A New Spectre is Haunting Europe
Roberto Savio is founder of IPS Inter Press Service and President EmeritusBy Roberto SavioROME, Jan 17 2019 (IPS)After Teresa May’s defeat in the British parliament it is clear that a new spectre is haunting Europe. It is no longer the spectre of communism, which opens Marx’s Manifesto of 1848; it is the spectre of the failure of neoliberal globalisation, which reigned uncontested following the fall of the Berlin Wall, until the financial crisis of 2009. Roberto SavioIn 2008, governments spent the astounding amount of 62 trillion dollars to save the financial system, and close to that amount in 2009 (see Britan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roberto Savio Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Europe Featured Financial Crisis Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Why We Should Care about Vulnerable Coastal Communities
Meity Masipuang is a member of an enterprise group in Papusungan village, Lembeh island, Indonesia. Their women’s group purchases fish to smoke and resell. They are participants of the IFAD-funded Coastal Community Development project in Indonesia. Credit: IFAD/Roger ArnoldBy Nigel BrettROME, Jan 16 2019 (IPS)According to UN statistics, approximately 40 per cent of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world’s coastal population is increasing faster than the total global population. At the same time, global warming is causing sea levels to rise and increasing ext...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nigel Brett Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Wa Source Type: news

Shedding Light on Forced Child Pregnancy and Motherhood in Latin America
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariela Jara Tags: Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Time for a new Paradigm
Roberto Savio is founder of IPS Inter Press Service and President EmeritusBy Roberto SavioROME, Jan 8 2019 (IPS)The person most qualified to write the foreword for this latest work by Riccardo Petrella, In the Name of Humanity, would actually be Pope Francis, who, using other words but speaking of values and making denouncements, has often argued what the reader will find in the following pages. I quote him, because words like “solidarity”, “equality”, “social justice” or “participation” – now used only by Pope Francis I – have now disappeared from today’s p...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roberto Savio Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Financial Crisis Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The Adolescent Girl Holds the Key to Kenya ’s Economic Transformation and Prosperity
Dr Natalia Kanem, Chief of UNFPA, “We are steadfastly committed to our three goals: Zero preventable maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and the elimination of harmful practices including violence that affect women and girls”. Credit: UNFPA TanzaniaBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 2018 (IPS)Teenage pregnancy in Kenya is a crisis of hope, education and opportunity.The countdown to a New Year has begun. Can 2019 be a year of affirmative action to ensure hope and opportunity for Kenya’s adolescent girl? Consider this. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says that when a ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Italy Has the ‘Greenest Agriculture’ in Europe, But it’s Not Sustainable
The New Agriculture Cooperative was founded in 1977 by a group of young unemployed, labourers and farmers with two main objectives: create employment in agriculture and prevent the construction of a vast area of high environmental value. In 1990 the conversion to organic farming began, followed in 1996 by the conversion of livestocks. In 2010 the Cooperative moved to biodynamic agriculture. Credit: Maged Srour/IPSBy Maged SrourROME, Dec 23 2018 (IPS)While Italian agriculture is in a leading position in terms of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and being at the forefront of biodiversity conservation; water scarcity,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Headlines Health Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) Barilla Foundat Source Type: news

