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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

Why Breastfeeding Is One of the “Smartest Investments” for All Countries
May 18, 2017. A combined group of South Sudanese refugees and Ugandans take part in a class about breast feeding. Nyumanzi Refugee Settlement, Adjumani District. Conflict and famine in South Sudan have led to an exodus of refugees into Uganda. Credit: JAMES OATWAY/UNICEFBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Aug 8 2017 (IPS)The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has released new findings on the economic gains—besides the obvious health benefits—of breastfeeding. Hailing the practice as an investment that ought to be supported by governments, the UN estimates that 4.70 dollars can push up rates of breastfe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Aid Democracy Education Gender Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

World Still Lagging on Indigenous Rights 10 Years After Historic Declaration, UN Experts Warn
Women from Nepal's indigenous tribe. Credit: Mallika Aryal/IPSBy Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, Albert K. Barume and Victoria Tauli-CorpuzGENEVA / NEW YORK, Aug 7 2017 (IPS)The world’s indigenous peoples still face huge challenges a decade after the adoption of an historic declaration on their rights, a group of United Nations experts and specialist bodies has warned. Speaking ahead of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, the group says States must put words into action to end discrimination, exclusion and lack of protection illustrated by the worsening murder rate of human rights de...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Zaatari Camp Marks Fifth Year With 80,000 Refugees
A view of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, where nearly 80,000 Syrian refugees are living. Credit: UN Photo/Sahem RababahBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 2017 (IPS)Jordan’s Zaatari camp, which opened in 2012 as a makeshift camp to house Syrian refugees fleeing the war, marked its fifth year on June 28. The camp was opened by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the United Nations (UN) to cope with the humanitarian crisis in Syria—which has recorded the world’s largest refugee movement since WWII—with a clear goal to house refugees temporarily.Between then and today, more than 80,000 Syr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Education Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Has Disability Risen among the Elderly?
Disability is neither purely medical nor purely social. Rather, it is an outcome of their interplay.By Veena S. Kulkarni, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaNEW DELHI, Jul 31 2017 (IPS)The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 (or RPD Act) is laudable in its intent and procedural detail, but mostly silent on disabilities among the elderly. Indeed, for this reason alone, it is arguable that its overarching goal—“The appropriate Government shall ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy the right to equality, life with dignity and respect for his or her integrity equally with others” —is me...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Veena Kulkarni Vani Kulkarni Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights Labour TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women's Health Source Type: news

Last Mile Connectivity to Bangladesh ’s Impoverished North
The Dharala River of Kurigram District. It is the poorest district of the country with 67.3 per cent of the population living below the poverty line. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/3.0By Mahfuzur RahmanDHAKA, Jul 31 2017 (IPS)Life for Bangladesh’s rural people, particularly in its remote north, is still miserable. Seasonal flooding, river erosion, and the low quality of rural infrastructure and lack of connectivity have made things harder for poor northerners. Though the country has been elevated to the lower middle-income country club due to its overall income rise, largely because of growing remittance inflows, poverty ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mahfuzur Rahman Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Women's Health Source Type: news

US Lags Far Behind in Banning Dental Health Hazard
Example of mercury use in the healthcare sector. From left to right: Mercury Sphygmomanometer, Dental Amalgam and a Fever Thermometer. Credit: UNDPBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 2017 (IPS)The United States is lagging far behind its Western allies – and perhaps most of the key developing countries – in refusing to act decisively to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry. The 28-member European Union (EU), with an estimated population of over 510 million people, recently announced its decision to ban amalgam use in children under age 15, pregnant women, and breas...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

“The Time is Now” to Invest in Youth, Girls
Natalia Kanem, Acting Executive Director the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Credit: UN Photo/Mark GartenBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 2017 (IPS)The demographic dividend: though not a new concept, it is one of the major buzzwords at the UN this year. But what does it really mean? There are 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 around the world, the most in the history of humankind.In Africa alone, approximately 60 percent of its population is currently under 25 years old and this figure is only expected to rise.With this change in demographics comes more working-age individuals and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

