Gains and Losses of Irregular Migration
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 6 2019 (IPS) While opening a newspaper or watching a TV program we are every day made aware of the plights of irregular migrants. Some recent examples among many – on 24 October, 39 Chinese nationals were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex. They had apparently frozen to death within a refrigerator container with temperatures as low as -25C (-13F). This while tragedies occur almost daily on the Mediterranean Sea. On 26 November, a rescue vessel found a boat almost completely sunken. It had three dead bodies aboard. Fifty-five migrants were saved. Three of them were in a critical...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Africa Aid Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Indigenous Knowledge, a Lesson for a Sustainable Food Future
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Fixing the Business of Food
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Fo Source Type: news

Zimbabwe Food Crisis: Time to Act Is Now, Says UN Special Rapporteur
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Africa Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Multimedia Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Video Barilla Ce Source Type: news

Right to Food Denied by Poor Policies and Inaction
By Busani BafanaMILAN, Italy, Dec 3 2019 (IPS) Global food systems are ripe for transformation if people are to be nourished and the planet sustainable, says Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur of the Right to Food of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur of the Right to Food of the United Nations Human Rights Council speaking at the 10th International Forum on Food and Nutrition convened in Milan. Credit: Busani Bafana / IPS Elver, told delegates at the 1oth International Forum on Food and Nutrition convened in Milan by the Barilla Centre, that the world needs food citizens who will act res...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Africa Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Multimedia Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Video Source Type: news

Tradition and Technology Take Centre Stage at BCFN Food Forum
Credit: Busani Bafana / IPSBy Cecilia RussellMILAN, Italy, Dec 3 2019 (IPS) A coffee producer will receive a cent and a half from a $2.50 cup of coffee. This one stark fact stood out as scientists, researchers, activists and grappled with solutions for change in food and nutrition practises, which would benefit the greater community. While the solutions are many – slow food to artificial intelligence – it was clear that the delegates were united around one idea: Key to the solution is to ensure that the solutions need to be put in the hands of the broad community – not just in the hands of the powerful. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Fo Source Type: news

Case Against Tobacco Giant Could Protect Children
“Sofia,” a 17-year-old tobacco worker, in a tobacco field in North Carolina. Benedict Evans/Human Rights WatchBy Margaret WurthNEW YORK, Dec 3 2019 (IPS) Legal action against British American Tobacco (BAT), one of the world’s largest tobacco firms, could see the company punished for profiting from child labor and force the industry to finally confront its treatment of vulnerable workers. The case, brought by human rights lawyers on behalf of hundreds of tenant farmers and their children in Malawi, contends that the company is guilty of “unjust enrichment.” Martyn Day, a senior partner at Leigh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Margaret Wurth Tags: Headlines Health Human Rights Source Type: news

Biofortified Food, a Business Boost for Smallholder Farmers
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Care for Economic Development, Then Care for Food Nutrition, Food Researcher Tells Africa ’s Politicians
The post Care for Economic Development, Then Care for Food Nutrition, Food Researcher Tells Africa’s Politicians appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Inter Press Service (IPS) journalist Busani Bafana sat down with Busi Maziya-Dixon, a Senior Food and Nutrition Scientist at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) ahead of the 10th International Forum on Food and Nutrition. Maziya-Dixon warns there is no country which will achieve economic development with an undernourished population. The post Care for Economic Development, Then Care for Food Nutrition, Food Researcher Tells Africa&rs...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Women's Health Barilla Center f Source Type: news

Community Efforts are Key When Addressing HIV/AIDS
Credit: WHO/ F. Tanggol. By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Nov 30 2019 (IPS) Three years ago, I led an evaluation of an HIV project that focused on increasing access to quality care and supporting services for people living with HIV in Nigeria. It also aimed to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The project achieved these goals by strengthening support groups, using homebased care services for sick persons and providing Savings and Loans Association membership to improve the livelihoods of persons living with HIV. These outcomes point to the power of community in managing HIV. The first of December is celebrate...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health HIV/AIDS Source Type: news

