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Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality
Tim Wainwright is Chief Executive at WaterAidBy Tim WainwrightLONDON, Nov 16 2017 (IPS)This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)– and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets. Tim Wainwright, CEO, WaterAid UKIt is frustrating that the headline statistics have not made greater progress two years into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), when having a toilet is such a fundamental boost to gender equality, as well as health, education and economic ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tim Wainwright Tags: Development & Aid Gender Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’
Using nuclear sciences to feed the world. Credit: FAOBy Baher KamalROME, Nov 16 2017 (IPS)It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture –and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work? To start with, nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, and ensure food safety and authenticity, as well as increase livestock pro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Girls in Afghanistan —and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets
Girls cover their faces to protect themselves from the stench of a filthy and malfunctioning restroom in their school. at this school, girls have no toilets of their own and their only option is to use the ones on the far side of the buildings where the boys study. They do not have locking doors and are several minutes’ walk from a water point. ©2017 Paula Bronstein for Human Rights WatchBy Heather Barr and Amanda KlasingLONDON/WASHINGTON DC, Nov 15 2017 (IPS)“I never come here, just because of boys,” Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. “They’re opening the door.” Atifa, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Heather Barr and Amanda Klasing Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Education Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Water & Sanitation Afghanistan World Toilet Day Source Type: news

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2017 (IPS)A vibrant global campaign to ban the use of mercury in dentistry is shifting direction: moving from Europe to the developing world. Charlie Brown, Attorney & President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, an organization which is spearheading the campaign, told African and Asian delegates at a meeting in Geneva late September: “When you return to your home countries, please do as the European Union has done: phase out amalgam for children now, for one simple reason: The children of your nation are equally important as the children of Europe.”Presid...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Aid Groups Sound Alarm on DRC Crisis
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2017 (IPS)The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and the international community must step in before it worsens, humanitarian agencies warn. The escalation of ethnic clashes in southeastern DRC in recent months has left millions displaced and on the verge of starvation.In the past year alone, the conflict has displaced nearly 2 million, 850,000 of whom are children and some of whom have fled to the neighboring nations of Angola and Zambia. DRC already had the highest number of new displacements in the world in 2016.Last month, the U...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Aid Groups Condemn Yemen Blockade, Warn of ‘Catastrophic’ Famine
Fatima Shooie sits between her 85-year-old mother and 22-year-old daughter who are both receiving treatment for cholera at a crowded hospital in Sana’a. Credit: WHO/S. HasanBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Nov 10 2017 (IPS)If aid deliveries are not resumed, Yemen will experience the worst famine the world has seen in recent decades.Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia closed all land, air, and sea ports in Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a missile at Riyadh.Though the Saudi-led coalition reopened the southern port Aden, humanitarian officials have warned of a famine and health crisis if other entry points remain sh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Famine OCHA Saudi Arabia Yemen Source Type: news

Nations without Nationality – An ‘Unseen’ Stark Reality
This report explains the circumstances that have led to them not being recognised as citizens, drawing on discussions with four stateless or formerly stateless minority groups. The findings in this report underscore the critical need for minorities to enjoy the right to nationality.“Imagine being told you don’t belong because of the language you speak, the faith you follow, the customs you practice or the colour of your skin. This is the stark reality for many of the world’s stateless. Discrimination, which can be the root cause of their lack of nationality, pervades their everyday lives – often wit...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Crime & Justice Editors' Choice Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Conservation Agriculture: Zambia ’s Double-edged Sword against Climate Change and Hunger
Minimum tillage (ripping) in Kasiya Camp, Zambia. Credit: Crissy Mupuchi/DAPPBy Friday PhiriPEMBA, Zambia, Nov 7 2017 (IPS)As governments gather in Bonn, Germany for the next two weeks to hammer out a blueprint for implementation of the global climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, a major focus will be on emissions reductions to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C by 2020.While achieving this goal requires serious mitigation ambitions, developing country parties such as Zambia have also been emphasising adaptation as enshrined in Article 2 (b) of the Paris Agreement: Increasing the a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Projects TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation conservatio Source Type: news

