Let Food Be Thy Medicine
Typical food store in Brazzaville, Congo. Credit: WHOBy Adelheid Onyango and Bibi GiyoseBRAZZAVILLE, Congo, Aug 14 2018 (IPS)When faced with a crisis, our natural reaction is to deal with its immediate threats. Ateka* came to the make-shift clinic with profuse diarrhoea: they diagnosed cholera. The urgent concern in the midst of that humanitarian crisis was to treat the infection and send her home as quickly as possible. But she came back to the treatment centre a few days later – not for cholera, but because she was suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Doctors had saved her life but not restored her health. And...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Adelheid Onyango and Bibi Giyose Tags: Africa Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Children and Women with Disabilities, More Likely to Face Discrimination
This article is part of a series of stories on Disability inclusion.The post Children and Women with Disabilities, More Likely to Face Discrimination appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo and Emily Thampoe Tags: Development & Aid Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Disability rights Source Type: news

How the Lack of Affordable Vegetables is Creating a Billion-Dollar Obesity Epidemic in South Africa
Fruit and vegetable prices in South Africa have increased to the point that poorer people have had to remove them from their grocery lists. Credit: Nalisha Adams/IPSBy Nalisha AdamsJOHANNESBURG, Aug 10 2018 (IPS)Every Sunday afternoon, Thembi Majola* cooks a meal of chicken and rice for her mother and herself in their home in Alexandra, an informal settlement adjacent to South Africa’s wealthy economic hub, Sandton.“Vegetables is only on Sunday,” Majola tells IPS, adding that these constitute potatoes, sweet potato and pumpkin. Majola, who says she weighs 141 kgs, has trouble walking short distances as it...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nalisha Adams Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Barilla Foundation obesity Source Type: news

States Must Act Now to Protect Indigenous Peoples During Migration
Indigenous men and women of Nuñoa in Puno, Peru, spin and weave garments based on the fiber of the alpacas. Credit: SGP-GEF-UNDP Peru/Enrique Castro-MendívilBy UN experts* on Indigenous PeoplesGENEVA/NEW YORK, Aug 8 2018 (IPS)States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a group of UN experts. In a joint statement marking International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the experts say it is crucial that the rights of indigenous peoples are realised when they migrate or are displaced from their lands: “In many parts of the world, i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UN experts on Indigenous Peoples Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Education Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations International Day of the World's Indig Source Type: news

Transforming Food Systems: Today ’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges
This report looks at all the impacts of the value chain, from farm to fork to disposal, including effects on livelihoods, the environment, and health. It identifies theories and pathways for transformational change in government, business, farming, and consumer contexts while providing a framework for evaluation that supports the comprehensive, universal and inclusive assessment of eco-agri-food systems.Recognizing the interlinkages, in terms of impacts and dependencies that food systems have with our economies, societies, health, and environment is a crucial first step. Using the report’s Framework and its language ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alice Lloyd Tags: Biodiversity Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Q & A: Leprosy Increases as World Gives Attention to Newer Endemic Diseases
A young boy from the Philippines with leprosy. The chronic disease is curable, and if treated in time disabilities related to the disease can be averted. Courtesy: moyerphotos/CC By 2.0By Elisio MuchangaMAPUTO, Jul 30 2018 (IPS)In the first six months of this year, the southern African nation of Mozambique has already registered 300 more cases of leprosy, some 951 cases, than it registered for the whole of 2017.The country, which had previously eliminated the chronic disease in 2008, is receiving funding from the Nippon Foundation—a non-profit philanthropic organisation from Japan that is active in many countrie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elisio Muchanga Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

Eradicating Leprosy in Mozambique, a Complicated Task
World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and chair of the Nippon Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa (left), holds the hand of a leprosy patient. Sasakawa visited Mozambique’s rural Namaita Centre to assess the progress of leprosy patients. The Nippon Foundation has been providing funds and medication in order to eliminate leprosy in Mozambique. Credit: Elísio Muchanga/IPSBy Elisio MuchangaNAMPULA PROVINCE, Mozambique, Jul 28 2018 (IPS)It takes Faurito António, 42, from Lalaua district, Nampula Province, two hours to reach his nearest health centre in order to receive the drugs neces...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elisio Muchanga Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

