezuelan creole family, died from tuberculosis (TB) on December 17, 1880, at age 47. His compatriot, renowned impressionist Cristobal Rojas, painted La Miseria in 1886, depicting the social conditions of the day that gave rise to TB. He died ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Grace Virtue Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Water Stress Poses Greatest Threat to MENA Region
Water In Judean Desert - Credit: BigstockBy Sopho KharaziROME, Mar 15 2018 (IPS)This year, World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March, is themed “Nature for Water”, examining nature-based solutions (NBS) to the world’s water problems. The campaign – “The Answer is in Nature” – promotes a sustainable way to normalize the cycle of water, reduce harms of climate change and improve human health through planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands.An estimated 2.1 billion people have no access to drinkable water because of the pol...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sopho Kharazi Tags: Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Education Environment Green Economy Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Rohingya Crisis May Be Genocide, UN Officials Say
A Rohingya refugee woman carries relief supplies to her makeshift shelter. Credit: Umer Aiman Khan/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 2018 (IPS)In the wake of persistent violence against the Rohingya community, UN officials have expressed growing fears that genocide is being incited and committed in Myanmar. Since violence renewed in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August 2017, almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled to neighboring Bangladesh.Often arriving to limited food and shelter, refugees have brought with them stories of serious human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, sexual v...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The United Nations Strongly Supports Kenya ’s Push to Achieve Universal Health Care
First Lady of Kenya, Ms Margaret Kenyatta with President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi Kenya, during the launch of the Second Strategic Framework to improve maternal & child health on 08 March 2018. Credit: State HouseBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 2018 (IPS)Mr. Maina Kiai’s account (Nation, 24 February) of the exciting dialogue hosted at Stanford University, USA does not present a true account of what transpired at that meeting. The former WFP Executive Director Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, students, professors, Silicon Valley professionals and civil society were present at this meet...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Helping Women, Period
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Mar 9 2018 (IPS)The United Nations Headquarters and Brooklyn Bridge were lit up on Thursday night not to help tourists navigate the major landmarks but to bring attention to a key issue that many women and girls face today: period poverty. In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the innovative menstruation-proof underwear company THINX shed the light on period poverty and urged world leaders to ensure that menstrual equity exists around the world.“Today of all days on Women’s Day, we want to come together and light the path forward for greater equality,&rdquo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Financial Crisis Gender Global Headlines Health Inequity Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

The Government of Kenya and United Nations Partnership to Achieve Universal Health Care Inspires Many in Silicon Valley and the Stanford, U.C. Berkeley Communities
Paulina muthoni with her baby, Stephen attending post-natal and well-baby clinic at the Lodwar Referral hospital, Turkana county. With more mothers having access to pre/postnatal health care due to increased sensitization on the importance of seeking professional medical care, maternal/newborn mortality rates have considerably reduced in most of the areas considered high-risk. Credit: UN Kenya/Ngele AliBy Radhika ShahNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 2018 (IPS)Recently, some of us from the Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley community had the privilege of hosting Siddharth Chatterjee, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Keny...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Radhika Shah Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

We Must Protect the Future for Palestinian Refugee Girls
Displaced children in a UN-run school in the Shujaiyeh neighbourhood of Gaza.Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPSBy Elizabeth CampbellWASHINGTON DC, Mar 9 2018 (IPS)As people across the globe marked International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, the safe and secure education and possibilities for the future of millions of young girls and women who are Palestinian refugees across the Middle East remained in danger. Unfortunately, a recent decision by the United States to significantly reduce expected financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), has put at risk vital programs that...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elizabeth Campbell Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Fear and Uncertainty Grip Rohingya Women in India
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.The post Fear and Uncertainty Grip Rohingya Women in India appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs India International Women's Day 2018 Jammu and Kashmir Source Type: news

DRC: A Crisis the World Can No Longer Afford to Ignore
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.The post DRC: A Crisis the World Can No Longer Afford to Ignore appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Badylon Kawanda Bakiman Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Projects Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) interally displaced persons Source Type: news