Women and Malnutrition in Africa
In conclusion, it is arguable that there are improved impacts on nutrition if agricultural interventions are targeted to women and when specific work is done around women’s empowerment (for example, through behaviour change communication), mediated through women’s time use, women’s own health and nutrition status, and women’s access to and control over resources as well as intrahousehold decision-making power. That this may be dismissed out of hand is not unlikely either, given the persistence of male dominance.The post Women and Malnutrition in Africa appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source:...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghav Gaiha and Vani Kulkarni Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking
Attendees at the 11th Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, Oct. 27-29, 2017. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulNEW DELHI, Oct 30 2017 (IPS)Twenty-year-old Gogontlejang Phaladi of Mahalapye, Botswana is grateful she was never sent to a so-called “hyena” like scores of girls in neighboring Malawi were.In a ritual approved by the community, a solo man (the hyena) would have sex with the adolescent girls of an entire village to “sexually cleanse” them so they would be considered fit for marriage."It makes sense to bring village and religious leaders in this conversation on violent crimes....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health adolescent girls adolescent health child mar Source Type: news

Stopping Child Marriage Forever
Akhter and her mother, Panna Begum, who saved her from being married off at the age of 13. Credit: Shahiduzzaman/IPSBy ShahiduzzamanDHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 30 2017 (IPS)The mother moved in like a tigress to save her cub. In 2015, when her 13-year-old daughter Shumi Akhter was about to be married off, Panna Begum pleaded with her husband, Dulal Mia, to cancel the marriage he’d arranged for their daughter. Panna argued vehemently that Shumi was just a child and it was wrong for her to be married off at such a tender age. Dulal was adamant, countering that it was tradition and custom and his responsibility as a father to...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shahiduzzaman Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Education Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population
This report too is limited in its scope, and is by no means a compendium of the vast amount of research that has been done on ageing and social security, and does not offer definitive solutions,” Fukuda added. “What it does aim to do is to clearly set out issues surrounding this topic and present critical views that can help Asian countries develop better policies for population ageing.”While sharing the details and findings of the policy brief, Fukuda said that it is necessary to strengthen the gathering of statistics, in particular the census system, and to establish family registration systems in order...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Amna Khaishgi Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Ageing Population Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Source Type: news

Who is Really Responsible for Collapse of Zimbabwe ’s Health Services?
Many children under 15 in Zimbabwe discover their HIV status only when they fall critically ill later in life. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/ IPSBy Frederic MousseauOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, Oct 27 2017 (IPS)On October 22, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it had removed Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following outrage and concerns raised by his appointment just two days before. A Guardian article cited WHO member states and activists “who noted that Zimbabwe’s health care system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s regime.” Another ar...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Frederic Mousseau Tags: Africa Featured Headlines Health Indigenous Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Deliberate Famine Should Be a War Crime, UN Expert Says
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 2017 (IPS)The deliberate starvation of civilians could amount to a war crime and should be prosecuted, said an independent UN human rights expert. In a new report, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver examined the right to food in conflict situations and found a grim picture depicting the most severe humanitarian crisis since the UN was established.Hilal Elver. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider“Contrary to popular belief, causalities resulting directly from combat usually make up only a small proportion of deaths in conflict zones, with most individuals ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Let ’s Harness the Egalitarian Spirit of Sport for Global Cohesion
Football match to raise awareness on environmental issues in Watamu, Kenya jointly organized by UNESCO, UN Environment and UN Information Center. Credit: @UNESCOBy Ann Therese Ndong Jatta and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 2017 (IPS)24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.In his message to the world the UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres remarked, “When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world”. Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development obje...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ann Therese Ndong Jatta and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Aid Democracy Education Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Lack of International Action on Rohingya Crisis Called a “Disgrace”
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 2017 (IPS)As the crisis in Myanmar reaches unprecedented levels, frustration is at its peak as the international community remains slow to respond and act cohesively. Over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since the renewal of violence on August 25, making it the fastest-growing refugee emergency in the world.Idriss Jazairy. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeThe UN warns that up to one million—representing the entire Muslim population of Rakhine state—could flee to the neighboring nation by the end of the year if the crisis continues.Rohingya ref...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights Migration & Refugees Religion TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Innovation for Climate-Smart Agriculture Key to Ending Hunger in Kenya
Vaccination of live stock in Samburu County, Kenya. Credit: @FAO/LUIS TATOBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya , Oct 23 2017 (IPS)Some parts of Kenya are reeling from the effects of probably the worst drought in the last 20 years. With nearly 3.4 million people food insecure, Kenya’s food security prognosis looks gloomy, with climate change and natural resource depletion set to pose even greater risks in the long term. Rising temperatures and unpredicatble rainy seasons could destroy crop yield gains made in the recent past, and the threats of extreme weather such as flooding, drought and pests becoming more real. T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Natural Resources Poverty & SDG Source Type: news

Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue
Rev. Patricia Ackerman is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York, and the New York UN Representative for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.By Rev. Patricia AckermanNEW YORK, Oct 20 2017 (IPS)On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country’s Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts. She could not believ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Patricia Ackerman Tags: Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LGBTQ Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body
A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPSBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2017 (IPS)The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO). A letter signed by nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups worldwide is calling on the Governing Body of the Geneva-based UN agency to expel tobacco companies from its subsidiary membership.“Tobacco companies victimize fa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

An Inequality Beyond Wealth: Gaps in Women ’s Health
A mother and her child from West Point, a low-income neighbourhood of Monrovia, Liberia. The 10-worst countries to be a mother in are all in sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 2017 (IPS)While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women’s access to sexual and reproductive health. In a new report, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) explores the persistent, if not widening, inequalities in sexual and reproductive health around the world, holding back women and girls from a productive and prosperous f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Driven to Extremes –How Poverty Fuels Extremism, and How to Help Africa’s Youth
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldier greets a group of children during a patrol in the Kaa’ran district of Somali capital, Mogadishu. Credit: UN Photo/Stuart PriceBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 2017 (IPS)Poverty is a blight, and one that disproportionately affects sub-Saharan Africa. It is a vast and complex issue whose tentacles reach into many areas, including climate change, sustainable development and–crucially–global security. The link between poverty and violent extremism is compelling, and means that if we want to address extremism, we must fight inequality too. This yea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Crime & Justice Education Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example
Afrusa Begum and Shafiul Alam receiving land title from Deputy Commissioner Md Mahbubul Alam TalukderBy ShahiduzzamanMaijdee, Noakhali (Bangladesh), Oct 13 2017 (IPS)History was made for 400 landless families in the remote char lands of Noakhali district. On October 11, they all received land titles from the government for which they had waited for over two decades. In Bangladesh, as in other countries, the title is a permanent legal ownership document. Over a thousand people, including the landless families, children, friends and neighbours, gathered under a big colourful ‘pandal’ (marquee) near Saddam Bazar o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shahiduzzaman Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugee Women Bring Stories of Unspeakable Violence
Women and children who escaped the brutal violence in Myanmar wait for aid at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Parvez Ahmad Faysal/IPSBy Naimul HaqCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Oct 10 2017 (IPS)Yasmin, 26, holds her 10-day-old baby, who she gave birth to in a crowded refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern district bordering Myanmar.Three weeks ago, when she was still in her home in Hpaung Taw Pyin village in Myanmar, she was raped by a group of soldiers as houses burned, people fled and gunfire shattered the air.“I have been working as a human rights activist for the last 20 years but never heard of such an extrem...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Bangladesh International Organization for Migration (IOM) Myanmar Rape Rohingyas U.N. High Source Type: news

Searching for a Doctor at 3,000 Metres High
Celestina of Porcón Alto, a rural region high in the Andes, whose family has lived on the same plot of land for generations. Credit: Andrea Vale/IPSBy Andrea ValePORCÓN, Peru, Oct 6 2017 (IPS)Good healthcare can be hard to get – particularly when one lives on top of a mountain. The road to Porcón in the Cajamarca region of Peru, therefore, is as breathtaking as it is sobering. With every step further into its isolated natural beauty, a group of volunteers sent to deliver healthcare essentials are reminded how long the trek would be in an emergency.After a bus has taken the volunteers as far as it...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Andrea Vale Tags: Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Inequity Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Andes diabetes Malnutrition obesity Peru underweight Source Type: news