No Time to Slow Down While HIV/AIDS is Threatening a New Generation
Credit: UNICEFBy Dr Chewe LuoAMSTERDAM, Jul 27 2018 (IPS)As the 22nd International AIDS Conference wraps up in Amsterdam, I can’t help but reflect on how far we have come on this journey with the AIDS epidemic. When I first qualified as a pediatrician in Zambia some 30 years ago, Southern Africa was only just awakening to the magnitude of the AIDS crisis starting to play out in the region. Some governments famously refused to acknowledge the severity of the epidemic and questioned even the existence of HIV and its connection to AIDS.Zambia had its moment of shocked awareness when the 30 year-old son of President Kenn...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr Chewe Luo Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Bringing Health Microinsurance to Kenyans via Mobile Phone
Credit: Sarah Farhat / World BankBy Lauren Braniff and Michel HanouchWASHINGTON DC, Jul 26 2018 (IPS)Households in developing countries spent $148 billion out-of-pocket for healthcare expenses in 2015, and each year 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty because of the high cost of healthcare. Particularly for major inpatient expenses, health insurance is the most effective way for people to reduce their out-of-pocket costs and avoid having a major medical emergency plunge them deeper into poverty.However, insurance providers often have difficulty convincing low-income customers to pay insurance premiums now fo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lauren Braniff and Michel Hanouch Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

HIV-TB Connection: Key to Ending Infections
Michelle, a transgender peer educator, walks through her village in Joyce Bay, Port Moresby. Credit: Tom MaguireBy Tom MaguireLONDON, Jul 24 2018 (IPS)A group of teenage boys huddle around Michelle in the mangroves behind Joyce Bay, a spot frequented by men who have sex with men (MSM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). She asks them how regularly they have sex and whether they have been tested for HIV or tuberculosis (TB). Her questions are met with giggles, intrigue and confusion. It turned out that none of the eight present have been tested for either disease. Michelle is a peer educator working to test key populat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tom Maguire Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Sustainable Agriculture To End World Hunger
The weakness of poor farmers and the growth of low-nutrition crops have been, until now, some of the deterrents of efficient agriculture. Esmilda Sánchez picks string beans on the Finca de Semillas farm. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSBy Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 2018 (IPS)Significantly more investment is needed to lift hundreds of millions rural poor out of poverty and make agriculture environmentally sustainable, according to Rob Vos, director of the markets, trade and institutions division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).With a growing world population, hunger and undernu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo Tags: Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Barilla Source Type: news

Bad career choice?
By Rukhsana ShahJul 23 2018 (Dawn, Pakistan)As with so many other professions, nursing remains a neglected line of work, despite its practitioners being responsible for the treatment, safety and quick recovery of patients, as well as post-op management and specialised interventions. Doctors need them because no doctor can care for each patient. Rukhsana ShahAccording to the latest Economic Survey, there are 208,007 doctors and 103,777 nurses in the country. This reflects a ratio of one doctor to less than 0.5 nurses, while the recommended ratio is 1:4. This should not be surprising as 90 per cent of nurses here are females...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rukhsana Shah Tags: Health Source Type: news

