Youth Have the Spirit to Change Trajectory of Leprosy, says Yohei Sasakawa
Discussions included the need to engage the younger generation in a world free of stigma and discrimination. Similarly, Marcos Costa, from Morhan in Brazil, spoke of the first Latin American and Caribbean Virtual Meeting of young people affected by leprosy, their family members, and supporters. The meeting, he said, sought to engage young people and their families in a dialogue centered on the challenges faced by those affected by the disease and to explore policy solutions to the problem. “In Brazil, 45 percent of new leprosy cases were not diagnosed in 2020 because of COVID-19. The pandemic has compounded challenge...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 25, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Youth Thought Leaders IPS UN Bureau Sasakawa Health Foundation Source Type: news

Community Organization and Solidarity in Peru Tackle Hunger in Pandemic
Fortunata Palomino is an experienced community organizer from Carabayllo and general coordinator of the Network of Soup Kitchens of Metropolitan Lima, which includes 2,247 soup kitchens. She is critical of the neglect by the authorities and hopes that women will be trained, certified and incorporated into the labor market with respect for their rights. CREDIT: Mariela Jara/IPSBy Mariela JaraLIMA, Jan 24 2022 (IPS) It’s nine o’clock in the morning and Mauricia Rodríguez is already peeling garlic to season the day’s lunch at the Network of Organized Women of Villa Torreblanca, one of more than 2,400 ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariela Jara Tags: COVID-19 Editors' Choice Featured Food and Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy NGOs Source Type: news

Covax, the Developing World ’ s Hope against COVID, Has Made It Only Halfway
Delivery of syringes for the vaccination campaign in El Salvador. Latin American countries have made steady progress in immunizing their populations, partly through direct negotiations between their governments and suppliers and partly through international cooperation. CREDIT: PAHO By Humberto MárquezCARACAS, Jan 20 2022 (IPS) The Covax initiative, the hope of the countries of the developing South to immunize their populations against COVID-19, only met half of its goals in 2021. And as 2022 begins, and the omicron variant of the virus is spreading fast, the scheme still depends on the decisions of pharmaceutical c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Humberto Marquez Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations COVAX COVID-19 vaccines Source Type: news

Health Workers Lauded for Role in Leprosy Treatment During Pandemic
Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Chairperson of the Nippon Foundation, thanks participants at a webinar ‘Raising Awareness about Leprosy, Role of Health Professionals at the Grassroots Level’ organized by the Sasakawa Leprosy Initiative. He is with other participants from Japan, India and Nepal in the “Don’t Forget Leprosy” campaign event. By Joyce ChimbiNairobi, Kenya, Jan 20 2022 (IPS) The human rights of people affected by leprosy are central to Yohei Sasakawa’s concept of a leprosy-free world. Sasakawa, the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations #Covid19 #Don'tForgetLeprosy IPS UN Bureau Sasakawa Leprosy Initiative Source Type: news

Count Me in: Working Together for Disability Inclusion in Guatemala
The organization “Mujeres con Capacidad de Soñar a Colores” during one of their awareness-raising performances. Credit: Diana Alvarado (@alvaradodii) and Mujeres con Capacidad de Soñar a Colores , UNDPBy Peride BlindGUATEMALA CITY, Jan 20 2022 (IPS) “Persons with disabilities are capable and equal. It is time the world understands that,” says Antonio Palma, a UN Volunteer at the Resident Coordinator’s Office in Guatemala. Antonio, who has a visual impairment, expresses what many other persons with disabilities feel. Ignored, mistreated, misunderstood, underestimated, condescended...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Peride Blind Tags: Education Headlines Health Inequity Labour Latin America & the Caribbean Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Women's Health IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Adolescents Left Behind Global AIDS Response – Experts
Elisha Arunga Odoyo, a clinical officer within the PMTCT program at the Homabay County Referral Hospital. There is increasing fear that adolescents will be left behind in the efforts to reduce HIV infections. Credit: Joyce Chimbi/IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNairobi, Kenya, Jan 18 2022 (IPS) The ominous warning came in 2019 through an anonymous message on her mobile phone to stay away from a man she met on social media. At 18 years and freshly out of high school, *Nicole Kisi was in a relationship with a 45-year-old businessman. “The message was clear. It said to be careful because of a rumour that the man’s wife died of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 18, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations ​#Health​ #HIV/Aids adolescent girls IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