The World Is Running Out of Much Needed New Antibiotics
Posters: Misuse of antibiotics and risks. Credit: WHOBy Baher KamalROME, Oct 4 2017 (IPS)The world is running out of new antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a new specialised report warns ahead of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, adding that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. The latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on this issue “Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, includi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Making an Economic Case for Climate Action
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) receives the legal instruments for joining the Paris Agreement from Barack Obama, President of the United States, at a special ceremony held in Hangzhou, China. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 2 2017 (IPS)Having faced a year of record temperatures and devastating hurricanes, the United States stands more to lose if it doesn’t take steps to reduce the risk and impact of climate change, according to a new report. Launched by the Universal Ecological Fund, it details the costs of the U.S.’ climate inaction to the national economy and ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Green Economy Headlines Health North America Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Non-violence and lasting peace are key to secure the long-term stability of the Arab region
International Day of Non-Violence – 2 October 2017By Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al QassimGeneva/Dubai, Oct 2 2017 (IPS)The Chairman of the Geneva Centre Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim is calling on the international community to address the surge of extremist violence exacerbating the volatile security situation in the Arab region. This appeal was made by Dr. Al Qassim in relation to the commemoration of the 2017 International Day of Non-Violence observed on 2 October 2017. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim“The Arab region is witnessing yet again a wave of extremist violence owing to the proliferation of local and inter...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Falling off the health-care radar
Vani S. Kulkarni is a Lecturer in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.; Raghav Gaiha is (Hon.) Professorial Research Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, U.K.By Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaPHILADELPHIA and NEW DELHI, Sep 28 2017 (IPS)Care for the elderly needs to be better targeted by the health system and social networks. The National Health Policy (NHP), 2017 is unable to see the wood for the trees. Life and death questions are dealt with perfunctorily or simply overlooked. For example, it overlooks the rapid rise in the share of the old (60 years or more), and associated morbiditie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: S Kulkami Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Care for the elderly needs to be better targeted by the health system and social networks
Vani S. Kulkarni is a Lecturer in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.; Raghav Gaiha is (Hon.) Professorial Research Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, U.K.By Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaPHILADELPHIA and NEW DELHI, Sep 28 2017 (IPS)The National Health Policy (NHP), 2017 is unable to see the wood for the trees. Life and death questions are dealt with perfunctorily or simply overlooked. For example, it overlooks the rapid rise in the share of the old (60 years or more), and associated morbidities, especially sharply rising non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and disabilities. With rising...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: S Kulkami Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights Source Type: news

Philanthropists Join Forces to Fund Africa ’s Cash-Strapped Health Sector
Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre in Nigeria. Credit: Tristate Heart and Vascular CentreBy Pavithra Rao, Africa Renewal*NEW YORK, Sep 28 2017 (IPS)In the 2017 World Happiness Report by Gallup, African countries score poorly. Of the 150 countries on the list, the Central African Republic, Tanzania and Burundi rank as the unhappiest countries in the world. Some of the factors driving unhappiness are the poor state of the continent’s health care systems, the persistence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and the growth of lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.Few African countries make...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Pavithra Rao Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?
Disassembling of electronic waste in Bengaluru, India. Credit: Victorgrigas. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.By Baher KamalROME, Sep 27 2017 (IPS)Each year, the electronics industry generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste, but as the number of consumers rises, and the lifespan of devices shrinks in response to demand for the newest and best, that figure could reach 50 million tonnes this year, according to specialised studies. Of all these tonnes of noxious waste, a staggering 60-90 per cent of e-waste –worth nearly 19 billion dollars– is illegally traded or dumped, often with...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico
Artisanal gold mining in Latin America uses mercury, a practice that should be modified in countries that have ratified the international Minamata Convention for the control of this toxic metal. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPSBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Sep 26 2017 (IPS)For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.“There are a large number of pits (from which the mercury is extracted), and there are the tailing ponds containing mining waste, all of which drains i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Natural Resources Regional Categories gold mining mercury Mexico Minam Source Type: news