Human Trafficking – Hidden in Plain Sight
By Romy HawattDUBAI, Dec 21 2018 (IPS)The media globally tends to have a bias to negative, sensational and headline grabbing stories and events and this certainly applies to reporting related to human trafficking in the third world. With the abundance of stories around sweat shops, massage parlours and organ trafficking networks happening ‘somewhere else’, the West is generally desensitised, lacks empathy and fails to fully appreciate the scale of the problem which sits right under their noses and in plain sight. Romy HawattIt is a fact that for a variety of reasons, this insidious trade tends to be more hidden...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Romy Hawatt Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Mercury Contamination Threat Gravitates into Outer Space
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 2018 (IPS)The dangers of mercury contamination have escalated from the dental chair to the realm of outer space.First, it was the hazardous use of mercury in dentistry, then in cosmetics, particularly skin-lightening creams, and now it is threatening to make its way into satellite propulsion systems. A coalition of over 45 civil society organizations (CSOs) and environmental groups worldwide has warned against the use of mercury in satellite propulsion systems because it is “highly likely that most, if not all,” of the mercury emitted at the altitudes planned would find its ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Global Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition
Child labourers rescued in Delhi waiting to be sent back to their villages. Credit: Bachpan Bachao Andolan.By Vladimir BozovicBELGRADE, Serbia, Dec 18 2018 (IPS)Entire human history is one great struggle for freedom. To many, slavery is a synonym for something in the past, for transatlantic slave trade, but, unfortunately, slavery still exists in many different forms. Records show that over twenty seven million men, women and children still live today in conditions that characterized social form of the slave ownership. They are trapped in forced labor and debt bondage, in domicile work and forced marriages, or they are bei...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vladimir Bozovic Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Gender Violence Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees North America Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

United Towards Achieving Health For All in Kenya
President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Universal Health Coverage charter during the launch of the UHC pilot programme in Kisumu on 13 December 2018. Photo courtesy: PSCUBy Sicily Kariuki and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 2018 (IPS)According to Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the implementation of UHC is “more a political than an economic challenge”. Of all the Sustainable Development Goals, few would rival good health as the definition of a country that has a sustainable, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous future, and the launch this week of the pilot phas...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sicily Kariuki3 and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Political Commitment Key to Health for All
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, October 30, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas MukoyaBy Ban Ki-moonNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 2018 (IPS)One of my proudest accomplishments as the former UN secretary-general was playing a part in the ambitious global agenda for sustainable development (SDGs), including the goal of universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. Kenya’s leadership was key. To give momentum to the SDGs an Open Working Group was established in 2013. One of the co-chairs of the working group was Ambassador Macharia Kamau, who was the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ban Ki-moon Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health Source Type: news

‘ Antimicrobial Resistance Knows No Boundaries ’
Community health worker Urmila Kasdekar performs a health check on a new born baby in Berdaball village of western India. In India, for example, where it is thought that as many as 120,000 babies alone die every year from sepsis caused by antimicrobial-resistant infections, doctors say two of the key factors behind rising AMR are pharmacies selling antibiotics without a prescription and poor infection control in overcrowded healthcare facilities. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Ed HoltBRUSSELS, Dec 4 2018 (IPS)European Union officials and global health bodies have called for help for poorer countries as growing resistance to ant...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ed Holt Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Europe Featured Global Headlines Health Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Organisation for Economic Source Type: news

Asia-Pacific Takes Stock of Ambitious Development Targets
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Natalia KanemBANGKOK, Thailand, Nov 28 2018 (IPS)Ministers and senior policymakers across Asia and the Pacific are gathered in Bangkok this week to focus on population dynamics at a crucial time for the region. Their goal: to keep people and rights at the heart of the region’s push for sustainable development. They will be considering how successful we have been in balancing economic growth with social imperatives, underpinned by rights and choices for all as enshrined in the landmark Programme of Action stemming from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Natalia Kanem 2 Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Amidst Rising Hunger, BCFN Forum to Promote Food Sustainability
An organic farmer in his sustainable farm in Paro, BhutanBy Stella PaulMILAN, Italy, Nov 26 2018 (IPS)As 2018 nears its end, the world faces a new wave of food insecurity with the level of hunger being on the rise globally. A record 821 million people are facing chronic food deprivation – a sharp rise from 804 million figure in 2016 – said a report published by the UNFAO earlier this year. Along with rising hunger, food security has declined across Africa and South America while undernourishment is on the rise again in Asia, said the report which attributed the changing scenario to climate-related changes, adve...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Climate Change Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Global Globalisation Green Economy Headlines Health Migration & Refugees Natural Resources Poverty & Source Type: news

