For People with Disabilities, COVID-19 Lays Bare the Weaknesses in Social Safety Nets
The 14th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held this week, with participants urging policymakers to address the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on people with disabilities. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alison Kentish Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Disabilities Source Type: news

Apocalypse Now? Christian Fundamentalists and COVID-19
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 17 2021 (IPS)   Getting hard to breathe hard to believe in anything at all, but fear. Peter Gabriel, Mother of ViolenceLike most male Swedes of my age I had to enter obligatory military service for almost a year. In my barrack was a “born-again-Christian” who when he became angry shouted “Now you mock me, but when the Last Judgement has come I will sit in heaven and smile down at you while you burn in Hell!” Since then I have wondered about the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation. It was written by a frustrated Christian man who by the end of 100 C...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Central Sahel: Ground Zero in Tackling Climate Change Through Education
Yasmine SherifBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jun 16 2021 (IPS) The climate crisis is amplifying the effects of instability and violence in the world’s poorest countries. Nowhere is this more visible than in Africa’s Central Sahel region, where increasing temperature, floods, droughts and other climate change-induced disasters are triggering conflicts, displacement, and pushing girls and boys into the shadows. As world leaders come together to celebrate Africa Climate Week, in the lead up to this year’s climate talks in the UK, they must look at education – especially education for girls – as a co...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Environment Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Developing Country Health Professionals Sidelined in Canadian Healthcare
Shafi Bhuiyan. Credit : ITMDs file photoBy Shafi BhuiyanTORONTO, Canada, Jun 15 2021 (IPS) In Canada, we are fortunate to have many talented newcomers eager to contribute to the country, including thousands of doctors from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who meet Canadian standards but are blocked from becoming practicing physicians. These doctors are Canadian citizens and permanent residents with recognized training and experience. Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMDs), also known as International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are individuals who obtain their medical license outside of Canada. ITMDs face significan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shafi Bhuiyan Tags: Education Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour North America TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Letter from Rome – Italy at the Crossroads
By Daud KhanROME, Jun 14 2021 (IPS) Italy, as other countries, has been struggling to balance the health and economic challenges posed by COVID-19. Controlling the spread of the virus implied restrictions on economic activity, on school and college attendance, and on personal movement. It also had to deal with the economic and social implications of a fall of almost 10% in GDP. This has been hard for a country which, even before the pandemic, was one of the slowest growing economies in Europe, with unemployment, especially among young people in the South of the country, at alarming levels. Daud KhanSo far the Government m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Daud Khan Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Europe Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

To Improve Global Health Security, We Must Not Abandon Tackling Existing Epidemics
Over 600 million people in Africa require treatment for an NTD, making up 35% of the global burden. Credit: Uniting to Combat NTDsBy Thoko Elphick-PooleyHOVE, United Kingdom, Jun 11 2021 (IPS) As world leaders come together in the UK for the G7, the global response to COVID-19 and how we can build a better defence system against infection is at the forefront of discussions.  Whilst we applaud the incredible global efforts in tackling COVID-19 and support calls for vaccines to be shared equitably across the world, we also urge G7 leaders not to abandon efforts to tackle existing epidemics such as neglected tropical dis...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thoko Elphick Pooley Tags: Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Source Type: news

Preventing Hunger While Building Peace
Agroecology can fight malnutrition, curb conflict AND build community self reliance and resilience–in hunger hotspots and beyondBy Daniel Moss and Amrita GuptaBOSTON / NEW YORK, Jun 11 2021 (IPS) Acute hunger is expected to soar in over 20 countries in the next few months, warns a recent report on global “hunger hotspots” from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). An estimated 34 million people are “one step away from starvation”, pushed to the brink by climate shocks, conflict, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Daniel MossThe food aid industry is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Daniel Moss and Amrita Gupta Tags: Armed Conflicts Biodiversity Climate Change Environment Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Peace Poverty & SDGs T Source Type: news