Monsoon Season Threatens More Misery for Rohingyas
Labourers urgently construct new roads ahead of the monsoon season in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong Rohingya camp. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqDHAKA, Feb 28 2018 (IPS)More than half a million Rohingya refugees crammed into over 30 makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh face a critical situation as the cyclone and monsoon season begins in a few weeks’ time.The United Nations and international and local NGOs, along with the Bangladeshi government, have issued emergency calls to safeguard the population, especially those who are most vulnerable.Already burdened with the world’s largest...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Projects Water & Sanitation Bangla Source Type: news

Keeping Jewelry Companies Accountable: Where Do Our Gold and Diamonds Come From?
Former “Blood Diamonds” now Provide Employment. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/ IPSBy Will HigginbothamUNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 2018 (IPS)How many people know where their gold and diamond jewelry comes from?How many people consider the human cost of its production? Not many consumers ask these questions, and, shockingly, neither do many of the world’s leading jewelry brands.It’s a trend that Human Rights Watch (HRW) is trying to change with a new social media campaign, #BehindTheBling.“We want people to think about where their jewelry comes from,” Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the Children&rsqu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Will Higginbotham Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Inclusive Green Growth Must Shape Thailand ’s Future, Says GGGI Chief
Sinsiri Tiwutanond Interviews the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Dr. Frank Rijsberman in Bangkok. Credit: Sinsiri Tiwutanond/IPSBy Sinsiri TiwutanondBANGKOK, Feb 26 2018 (IPS)Energy efficiency in industries presents a unique opportunity for Thailand’s environmental and economic policies as regional trends push towards more inclusive and sustainable green cities for the country and its neighbors, says the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Dr. Frank Rijsberman.Rijsberman, who is currently on a visit to the country for the UN SDG 7 Conference, revealed that expedi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sinsiri Tiwutanond Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Projects Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Dung-Eating Earthworms Restore Soil Nutrients in Bangladesh
The post Dung-Eating Earthworms Restore Soil Nutrients in Bangladesh appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam Sarker Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Labour Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

New Technology Alone Won ’t Halt Aflatoxin Menace, Experts Warn
Laboratory Technician Herbert Mtopa collects biological samples at a clinic in Zimbabwe's Shamva District under a CultiAF project to assess exposure of women and children to aflatoxins. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 2018 (IPS)In the absence of concerted efforts to raise awareness on the dangers of aflatoxin to humans and domestic animals, advances in technology for early detection of aflatoxin in cereals and seeds such as maize will come to naught, experts warn.The first rapid aflatoxin testing kit is in the market for less than two dollars, even as some farmers unwittingly employ life-t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Africa Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Projects TerraViva United Nations aflatoxin Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Improving the lives of rural populations: better nutrition & agriculture produc Source Type: news

A Step Towards the Light: Ending Human Trafficking
Children from rural areas and disempowered homes are ideal targets for trafficking in India and elsewhere. Credit: Neeta Lal / IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 2018 (IPS)A new initiative aims to use data to shed light on a pervasive multi-billion dollar criminal industry: human trafficking.Created by the International Organization for Migration and Polaris, the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) is the world’s first human trafficking data portal. It collects data from various counter-trafficking organizations around the world in order to help stakeholders identify and respond to trends.&ld...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The United States: Innovation and Immobility
Joaquín Roy is Jean Monnet Professor and Director of the European Union Center at the University of Miami.By Joaquín RoyMIAMI, Feb 20 2018 (IPS)It is the country of paradox, based on the double column of creativity and tradition. Americans are unable to escape the twin submission to the adamnism of being the first and the last to accept that the rest of the planet can be more original and may outrank them in any field. Expelled, transferred, fled from Europe, they refuse to admit that the reconstructed European civilization, which they have neglected since 1776, can be superior to them. Sometimes, as Trump ca...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joaquin Roy Tags: Crime & Justice Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights North America Regional Categories Source Type: news