Thailand First Asian Nation to Join Global Efforts to Control Tobacco
Tobacco pickers carry leaves to one of the sheds where they are cured on the Rosario plantation in San Juan y Martínez, in Vuelta Abajo, a western Cuban region famous for producing premium cigars. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSBy Wendell C BalderasBANGKOK, Thailand, Nov 20 2018 (IPS)Thailand is set to become the first Asian country to introduce standardized packaging of tobacco. On 14 November 2018, the Thai National Committee on Tobacco Control approved the Ministry of Health Regulation that requires cigarettes in Thailand to be sold in packaging stripped of the fancy, colorful and unique cigarette branding. I...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Wendell C Balderas Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya: A Crisis of Health, Education and Opportunity
Education CS Amina Mohamed chats with form four candidates of Mama Ngina Secondary School a few minutes before KCSE exams. Credit: StandardBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 2018 (IPS)That almost one in five Kenyan teenage girls is a mother represents not only a huge cost to the health sector, but also a betrayal of potential on a shocking scale. November 20, 2018 marks International Children’s Day. Perhaps a day we should use to reflect on a national crisis of underage pregnancies that confronts us.Recent media reports of the high number of girls failing to sit their final secondary school examinations (K...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics
By Thalif DeenNEW YORK, Nov 16 2018 (IPS)A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world’s largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing “dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams.” The protest is part of a coordinated global campaign against a growing health hazard in the field of cosmetics.So far, the groups have reached out to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and INTERPOL, the Lyon-based internation...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Mercury Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Northeast Nigeria: Urgent Need to Combat Deadly Cholera Outbreaks
Overcrowding leading to poor sanitary conditions in IDPs camps and communities contributes to further cholera outbreak in Borno Nigeria.By Janet CheronoMAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov 12 2018 (IPS)The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities. One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services. The rainy season has also worsened the conditions.NRC is calling on...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Janet Cherono Tags: Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Ambitious Agenda, Ambitious Financing? UNGA Shows a Long Way Still to Go for SDGs
Discussions around the strategy’s launch revealed plenty of evidence recognising the urgency of transforming economic and financial systems to advance sustainable development. Research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), launched on the morning of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Meeting, points to alarming trends in several of the SDGs.Four hundred million people are likely to be living in extreme poverty in 2030; there is slow progress in reducing inequalities in wealth, income or gender; world hunger is on the rise; and access to safe water and sanitation is actually in decline in some countries.T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: John Garett and Kathryn Tobin Tags: Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Cholera Threatens a Comeback Worldwide
Tents set up at Alsabeen hospital in Sana'a Yemen for screening suspected cholera cases.By Anna KucirkovaTEXAS, USA, Nov 2 2018 (IPS)Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn’t well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world. It last erupted in the U.S. in the 1800s, eradicated by water and sewage treatment systems that prevented it from spreading via contaminated water. However, cholera is making a comeback around the globe, and it could again become a major killer.Cholera is caused by eating or drinking something contaminated with the Vibrio cho...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anna Kucirkova Tags: Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

“ Governments are Starting to See that Organic Food Policy Works ”
According to ‘The World State of Agriculture 2018’, India is the country with the highest number of organic producers (835'000). This is a woman cultivating her tea plantation in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Credit: Ilaria Cecilia/IPSBy Maged SrourROME, Oct 31 2018 (IPS)Many countries and farmers around the world are not readily making the switch to organic farming. But the small Himalayan mountain state of Sikkim, which borders Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, is the first 100 percent organic farming state in the world. Earlier this month, Sikkim, won the Future Policy Award 2018 (FPA) for being the f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Projects Regional Categories TerraViva Uni Source Type: news