More Progressive Taxation Needed for Social Progress
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 18 2022 (IPS) Governments must innovatively develop progressive means to finance the large-scale social spending needed to improve lives and livelihoods, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. More egalitarian tax reforms should enable governments to equitably mobilize desperately needed revenue to advance sustainable development for all. Jomo Kwame SundaramFiscal policy challenges To respond to the pandemic and its economic fallout, massive resource mobilization has been necessary to protect people’s health and livelihoods, stem economic decline and stagnation,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 18, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Inequity Sustainability TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Fully Ready to Kill, Shockingly Unprepared to Save Lives
Credit: Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMIDBy Baher KamalMADRID, Jan 14 2022 (IPS) While absolutely ready to kill, with the biggest military powers spending in 2020 nearly two trillion US dollars on weapons, the world is shockingly unprepared to save the lives of millions of unarmed, innocent civilian victims of wars… and other man-made catastrophes. The military spending data come from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which also reports that global nuclear arsenals grow as states continue to modernise, thus sharply increasing the dangers of an unimaginable number of victims of the most deva...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 14, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Global Governance Headlines Health Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

China Opens Embassy in Nicaragua for First Time since 1990 after Taiwan Ties Cut
By Genevieve Donnellon-MayAUSTRALIA, Jan 10 2022 (IPS) For the first time since 1990, China has (re)opened an embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, less than a month after Nicaragua cut ties with Taiwan. The (re)opening of the embassy on January 1, 2022 comes amidst the backdrop of US-China tensions, particularly over trade and Taiwan, as well as worsening Cross-Straits relations. Genevieve Donnellon-MayChina and Nicaragua officially (re)established diplomatic relations last month. On December 10, Asia time, diplomatic relations between China and Nicaragua were officially established. The official “Joint Communiqué ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Genevieve Donnellon-May Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Economy & Trade Headlines TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Clean Water, Decent Toilets, Hygiene Challenge for Southern African Community
A waste collection bin awaiting the city council's collection. Markets are one of the places the SADC hygiene strategy is targeting. The picture was taken around 5 am as people gathered for the market day. It is a stone’s throw away from the health centre featured in the story. ​Credit: Charles Mpaka​/IPS​​By Charles MpakaBlantyre, Malawi, Jan 10 2022 (IPS) The toilets in the maternity wing of Namatapa Health Centre in the populous Bangwe Township in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city, fell into disrepair a few years ago. So, pregnant women who come to deliver their babies and their guardians use two pi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Charles Mpaka Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation #PitToilets hygiene IPS UN Bureau MalawiSouthern Africa Development Community SADC Source Type: news

Underfunded and Deadly Tuberculosis Needs its Own Bill Gates
Community support workers are key in raising awareness about TB and promoting diagnosis and treatment. Credit, Busani Bafana/IPS By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jan 7 2022 (IPS) Global efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) are futile without dedicated investment in research into the debilitating disease that is killing 4000 people a day, Stop TB Partnership warns. “TB is a disease that is not a darling of donors and investors,” Lucica Ditiu, the Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership, told IPS in an interview from Geneva. “We do not have a Bill Gates that can support TB research, yet TB remains a di...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 7, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Africa COVID-19 Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations ​ #ZImbabwe #HIV/Aids IPS UN Bureau TB tuberculosis Source Type: news

Activism will be Key to Overcoming the Covid-19 Crisis
Protest sign, London. Credit: People’s Vaccine AllianceBy Ben PhillipsROME, Jan 7 2022 (IPS) As the Omicron surge overwhelms the world, it is clear to people everywhere that the actions which leaders so far have taken in response to the Covid-19 crisis have not been sufficient to overcome it. We are not beating Covid. It looks rather like Covid is beating us. What is to be done? Crucially, they are two key dimensions to what is needed now which, though related, are distinct. The first dimension is what policies are required to get us out of the crisis. The second dimension is how to get those policies put into place...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 7, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Phillips Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

A Fast-Spreading Pandemic has Reduced an Additional 100 Million People into Poverty
In India, five out of six people in multidimensional poverty were from lower castes. Credit: UNDP India/Dhiraj SinghBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jan 6 2022 (IPS) The UN’s highly-ambitious goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 has been severely undermined by a rash of problems worldwide, including an escalating coronavirus pandemic, continued widespread military conflicts and the devastating impact of climate change. According to published estimates, more than 700 million people have been living in poverty around the world, surviving on less than $1.90 a day. But the fast-spreading pandemic, whose origins go ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 6, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Free at Last: Trafficked Woman ’ s Story a Warning to Other Vulnerable Job Seekers
Desperate for work Kamikazi put her faith in ‘agents’ to find her a job. Instead, she found herself working without pay as a domestic worker in Kuwait. Photo: Aimable Twahirwa/IPSBy Aimable TwahirwaKIGALI, Rwanda, Jan 5 2022 (IPS) When Kamikazi * from Gisagara, a district in Southern Rwanda, was forced to quit her job due to COVID-19 last year, she desperately sought other employment. A former co-worker in the food processing firm where Kamikazi once worked introduced her to “agents”. They assured her she would find decent employment in the Middle East, but little did she know her co-worker had deli...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Aimable Twahirwa Tags: Africa COVID-19 Featured Headlines Human Rights Human Trafficking Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations #HumanRights #HumanTrafficking IPS UN Bureau Rwanda Source Type: news