UN Appoints Experts to DRC ’s Kasai to Probe Harrowing Rights Abuses
By Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 2017 (IPS)The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, appointed a team of three international experts yesterday to collect information and raise awareness about grave atrocities in the ongoing conflict in the remote Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Security Council observes a moment of silence in memory of two UN experts who were killed recently while monitoring the sanctions regime in the Kasaï Central region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Credit: UN PhotoCentral Kasai has been mired in a conflict between g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Yemen Records 400,000 Cholera Cases
Tents set up at Alsabeen hospital in Sana'a Yemen for screening suspected cholera cases.By Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 2017 (IPS)The directors of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO) released a joint statement today shedding light on a deadly cholera epidemic engulfing war-torn Yemen. More than 400,000 cases of cholera are suspected, and nearly 1,900 people have died from associated cases in the last three months alone.The dire situation results from a culmination of factors, such as modern tactics of warfare that destroy water pipelines, as well as...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Alcoholism Cannot Explain Russian Mortality Spike
In Russia, the simultaneous increase in the total death rate, deaths due to external causes, and alcohol consumption were all driven by stress. Credit: Pavol Stracansky/IPSBy Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame SundaramMOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 25 2017 (IPS)The steep upsurge in mortality and sudden fall in life expectancy in Russia in the early 1990s were the highest ever registered anywhere in recorded human history in the absence of catastrophes, such as wars, plague or famine. The shock economic reforms in the former Soviet economies after 1991 precipitated this unprecedented increase in mortality, shortening life expectan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Featured Financial Crisis Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children
'Zuhoor_Yemen' : One-year-old Zuhoor was forced to have the fingers of her right hand amputated after being seriously injured by an airstrikes near Sana'a. Credit: Mohammed Awadh/Save the ChildrenBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2017 (IPS)Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights’ “shame list” after documenting grave violations against children. Save the Children and the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict have documented at least 23 SLC airstrikes which injured or killed children, prompting an urgent call for the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Pope Francis Donates to FAO for Drought, Conflict-Stricken East Africa
Children in the town of Embetyo, Eritrea. Credit: OCHA/Gemma ConnellBy IPS World DeskROME, Jul 21 2017 (IPS)As an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis has donated 25,000 euro to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa. Pope Francis said the funds are “a symbolic contribution to an FAO programme that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought.” See: East Africa’s Poor Rains: Hunger Worsened, Crops Scorched, Livestock DeadPope Francis speaking at FAO in 2014. Credit: FA...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

WHO Urges Govt ’s to Raise Taxes on Tobacco
Credit: IPSBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 2017 (IPS)Seven million people die each year from tobacco-related deaths, according to a new report published by the World Health Organisation today. Stressing the urgent need to curb deaths from smoking, Dr. Vinayak Prasad, the head of WHO’s tobacco control programme, told IPS that “countries have to monitor tobacco use and prevention policies at the best-level.”He mentioned the adoption of core policies, called MPOWER, to monitor and protect people from tobacco smoke. At the highest level of implementation of these policies, countries will have elimina...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Global Headlines Health Women's Health Source Type: news

Educating Children One Radio Wave at a Time
Discussions are underway with the governments of Cameroon and Niger to make radio courses certified, allowing children to receive a certification and pass the school year.Rose called the approach to the complex crisis “unique,” as it moves from a focus on individual countries to a multi-country response.He also highlighted the potential for the radio education program to be replicated in other regions of the world.In 35 crisis-affected countries, humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises have disrupted the education of 75 million children between the ages of 3 and 18.“In the same way that radio playe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

East Africa ’ s Poor Rains: Hunger Worsened, Crops Scorched, Livestock Dead
This report highlights the critical need for prompt and targeted action to effectively respond to the food crises and to address their root causes. The EU has taken leadership in this response. In 2016, we allocated € 550 million already, followed by another € 165 million that we have just mobilized to assist the people affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa,” said Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.“The report is the outcome of a joint effort and a concrete follow-up to the commitments the EU made at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, whi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Digitizing Family Planning: The Way of the Future
Digitizing SRHR communication: some of the popular mobile phone apps currently used in India by the government and an NGO. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulLONDON, Jul 17 2017 (IPS)Online shopping may have its pros and cons, but when it comes to buying products that have an invisible morality tag, it’s the safest possible option, believes Franklin Paul.One of India’s most vocal advocates for youth rights to sexual health, education and products, Paul has spent over two years studying and introducing digital technologies to India’s rural youths. “One day soon, nobody will have to walk into a stor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Digital Communications India Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Source Type: news

2 Billion People Don ’t Have Access To Clean Water, Opens up Fissures of Inequality
On 9 February 2016 in central Ethiopia, children and women from a semi-pastoralist community wait their turn to fill jerrycans with clean water at a water point in Haro Huba Kebele in Fantale Woreda, in East Shoa Zone, Oromia Region. Credit: © UNICEF/UN011590/AyeneBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jul 13 2017 (IPS)More than two billion people lack access to clean and safe drinking water, according to a new report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Although significant progress to ensure access to drinking water has been achieved, there is still a long way to go to ensure its quality—deemed free fro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Water & Sanitation Women's Health Source Type: news