More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth
Tax cuts do not magically improve economic growth. Instead, the government should focus on building more economic capacity with new investments in infrastructure, research and development (R&D), education, and anti-poverty programs. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 26 2017 (IPS)The Trump administration’s promise to increase infrastructure spending should break the straightjacket the Republicans imposed on the Obama administration after capturing the US Congress in 2010. However, in proportionate terms, it falls far short of Roosevelt’s New Deal ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Energy Featured Financial Crisis Global Global Governance Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Torturing Detainees Is Immoral and Ineffective, Says UN Human Rights Chief
Eritreans protesting in Tel Aviv. Credit: Jillian Kestler-D’Amours/IPSBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 2017 (IPS)A Manual for Investigative Interviewing to abolish torture among detainees suspected of crime is in the pipeline, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today. At an event held on the sidelines of the General Assembly, Al Hussein slammed the practice of torture and called upon countries to abolish it entirely. In recent years, numerous studies have shown that information obtained through torture is not reliable, and from the interrogator’s perspective, even cou...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Sep 20 2017 (IPS)In his first address on the global stage of the General Assembly, United States’ President Donald Trump touted an “America First” approach at the very institution that is meant to inspire collaboration between nations. Donald J. Trump. Credit: UN Photo/Cia PakDuring his 45-minute speech, President Trump praised national sovereignty, referencing the concept a whopping 21 times.“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their v...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Climate Change Conferences Crime & Justice Democracy Energy Environment Gender Global Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Sep 20 2017 (IPS)After finally breaking silence with a much anticipated address on the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has disappointed the world as she refuses to acknowledge the plight of her country’s Rohingya community. Aung San Suu KyiIn a 30-minute televised address, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said that her government does not fear “international scrutiny” over its management of the crisis in Rakhine.Suu Kyi, who decided not to attend the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York, said she ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees
Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that “the world’s extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa”. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPSBy Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS)Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Europe Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Rohingya: A Trail of Misfortune
A burnt down house in a Rohingya village in northern Rakhine State, a result of sectarian violence in August 2017. Credit: Moe Zaw/VOA/public domainBy Farid AhmedCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sep 18 2017 (IPS)Forsaken and driven out by their home country Myanmar, tens of thousands of Rohingyas are struggling to survive in Bangladesh’s border districts amid scarcities of food, clean water and medical care, mostly for children and elderly people.In a desperate flight to escape brutal military persecution, men, women and children in the thousands have walked for miles, travelled on rickety fishing boats or waded through the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farid Ahmed Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Bangladesh Myanmar Rohingyas U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Source Type: news

Civilians ‘Direct Targets’ as Conflict Spreads in Central African Republic
Credit: Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Lindah MogeniUNITED NATIONS, Sep 14 2017 (IPS)Rape, torture, pillage, murder and forced displacement by the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) rebel forces are the new horrifying realities faced by communities in Basse-Kotto, Central African Republic, according to the prominent London-based human rights group Amnesty International. The UN peacekeeping force in the region, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), tasked with civilian protection, has been unable to curb these systematic abuses, Amnesty says.&...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lindah Mogeni Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Religion Source Type: news

Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts … When Climate Sets the Agenda
A group of women in Mogadishu, Somalia, after leaving Toro-Toro, 100 kilometres away, because of a lack of water and food. Credit: OCHABy Baher KamalROME, Sep 11 2017 (IPS)When officials and experts from all over the world started the first-ever environmental summit hosted by China, they were already aware that climate and weather-related disasters were already seriously beginning to set the international agenda – unprecedented floods in South Asia, strongest ever hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and catastrophic droughts striking the Horn of Africa, among the most impacting recent events. In fact, Ordos, China has been t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Africa Aid Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Refugee Camps “bursting at the seams” in Bangladesh
New arrivals struggle to find space in the already-overcrowded Kutupalong camp, which saw over 16,000 new arrivals within a week of the outbreak of violence in Myanmar on 25 August 2017. Credit: UNHCR/Vivian TanBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Sep 9 2017 (IPS)A dramatic increase in the number of refugees fleeing Myanmar is placing a huge strain on already very limited resources in Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said. In the last two weeks alone, an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees had sought safety in Bangladesh amid escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.“The situation is very grav...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights Migration & Refugees Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World
Asbestos is a toxic material that is known to cause mesothelioma, a form of cancer. The material is still used across the globe exposing people to the resulting mesothelioma.By Brook SpencerWALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 8 2017 (IPS)The worldwide impact cancer has is well known. It is the second leading cause of death globally, and according to the World Health Organization, was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths are due to cancer and of those deaths approximately 70 percent occur in low and middle-income countries.Asbestos is a global problem that leads to real health risks – namely...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brook Spencer Tags: Development & Aid Headlines Health Source Type: news

