If Women Farmers were Politicians, the World Would be Fed, says Danielle Nierenberg
Women produce more than 50 percent of the food in the world but are disadvantaged when it comes to access to resources such as land and financial services. Credit: Busani Bafana, IPS By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Sep 17 2021 (IPS) Women, key contributors to agriculture production, are missing at the decision table, with alarming consequences, says Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg in an exclusive interview with IPS. Giving women a seat at the policymaking table could accelerate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and keep the world fed and nourished. This necessitates a transformation of the currently lopsided...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Biodiversity Conferences Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Gender Global Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources TerraV Source Type: news

COVID-19 Recovery Requires Justice Beyond Rhetoric
Credit: Global Policy ForumBy Jens MartensBONN, Germany, Sep 16 2021 (IPS) Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have exacerbated rather than reduced global inequalities. On the one hand, the net wealth of billionaires has risen to record levels since the outbreak of the pandemic (increasing by more than US$ 5 trillion to US$ 13.1 trillion from 2020 to 2021), on the other hand, the number of people living in extreme poverty has also increased massively (by approx. 100 million to 732 million in 2020). These contrasts alone show that something is fundamentally wrong in the world. In respon...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jens Martens Tags: Civil Society Economy & Trade Education Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

ECW Interviews Dubai Cares Ceo H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg
Discussions at the Summit will span three key themes namely: Youth, Skills and the Future of Work, Innovation in Education and Education Training. For the first time at a global educational conference, climate change and sustainability will take center stage with a high-level panel dedicated only to this topic, and a number of side events looking at education through this lens. Amongst other things, we will explore new ways of working in the areas of future skills, alternative pathways to secondary and tertiary education, and the opportunities that more holistic locally rooted learning ecosystems can bring. Through a serie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Aid COVID-19 Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Humanitarian Emergencies Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

A Tale of Two Internationally Trained Medical Doctors in Canada
This report published by the United Nations, said the number of international migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million in 2019, an increase of 51 million since 2010. According to the estimates released before the pandemic by the United Nations, international migrants comprised 3.5 per cent of the global population, compared to 2.8 per cent in the year 2000. The World Migration Report 2020 says the world witnessed historic changes at the global level with United Nations Member States coming together to finalize two global compacts on the international manifestation of migration and displacement: the global Compac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees North America TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Afghanistan ’s Girls Need our Unwavering Support in Education
By Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Sep 9 2021 (IPS) The Taliban takeover of government in Kabul is just days old, and the eyes of Afghans and the world are cautiously watching and hopeful to see them stand by their word and ensure that girls’ education be promoted and protected. Yasmine SherifTwenty years ago, under the Taliban regime which prevailed from 1996 to 2001, schooling for girls was banned, although private home-based classes for girls were allowed in some parts of the country. From 2001 onwards the enrolment of girls and boys in schools saw steady gains in Afghanistan, accompanied by a large intake of female teac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Economy & Trade Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Featured Headlines Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Religion TerraViva United Nations Education Cannot Wait (EC Source Type: news

End Vaccine Apartheid
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 7 2021 (IPS) Vaccine costs have pushed many developing countries to the end of the COVID-19 vaccination queue, with most low-income ones not even lining up. Worse, less vaccinated poor nations cannot afford fiscal efforts to provide relief or stimulate recovery, let alone achieve Agenda 2030. Anis ChowdhuryExcluding by appropriating Developing countries now account for more than 85% of global pandemic deaths. By early September, The Economist estimated actual COVID-19 deaths worldwide at 15.2 million, rather than the official 4.6 million. In six of the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid COVID-19 Economy & Trade Global Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Internationally Trained Medical Doctors are Part of the Solution in Post-Covid-19 Canadian Healthcare System
Dr Shafi Bhuiyan with colleagues. He and his colleagues argue that COVID-19 has exposed gaps in the Canadian healthcare system.By Shafi Bhuiyan and team of ITMDsToronto, Canada, Sep 3 2021 (IPS) Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right, but for many, especially those in vulnerable communities, the right is not fully realized. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed this systemic inequality and gaps in the Canadian healthcare system. While surgical backlogs and delayed appointments may be prominent features of the healthcare crisis, the indirect impacts of Covid-19 must be considered. These include a halt in preventiv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shafi Bhuiyan and team of ITMDs Tags: COVID-19 Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees North America opinion TerraViva United Nations Canada Doctors healthcare ITMDs Source Type: news

Innovative Use of World ’s First Malaria Vaccine Generates Remarkable Results and a Life-Saving Opportunity
Malaria still kills 400,000 people every year, most of them African children under five years old. RTS,S is the first malaria vaccine shown to reduce malaria and life-threatening severe malaria in young children. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPSBy Kesete AdmasuSep 1 2021 (IPS) In the midst of the tragedy and turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s gratifying to see work continuing in Africa to find new ways of fighting malaria, a very old disease that has been a formidable foe for thousands of years and still kills 400,000 people every year, most of them African children under five years old. Scientists from the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kesete Admasu Tags: Africa Headlines Health Malaria Source Type: news