Oxfam ’s Sexual Abuse Episode Must Inspire a Culture Shift
A UN peacekeeper holds a child as her mother is helped down from a relocation truck in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Credit: UN Photo/Logan AbassiBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 2018 (IPS)Sexual abuse allegations against Oxfam staff, and failings in the charity’s response to them, delivered a body blow to an organisation renowned for years of humanitarian and development work. At the very least the accusations will leave a stain on the reputation of a charity that works in some of the toughest environments in the world, and has made a positive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. The Oxfam reports c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Turning Promise into Action: Working Towards Gender Equality
Protesters gather outside the Lahore Press Club in the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, to demand justice for victims of sexual violence. Credit: Irfan Ahmed / IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 2018 (IPS)Persistent and pervasive gender-based discrimination is undermining sustainable development and preventing communities and countries from reaching their full potential, said a UN agency. In a new first-of-its-kind report, UN Women examines the progress in realizing the globally adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a gender lens.Though SDG 5 specifically highlights the need to achieve g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Inequality also Relates to Education, Health & Illiteracy, not Wealth Alone
A health worker marks a boy’s finger with ink to show that he has been vaccinated against measles in India’s Gujarat State. Credit: UNICEF/UNI133530/PietrasikBy Bjorn LomborgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark, Feb 7 2018 (IPS)Antipoverty group Oxfam International got a lot of attention for claiming that there’s a global “inequality crisis,” but a far more important point is entirely neglected: globally, income distribution is less unequal than it has been for 100 years. The best data on this comes from Professor Branko Milanovic, formerly of the World Bank, now at City University of New York. His research sh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Bjorn Lomborg Tags: Africa Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Inequity Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

“No Time to Waste” in Ending FGM
FGM is a taboo and complicated topic in Liberia and it is dangerous for women to speak out about it. Credit: Travis Lupick / IPSBy Will Higginbotham and Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2018 (IPS)More than 200 million women around the world have experienced some kind of female genital mutilation (FGM) and more could be at risk, a UN agency said. Though the practice has declined in prevalence globally, alarming new figures from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) predict that any progress could be off-set as a further 68 million girls face the risk of FGM by 2030.The statistics from the UN were unveiled tod...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Will Higginbotham and Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Gaza Health Sector on Verge of Collapse
GAZA, Gaza City. Queuing in hope of fuel. Credit: Mohammed Omer / IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2018 (IPS)UN agencies have sounded the alarm on the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, pointing to the devastating repercussions of the ongoing fuel shortages. UN agencies have appealed for donor support as emergency fuel for critical facilities in Gaza are due to run out in 10 days.In a meeting, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that Gaza is a “constant humanitarian emergency.”“Gaza remains squeezed by crippling closures…two million Palestinians are struggl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Energy Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women's Health Source Type: news

UN Refugee Agency Calls for Aid and Peace in South Sudan
South Sudanese refugee new arrivals wait in the registration tent at the Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Arua, northern Uganda. Credit: UNHCR/Georgina GoodwinBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 5 2018 (IPS)As South Sudan quickly becomes Africa’s largest refugee and humanitarian crisis, the world must come to its aid, said the UN refugee agency.The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has launched a global appeal to support displaced persons amid South Sudan’s rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. “The human cost of the South Sudan conflict has reached epic proportions,” said UN High Commissioner f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Environment Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Business Unusual will Drive Africa ’s Quest to achieve Health Care for All
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) pledged his full support for the delivery of universal healthcare within the next five years, one of the pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Action plan. Credit: State HouseBy Siddharth Chatterjee and Radhika ShahNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 2018 (IPS)Africa’s quest for health continues to be held back by a combination of factors such as natural disasters and pandemics, prevailing high rates of communicable and rising incidence of non-communicable diseases, sedentary lifestyles, road accidents and greater population mobi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee and Radhika Shah Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Survival of Indigenous Tribes in Bangladesh Starts at School
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam Sarker Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Education Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Iraq ’s Toxic Conflict
By Will HigginbothamUNITED NATIONS, Feb 2 2018 (IPS)In Iraq, thirty years of armed conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people, wounded countless more, displaced millions and laid cities and towns to waste. Amongst all of this death and destruction, there is an often-overlooked victim whose harm has far reaching consequences: The environment.Whilst Iraq’s environment has suffered from degradation due to conflict for decades, in recent years it has been exacerbated due to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).“Wherever ISIS has been there has been huge environmental destruction and with that have come poten...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Will Higginbotham Tags: Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Environment Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Women's Health Source Type: news