Investing in Lives & Livelihoods of India ’s Women Crucial to Nation’s Full Recovery
Participants in UN Women India’s Second Chance Educational and Vocational Learning Programme. Credit: UN WomenBy Susan FergusonNEW DELHI, India, Jun 10 2021 (IPS) Thousands of Indians have been affected by the latest COVID-19 outbreak. Not only those suffering from the disease, but also those who care for them. Just as with the first wave and as with countless disasters before them, women have taken on the heavy burden of caring for the sick and finding ways to meet their family’s basic needs. The combination of illness, unpaid care, economic slowdown, lack of access to financing for female entrepreneurs, and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Susan Ferguson Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

From Climate Change to Covid, Are We Ready to Deal with Disasters?
Credit: Bibbi AbruzziniBy Bibbi AbruzziniPARIS, Jun 10 2021 (IPS) In the last 20 years, disasters affected over 4 billion people. At global level we witness on average one sweeping disaster a day, the majority of which are floods and storms. From the Covid-19 pandemic to climate change, calamities are taking new shapes and sizes, infiltrating every dimension of society. From the emotional to the political, how do we deal with disasters? How can we create a whole-of-society approach to disaster risk reduction? Right through this vortex of intersecting crises, a new toolkit and interactive website by Forus, the Global Netwo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Bibbi Abruzzini Tags: Civil Society Climate Change Education Environment Food Security and Nutrition Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitat Source Type: news

Nations Pledge to Tackle Inequalities as part of New Targets to end HIV/AIDS by 2030
UN officials say they are worried that the achievements in the HIV/AIDS response are uneven and the most vulnerable are at highest risk. They say the new targets are urgently needed. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS By Alison KentishUNITED NATIONS, Jun 9 2021 (IPS) World leaders, those on the frontlines of the AIDS response, civil society, academics and youth have agreed that there is no way to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 without tackling persistent inequalities among marginalised groups. The leaders on Tuesday adopted a new set of targets to end the epidemic. Called the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026, it builds ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alison Kentish Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LGBTQ Population TerraViva United Nations HIV Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Source Type: news

Inclusivity Is My Key to Success
Zoltán Kálmán is Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in RomeBy Zoltán KálmánROME, Jun 9 2021 (IPS) In three cycles I spent all together more than 15 years in Rome, at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and between my last two assignments in Rome my responsibilities in Budapest included FAO related issues. This made it possible for me to witness the development of this organization under the leadership of four Directors-General. Edouard Saouma, Jacques Diouf, Jose Grazia...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Zoltan Kalman Tags: Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Paltry International Support for Spending Needs Sets South Further Back
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 8 2021 (IPS) With the pandemic setting back past, modest and uneven progress, huge disparities in containing COVID-19 and financing government efforts are widening the North-South gap and other inequalities once again. Developing country pandemic Developing countries are struggling to cope with their generally feeble health systems. These had been weakened by funding cuts and privatisation policies prescribed by both Bretton Woods institutions (BWIs): the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 has become a “...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 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 Source Type: news

Why We Need More Women in Power
This study by the Council on Foreign Relations states that “holding political office is just the first step to wielding political power, in many countries, institutional structures and political systems still limit women’s ability to influence policy. Being the first woman elected to a leadership position often means navigating previously male-dominated structures, which can translate into political caution rather than policy change. Regardless of outcome, as the number of women leaders increases, more women will likely be inspired to become politically engaged.” Looking into women’s participation ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: Africa Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

India ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Drive Is Excluding Millions of Citizens
This article aims to unpack the SOP, and argues how the government’s efforts, though a step in the right direction, are grossly inadequate to help the most vulnerable. Key issues with the clauses outlined in the document:   Vulnerable populations seem to be an afterthought, at best The system of vaccination assumes universal access to the internet, smartphones, Aadhaar, OTP, English, and digital literacy. The reality is that in 2020, smartphone penetration rate in India was only around 42 percent, while the internet was accessible to 45 percent According to the 2011 Census, India has 400,000 houseless families,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Source Type: news

Fresh Air, Clean Water
The following article is part of a series to commemorate World Environment Day June 5By Heike KuhnBONN, Jun 4 2021 (IPS) You want to breathe fresh air and have access to clean water? I guess you do, just like all of us. As populations in the so-called developed countries, we love to go for holidays in places where on high mountains you get to breathe deeply and enjoy the fresh air, where the oceans or lakes are clean and refreshing. And how do we arrive there? Mostly by airplanes or cars, polluting the air whilst travelling to the desired destinations, causing harm to people and the planet. Interestingly, many people today...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Heike Kuhn Tags: Environment Global Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations World Environment Day 2021 Source Type: news