Fiddling in Nairobi While Africa Goes Hungry
Members of Africa's Rural Women's Assembly are among the farmer and civil society organizations demanding a shift away from Green Revolution programs in the face of rising hunger. Credit: Rural Women's AssemblyBy Timothy A. WiseBOSTON, Aug 31 2021 (IPS) As the United Nations gears up for its Food Systems Summit September 23, the urgent need for structural changes in how we grow, harvest, distribute, and consume food has never been more apparent. According to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) annual hunger report, released July 12, the world experienced a nearly unprecedented one-year rise in severe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Timothy A. Wise Tags: Africa Civil Society Climate Change COVID-19 Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

‘ COVICANE ’ – How One Caribbean Country is Coping with the Hurricane Season during COVID-19
Dominican Farmer and Vendor Ayma Louis has COVID restrictions and the hurrricane season to contend with. Credit: Alison Kentish (IPS)By Alison KentishDOMINICA, Aug 31 2021 (IPS) Around 2:00 pm on August 18, 89-year-old farmer Whitnel Louis and his wife Ayma began packing up their unsold produce, hoping to leave the capital of Roseau and get home way ahead of the 6 pm curfew recently put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Their pickup was among dozens that lined the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard, known by locals simply as ‘the Bayfront,’ a wide street near the ocean with a cruise ship bert...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alison Kentish Tags: Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Environment Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations COVID-19 vaccines Source Type: news

Is Canada Missing out on Leveraging ITMDs in Its Healthcare Plans?
This report says, Justin Trudeau promised that the Liberals would spend $3 billion over four years starting in 2022 to hire 7500 family doctors and nurses as well as tax and student loan incentives for health professionals who set up shop in rural or remote communities and also pledges an extra $6 billion to wrestle with wait lists. Dr. Shafi BhuiyanA 2019 report states that there were 91,375 physicians in Canada, representing 241 physicians per 100,000 population. According to the Canadian Medical Association, around five million Canadians don’t have a primary care physician, or family health care team. Canada&rsq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees North America Source Type: news

Is Canada Missing out on Leveraging ITMDs in it ’s Healthcare Plans?
This report says, Justin Trudeau promised that the Liberals would spend $3 billion over four years starting in 2022 to hire 7500 family doctors and nurses as well as tax and student loan incentives for health professionals who set up shop in rural or remote communities and also pledges an extra $6 billion to wrestle with wait lists. Dr. Shafi BhuiyanA 2019 report states that there were 91,375 physicians in Canada, representing 241 physicians per 100,000 population. According to the Canadian Medical Association, around five million Canadians don’t have a primary care physician, or family health care team. Canada&rsq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees North America Source Type: news

Allow Least Developed Countries to Develop
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 2021 (IPS) The pandemic is pushing back the world’s poorest countries with the least means to finance economic recovery and contagion containment efforts. Without international solidarity, economic gaps will grow again as COVID-19 threatens humanity for years to come. Least developed While bringing some concessions, the ‘least developed countries’ (LDCs) designation – introduced five decades ago – has not generated changes needed to accelerate sustainable development for all. Anis ChowdhuryThe United Nations (UN) Genera...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Closed Borders and Hostile Receptions Await Afghan Refugees
By Farhana Haque RahmanTORONTO, Canada, Aug 30 2021 (IPS) Whether desperately trying to get a place on the last evacuation flights out of Kabul or trekking to the borders with neighbouring Pakistan and Iran, tens of thousands of Afghans are fleeing their country once more. Events are unfolding at speed. The Taliban are establishing a central government in the capital to fill the void of the collapsed western-backed administration, but they do not control all the country as the protracted civil war enters a new stage. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says that in its “worst case scenario” it is preparing for around 5...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Vaccine Access Negotiations to Resume as New Variants Spread
Vaccine access negotiations are at critical juncture. While many countries support the intellectual property rights waiver, including the European parliament the European Union does not. Credit: PAHO/Karen GonzálezBy Lyndal RowlandsMelbourne, Australia , Aug 30 2021 (IPS) A committee that has spent almost a year negotiating the terms of a temporary intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 medicines will reconvene in September after pausing for the European Summer. As new variants spread rapidly around the world, the deadlock in the World Trade Organization Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRI...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations COVAX COVID-19 vaccines TRIPS. WTO Source Type: news

Pacific Community Warns of Threat to Education Retention in the Wake of COVID-19
Many families in the Solomon Islands and across the Pacific Islands region struggle to keep their children in school due to COVID-19 related economic hardship. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Australia , Aug 27 2021 (IPS) Before the pandemic, many Pacific Island countries grappled with low numbers of students completing secondary education. Now experts in the region are concerned that the closure of schools to contain the spread of COVID-19, and the economic downturn, will lead to even more students dropping out of education early. It’s an issue that has consequences for the region’s fu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Pacific Community Climate Wire TerraViva United Nations lockdown The Pacific Community (SPC) Source Type: news