Is the United Nations in Kenya Fit For Purpose?
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Siddharth Chatterjee the UN Resident Coordinator discuss youth unemployment in Kenya. Credit: State House KenyaBy Yusuf HassanNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 2018 (IPS)The United Nations globally is witnessing some of the most ambitious reforms led by the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres. Most relevant to us in Kenya is the entire reform of the development system and how the UN will adapt to a fast-changing development environment. The countdown to the ambitious SDGs is already on, and the Agenda 2030 timeline implies we should already have gone one-fifth of the way towards all the targets. Ken...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yusuf Hassan Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Big Brands Are Fuelling the Business of Nutrition
Dr Myriam Sidibe is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and is on sabbatical leave from Unilever.   Jane Nelson directs the Center’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.By Dr Myriam Sidibe and Jane NelsonCAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Oct 29 2018 (IPS)Food is an increasingly hot topic, no matter if you are rich or poor. Malnutrition – including undernutrition, overweight and obesity – affects 1 in 3 people around the world. When it comes to the link between health and nutrition, consumers in both developed and emerg...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Myriam Sidibe and Jane Nelson Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

The value of a health scheme
This article was first published in The Hindu.The post The value of a health scheme appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vani Kulkarni Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

The Invisible, Hungry Hand
A worker on a farm in Kiambu district, central Kenya, that produces tea for export. Nearly 80 percent of rural farmers in developing countries earn less than USD1.25 per day. Credit: Charles Wachira/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 2018 (IPS)The very people who help put food on our tables often face numerous human rights violations, forcing them go to bed hungry.In an annual report set to be presented to governments at the United Nations this week, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver found that agricultural workers worldwide continue to face barriers in their right to food including dangero...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Food and Agriculture Organiz Source Type: news

Rich in Agriculture, Madagascar Suffers from Extreme Malnutrition
Agronomist and Girls Guide Hanitranirina Rarison is combining all her skills and experiences to help rid Madagascar of malnutrition.By Hanitranirina RarisonANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Oct 24 2018 (IPS)As much as 80 percent of Madagascar’s population of 24 million people is involved in agriculture and the country’s economy largely depends on the sector, yet 48 percent of households are faced with food insecurity according to the National Nutrition Office (NNO). Over 70 percent of households live below the national poverty line of 535,603 Malagasy ariary per year (1 U.S. dollar equals 3,447.50 ariary). In rural Mad...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanitranirina Rarison Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food Sustainability Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Did post-Soviet Russians drink themselves to death?
By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame SundaramMOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 2018 (IPS)Although initially obscured by The Economist, among others, the sudden and unprecedented increase in Russian adult male mortality during 1992-1994 is no longer denied. Instead, the debate is now over why?Having advocated ‘shock therapy’, a ‘big bang’, ‘sudden’ or rapid post-Soviet transition, Jeffrey Sachs and others have claimed that the sudden collapse in Russian adult male life expectancy was due to a sudden increase in alcohol consumption, playing into popular foreign images of vodka-binging Russian me...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Global Governance Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The Right to Choose
Manes Feston, flanked by her children, holds her four-month-old son Fedson. He was one of triplets but his siblings died because of a lack of welfare support. High fertility rates can be seen in much of Africa with four or more births per woman. Generally, these countries are poorer with limited access to quality healthcare and contraception. Credit: Travis Lupick/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 2018 (IPS)Reproductive choice can transform the world and our goals towards a sustainable society, a new report says.Every year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) examines the state of the world populatio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations fertility Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Zero Hunger: our actions today are our future tomorrow
This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16   José Graziano da Silva is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsThe post Zero Hunger: our actions today are our future tomorrow appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations World Food Day 2018 Source Type: news

Women & Youth Key to Achieving Agenda 2030 in South-South Cooperation
India and Kenya signed agreements in the field of agriculture during Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to New Delhi. Credit: G.N. JhaBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 2018 (IPS)By 2050 Africa will have 830 million young people. Many countries in the global south, India included are seeing a youth(men and women) bulge. To reap a demographic dividend countries in the global south need to share and exchange knowledge to leapfrog socio-economic transformation. When the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Technical Cooperation Amongst Developing Countries (BAPA) was adopted, few would have predicted that onl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Gender Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