How Prison Conditions Fuel the Tuberculosis Epidemic
Inmates at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Credit: David BrydenBy David BrydenWASHINGTON DC, Jul 19 2018 (IPS)Dozens of grown men peered from behind the barred doorway of a crammed window-less prison cell, eyes pleading desperately from sweaty faces.Their physical discomfort was so palpable, I could almost feel it. Because of my work, I also knew of at least one serious unseen risk facing them – that of contracting tuberculosis in the cramped, poorly ventilated space. Touring the largest prison in Port-au-Prince was part of a research visit I made there in 2106. Two years later, the image of those...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Bryden Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Despite Progress, South Asia Faces Daunting Challenges in Water & Sanitation
A girl washes her hands and face with soap and water at a water tap, installed with the support of HSBC and WaterAid, in Sylhet District, Bangladesh. Credit: WaterAid/Abir AbdullahBy Vanita SunejaNEW DELHI, Jul 16 2018 (IPS)In 2030, when I would be turning sixty, I’d like to tell my grandchildren the story of how – once upon a time – the lives of poor people in South Asia were transformed: that leaders came together to bring economic prosperity and social development to people that until then had lived in an unequal and polluted world. What I am more likely to tell them, is how – even with the knowl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vanita Suneja Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Environment Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Age Appropriate Sexuality Education for Youth Key to National Progress
A community health volunteer informs community members about various methods of family planning. Photo Credit: UNFPA KenyaBy Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 2018 (IPS)Fifty years ago at the International Conference on Human Rights, family planning was affirmed to be a human right. It is therefore apt that the theme for this year’s World Population Day is a loud reminder of this fundamental right. It is a right that communities especially in Africa have for long held from its youth, with parents shying off from the subject and policymakers largely equivocal. The result is that ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Josephine Kibaru and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Conferences Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Keep Water Out of the Reach of Children
Mukakibibi, 50, is a two-term village chief in a village in Rweru, Bugesera, Rwanda. Credit: WaterAid/ Behailu ShiferawBy Behailu ShiferawKIGALI, Rwanda, Jul 10 2018 (IPS)To many of us, ‘keep out of the reach of children’ is a phrase we see printed on labels for medicines and chemicals. To mothers in Rweru Sector, Rwanda, it’s a daily principle to live by. “Once we collected the water, we wouldn’t just leave it anywhere until it is boiled and safe to drink. We always put it at a height the younger ones couldn’t reach. We feared they might accidentally drink it,” 50-year-old Mukakib...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Behailu Shiferaw Tags: Africa Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

New & Resurgent Infectious Diseases Can Have Far-reaching Economic Repercussions
DAVID E. BLOOM is the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, DANIEL CADARETTE is a research assistant, and JP SEVILLA is a research associate, all at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.By David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette and JP SevillaWASHINGTON DC, Jul 3 2018 (IPS)Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world.We continue to fight both old pathogens, such as the plague, that have troubled humanity for millennia and new pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that have mutated or spilled over ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David E. Bloom and JP Sevilla Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Fight Against Drug Consumption Needs Gender Specific Treatments
By Carmen Arroyo and Emily ThampoeUNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 2018 (IPS)The World Drug Report 2018, launched this week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlighted the importance of gender in drug consumption and behaviour, suggesting it is essential to provide different types of health-care and legal solutions. Only one in five women addicts seeks treatment for drug abuse, the president of the International Narcotics Board (INCB) has warned. Credit: UN Photo/D. GairAs Marie Nougier, Head of Research and Communications at the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) told IPS: “There is certainly...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo and Emily Thampoe Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Overly Bureaucratic Procedures and Long Waits Cuts off Support to 22 Million Yemenis
By Maged SrourROME, Jun 28 2018 (IPS)As Yemen’s people struggle to survive amid what has been described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the stranglehold by both government coalition forces and rebels over the country’s main ports of entry and distribution is cutting off a lifeline of support to 22 million people. Amnesty International, in a report published on Jun. 22 after seven months of extensive research, said that the Saudi-led government coalition are blocking the entrance of essential humanitarian aid, including food, fuel and medicines. And any distribution of this aid is slowed by Houth...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Global Campaign Against Mercury Moves to an End Zone
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2018 (IPS)A global campaign to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard– the use of mercury in dentistry—is steadily moving to a successful conclusion.Providing an update, Charlie Brown, head of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, one of the key campaigners, told IPS that “nation by nation, the world is on the threshold of ending amalgam for children in 2018.” Participants in the global workshop in Bangkok, co-sponsored by the UN Environment (UNE) and the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry. Credit: UNE“Europe takes that exciting ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Mercury Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Savagery of Rapes of Minors
Geetika Dang is an independent researcher; Vani S. Kulkarni is lecturer in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, USA; and Raghav Gaiha is (Hon.) professorial research fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, England, and Visiting Scholar, Population Studies Centre, University of Pnnsylvania, USA).By Geetika Dang, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaNEW DELHI, Jun 22 2018 (IPS)Rapes of minors surged from 16 per day in 2001 to 46 per day in 2016. As if this was not horrendous enough, their savagery adds to it.In 2016, 43.3% of the total female rape victims were minors. Around 13% of the minor female vict...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Geetika 3 Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Countries are Using Domestic Laws to Criminalize Health Care
Dr. Dainius Pūras is UN Special Rapporteur on “the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”.By Dr. Dainius PūrasGENEVA, Jun 21 2018 (IPS)Ambulance drivers attacked, nurses detained, doctors tortured, pharmacists arrested, dentists facing more than a decade in prison—all for delivering healthcare to people considered enemies of the state. There is a disturbing global phenomenon of governments using domestic laws, policies, and practices to punish health professionals for doing their job to treat those in need. Whether it’s vague counter-te...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dainius Puras Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Ukraine Puts Water Strategy High on Development Agenda
A lake in Ukraine, which has a relative scarcity of naturally-occurring water supplies in populated areas. Credit: Vitaliy Motrinets/cc by 4.0By Ed HoltKIEV, Jun 21 2018 (IPS)A campaign to raise awareness of water security in Ukraine could be an inspiration around the world, activists behind it say, after it forced a change in the country’s approach to its water resources.After almost five years of promoting a vision of water security and proactive water management among various stakeholders and the government in Kiev, the issue of water security is now a top development priority for the government.“Ageing infr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ed Holt Tags: Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Projects Water & Sanitation Global Water Partnership Sustai Source Type: news