How Aid in Cash, Not Goods, Averted a Famine in Somalia
Young girls line up at a feeding centre in Mogadishu. Credit: UN Photo/Tobin JonesBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Sep 8 2017 (IPS)In February, when the government of Somalia sounded an alarm to the UN about risks of a famine in the country, the UN’s Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), besides quickly shuffling a response team, was acting from a steep sense of history. The Office, instead of sending out massive aid packages, distributed cash vouchers to families who could spend it to buy goods according to their needs. The famine between the years 2010 and 2012, which killed more than a quarter of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Africa Aid Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Cholera in North-Eastern Nigeria: An Endemic Outbreak
Nurse treats cholera victims. Credit: IPSBy Lindah MogeniNEW YORK, Sep 6 2017 (IPS)A recent cholera outbreak in North-Eastern Nigeria has resulted in at least 186 suspected cases and 14 deaths as of Sep. 1, according to Borno State’s Ministry of Health. The outbreak, which coincided with this year’s annual World Water Week, occurred in Muna Garage, a camp sheltering an estimated 44,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).A rapid response to the outbreak by Borno State’s Ministry of Health, alon...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lindah Mogeni Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women's Health Source Type: news

What Charities and Relief organizations do to alleviate poverty in the Arab region
Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, is Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global DialogueBy Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimGENEVA, Sep 5 2017 (IPS)Extreme poverty remains one of the world’s biggest challenges. According to the United Nations, 767 million people live in extreme poverty around the world. Although world society has managed to lift nearly 1 billion people out of extreme poverty – in 1999 it was estimated that 1.7 billion were affected by extreme poverty – the unprecedented rise of conflict and of violence in the Arab region has worsened the socioeconomic situation of vulnerable...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Small Entrepreneurs Emerge as Backbone of Bangladesh ’s Rural Economy
Shahndah Rani. Credit: ShahiduzzamanBy ShahiduzzamanBanaripara (Barisal), Sep 4 2017 (IPS)She was born in the early 1950’s to an ultra-poor family in Kundihar, a remote village of Banaripara of Barisal division in Bangladesh. She was a beautiful baby and her father named her ‘Shahndah Rani’ which means ‘Queen of Evenings’. But in reality her life was far from that of a queen. Born into acute poverty, there were days when she went without any food. Rani’s parents could not afford any schooling and gave her away in marriage at age 16 to relieve some of the pressures on them. She was marrie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shahiduzzaman Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Trade & Investment Women & Economy Source Type: news

Towards a Resource Efficient and Pollution Free Asia-Pacific
Shamshad Akhtar, is Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Erik Solheim, is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)By Shamshad Akhtar and Erik Solheim BANGKOK, Thailand, Sep 4 2017 (IPS)Senior government officials from across Asia and the Pacific will meet in Bangkok this week for the first-ever Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment. The high-level meeting is co-convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and UN Environment and is a unique opportunity for the re...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shamshad Akhtar and Erik Solheim Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitatio Source Type: news

Once Decimated by AIDS, Zimbabwe ’s Khoisan Tribe Embraces Treatment
Members of Zimbabwe’s Khoisan tribe perform a traditional dance during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign conducted by Tsoro-O-Tso San, a development trust that aids the tribe. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy Jeffrey MoyoTSHOLOTSHO, Zimbabwe, Aug 31 2017 (IPS)Sixty-seven-year-old Hloniphani Sidingo gives a broad smile while popping out through the gate of a clinic in her village, as she heads home clutching containers of anti-retroviral pills.The first Bantu people to dwell in present-day Zimbabwe, the Khoisan, also known as the Bushmen or Basagwa, populate remote areas of southern Africa, particularly Angola, Botswana, Namib...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Featured Headlines Health Indigenous Rights Poverty & SDGs ARV treatment HIV/AIDS Khoisan tribe Zimbabwe Source Type: news

2017 World Water Week: ‘Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’
2017 World Water Week: ‘Water and waste: reduce and reuse’By IPS World DeskROME, Aug 22 2017 (IPS)With a growing global population, a rise in energy and industrial production, the demand for water is reaching new levels.By 2050 it is expected that approximately 6.4 billion people will live in cities, making urban water management an essential building block for resilience and sustainable growth.Cities are increasingly recognized as critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. While wastewater isn’t only an urban challenge, cities can serve as a hub for wastewater innovation.Water supply, sanit...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Multimedia Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Video Water & Sanitation World Water Week Source Type: news

Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, is Now Legally Binding
Informal gold mining is one of the main sources of mercury contamination. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.By IPS World DeskROME, Aug 16 2017 (IPS)The Minamata Convention — a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force August 16.The primary aim of the Convention is “to protect human health and the environment” from mercury releases, which are considered both environmental and health hazards, according to the United Nations.So far, the inter...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories Ban on Mercury Use Minamata Convention on Mercury Source Type: news