TB Remains World ’s Single Largest Infectious Killer, says WHO
A TB patient in a treatment facility in Liberia. Unlike him, many infected persons do not get the care they need. Credit: Francesco PistilliBy Mandy S.skerWASHINGTON DC, Oct 10 2018 (IPS)A disease that we know how to prevent, treat, and cure has become the world’s leading infectious killer: tuberculosis (TB), an airborne bacterial infection. A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), launched in New York on September 18, found for the fourth year in a row, that TB remains the world’s single largest infectious killer, responsible for 10 million infections and 1.6 million deaths in 2017.Still, in many c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mandy Slutsker Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

World Mental Health Day: IOM Honours Migrants ’ Resilience During and After Difficult Journeys
Image courtesy of the World Federation for Mental Health. Source: Twitter @WMHDayBy International Organization for MigrationGENEVA, Oct 9 2018 (IOM)Today, on World Mental Health Day, IOM would like to honour all the migrants who stand strong in the face of adversity and uphold human rights and values. Migration should be a positive experience, but often isn’t. As people move in search of opportunity, or in pursuit of new adventures, too often their journeys are characterized by insecurity and sometimes physical danger, especially for those who are pushed to leave their countries of origin due to abuse or human rights...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: International Organization for Migration Tags: Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Over and Under Nutrition: Two Sides of an Unhealthy Coin
Poor dietary intake and lack of food varieties affect huge numbers of children, who mostly hail from large, impoverished families in Nepal. Malnutrition is a significant concern in Nepal as around one million children under 5 years suffer from chronic malnutrition and 10 percent suffer from acute malnutrition. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2018 (IPS)A dramatic shift in the way we eat and think about food is more urgent than ever to prevent further environmental degradation and an even larger health epidemic.   A diverse group of experts from academia, civil society, and Uni...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Farming Crisis: Filling An Empty Plate Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutr Source Type: news

Deaf or Dead? The Unbearable Choice for some TB Patients
Phumeza Tisile is a student at the University of Cape Town and an advocate working to help eradicate TBBy Phumeza TisileCAPE TOWN, Oct 3 2018 (IPS)Like death, hearing loss is irreversible. I never imagined that I would have to choose between the two until seven years ago when I became infected with tuberculosis (TB), a contagious disease caused by an airborne bacterium. TB is curable, but some strains are resistant to first line treatment, which can be the beginning of a nightmare for the infected person, as I found out in 2010. I was in the first year of undergraduate studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Phumeza Tisile Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Making Every Euro Count in the Fight Against Malnutrition
Graziano da Silva with a group of women who are participating in a vegetable-growing project in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria. Credit: FAO/Carlos LaordenBy José Graziano da SilvaROME, Oct 3 2018 (IPS)Everybody wants to end hunger. That is what all UN-member countries stated when signing the 2030 Agenda for a better world: the second of its 17 goals aims at eradicating all forms of malnutrition (which include overweight, obesity or micronutrient deficiencies) and ensuring that everybody has access to nutritious and healthy foods. Along with these good intentions, we have in recent decades seen real efforts and c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Source Type: news

Local Communities in Mexico Show Ways to Fight Obesity
A farmer harvests amaranth in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. This grain, of which two of the varieties originated in Mexico, is part of the country's traditional diet and can help boost nutrition among Mexicans, who have been affected by skyrocketing consumption of junk food. Credit: Courtesy of Bridge to Community HealthBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Oct 2 2018 (IPS)Manuel Villegas is one of the peasant farmers who decided to start planting amaranth in Mexico, to complement their corn and bean crops and thus expand production for sale and self-consumption and, ultimately, contribute to improving the nutrition of their...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) Food and Agricu Source Type: news