Climate-Related Disasters Cost Nearly $400 Billion in 2017
In conclusion, finance is key to invest in the future.Together we need to shape and guide financial systems, regulations and measures to be fit for this purpose.There cannot be one grand plan. This we know. But there needs to be one grand ambition.We can scale up through the actions of many, and by working together. Ambition means a concrete commitment to change course, represented through visible action.Ambition means continuous experimentation and innovation, rapid feedback and learning, and pushing the boundaries for scale in line with this commitment.Ambition means acceptance that solutions will come from diverse place...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Amina Mohammed Tags: Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Why Humanitarian Assistance Needs Rigorous Evaluation
Residents of the camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) receive food rations distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with an international non-governmental organization, CARITAS. North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: Flickr/UN Photo/Marie Frechon.By Dr Anastasia AladyshevaSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan 31 2018 (IPS)According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), the number of people in need of humanitarian aid in 2017 rose to 141.1 million and they were located in 37 countries. The Global Humanitar...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anastasia Aladysheva Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

How Natural Disasters Undermine Schooling
Kids work side-by-side at a temporary school for those displaced by floods in eastern Nepal. Many children experience trauma, fear or other psychological impacts of natural disasters, but few receive the necessary treatment. Credit: IPSBy Erica Chuang and Jessie Pinchoff & Stephanie PsakiWASHINGTON DC, Jan 30 2018 (IPS)In 2010, heavy monsoons led to devastating floods in Pakistan that destroyed 11,000 schools. Thousands of additional schools had to be used as community shelters, preventing them from operating as classrooms. In the immediate aftermath of climate-related events such as this, damage to schools and infrast...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Erica Chuang and Jessie Pinchoff Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Aid Group Shines Spotlight on the Neglected
Families queue up to receive food rations in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo on the 25th November 2012. Rebels claimed control of Goma in eastern DRC, causing thousands of people to flee, many of whom had already been displaced by years of fighting. Credit: CARE/Kate HoltBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 2018 (IPS)Though 2017 was marked by stories of humanitarian disasters around the world, many crises remain under the radar with devastating consequences for those affected, a new report says. While crises from the United States to Myanmar made global headlines, a report by the international aid organization...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Groups Condemn U.S. Cuts to Palestinian Refugee Agency
Displaced children in a UN-run school in the Shujaiyeh neighbourhood of Gaza.Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 2018 (IPS)International organizations have criticized the United States’ decision to cut more than half of planned funding to a UN agency serving Palestinian refugees. This week, the U.S. administration announced that it is withholding 65 million dollars from a planned 125-million-dollar aid package for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).UNRWA serves over 5 million refugees with education, healthcare, social services, and emergency assistan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Education Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

PPPs Likely to Undermine Public Health Commitments
Capacity-building support for developing countries to safeguard the public interest in terms of public health and especially, to ensure that no one is left behind, is essential. Credit: IPSBy Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR , Jan 17 2018 (IPS)The United Nations Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is being touted in financial circles as offering huge investment opportunities requiring trillions of dollars. In 67 low- and middle-income countries, achieving SDG 3 — healthy lives and well-being for all, at all ages — is estimated to require new investments increasi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Fate of the Rohingyas – Part Two
Rohingya refugees carry blankets at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 16 2018 (IPS)With discussions underway between Bangladesh and Myanmar about the repatriation of more than a half a million Rohingya refugees, many critical questions remain, including how many people would be allowed back, who would monitor their safety, and whether the refugees even want to return to violence-scorched Rakhine state.A Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was formed on Dec. 19 and tasked with developing a specific instrument on the phys...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Bangladesh Intern Source Type: news

Thousands Still Dying at Sea En Route to Europe
Somali refugees on the Tunisian desert. Credit: IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2018 (IPS)Amid concerns that 160 people may have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the UN refugee agency have urged countries to offer more resettlement places. Though the influx of refugees and migrants has slowed, many are still embarking on dangerous journeys to Europe.“[We] have been advocating for a comprehensive approach to address movements of migrants and refugees who embark on perilous journeys across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean,” said spokesperson for the Off...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news