Four Ways to Prevent Deaths from Lassa Fever
Credit: S. Oka/WHO By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Nov 27 2019 (IPS) Dr. Wouter, a Dutch doctor who helped perform surgeries and train colleagues in surgical skills in underserved areas of Sierra Leone died of Lassa Fever. He was infected as a result of performing a Caesarean section on an infected pregnant woman.  This was a very painful and avoidable death. I mourn with his family and the Dutch people over this loss. No health worker should die while trying to save lives. Sadly, every year 5,000 West Africans die from Lassa fever. Lassa fever is a viral disease of inequity and disproportionately affects ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Africa Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Lassa Fever Source Type: news

Catalysing Change for Gender Equality
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaBANGKOK, Thailand – UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 2019 (IPS) Great strides have been taken to empower women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing adopted an ambitious global agenda to achieve gender equality twenty-five years ago. Gender parity has been achieved in primary education. Maternal mortality has been halved. Today, the region’s governments are committed to overcoming the persistent challenges of discrimination, gender-based violence and women’s unequal access to resources and decision-making. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

UN Warns of ‘Screen Teens’ not Getting Enough Exercise
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: James Reinl Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Screen Time Youth Source Type: news

Social Protection Necessary to Quickly End Poverty, Hunger
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Nov 26 2019 (IPS) Historically, most social security systems have developed in the formal sector of rich economies. However, most of the poor and hungry in the world live in rural areas, surviving in the informal economy. Meanwhile, the world economy continues to struggle to recover following the 2008 financial crisis. Prospects remained bleak as many governments pursued fiscal austerity in the face of perceived financial market pressures. Jomo Kwame SundaramMost developing countries continue to experience high underemployment, even if official unemployment...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Statistics and Stories – Time to Change the Refugee Narrative?
Rohingya refugees carry blankets at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Nov 25 2019 (IPS) Statistics and stories. When aid agencies appeal for funding to tackle the latest refugee crisis and journalists do their reporting, then these are the two narratives most chosen — one impersonal and the other upfront and individual. The sheer numbers can feel overwhelming. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says more than 70 million people are currently displaced by conflict, the most since the Second World War. Among them are nearly 26 million who have fled their countries (over half under the age...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Science & Policy Must Remain Partners in Mercury Challenge
The post Science & Policy Must Remain Partners in Mercury Challenge appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Celia Chen is Director, Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program David Evers is Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Biodiversity Research Institute   Minamata COP3 provides chance to get effectiveness evaluation right The post Science & Policy Must Remain Partners in Mercury Challenge appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Celia Chen and David Evers Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

More Austerity for Developing Countries: It ’s Bad News, and It’s Avoidable
The post More Austerity for Developing Countries: It’s Bad News, and It’s Avoidable appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: As the West questions damaging austerity policies, it is becoming the new normal for the rest of the world, risking achievement of sustainable development goals. The post More Austerity for Developing Countries: It’s Bad News, and It’s Avoidable appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Thomas Stubbs Tags: Aid Education Featured Financial Crisis Gender Global Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

80 Percent of Adolescents Do Less than 60 Minutes of Activity per Day, UN Health Agency Warns
According to the study, the Philippines had the highest inactivity levels among boys, at 93 per cent, while in South Korea, researchers found that 97 per cent of girls failed to do enough exercise. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSBy External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 2019 (IPS) An alarming lack of exercise among adolescents across the world risks seriously compromising their health into adulthood, the UN said on Thursday. In the first study of its kind on global and regional trends among 11 to 17-year-olds, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that around 80 percent of them do less than 60 minutes of activity pe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Evo Morales: Hero or Villain?
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Nov 20 2019 (IPS) To be president in a country like Bolivia might be like a precarious act performed by a tightrope-dancer between “the Devil and the deep blue sea”. After 23 years as Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales finally lost his foothold and ended up as political refugee in Mexico, adding his name to a long list of previous revolutionary exiles, like Augusto Sandino, Fidel Castro, and most prominently – Leon Trotsky. The last one was murdered, though the others came back, something Evo Morales has promised to do: “Sisters and brothers, I leave for Mexico, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Winning the ‘No Food Loss’ Battle: The Case of Japan
Veena S. Kulkarni, PhD is Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Sociology and Geography, Arkansas State University, USABy Veena S. KulkarniARKANSAS, Nov 20 2019 (IPS) Humankind since almost the time that there is recorded history has grappled with the question of ‘how many is too many?’ The response is expectedly complex as it varies across time and space. The pace of population growth was slow till about approximately 250 years or so. It is only since the middle of the eighteenth century that there has been a palpable acceleration in population growth. Veena S. KulkarniThe intervals in which we have...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Veena Kulkarni Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Barilla Center for Food and Nutrit Source Type: news