‘ Let ’ s Talk About Sex ’ Discussion Highlights Risks to Women
Nordic Talk moderator Katja Iversen shown here with Natasha Wang Mwansa, Emi Mahmoud, Dr Natalia Kanem and Flemming Møller Mortensen during a recent Nordic Talks webinar. Credit: Shuprova TasneemBy Shuprova Tasneem and Nayema NusratDHAKA and NEW YORK, Jun 4 2021 (IPS) Every two minutes, a girl or woman dies from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications, including unsafe abortions. Every year, around 12 million girls are married while in their childhoods. An additional 10 million are now at risk of child marriage due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this context, the most recent Nordic Talk—a high-level debat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shuprova Tasneem and Nayema Nusrat Tags: Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

UN ’s Battle Against Climate Hazards Undermined by a Devastating Pandemic
Restoring natural habitats as pictured here in Cuba will help to slow down climate change. A new UN-backed study released May 27 says annual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030, and increase four-fold by 2050, if the world is to successfully tackle the triple threat of climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises. Credit: UNDPBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 4 2021 (IPS) The United Nations has been in the forefront of an ongoing battle against the growing hazards of climate change, including the destruction of different species of plants and animals, the danger of rising sea-levels threa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Climate Change Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Environment Day 2021 Source Type: news

Indian Muslim Minority Targeted During COVID-19 Pandemic
Stop IslamophobiaBy Mariya SalimNEW DELHI, India, Jun 3 2021 (IPS) A Muslim call centre operator at a COVID-19 ‘war room’, who once saw himself a COVID-warrior, is now unemployed after being falsely branded by a top politician as a key member of a bed-for-bribe scam. He is a victim of the rise in Islamophobia in India as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic – with scant evidence of condemnation from the authorities, say activists. Early in May, a member of Parliament for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Tejasvi Surya, stormed into a COVID-19 ‘war room’ ostensibly to expose ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariya Salim Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Agroecology Under Threat
Credit: World Food Programme WFPBy Lauren BakerTORONTO, Canada, Jun 3 2021 (IPS) This week*, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is expected to endorse recommendations on agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable food systems, after an intense period of negotiation involving governments, UN agencies and institutions, Indigenous People’s organizations, civil society, and the private sector. As they do so, they must also take a stance against the creeping co-option and “greenwashing” of agroecology and uphold the social and political foundations of agroecology. It is these inher...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lauren Baker Tags: Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Naomi Osaka ’s Bravery can be a Teachable Moment about Mental Health
There is no health without mental health. Credit: Unsplash /Melanie Wasser. By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jun 2 2021 (IPS) Recently, Naomi Osaka, the number 2 ranked women’s tennis player in the world, said she would not participate in the press conference at the French Open (Rolland-Garros) because she wanted to protect her mental health. The organizers of the tournament were incensed, imposed a fine on her and threatened to disqualify her.  Would the organizers have reacted differently if Naomi Osaka said she could not participate in the tournament’s press briefing because of a physica...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Bridging the Gaps Between Climate Action & Biodiversity Preservation
Sunrise in the Ebro Delta in Spain's Catalonia region. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said last month there was a 40% chance of the watershed global warming mark being met during the time frame, and these odds are increasing with time. Credit: WMO/Agusti Descarrega SolaBy Simone GalimbertiKATHMANDU, Nepal, Jun 2 2021 (IPS) With the climate negotiations getting more and more intense in the light of ensuring meaningful achievements in the upcoming COP- 26 summit in Edinburgh, an event that is key to move forward the pathway towards a net zero future started in Paris, this year World Environment Day on June 5 ass...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simone Galimberti Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Environment Day 2021 Source Type: news