Project Population: Addressing Asia ’s Ageing Societies
A seventy-year-old woman laughs with family members inside a grocery store in Tachilek, Myanmar. UN Photo/Kibae ParkBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 2018 (IPS)While populations have seen and undergone changes since the beginning of time, one trend in particular is unfolding across the world: less children, older people. In an effort to tackle the complex issue in Asia, government officials are convening to help create a sustainable society where no one is left behind.In Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) are gathering to discuss sound policy approaches to population issues...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs aging Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Population Growth Source Type: news

Food Sustainability, Migration, Nutrition and Women
By Enrique YevesROME, Jun 19 2018 (IPS)We worry about how we can continue to put food on our tables; and yet one-third of food is never eaten, instead being lost or wasted.We worry about eating properly, and yet in many countries , poor nutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies are increasingly common. This trend is taking place in the Americas, Oceania, Asia, Africa and in Europe. Enrique YevesWe want to empower women and girls, yet in every sector we still see serious disparities in terms of equal pay for equal wages and getting more women into senior management positions. We worry about the mass movement of peop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Enrique Yeves Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Gender Global Globalisation Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees N Source Type: news

Fertility Struggles More Open – and Shared on Social Media
By Michelle Catenacci, M.DCHICAGO, Jun 18 2018 (IPS)Fertility health is an incredibly personal – and often vulnerable – topic. Fertility, infertility, and fertility preservation have gained increased public interest over the past few years. Infertility is formally defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 12% of women aged 15 to 44 in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Even though a significant proportion of the population suffers from th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Michelle Catenacci Tags: Aid Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Europe, sharing the love?
Mediterranean waters in Spain. Credit: Photo by David Aler on UnsplashBy Maged SrourROME, Jun 15 2018 (IPS)Even if arrivals of migrants into Italy by sea have decreased between 2017 and 2018 so far, recent events in the Mediterranean rim have strongly drawn attention to the migration issue and a fierce debate is now underway among European countries. On June 10, Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, barred the ship Aquarius, jointly operated by the NGOs‘SOS Mediterranée’ and ‘Doctors Beyond Borders’ (MSF), from docking at Italian ports. There were 629 migrants on the ship. Among...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Europe Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) Source Type: news

Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis
A mother caresses the head of her sleeping malnourished baby, at the mother and child centre in the town of Diffa, Niger. Credit: UNICEF/TremeauBy Mark LowcockUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS)I am increasingly concerned by the situation in the Sahel. In Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, nearly 6 million people are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children. These are levels unseen since the crisis of 2012, and the most critical months are still ahead. Governments in the region were successful in beating back the crisis six years ago. I a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark Lowcock Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Stop Neglecting African Conflicts
A group of displaced men, women, and children find refuge at a church on the outskirts of Nyunzu village in eastern Congo. Pastor Mbuyu (pictured) looks after them. Credit: NRC/Christian JepsenBy Will HigginbothamUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS)Conflicts have uprooted millions across several African nations and we must not forget them, said a human rights group.Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) timely message was published through their annual list of the worlds most neglected displacement crises. “It’s a sad pattern that we are once again seeing that the crises on the African continent seldom make media...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Will Higginbotham Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Project Population: Addressing Asia ’s Ageing Societies
Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 2018 (IPS)While populations have seen and undergone changes since the beginning of time, one trend in particular is unfolding across the world: less children, older people. In an effort to tackle the complex issue in Asia, government officials are convening to help create a sustainable society where no one is left behind. In Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) are gathering to discuss sound policy approaches to population issues such as ageing and fertility transition which threaten the future of many Asian nations.&ldqu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Kenya Can End the Moral Indignity of Child Labour
Although child abuse and exploitation is prohibited by the Kenyan constitution, some children are still engaged in manual labour. XINHUA PHOTO: SAM NDIRANGUBy Jacqueline Mogeni and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12 2018 (IPS)On 12 June every year is the World Day Against Child Labour. In the world’s poorest countries, around one in four children are engaged in work that is potentially harmful to their health. Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest proportion of child labourers (29 per cent of children aged 5 to 17 years) and is considered detrimental to their health and development.Many children not yet in their...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jacqueline Mogeni and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Experts Urge Lawmakers to Focus on Food-Migration Nexus
Pulses are good for nutrition and income, particularly for women farmers who look after household food security, like those shown here at a village outside Lusaka, Zambia. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Daan BauwensBRUSSELS, Jun 8 2018 (IPS)Lawmakers at the highest levels urgently need a “revolution in thinking” to tackle the twin problem of sustainable food production and migration. Starting with an inaugural event in Brussels, then travelling on to New York and Milan, an international team of experts led by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) is urging far-reaching reforms in agricultural and migrat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Daan Bauwens Tags: Aid Development & Aid Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Barilla Foundation food policy Nutrition Source Type: news

Human Rights Must Be on the Table During U.S.-North Korea Talks
Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, addresses the Assembly’s annual general debate. Credit: UN Photo/Cia PakBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 8 2018 (IPS)Human rights issues must be included in next week’s United States-North Korea summit in order to create a “sustainable agreement”, said a UN expert. In an effort towards denuclearization, U.S. President Trump is set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.In anticipation of the summit, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Tomás Ojea Quin...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Democracy Featured Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Nuclear Energy - Nuclear Weapons TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

South African Lawsuit Could Bring Sweeping Changes to Land and Mining Rights
Residents of the Eastern Cape's Amadiba coastal area gather in September 2015. Many fear mining would threaten their way of life by destroying grazing land and creating rifts in the community. Courtesy: Nonhle MbuthumaBy Mark OlaldePRETORIA, Jun 5 2018 (IPS)South Africans await judgement to be handed down in a court case that could set a sweeping precedent by empowering communities on communal land with the right to reject new mining projects.Calling the case a referendum on “the right to say no,” residents of several rural villages along the country’s eastern coast are asking the court to reinterpret cur...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark Olalde Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Land Rights Mining South Africa Source Type: news