As Donors Ramp up Polio Funding, Worries of Comeback Persist
Polio cases around have declined globally by more than 99 percent since 1988, but the type 1 poliovirus remains endemic in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it has made a comeback this year and infected 102 people. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS By James ReinlUNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 2019 (IPS) Efforts to wipe polio off the face of the planet took a step forward this week, with a multibillion-dollar fundraiser in the Middle East helping eradication schemes tackle a virus that disproportionately kills and cripples children in poor countries. Donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6 billion on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi to...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: James Reinl Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations polio eradication World Health Organization (WHO) Source Type: news

Climate Change and Loss of Species: Our Greatest Challenges
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating. Credit: UNBy Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Nov 19 2019 (IPS) Mottled and reddish, the Lake Oku puddle frog has made its tragic debut on the Red List, a rapidly expanding roll call of threatened species. It was once abundant in the Kilum-Ijim rainforest of Cameroon but has not been seen since 2010 and is now listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct. Researchers attribute its demise to a deadly fungal disease caused by the chytrid fungus. As noted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Biodiversity Civil Society Climate Change Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Indigenous Rights Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

“ Transformational Benefits ” of Ending Outdoor Defecation
A Dalit woman stands outside a dry toilet located in an upper caste villager’s home in Mainpuri, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Credit: Shai Venkatraman/IPSBy External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 2019 (IPS) Ending the practice of defecating in the open, rather than in a toilet, will have “transformational benefits” for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, says the UN’s partner sanitation body, the WSSCC (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council). Ahead of World Toilet Day, which is marked annually on 19 November, WSSCC’s acting Executive Director, Sue Co...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Empower Young People to Sustain Our Planet, and Let Peace and Prosperity Thrive
Young people at ICPD25 youth session. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPSBy Crystal OrdersonNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 2019 (IPS) Q: At ICPD25 we heard that women and girls are still waiting for the unmet promises to be met? DO you think this time around there is a commitment to ensure that these promises are met? The Nairobi Summit is about the Future of Humanity and Human Prosperity. We all have an opportunity to repeat the message that women’s empowerment will move at snail-pace unless we bolster reproductive health and rights across the world. This is no longer a fleeting concern, but a 21st century socio-economic reality...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Crystal Orderson Tags: Africa Conferences Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news

The Global Economy of Pulses: Impressive Gains and the Way Forward
By Boubaker Ben Belhassen and Vikas RawalROME, Nov 14 2019 (IPS) Pulses are highly nutritious and their consumption is associated with many health benefits. They are rich in proteins and minerals, high in fibre and have a low fat content. Pulses are produced by plants of the Leguminosae family. These plants have root nodules that absorb inert nitrogen from soil air and convert it into biologically useful ammonia, a process referred to as biological nitrogen fixation. Consequently, the pulse crops do not need any additional nitrogen as fertilizer and help reduce the requirement of fossil fuel-based chemical nitrogen fertili...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Boubaker Ben Belhassen and Vikas Rawal Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Art Helping Women to Highlight Gender-based Violence at ICPD25
Ann Kihii (25) spends time with other young women from poor communities in Nairobi and use embroidery to create images that tell a story about the daily challenges they face. They also get a chance to discuss the issues among themselves in a safe space. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPSBy Mantoe PhakathiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 2019 (IPS) While women find it hard to talk about their painful experiences, some have found a way of expressing themselves through art. Women, trained as artists, from Nairobi’s informal settlements Kibera and Kangemi, have produced a beautiful quilt that tells stories about their daily challenges....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Arts Conferences Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news

Young People at ICPD25: ‘ We Have the Right to Sexual and Reproductive Rights ’
ICPD25 Youth delegates: Michele Simon (left) and Botho Mahlunge. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 2019 (IPS) Every day in developing countries it is estimated that 20,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth. This amounts to 7.3 million births a year. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are still the leading cause of death among adolescent girls, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) statistics. Let us be heard Born long after the Cairo Promise, the 18-year-old Michelle Simon and the 19-year-old Botho Mahlunge both youth representatives from Botswana, lament that ye...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Conferences Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news