Population Ageing: An Inescapable Future
Governments and the public need to recognize, understand and respond to the ageing of human populations in the 21st century, which is the inescapable demographic future of nations worldwide. Credit: Maricel Sequeira/IPSBy Joseph ChamiePORTLAND, USA, Jan 5 2022 (IPS) The ageing of human populations is an inescapable demographic future. That evolving and universal future is increasingly challenging governments and the public, who are by and large ill prepared for that certain future. Whereas the 20th century was one of record setting rapid population growth with world population nearly quadrupling, the 21st century is one of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Labour Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

UN ’s Overall Development Agenda at Risk as the Coronavirus Pandemic Escalates
Twelve-year-old boy in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, sorts through hazardous plastic waste without any protection, working to support his family amidst the lockdown. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last year that the pandemic has “laid bare” challenges –such as structural inequalities, inadequate healthcare, and the lack of universal social protection – and the heavy price societies are paying as a result. Ending poverty sits at the heart of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and is the first of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite this, poverty and hunge...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 4, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Purnima Mane Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Why Does Yangtze River Have its Own Protection Law?
By Genevieve Donnellon-May and Mark WangAUSTRALIA, Jan 3 2022 (IPS) The new Yangtze River Protection Law (YRPL), which came into effect on March 1, 2021, is China’s first legislation on a specific river basin. The Yangtze River is China’s longest and largest river system, stretching over 6,300 kilometres and has over 700 tributaries. With a drainage basin covering more than 1.8 million square kilometres, approximately one-fifth of China’s total land area, the river basin is home to over 40% of the country’s population. Genevieve Donnellon-MayThe new law suggests that the Chinese Central government ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Genevieve Donnellon-May and Mark Wang Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Green Economy Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

2021: Yet Another Challenging Year in Review
By External SourceDec 23 2021 (IPS-Partners) In 2020, 1.8 million people across the world died from COVID-19. At the end of 2021 the death toll has risen to over 5.3 million. Over 8.1 billion vaccines have been administered – more than the world’s population. Yet less than 8% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people had been vaccinated at all. Poorer countries are suffering disproportionately through rising poverty and inequality. Violence against women and girls has intensified since the outbreak of COVID-19. UNICEF called the pandemic the biggest crisis for children in its 75-year history… …w...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Climate Change COVID-19 Gender Violence Global Inequity Multimedia TerraViva United Nations Video Source Type: news

Interview with Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in China, on the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics
Siddharth Chatterjee (pictured) during the interview. Credit: Guanxin He/Beijing DailyBy IPS CorrespondentBEIJING, Dec 23 2021 (IPS) The interview was originally conducted by Beijing Daily. Beijing Daily: The world is paying attention to whether the Beijing Winter Olympic Games can be successfully held 6 months after the Tokyo Olympics in the face of COVID-19. How do you evaluate the preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics? What is the key to the success of the Beijing Winter Olym-pics? What kind of signal will the successful hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics send to the world? Siddharth Chatterjee: Let me start...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS Correspondent Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change COVID-19 Environment Headlines Health Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

2021: A Grim Year for Planet Earth
By Farhana Haque RahmanTORONTO, Canada, Dec 23 2021 (IPS) Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the deadly manifestations of the climate crisis, there were few places to hide for most of us in 2021. Ageing billionaires riding booming stock markets could take their first flights into space in their own rockets, but for the rest of Planet Earth’s 8 billion people with their feet on the ground it was a year of placing hope in the hands of scientists and our political leaders to turn the tide. Farhana Haque RahmanOur review of 2021, as seen through the eyes of IPS reporters and contributors around the world, must begin as a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Climate Change COVID-19 Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Gender Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations #Fuzia #MentalHealth IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