Promoting Sustainable Population Growth, Key to Raising Human Rights Standards
Two women and a baby in a village near the city of Makeni, in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Credit: UN Photo/Martine PerretBy Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimGENEVA, Switzerland, Jul 11 2017 (IPS)The world population has witnessed a remarkable growth during the recent decades. In 1965, it stood at 3.3 billion people. In 2017 –52 years later– the global population reached a staggering 7.5 billion people corresponding to more than a doubling of the Earth’s residents over the last half-century. Humans have been blessed with access to natural resources such as water, food and rare minerals that have been i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Democracy Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Peace Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

For India ’s Urban Marginalized, Reproductive Healthcare Still a Distant Dream
Sex workers in India’s Chennai city demonstrate their skills in slipping condoms on a phallus. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulCHENNAI/LONDON, Jul 11 2017 (IPS)In a semi-lit room of a southern Chennai neighborhood, a group of women sit in a circle around a table surrounded by large cardboard boxes of “Nirodh” – India’s most popular condom.Clad in colorful saris, wearing toe rings and red dots on their foreheads, they look like ordinary housewives. Slowly, one of the women opens a box, takes out a handful of condoms and a wooden phallus. Sound of laughter fills the air as each woman takes ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Gender Identity Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Poverty & SDGs Women's Health condoms India sex workers transgender World Population Day Source Type: news

Will the UN “Leave No One Behind” and Improve LGBTI Health and Well-Being?
Participants at a gay pride celebration in Uganda. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Dr Felicity DalyNEW YORK, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)While there has been progress in researching the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and responding to certain emerging health threats in high-income countries – elsewhere in the world such research is inadequate and incomplete. A new report published by OutRight Action International, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV highlights that wherever research has been conducted, LGBTI people’s health is shown to be consistently poorer than the general...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: FelicityDaly Tags: Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Three-Zone Biosecurity Offers New Hope to Indonesian Farmers
James McGrane, FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader, at his office in Jakarta. Credit: Kanis Dursin/IPSBy Kanis DursinJAKARTA, Indonesia, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.Eighteen years into the business, however, Bambang, who is called Ilung by friends, is now converting his second farm into a three-zone biosecurity poultry with a strong conviction that it is the only way to save his business amid continued threat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kanis Dursin Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Projects avian flu biosafety Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Improving the lives of rural populations: better nutrition & agricultu Source Type: news

Is Religion the New Colonial Frontier in International Development?
Azza Karam is Senior Advisor, UNFPA and Coordinator, UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and DevelopmentBy Azza KaramUNITED NATIONS, Jul 4 2017 (IPS)A decade ago, it was difficult to get Western policy makers in governments to be interested in the role of religious organizations in human development. The secular mind-set was such that religion was perceived, at best, as a private affair. At worst, religion was deemed the cause of harmful social practices, an obstacle to the “sacred” nature of universal human rights, and/or the root cause of terrorism. In short, religion belonged in the ‘basket of deplor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: Development & Aid Eye on the IFIs Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Population Poverty & SDGs Religion Women's Health Source Type: news

Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jul 3 2017 (IPS)World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said a UN specialised agency.During its biennial conference held in Rome, Italy from 3-8 July, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noted that the world is facing it’s worst food crisis since World War II. Credit: FAO/Carlo Perla“I wish I could announce here today some good news regarding the global fight against hunger…but, unfortunately, it is not the case,” said FAO’s Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva to member states at the opening of the meeting.FAO has identified...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Ending Child Marriage Could Add Trillions to World Economy
In Nepal, many children who suffer from malnutrition belong to young mothers. In fact, teen marriages and pregnancies are common and over 23 percent of women give birth before they are 18 years old. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPSBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 2017 (IPS)The benefits of ending child marriage are many—boosting a young girl’s morale and increasing her chances of education and work, and by that virtue, curbing high population rates in developing economies and boosting growth. Still, more than 15 million children, under 18 years of age, are married each year.A new study published by the World Ban...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Economy & Trade Education Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Women's Health child marriage Source Type: news