Why Investing in Women Is Key to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Credit: iFarmerBy Kaveh ZahediBANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 1 2021 (IPS) Last year, the Asia-Pacific region recorded its worst economic performance in decades. With the pandemic far from over, the region’s recovery is slow, fragile and highly uneven both across and within countries. As the region struggles to recover, how can countries rebuild their economies and revive their development? The answer can be found in the flea market of Suva, the Facebook commerce online stores of Bangladesh, and the digital learning centers across Viet Nam. In these and so many other spots across the Asia-Pacific region, it is clear that wom...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kaveh Zahedi Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

2021: The Year that Matters for the Poorest People on the Planet
Women and girls, like Susmita who lives in the Sundarbans, West Bengal, spend an estimated 200 million hours a year walking to fetch water, and climate change is making things even worse. Credit: Wateraid/Ranita By Jonathan FarrLONDON, Jun 1 2021 (IPS) This year is being described as pivotal for climate change. That’s not only because we’re reaching a point of no return when it comes to the rise in global temperature, it’s because the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties – commonly known as COP26 – is due to take place in November in Glasgow. COP26 is widely considered the last ch...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jonathan Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Africa ’s Forgotten Crisis
Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait   World leaders need to act for children and youth struggling to survive and thrive.By Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jun 1 2021 (IPS) A few weeks ago, I traveled with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to the Modale refugee site in the Nord-Ubangi province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). What we witnessed there was a profound humanitarian crisis that has left 4.7 million children and youth in need of urgent, life-saving, life-changing educational support. Yasmine SherifHere on the frontlines of violence, forced displacement, climate chan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Africa Aid Crime & Justice Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations E Source Type: news

Pandemic Relief Policies Need More Resources, Better Design
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 1 2021 (IPS) Pandemic relief measures in developing countries have been limited by modest resources, fear of financial market discipline and policy mimicry. COVID-19 has triggered not only an international public health emergency, but also a global economic crisis, setting back decades of uneven progress, especially in developing countries. Struggling to cope The pandemic’s economic and social impacts weigh more heavily on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The World Bank estimated that the pandemic pushed 119 to 124 million more people int...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Motorcycle Diaries with a Twist
By Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, May 31 2021 (IPS) Four women, two motorbikes, 64 districts and a journey of a lifetime, this is the story of Dr. Sakia Haque from Bangladesh. In November 2016, Dr Haque co-founded “Travelettes of Bangladesh – Bhromon Konya,” a women’s only group, with the motto of “empowering women through travelling.” This platform is not just an ordinary online travel group, but it is a platform of connection, sisterhood and networking of almost 60,000 girls and women in Bangladesh that empowers them by teaching them to raise their voices and encourages them to step o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

Leprosy Must Not Be Forgotten amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
A 14th century painting depicts two leprosy patients denied entrance to town. Credit: Wikimedia CommonsBy Yohei SasakawaMay 31 2021 (IPS-Partners) The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place from May 24 to June 1. This year’s gathering is likely to be dominated by Covid-19, but here I want to talk about a different disease—leprosy—and a resolution that was adopted at the WHA exactly 30 years ago. This resolution called for the elimination of leprosy as a public health problem at the global level by the year 2000, with elimination defined as a prevalence rate of less than 1 case per 10,000 population...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yohei Sasakawa Tags: Health Source Type: news

Are There Clinically Meaningful Differences Between anti-COVID-19 Vaccines?
A health worker prepares to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to her colleague at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.In a video message on May 24 to the World Health Assembly , the decision-making body of UN agency WHO, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned against the dangers of “a two-speed global response”, a concern he has frequently expressed. “Sadly, unless we act now, we face a situation in which rich countries vaccinate the majority of their people and open their economies, while the virus continues to cause deep suffering by circling and mutating in the poorest countries,” he said. Credi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sunil J. Wimalawansa Tags: Aid Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