The Politics of Groundwater
Photo Courtesy: ACWADAMBy Dr Himanshu Kulkarni and Uma AslekarJun 4 2018 (IPS)A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage that demand in an equitable and sustainable way.Wells, not dams, have been the temples of modern IndiaIndia is a groundwater economy. At 260 cubic km per year, our country is the highest user of groundwater in the world–we use 25 percent of all groundwater extracted globally, ahead of USA and China.When we think of water however, our brains have been programmed to think of large dams and rivers, and not wells. This, despite ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr Himanshu Kulkarni and Uma Aslekar Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Why Milk, Meat & Eggs Can Make a Big Difference to World ’s Most Nutritionally Vulnerable People
By Silvia AlonsoADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jun 1 2018 (IPS)As the world becomes increasingly aware of the growing demands being made of our planet, more and more of us are making lifestyle choices to reduce our negative environmental impact and carbon footprint. Understandably, this has led to calls for changes to our diets, including reducing the amount of livestock-derived foods, such as meat, milk and eggs, we consume.However, a new, extensive review of research published today (JUNE1) has found that these foods can make an important difference to nutritional well-being in the first 1,000 days of life, with life-long benefi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Silvia Alonso Tags: Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

World Environment Day Highlights Deadly Cost of Plastic
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sopho Kharazi Tags: Biodiversity Environment Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Marine Pollution Microplastics World Environment Day Source Type: news

Peru ’ s Poor and Disabled Struggle in the Shadows
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Andrea Vale Tags: Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Disability rights Peru Source Type: news

Valuing the Food System
Credit: BigstockBy Danielle Nierenberg and Emily PayneNEW ORLEANS, United States, May 29 2018 (IPS)Many factors contribute to the cost of a tomato. For example, what inputs were used (water, soil, fertilizer, pesticides, as well as machinery and/or labor) to grow it? What kind of energy and materials were used to process and package it? Or how much did transportation cost to get it to the shelf? But that price doesn’t always reflect how the plant was grown—overuse and misuse of antibiotics, water pollution from pesticide runoff, or whether or not farm workers harvesting the tomatoes were paid a fair wage. It tu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Danielle Nierenberg and Emily Payne Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Are You Paying Enough for Your Food?
Credit: BigstockBy Danielle Nierenberg and Emily PayneNEW ORLEANS, United States, May 29 2018 (IPS)Many factors contribute to the cost of a tomato. For example, what inputs were used (water, soil, fertilizer, pesticides, as well as machinery and/or labor) to grow it? What kind of energy and materials were used to process and package it? Or how much did transportation cost to get it to the shelf? But that price doesn’t always reflect how the plant was grown—overuse and misuse of antibiotics, water pollution from pesticide runoff, or whether or not farm workers harvesting the tomatoes were paid a fair wage. It tu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Danielle Nierenberg and Emily Payne Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Hunger and Food Insecurity Plague the Lives of Millions in Africa
President Kenyatta is shown an artistic view of the layout of the multibillion food security project in Galana and Kulalu ranch. Credit: Alphonce GariBy Moody Awori and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 2018 (IPS)Africa is rising. But at the same time, Africa is the continent with the largest number of people, (390 million) living in extreme poverty. The UN’s Food and Agriculture organization states in a new report that 124 million people in 51 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity. “Hunger and food insecurity plague the lives of millions worldwide” said EU Commissioner for Humanit...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Moody Awori and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Women's Health Source Type: news

Food Security and Growth in Asia
By Geetika Dang and Raghav GaihaNEW DELHI, May 28 2018 (IPS)A disquieting finding of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017, Building resilience for peace and food security, or (SFSN2017), Rome,is that, in 2016, the number of chronicallyundernourished people in the world increased to 815 million, up from777 million in 2015 although still lower than about 900 million in 2000.Similarly,while the prevalence of undernourishment rose to 11 percent in 2016, this is still well below thelevel attaineda decade ago.Whether this recent rise inhunger and food-insecurity levels signals thebeginning of an upward tren...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Geetika Dang and Raghav Gaiha Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & I Source Type: news