World Youth Call to Governments to Ban All Hindrances to LGBTQI Communities
MARTIN KARADZHOV, Global Youth Commitee speaking at ICPD25. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPSBy Mantoe PhakathiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) Governments across the world must ban all state-implemented harmful practices against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community delegates at the ICPD25 tells IPS. Adding his voice in bridging the gap of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among the youth, Martin Karadzhov, chair for Global Youth Steering Committee, told delegates at a youth event themed “our bodies, our lives, our world”, at the 25thInternational Conference on Pop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Conferences Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ TerraViva United Nations ICPD25 Source Type: news

World Youth Call to Governments to Ban All Hin Drances to LGBTQI Communities
MARTIN KARADZHOV, Global Youth Commitee speaking at ICPD25. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPSBy Mantoe PhakathiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) Governments across the world must ban all state-implemented harmful practices against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community delegates at the ICPD25 tells IPS. Adding his voice in bridging the gap of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among the youth, Martin Karadzhov, chair for Global Youth Steering Committee, told delegates at a youth event themed “our bodies, our lives, our world”, at the 25thInternational Conference on Pop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Conferences Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ TerraViva United Nations ICPD25 Source Type: news

ICPD25: Lessons From the East
Teruhiko Mashiko, Japan Parliamentary Federation for PopulationBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) The Japan Parliamentary Federation for Population represented by Mr Teruhiko Mashiko and its secretariat, the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) has made a clear and concrete commitment to endorse the ICPD25 agenda. Mashiko tells IPS that Japan, as should every country driven by the well-being of its population, should create the best possible conditions to achieve the ICPD25 agenda. Interview by Joyce Chimbi at the ICPD25 in Nairobi, Kenya Q. What lessons are there for developing countries fro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Population TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Asian Population and Development Associati Source Type: news

Women with Disabilities Speak out Against Exclusion at ICPD25
Jeffrey Jordan/ President of the Population Reference Bureau with ICPD25 participants. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) One in five women globally lives with a disability even as they have same needs and interests as women without disabilities, their access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights remains severely limited. Delegates representing people living with disabilities at the ICPD25 Conference painted a grim picture of barriers and challenges they face. “We are perceived to be asexual and therefore offering us reproductive health information is consider...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Conferences Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news

Cairo Dream Requires $264 Billion to Deliver Women ’s Call for Justice and Bold Leadership
By Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 2019 (IPS) For each of the 830 women dying each day from pregnancy complications and childbirth, an estimated 20 others suffer serious injuries, infections or disabilities. This is the reality that millions of women face, and informs the Nairobi Summit’s three critical commitments which are to bring preventable maternal deaths, gender-based violence and harmful practices, as well as unmet need for family planning, to zero. To achieve this objective money is needed. Joyce Chimbi Finding the money for commitments Private sector organisations including the Ford Foundation, Johnson...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news

Nairobi Summit to Redouble Efforts to Urgently Deal with Reproductive Rights for Women and Girls
ICPD25 opening, Crown Princess Mary from Denmark with President Uhuru Kenyatta (middle ), and the key speakers. Credit: ICPD25By Mantoe PhakathiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 2019 (IPS) More than 6 000 delegates in the population development sector are gathering in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi this week to renew the promise made to girls and women 25 years ago in Cairo. Giving them the renewed mandate were young girls from different African countries, in their firm voices, called upon delegates to ensure that they have access to sexual reproductive health rights, justice and equality. “I want to be educated about sexual an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Population TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news

When is Universal Health Coverage Good for Attaining Universal Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights?
UNFPA-supported midwives ensured that this young woman gave birth safely in Bor Hospital, South Sudan. © UNFPA South SudanBy Julitta OnabanjoJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 12 2019 (IPS) This is a special year for all rights-based health advocates, as we celebrate 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). At the ICPD in Cairo in 1994, for the first time world leaders from 179 member states committed to the principles that underpin today’s Sustainable Development Goals: non-discrimination and universality; the centrality of health, including sexual and reproductive health and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr. Julitta Onabanjo Tags: Africa Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations ICPD25 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) Source Type: news

Call to Action as Thousands Breathe New Life to the Cairo Promise at ICPD 25 Summit in Nairobi This Week
Gender equality and women empowerment at the heart of ICPD25. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 2019 (IPS) Every day 830 women die while giving life. At least 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage with 11,000 girls undergoing female genital mutilation. These are some of the cruel realities young women face every day. However, there is renewed hope that delegates expected to attend the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Nairobi this week will re-energise and breathe new life to the Cairo Promise. “The Summit is a call to action to accelerate progress t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Population Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news