Entrepreneurial about Gender Equality
Hong Joo Hahm is Deputy Executive Secretary and Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).By Hong Joo HahmUNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 2018 (IPS)Asia and the Pacific needs more women entrepreneurs. Women’s economic empowerment and gender equality depend on it, as does the inclusive economic growth needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This drives a new initiative by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, generously supported by Global Affairs Canada, focused on improving women entrepreneurs’ acc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hong Joo Hahm Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Education Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

A UN High-Level Meeting May See Hopes to End Tuberculosis
Bobby John is a New Delhi based physician and global health advocate. By Bobby John, MDNEW DELHI, Sep 28 2018 (IPS)In the early months of 1993, there was frenetic activity within the Geneva headquartered WHO’s Communicable Diseases program, to get Tuberculosis designated as a Global Emergency. While countries like India had instituted TB Control programs as early as 1962, and Tanzania in the late 1970’s had shown field level evidence of programmatic innovations like directly observed treatment would reduce TB related mortality, the global reality was things were not going too well as far as reducing incidence a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Bobby John MD Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

India Uses Tech to Power its New Battle Against Malnutrition
A mother and a child in Melghat district, an area in India with high rates of malnourishment. The government’s new POSHAN campaign aims to curb malnutrition by a significant margin by also using smartphones to collect relevant data. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMAYURBHANJ DISTRICT, India, Sep 26 2018 (IPS)Kanaklata Raula from Kaptipada village in India’s Mayurbhanj District is on duty 24×7. The 52-year-old community health worker from Odisha state rides a bicycle for hours each day, visiting community members who need nutrition and reproductive healthcare.Raula’s main job is to ensure that t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food Sustainability Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Barilla Foundation Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FA Source Type: news

End Tuberculosis by Empowering Community Health Workers
Credit: Nichole Sobecki / The Global FundBy David BrydenWASHINGTON DC, Sep 24 2018 (IPS)“I’m alive because of support from my family and the community health worker who brought medicine directly to my house, accompanied me during treatment and gave me hope. Without care and human support, there’s no way I could be here today,” says Melquiades Huauya, a survivor of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from Peru. From his harrowing experience with tuberculosis (TB), Huauya now knows a lot about how to stop it, the world’s biggest infectious disease killer. The disease, which claims about 4...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Bryden Tags: Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Worldwide Effects of Asbestos Use
By Emily WalshWALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 14 2018 (IPS)Earlier this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States (EPA) issued a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) on asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is also a known carcinogen. Asbestos is the only definitive cause of mesothelioma, a cancer which affects the linings of internal organs.What is a Significant New Use Rule?A SNUR can be required when chemical substances or mixtures are under review for new uses that may cause changes to current policy, or create concerns around environmental health. There are four criteria to determine whether a SNUR i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emily Walsh Tags: Environment Headlines Health North America Source Type: news

Global Warming Threatens Europe ’ s Public Health
Parched olive groves in northern Croatia, where West Nile Virus has already claimed one victim this year. West Nile Virus infections have sharply increased in Europe this year, the World Health Organisation says, largely due to a longer transmission season in the region which this year saw high temperatures and extended rainy spells followed by dry weather, helping mosquito breeding and propagation. Credit: Ed Holt/IPSBy Ed HoltVIENNA, Sep 13 2018 (IPS)Climate change and health experts are warning of the growing threat to public health in Europe from global warming as rising temperatures help potentially lethal diseases sp...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ed Holt Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Europe Featured Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Health and Environment Source Type: news

Q & A: As Water Scarcity Becomes the New Normal How Do We Manage This Scarce Resource?
In south west coastal Satkhira, Bangladesh as salinity has spread to freshwater sources, a private water seller fills his 20-litre cans with public water supply to sell in islands where poor families spend 300 Bangladesh Taka every month to buy drinking and cooking water alone. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaSTOCKHOLM, Sep 11 2018 (IPS)Growing economies are thirsty economies. And water scarcity has become “the new normal” in many parts of the world, according to Torgyn Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).As climate change converges with rapid economic a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Manipadma Jena Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Environment Europe Featured Gender Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Stockholm International Water Instit Source Type: news