IOM, WHO, DR Congo Ministry of Health Partner to Stop Ebola from Spreading to Kinshasa, Neighbouring
There are concerns that Ebola could spread more widely without proper health screenings at Congo River ports. Photo: IOMBy International Organization for MigrationKINSHASA, May 25 2018 (IOM)Last week, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), cases of Ebola were confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1.2 million people some 150 kilometres from where the outbreak originated in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur Province. The fact that Mbandaka is connected by river routes to DRC’s capital Kinshasa as well as cities in the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, has fuelled concerns that the dise...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: International Organization for Migration Tags: Health Source Type: news

Agricultural Trade Liberalization Undermined Food Security
Africa has been transformed from a net food exporter into a net food importer, while realizing only a small fraction of its vast agricultural potential. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR AND SYDNEY, May 21 2018 (IPS)Agriculture is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes, ‘From ending poverty and hunger to responding to climate change and sustaining our natural resources, food and agriculture lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda.’ For many, the answer to poverty and hunger is to accelerate e...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity Labour Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade Source Type: news

Research, for Whom?
We presented this finding to the health minister, who praised our work and announced that the government would set up a tribal medical research centre in Gadchiroli. Eventually, though, the centre was set up in Pune (where there are no tribals) because researchers and doctors did not want to come to Gadchiroli.Disappointed, we approached the tribal leaders in the villages and requested them to put some pressure on the government to bring the centre to Gadchiroli. Their response took us unawares: “Doctor, this is your disease, not ours,” they said. “Did we ever tell you that we need help for this?” t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Abhay Bang Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Fighting Inequality in Asia and the Pacific
Shamshad Akhtar is the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)By Shamshad AkhtarBANGKOK, Thailand, May 15 2018 (IPS)Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region’s remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor. A gap that’s trapping people in poverty and, if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve sustainable development. This is the central challenge heads of state and government will be considering this week at the Economic and Social Commission for...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shamshad Akhtar Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Environment Headlines Health Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

United Arab Emirates: Entering into a Sustainable Future
View from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Credit: Ravin VimeshBy Maged SrourROME, May 14 2018 (IPS)   The end of the oil age In the early 1970’s the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was an impoverished desert, with little access to food, water and well-paying jobs. Today, this country looks nothing like it was fifty years ago. Thanks to oil, the UAE has completely transformed and now is one of the most developed economies in the Middle East, if not the world: its per capita GDP is equal to those of highly developed European nations ($68,000 – 2017 est.). Weal...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

We Need a Gender Shift to save Our Girls from the Jaws of Extremism
Boko Haram has killed over 5,000 and displaced more than 300,000 people, according to US-based think tank Council on Foreign Relations. Credit: Stephane Yas / AFPBy Ambassador Amina Mohamed and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 2018 (IPS)Consider this. Boko Haram, the ISIS-affiliated insurgent group has sent 80 women to their deaths in 2017 alone.The majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children, US study reveals. The incident only highlighted a growing trend of young girls joining extremist groups and carrying out violent acts of terrorism globally.In ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ambassador Amina Mohamed and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva Unit Source Type: news

Sustainable Food Systems; Why We do Not Need New Recipes
By Doaa Abdel-MotaalROME, May 14 2018 (IPS)Many believe that the food and agricultural sector is different to all other economic sectors, that it is unique, and that it requires special economic models to thrive. After all, we expect the global food and agricultural system to respond to many different goals. It needs to deliver abundant, safe, and nutritious food. It needs to create employment in rural areas while protecting forests and wildlife, improving landscapes, and preventing climate change through lower food production emissions. Well-functioning food systems are also considered essential for social stability and c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Doaa Abdel-Motaal Tags: Climate Change Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Global Governance Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investme Source Type: news

“ Green Development Has to Be Equal for All ”
Dr. Frank Rijsberman, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Credit: Diana Mendoza/IPSBy Diana MendozaMANILA, May 14 2018 (IPS)IPS caught up with Dr. Frank Rijsberman, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), at the end of the flagship side event of the GGGI during the 51st Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila on May 4, 2018, which featured the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its potential to create sustainable infrastructure and promote green growth pathways.In this brief chat with IPS correspondent Diana Mendoza, Dr. Rijsberman noted the success of ju...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Diana Mendoza Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Projects Trade & Invest Source Type: news