CORRECTED VERSION: Vaccine Famine & its Impact on African Economies
The Republic of Congo received just over 300,000 doses of the COVID vaccines through the COVAX Facility in August 2021. Credit: UNICEF/Aimable TwiringiyimaBy Ahunna EziakonwaNEW YORK, Dec 21 2021 (IPS) We are about to start a third year of living with COVID-19. The world’s humanity and solidarity are now at a further test – and yet implications of the absence of solidarity keep us all in the boat of mutations, lockdowns, quarantines and delayed SDGs – denied prosperity for all. 2021 has unearthed a new expression of global inequity: “vaccine nationalism” – itself competing with high with...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ahunna Eziakonwa Tags: Africa COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Vaccine Famine & its Impact on African Economies
The Republic of Congo received just over 300,000 doses of the COVID vaccines through the COVAX Facility in August 2021. Credit: UNICEF/Aimable TwiringiyimaBy Ahunna EziakonwaNEW YORK, Dec 21 2021 (IPS) We are about to start a third year of living with COVID-19. The world’s humanity and solidarity are now at its further test – and yet the implications of the absence of solidarity keep us all in the boat of mutations, lockdowns, quarantines and delayed SDGs – denied prosperity for all. 2021 has unearthed a new expression of global inequity: “vaccine nationalism” – which itself competes hig...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ahunna Eziakonwa Tags: Africa COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Vaccines, Diagnostics and Therapeutics as Global Public Goods
Discussions and promotion of this idea at subregional and regional levels could help advance it before elevating it to the global level. At the regional level, procurement of vaccines could be pooled, and regional hubs built for the development and manufacture of vaccines; where these centres already exist they should be strengthened. Public-private partnerships in vaccine development, manufacturing and distribution must be increased. Exchanges and transfer of knowledge, know-how, technology and resources between countries, using North-South and South-South principles, must be stepped up to achieve vaccine self-sufficiency...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Economy & Trade Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

We Must Rise to the Occasion, Now.
By Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Dec 20 2021 (IPS-Partners) In 2021, COVID-19 continued to plague the world – a world already burdened by armed conflicts, climate-induced disasters and forced displacement. Communities, nations and people struggled to maintain normalcy in the midst of the abnormal. This was especially notable in the education sector – a sector that is the very foundation for achieving all human rights and all Sustainable Development Goals. Yasmine SherifCountries affected by existing crises also suffered the absence of infrastructure and the omnipresence of extreme poverty, while conflicts raged all ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Climate Change COVID-19 Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Health Poverty & SDGs Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

Quest for Asian Innovation & Solutions in a Networked World
By A .H. Monjurul KabirNEW YORK, Dec 20 2021 (IPS) The UN’s 76th anniversary in 2021 arrived at a time of great upheaval and change. If the world is to transition from COVID-19 and we are to deliver on our promises to future generations – to secure a world where everyone can thrive in peace, dignity, and equality on a healthy planet – then 2022 must be the year we change both gear and discourse. We need a multilateral system that is inclusive, networked but accessible, and effective. Member States have identified many areas of action that can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism. Howev...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: A.H. Monjurul Kabir Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Action Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Covid-19 Has Accelerated New Agtech Development and Adoption in Asia-Pacific!
By Paul S. Teng and Genevieve Donnellon-MaySINGAPORE, Dec 20 2021 (IPS) While the COVID-19 impact has been predominantly negative, the pandemic appears to have sparked increased interest in developing agricultural technology (agtech) to improve the efficiency of food systems, from input supplies through farming and processing to delivery and retail. Paul S. TengThe COVID-19 pandemic has admittedly upended economic activity in the Asia-Pacific region, but a recent event in Singapore (Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit, 16-18 November 2021 — https://agrifoodinnovation.com/ ) showed that, in the case of agricultu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paul S. Teng and Genevieve Donnellon-May Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

In Africa, Vaccine Delayed is Development Denied, Warns UNDP Head
Patients wait for their COVID-19 vaccination at a health centre in Kabale District, Uganda. More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa, says World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Credit: UNICEF/Catherine NtabaddeBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 20 2021 (IPS) The 21-month-long corona virus pandemic has triggered three new phrases in the UN lexicon: “vaccine famine, vaccine apartheid and vaccine nationalism”. And the largest number of victims facing the triple threats are from developing countries, mostly in Africa, as ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Africa COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

The Future of an Entire Generation Hangs in the Balance
By Yasmine Sherif and Joseph Nhan-O’ReillyDec 17 2021 (IPS-Partners) COVID-19 has upended our world, threatening our health, destroying economies and livelihoods, and deepening poverty and inequalities. It also created the single largest disruption to education systems that the world has ever seen. Schools also play a critical role in ensuring the delivery of essential health services and nutritious meals, protection, and psycho-social support, which means that their closure has imperiled children’s overall wellbeing and development, not just their learning. At the same time, conflicts continue to rage and the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif and Joseph Nhan-O Reilly Tags: COVID-19 Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

Beyond Expo: Embedding the SDGs in the DNA of Future Technology and Innovation
Visitors at booth for Beyond Expo. Credit: TechNodeBy Siddharth Chatterjee and Jingbo HuangBEIJING, Dec 14 2021 (IPS)   A landscape of shared global challenges The COVID-19 pandemic has moved us farther away from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Data shows that the pandemic has pushed a further 124 million people into extreme poverty. Global poverty is now expected to be at 7% by 2030 – only marginally below the level in 2015. And with the global temperature increase already at 1.2 degrees, we are on the verge of the abyss. UN Secretary-General António Guterres is deeply concerned about the impac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee and Jingbo Huang Tags: Climate Action Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food and Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news