To Beat Covid, Beat HIV, & Beat Inequality, Find the Money
A woman is vaccinated against COVID-19 in the indigenous community of Concordia, Colombia. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres repeated his call for the G20 to establish a Task Force “able to deal with the pharmaceutical companies and other key stakeholders”, which would address equitable vaccine distribution through the COVAX global initiative. Credit: WHO/Nadege MazarsBy Winnie ByanyimaGENEVA, May 27 2021 (IPS) In this time of intersecting crises – the Covid crisis, the HIV crisis, the inequality crisis, and more – progress on all these crises is being blocked by another crisis: finan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Winnie Byanyima Tags: Aid Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Developing Countries Desperately Need COVID-19 Financing
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 2021 (IPS) Failure to sufficiently accelerate comprehensive efforts to contain COVID-19 contagion has greatly worsened the catastrophe in developing countries. Grossly inadequate financing of relief, recovery and reform efforts has also further set back progress, including sustainable development. Anis ChowdhuryUncertain and unequal recovery After over a year, “Poor countries are facing severe setbacks on their development paths, encumbered by ballooning debts, high risks of default and limited ability to inject desperately needed liquidity&rdq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Why Our Best Defence Against Future Pandemics is Data
Scientists in Thailand work to combat zoonotic diseases at their source. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates “intimate” linkages between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems, as zoonotic diseases spread between animals and people, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said February 21. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via UN NewsBy Andy PetersEDINBURGH, Scotland, May 24 2021 (IPS) Although the World Health Organization’s (WHO) mission to discover its origins has proven inconclusive, the Covid-19 pandemic has nonetheless clearly highlighted the need for better care, atten...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Andy Peters Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Five Ways to Measure the Effects of a Crisis Like COVID-19 on Women
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Gender Headlines Health Source Type: news

Wanted: Transparency & Accountability in Pandemic-Related Spending
Under the UN-backed COVAX initiative, UNICEF ships COVID-19 vaccine syringes from a warehouse in Dubai Logistics City, United Arab Emirates. And as the world continues to grapple with the health and economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN and Islamic Development Bank have teamed up to help the most vulnerable. May 2021. Credit: UNICEF/Ruel PableoBy Chady El Khoury, Jiro Honda, Johan Mathisen, and Etienne Yehoue*WASHINGTON DC, May 21 2021 (IPS) Governments around the world are playing a crucial role in providing lifelines to people and firms to help combat the pandemic and its economic fallout. To support t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Chady El Khoury - Jiro Honda - Johan Mathisen and Etienne Ye Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Nepal is the New COVID-19 Hotspot: The Cure is Citizen Engagement
Kathmandu’s main infectious diseases hospital in Teku is full, and patients are being cared for in open verandahs and parking lots – a scene repeated in government hospitals across the country. Credit: Nepali Times.By Narayan Adhikari and Sanjeeta PantKATHMANDU, May 20 2021 (IPS) If you live in Nepal, a quick survey of friends and family will quickly prove how rapidly Covid-19 infection rates have spiked. For instance, out of 50 people we called last week, more than half had been infected, with the rest reporting that their extended families or colleagues had tested positive. Recently, the sister-in-law of one ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Narayan Adhikari and Sanjeeta Pant Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations COVID-19 Nepal Source Type: news

– Successful Crop Innovation Is Mitigating Climate Crisis Impact in Africa –
By Martin Kropff and Nteranya SangingaIBADAN and MEXICO CITY, May 19 2021 (IPS) On the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2021, drawing from IPS’s bank of features and opinion editorials published this year, we are re-publishing one article a day, for the next two weeks. The original article was published on February 17 2021 A woman farmer in Mozambique with DT maize harvest. Credit: CIMMYT IBADAN and MEXICO CITY, Feb 17 2021 (IPS) – 17 February – African smallholder farmers have no choice but to adapt to climate change: 2020 was the second hottest year on record, while prolonged droughts and ex...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martin Kropff and Nteranya Sanginga Tags: Africa Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nat Source Type: news