Nearly Half of Nepali Children Still Malnourished
Mother’s group in Accham feed home-cooked meal to their children. Credit: MARTY LOGANBy Sonia AwaleKATHMANDU, Nov 8 2019 (IPS) For the first two decades after 1990, Nepal took great strides in reducing malnutrition. But progress has stalled. Nepal registered one of the most dramatic reductions in undernourishment among children and women after the government and international agencies took action in recent decades to reverse shocking statistics that showed half of under-5 mortality in the country was due to insufficient nourishment. “Nepal is the best country to showcase how political will can implement a multi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sonia Awale Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Child Malnutrition Source Type: news

The Nairobi Summit Is about the Future of Humanity and Human Prosperity
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hailed the strong partnership between his government and UNFPA during a meeting with UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem in March 2019, which will jointly convene the ICPD 25 from 12 to 14 November 2019 along with the Government of Denmark. Credit: PSCU By Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 2019 (IPS) As we count down the remaining days to the opening of the Nairobi Summit or the International Conference for Population and Development(ICPD), I am confounded by how much humanity has managed to simultaneously empower more women than at any other time in history, while at...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Conferences Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Labour Population TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Four Ways the African Development Bank Can Support a More Secure Africa
An eight-month-old boy is examined by a doctor in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Nov 7 2019 (IPS) Free movement of people and goods across Africa increases the risk of transmission of infectious diseases. The continent must realise that it is no longer a question of if disease outbreaks will occur, but instead, of when, and how fast. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control says that within 36 hours, a disease outbreak can spread from a remote village to major urban cities of the world. According to preventepidemics.org, a website which ranks countries’ levels of e...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Africa Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Italy ’s Olive-Oil Industry Sees Simmering Threats from Climate Change and Nasty Bacteria
By Eric RegulyROME, Nov 6 2019 (IPS) On a warm Saturday morning in late October, the silver-green leaves of the 200 productive olive trees on a rolling country property in Umbria, in central Italy, sparkled in the brilliant sun. Fausto Venturi, a local farmer who devotes autumn weekends to making olive oil, could not have been happier. The weather was perfect for harvesting the Moraiolo olives. The small, round green fruit is indigenous to Umbria and Tuscany, prized by olive growers for its high yield and among connoisseurs for the oil’s gorgeous emerald-green colour and fruity aroma, with hints of artichokes and he...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Eric Reguly Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Europe ’s Green Deal is Turning Red
This article first appeared in International Politics and Society published by the International Political Analysis Unit of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastrasse 28, D-10785 Berlin. The post Europe’s Green Deal is Turning Red appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Delara Burkhardt is deputy federal chairman of Germany's Young Socialists (JUSOS) and a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. The post Europe’s Green Deal is Turning Red appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Delara Burkhardt Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Prepare to Win: Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness
Young students take part in Tsunami evacuation drills in Bali, Indonesia. Credit: UNDP Asia-PacificBy Asako OkaiUNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 2019 (IPS) Once considered rare in their occurrence, in the last 10 years tsunamis have struck nearly every year: from Samoa to Chile, and from Iceland to New Zealand. Usually triggered by a massive earthquake which is impossible to predict, there is often very little time to respond to a tsunami warning. Yet, if the warning is clear and people know what to do, thousands of lives can be saved. As we mark World Tsunami Awareness Day November 5, I’d like to express my appreciation to th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Asako Okai Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Nepal and Colombia Struggle With Mental Health Burden of Conflict
Credit: SEWA BHATTARAIBy Sewa BhattaraiOct 29 2019 (IPS) Children sit in a circle experimenting with different colours on palettes at a shelter in Godavari one morning this week. Some design flowers in bright colours, others draw homes nestled below mountains. Many of the children are survivors of rape or domestic violence, from rural parts of Nepal. The one thing they have in common is mental trauma. For Colombian painter Dairo Vargas (pictured with students of Kitini College) who is coaching these and other Nepali children, the situation is very familiar to that of his own country. Vargas himself suffered depression as ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sewa Bhattarai Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Colombia mental health Nepal Source Type: news