Why India ’s Solar Water-Drawing ATMs and Irrigation Pumping Systems Offer Replicable Strategies
A man draws water from a solar-powered water ATM in New Delhi’s Savda Ghevra slum settlement. Thanks to these machines, which allow users to withdraw water with a rechargeable card, waterborne diseases have become less frequent here. Credit: Ranjit Devraj/IPSBy Ranjit DevrajNEW DEHLI, Aug 28 2018 (IPS)At New Delhi’s Savda Ghevra slum settlement, waterborne diseases have become less frequent thanks to solar-powered water ATMs that were installed here as a social enterprise venture three years ago.“The water is cheap, reliable and fresh-tasting,” Saeeda, a mother of three who lives close to an ATM, te...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ranjit Devraj Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation India Source Type: news

Damning U.N. Report Outlines Crimes Against Rohingya As Children Suffer from Trauma One Year Later
A damning reporting by the United Nations on the Myanmar’s army crimes against the Rohingya may come too late for these Rohingya children, many of whom remain traumatised as witnesses of the genocide. Credit: Farid Ahmed/IPSBy Farid AhmedDHAKA, Aug 27 2018 (IPS)At 12, Mohammed* is an orphan. He watched his parents being killed by Myanmar government soldiers a year ago. And he is one of an estimated half a million Rohingya children who have survived and been witness to what the United Nations has called genocide.According to accounts in a U.N. fact-finding report released today, the children were likely witnesses to t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farid Ahmed Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Ins Source Type: news

Making the Case for Investing in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Credit: Abir Abdullah/WaterAidBy Ruth RomerLONDON, Aug 27 2018 (IPS)Tea picker Bina, 45 from Sylhet, Bangladesh, used to walk for an hour each day to collect water from a well, also using water from a nearby stream, which was contaminated. Bina and her children were often sick as a result; leading to missed work and a loss of income.WaterAid worked with the owner of the tea estate to introduce clean water and toilets in the tea gardens and surrounding areas. The new pumps and latrines have transformed Bina’s life, and have benefitted the estate too. A tea garden manager said: “Waterborne diseases have reduced s...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ruth Romer Tags: Development & Aid Environment Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

The Fight for the Right to Abortion Spreads in Latin America Despite Politicians
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Women's Health Abortion Source Type: news

Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities
This article is part of a series of stories on disability inclusion.The post Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories Disabilities Source Type: news

Old Age Is a Curse in India
Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Pratima Yadav, Vani S. Kulkarni, and Raghav GaihaNEW DELHI, Aug 21 2018 (IPS)Old age morbidity is a rapidly worsening curse in India. The swift descent of the elderly in India (60 years+) into non-communicable diseases (NCDs e.g. cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes) could have disastrous consequences in terms of impoverishment of families, excess mortality, lowering of investment and consequent deceleration of growth. Indeed, the government has to deal simultaneously with the rising fiscal burden of NCDs and substantial burden of infectious diseases. As a recen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Pratima Yadav, Vani Kulkarni, and Raghav Gaiha Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Source Type: news

Take Charge of Your Food: Your Health is Your Business
Credit: IPSBy Sunita NarainNEW DELHI, Aug 17 2018 (IPS)The minimum we expect from the government is to differentiate between right and wrong. But when it comes to regulating our food, it’s like asking for too much. Our latest investigation vouches for this. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)’s pollution monitoring laboratory tested 65 samples of processed food for presence of genetically modified (GM) ingredients.The results are both bad and somewhat good. Of the food samples tested, some 32 per cent were positive for GM markers. That’s bad. What’s even worse is that we found GM in in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sunita Narain Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Source Type: news