More Bang for Your Buck: Saving Lives by Investing in the Poorest
Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA) Noah Chipeta rides his bicycle from the Chanthunthu community clinic to the nearest health centre, which is 17 kilometres away, in order to restock medical supplies at the clinic in rural Kasungu District, Malawi | Credit: UNICEFBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 28 2017 (IPS)Investing in the health of the poorest communities saves almost twice as many lives, according to a UN agency’s analysis. In a new report titled “Narrowing the Gaps: The Power of Investing in the Poorest Children,” the UN’s Children Agency (UNICEF) found that increased access to heal...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Working Toward a World Without Parkinson ’s Disease
John L. Lehr is chief executive officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. By John L. LehrNEW YORK, Jun 27 2017 (IPS)As one expert recently noted, if Parkinson’s were an infectious disease, we would call it an epidemic. Worldwide, 10 million people live with Parkinson’s disease, a number expected to double in the next 20 years. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s and no proven way to slow its progression, there is new reason to hope for a world without Parkinson’s. John L. LehrThe varied symptoms of Parkinson’s – including tremor, slowness, fatigue and cognitive difficulties –...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: John Lehr Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The High Cost of Ageing
Veena S. Kulkarni is Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Sociology, & Geography, Arkansas State University, U.S.; Vani S. Kulkarni is Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.; and Raghav Gaiha is (Hon.) Professorial Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, EnglandBy Veena S. Kulkarni, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaNEW DELHI, Jun 23 2017 (IPS)Evidence shows that health systems must be recast to accommodate the needs of chronic disease prevention. Disability is the umbrella term for impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. (Represen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Veena Kulkarni Vani Kulkarni Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

UN Response Teams Underfunded as Costs Hit Staggering $23.5 Billion
A wide view of a briefing on the humanitarian affairs segment (scheduled to take place in Geneva, 21 to 23 June) of the 2017 session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Credit: UN Photo/Manuel EliasBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 2017 (IPS)UN response teams that help the most vulnerable people in the world are still largely underfunded, a new status report has revealed.The funding available to the teams is no match for the record number of people—141 million—who need assistance today. Newer and protracted conflicts have raised the bar of funding requirements to a staggering 23.5 billion dollar...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

“Big Reflection” Needed on Opioid Crisis
Intravenous drug users in Pakistan. Credit: Fahim Siddiqi/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 2017 (IPS)Opioids are among the most devastating drugs and are creating a crisis of epidemic proportions, said the UN drug agency. In its annual World Drug Report, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found concerning trends in drug use around the world.In 2015, an estimated quarter of a billion people used drugs at least once. Of these, almost 30 million suffered from drug use disorders including dependence. UNODC found that opioids were the most harmful drug type, accounting for 70 percent of negative health im...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights North America TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

The World Society Needs to Express Greater Solidarity for Refugees Worldwide
By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimGENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS)The world is heading into troubled waters as we are witnessing an unprecedented movement of people – refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) alike – fleeing from misery, poverty and conflicts. The refugee crisis that has swept across Europe and the Middle East is becoming the 21st century’s most protracted crisis with no immediate solution in sight. The world has not witnessed a more complex movement of people since the end of the Second World War; thousands of human beings undertake perilous and treacherous journeys in hope for a be...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya through Innovative Financing
Right to health as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and; contribution to economic development as envisioned in Vision 2030. Credit: JACARANDA HEALTHBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 2017 (IPS)Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the economy. Poor health hobbles economic growth. Noble Laureate in Economics Robert Fogel noted in 1993 that better diets, clothing, housing and quality healthcare all play an important role in generating economic growth. Strengthening healt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Housing Refugees of the Middle East Conflicts: Where Will They Go?
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signs the ICRC guest book, as Mr. Maurer Looks on; 3rd Oct., 2016. Credit: UN Photo/Rick BajornasBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jun 16 2017 (IPS)Prolonged conflicts in the Middle East have led to a deadly humanitarian crisis, with as many as 17.5 million people displaced in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. In Syria alone, 11.5 million people have fled their homes—more than three people a minute—since the beginning of war in 2011. Five million have fled the country, and six million live in ad-hoc shelters across the country.The new numbers, in a report by the International Commit...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Source Type: news

Migrant Workers Pour Trillions into World Economy
Press Conference on IFAD report at the UN Foundation (06/14/17)By Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jun 15 2017 (IPS)A new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says the flow of money from migrants—commonly located in developed countries—to their families in lower income countries has doubled over the last decade. Dubbed the remittance flow, it increased by 51 percent—from 296 billion dollars in 2007 to 445 billion in 2016—lifting families out of poverty across the world.Migrants in the United States typically send the largest amount of money, making the U.S. the biggest ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Education Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Remittances Source Type: news

New Alert: Refugee Numbers Outpace Resettlement Spots
Congolese refugee (Bora, second from right) arrives at Cape Town International Airport with her friends. She is being relocated to France with her children under a UNHCR scheme to resettle the most vulnerable refugees. Credit: UNHCR/James OtawayBy IPS World DeskROME, Jun 13 2017 (IPS)Against the backdrop of increasing refugee numbers around the globe, fuelled by crisis and insecurity, and an ever-widening gap in places to resettle them, the top United Nations official dealing with refugee issues has called on governments to “step up” and deliver places for refugees in line with the commitments they have made. &...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Democracy Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news