Governments Must Short Circuit Tobacco Industry ’s Pervasive Tactics
This report card ranked countries according to their efforts in protecting public health policies. Japan, Jordan, Egypt and Bangladesh are among those that scored the highest in the level of tobacco industry influence, which means weaker resistance of governments from industry meddling, while the United Kingdom, Uganda and Iran lead in protecting health policy from industry meddling. The ranking is based on civil society reports from 33 countries covering about 70% of the world population. The Global Tobacco Index is released by the STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products) project. Key global findings • Tr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr. Mary Assunta and Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

World Closer Than Ever to Seeing Polio Disappear for Good
A Pakistani child receives a dose of the oral polio vaccine (OPV). Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 2019 (IPS) In a “historic achievement for humanity”, two of three wild poliovirus strains have been eliminated worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday, following the conclusion by a group of experts that WPV3, type three of the disease, has been eradicated completely. The deadly viral disease is “very close” to disappearing altogether, with the number of affected children having dropped by 99 per cent since 1988, the UN Children...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Polio Source Type: news

Swiftly Ending Tobacco Epidemic Requires Government Action, Not Empty Promises
By Mark HurleyWASHINGTON DC, Oct 23 2019 (IPS) New information published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that action taken by just 11 countries – most of them low- or middle-income – has resulted in 20 million fewer adult tobacco users in 2017 compared with 2008. Seventy percent of the world’s tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries. This promising progress is a testament to strong government action and its effects are far reaching. Between 2008 and 2017, over 53 million fewer adults were exposed to secondhand smoke in indoor public places like restaurants, government bu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark Hurley Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Africa ’s Investment Drive Gathers Pace
Africa Investment Forum 2018By Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Oct 18 2019 (IPS) Headwinds are blowing amid IMF warnings of a “synchronised slowdown” in global economic growth, yet Africa’s investment drive is still gathering pace, supported by intense international competition in development finance. Despite the global slowdown, 19 sub-Saharan countries are among nearly 40 emerging markets and developing economies forecast by the IMF to maintain GDP growth rates above 5 percent this year. Particularly encouraging for Africa is that its present growth leaders are richer in innovation than natural resources. Wh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Peace TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Tuberculosis Infections Declining, But Not Fast Enough Among Poor, Marginalised: UN Health Agency
A 25 year-old tuberculosis patient is treated at her home in Funafuti, the main island of Tuvalu in the South Pacific. Credit: UNDP Tuvalu/Aurélia Rusek.By External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 2019 (IPS) A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease. Caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB commonly causes persistent coughing, fatigue and weight loss. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and its latest Global TB Report, a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Let Plants be Thy Medicine – You Are What You Eat
Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Esther Ngumbi and Ifeanyi NsoforILLINOIS, United States / ABUJA, Oct 16 2019 (IPS) United Nations World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16 under the theme: “Our Actions ARE Our Future. Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World”. This theme is timely, especially, because across Africa and around the world, there has been a gradual rise in malnutrition and diet-related non communicable diseases, as highlighted in The Lancet study and a United Nations Report published earlier this year. While 45 percent of deaths in children are from nu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Esther Ngumbi and Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health World Food Day Source Type: news

Global Challenges for the ‘NextGen’
By Lindsay FalveyMELBOURNE, Oct 15 2019 (IPS) Success has many parents – so the saying goes. In the case of the massive successes of international agricultural research, no one person can claim parentage. There are heroes along the way such as Norman Borlaug and his early cereal breeding, and the team that eliminated the cattle disease Rinderpest from the world – smallpox is the only other disease that has been totally eradicated. Another is the founder of The Crawford Fund, Derek Tribe, who was also instrumental in the creation of what is now the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which I chair...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lindsay Falvey Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Rural Poverty Is Still a Scar on the Soul of Colombia, but a New Program Supporting Agri-Entrepreneurship Can Help Heal the Wounds
The objectives for entrepreneurship include an alliance to enhance the development and productivity of rural Colombia, promoting a productive transformation with more innovation, increased labour and business formalization, and better public goods and services. Framed within this overall response, the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has launched a new program, “El Campo Emprende” [Rural areas are enterprising], that benefits small producers, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendant communities, female heads of household, young people, and in ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jesus Quintana Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Inequity Labour Latin America & the Caribbean Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nati Source Type: news