When Battling Covid-19 Becomes a National Policy Disaster
The COVID-19 vaccine administered through the COVAX Facility. Credit: PAHO/Karen GonzálezBy Darini Rajasingham-SenanayakeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 19 2021 (IPS) We went to the Kanatte cemetery, Sri Lanka’s largest, where most of us, residents of the capital city, would end up sooner or later. But it was deserted, and so we had time for a leisurely chat with some of the helpful staff there, albeit after admiring some of the grave sites and remaining beautiful trees. As good social scientists and medical anthropologists, we were on a mission to do some qualitative research and cross-check Covid-19 quantitative da...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Large Corporations Cash in on COVID-19 Relief Funds
The large part of COVID-19 relief funds is going to big corporation. People who are likely to have been impacted the most by the pandemic in the Global South, such as smaller businesses, marginalised communities, women, and those in poverty, have been left out. Credit: Dionny Matos/IPSBy Ed HoltBRATISLAVA , May 18 2021 (IPS) Poverty and income inequality are being deepened as COVID-19 relief funds are handed out to large corporations instead of social protection programmes in developing countries, groups involved in a new study of COVID-19 bailouts have said. A report by the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) civil soc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ed Holt Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations COVID-19 public bailout funds Source Type: news

Put People Before Profits for Progress
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 18 2021 (IPS) Millions of people are expected to die due to delayed and unaffordable access to COVID-19 tests, treatment, personal protective equipment and vaccines. Urgent cooperation is desperately needed to save lives and livelihoods for all. Vaccine apartheid Thus far, rich countries have bought up most available vaccine supplies. By mid-April, rich countries had received more than 87 percent of the more than 700 million vaccine doses dispensed worldwide, while poor countries had received only 0.2 percent. Jomo Kwame SundaramA quarter of the former’s population...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Women Leading Somalia ’s Health System
This report by Oxfam states that, “the multitude of crises and rates of inflation have left the majority of families food insecure and without income, halted education and health services, and exacerbated existing vulnerabilities and the incidence of violence. Needs far exceeds the current available resources and capacity.” One of the doctors leading healthcare and currently involved in the fight against COVID-19 in Somalia is Dr. Deqo Aden Mohamed, an obstetrician-gynecologist, founder of ‘The Hagarla Institute’ and co-founder of ‘The Somali Cancer Society’. Dr. Deqo has been working ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Development & Aid Education Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Pover Source Type: news

– Mining giant Rio Tinto Face Environmental, Human Rights Complaint in Papua New Guinea –
By Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Australia, May 17 2021 (IPS) On the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2021, drawing from IPS’s bank of features and opinion editorials published this year, we are re-publishing one article a day, for the next two weeks. The original article was published on January 4 2021 Contamination of rivers and streams by mine waste in the vicinity of the Panguna copper mine in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Credit: Catherine Wilson CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 4 2021 (IPS) – Local communities in the vicinity of the abandoned Panguna copper mine, have taken deci...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation World Enviro Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccination: The Barriers to Achieving Global Herd Immunity
COVID-19 vaccinations are key to overcoming the pandemic, says the World Health Organizations (WHO). The UN agency has approved the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use, which is a prerequisite for inclusion in the global vaccine solidarity initiative, COVAX. Credit: Unsplash/Ivan Diaz via UN NewsBy Sunil J. WimalawansaNEW JERSEY, USA, May 17 2021 (IPS) The global community is conducting a rapid vaccination program against the SARS.Cov-2 virus, using several vaccines, authorised for emergency use. To date, the percentages of adults vaccinated vary between less than 2% to over 90% in different countries. Vast socio-...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sunil J. Wimalawansa Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Where are the Women? How Pandemic Decisions are Ingraining Global Gender Bias
A healthcare worker collects samples for COVID-19 testing at Mimar Sinan State Hospital in Buyukcekmece district, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2020. New numbers reveal that men outnumber women 3-1 in 225 COVID-19 task forces around the world, while 70 percent of the frontline healthcare workers are women. Credit: UNDP Turkey/Levent KuluBy Raquel LagunasUNITED NATIONS, May 14 2021 (IPS) There are teams of experts around the world right now tackling the coronavirus pandemic, providing pathways to put an end to this deadly global scourge and charting the course for recovery. These task forces comprise health experts, economic lea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raquel Lagunas Tags: Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

Russia ’s Sputnik Diplomacy
This article was originally published in the community blog Persuasion.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');   Excerpt: The writer is a journalist and managing editor of Armando.info, an investigative journalism site. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Valentina Lares Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Reimagining Education with Imagination
Credit: UNICEFBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, May 12 2021 (IPS) The month of May marks mental health awareness month or mental health awareness week in several countries around the world. Many people will be reading posts and blogs about the importance of getting more sunshine and exercise to avoid the blues, about ways to deal with the stress of the pandemic, about dealing with everyday challenges that disrupt our striving for happiness. But for children and youth caught in emergencies and protracted crises who are living through the extreme stress and adversity of armed conflicts, forced displacement, attacks on schools and ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Education Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

COVID-19 Brings Fresh Challenges to Nigeria ’ s Leprosy-affected
By Sam OlukoyaLAGOS, Nigeria, May 12 2021 (IPS) People affected by leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, are often stigmatised. In countries like Nigeria, many of them end up as beggars due to the psycho- and socio-economic problems they face. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fresh challenges for them and life is getting increasingly difficult. Sam Olukoya in Lagos takes a look at how people affected by leprosy in Nigeria are faring in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.     SCRIPT SONG: NARRATION: In Nigeria, many people affected by leprosy survive as beggars. They usually sing songs like this as they...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sam Olukoya Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Podcast Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Hansen's disease Nigeria Source Type: news

It Takes a Community to Defeat COVID-19
A local cemetery working running on the ground collecting logs for funeral pyres, to perform the last rites for patients who died of Covid, on 29 April at the Ghazipur cremation ground in New Delhi. (Ghazipur Cremation Ground/File-Amit Sharma)By Shubha Nagesh and Ifeanyi NsoforDEHRADUN, India/ABUJA, May 12 2021 (IPS) The media is awash with the devastating news of deaths and sufferings due to COVID-19 coming out of India. What most media outlets overlook is the way Indian communities are rallying to save lives, reduce sufferings and stop the current wave of the pandemic. As of May 11, 2021, India’s COVID-19 case tota...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shubha Nagesh and Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Source Type: news

India Under Siege From Covid-19: The Worst Yet to Come
This report by NDTV states that “in the absence of any Covid protocols at rural crematoriums, locals fearful of further spread of the infection, families have been forced to consign the bodies in the river.” These are not just reports and visuals, but lived experiences of hundreds and thousands of Indian citizens who have suffered, and have seen their family members and loved ones suffer from this ignorance, which could have easily been prevented, if this pandemic could only be a priority for the top brass who run the country. A local cemetery working running on the ground collecting logs for funeral pyres, t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

One Health Approach Key to Tackling Africa ’s Challenges
COVID-19 has shown that we need to act fast as changes at the interface of humans, livestock and wildlife are driving increased risk of emerging disease threats across the globe. Credit: Marc-André Boisvert/IPSBy Olanike AdeyemoIBADAN, Nigeria, May 11 2021 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that global health challenges cannot be solved only by health sector interventions. Many of the recent epidemics — Ebola, Zika and even Covid-19 — are emerging infectious diseases transmissible from wildlife species. In addition, other global health challenges greatly impact people, livestock, wildlife and agri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Olanike Adeyemo Tags: Africa Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

US Support for Vaccine Waiver Welcome, but More Needed
Credit: UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 11 2021 (IPS) Thanks to President Biden, the US now supports a suspension of intellectual property (IP) rights to increase vaccine supplies. However, without vaccine developers sharing tacit technical knowledge for safe vaccine mass production, it will be difficult to rapidly scale up vaccine output. Waiver delayed is waiver denied The CEOs of Pfizer and Astra Zeneca had recently asked the US President to reject the waiver request. Nevertheless, on 5 May, US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai announced US support for a vaccine waiver. T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

How to Assess the Willingness of US to Suspend Patent Protection on Vaccines?
In conclusion The US position is new, but in some ways, it goes in a direction that is not necessarily better. It is also important that the US forced the EU, however recalcitrant, to state yesterday that Europe is also willing to negotiate. No one can say what the outcome of the negotiations will be. In the meantime, putting the emphasis on increased vaccine production (“now that the American people are safe….”) means that the fundamental, structural premises unfortunately remain unchanged. Of course, the fact that the ‘good’ emperor has finally listened to the cry of the people is not to ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Riccardo Petrella and Roberto Savio Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news