Systemic Barriers Exist in Canadian Healthcare for Immigrant Health Professionals
Immigrant Health Professionals have lots to offer Canadian society, but often face barriers. By Shafi Bhuiyan and team of ITMDsToronto, Canada, Aug 27 2021 (IPS) Albert Einstein said, “In the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity.” The year 2020 was a year of crisis across many sectors in Canada, especially the health care sector. There was a severe strain on the health care system through long waiting lists for family physicians, specialists, and vaccination clinics, and Intensive Care Units were working at a high level of capacity. People’s Charter for Health describes health as a reflection of a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shafi Bhuiyan and team of ITMDs Tags: COVID-19 Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees North America opinion TerraViva United Nations Canada Doctors foreign-trained doctors ITMDs Source Type: news

Tonga ’ s experience: Implementation of Domestic Violence Legislation
By External SourceNuku’Alofa, Tonga, Aug 26 2021 (IPS-Partners) Fourteen Pacific Island Countries have enacted specific legislation to address domestic violence. While these laws have been developed to respond to domestic violence, implementation continues to be a challenge. It is affected by various factors that include practical social, cultural, religious, political, environmental and economic challenges. Polotu Fakafanua-PaungaOn 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global COVID-19 pandemic. As the world geared up its response to the pandemic, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Van...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: COVID-19 Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Humanitarian Emergencies The Pacific Community (SPC) Source Type: news

Haunting Photos of Bangladesh ’ s COVID Pandemic
By Mohammad Rakibul HasanDHAKA, Bangladesh, Aug 25 2021 (IPS) Documentary photographer and filmmaker Mohammad Rakibul Hasan has documented the health crisis in Bangladesh over the past several months. In these haunting images, Hasan brings to life the conditions in which many patients are being treated in poor conditions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hasan was awarded the Lucie Awards Discovery of the Year 2018. He also received the 23rd Human Rights Press Awards for his series “The Looted Honor” on rape survivors of Rohingya Refugee from The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, Amnesty Intern...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mohammad Rakibul Hasan Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Multimedia Slideshow TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Cuba, a Small Island State Seeking to Manage Its Vulnerability
This article forms part of the special IPS coverage of the Solutions Forum, a high-level conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be held Aug. 30-31. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Patricia Grogg Tags: Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs Regional Catego Source Type: news

Resilience in a Riskier World
By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 25 2021 (IPS) Over the past two decades, the Asia-Pacific region has made remarkable progress in managing disaster risk. But countries can never let down their guard. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its epicentre now in Asia, and all its tragic consequences, has exposed the frailties of human societies in the face of powerful natural forces. As of mid-August 2021, Asian and Pacific countries had reported 65 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 1 million deaths. This is compounded by the extreme climate events which are affecting the entire world. Despite the vary...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Prioritising Profits Reversed Health Progress
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 2021 (IPS) Instead of a health system striving to provide universal healthcare, a fragmented, profit-driven market ‘non-system’ has emerged. The 1980s’ neo-liberal counter-revolution against the historic 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration is responsible. Alma-Ata a big step forward Neoliberal health reforms over the last four decades have reversed progress at the World Health Organization (WHO) Assembly in the capital of the then Socialist Republic of Kazakhstan, now known as Almaty. Anis ChowdhuryThen, 134 WHO Member States reached a histor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Southern African Migrants Excluded as COVID-19 Pandemic Grows
There are calls to include migrants and other vulnerable groups in the vaccine rollout programmes in the Southern Africa region. Credit: UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye By Kevin HumphreyJohannesburg, South Africa, Aug 23 2021 (IPS) Migrants across the Southern Africa region are massively disadvantaged as they find themselves excluded from vaccine programmes – even when the global vaccine initiative COVAX often funds these programmes. This is the latest in a long list of struggles migrants have experienced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Migrant is a catch-all word that includes a diverse set of people, including non-...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kevin Humphrey Tags: Africa COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy ‘Ending Child Marriage – Progress an Source Type: news

Parliamentarians Determined to Reach ICPD 25 Goals
Delegates from Asia and Africa met during a two-day conference to discuss ICPD25 programme of action. Credit: APDABy Cecilia RussellJohannesburg, South Africa, Aug 23 2021 (IPS) Politicians from Asia and Africa shared activism anecdotes demonstrating their determination to meet ICPD 25 commitments. They were speaking at a hybrid conference held simultaneously in Kampala, Uganda, and online. Ugandan MP Kabahenda Flavia dramatically told the conference that women parliamentarians in her country “stampeded the budget process” to ensure there was potential to recruit midwives and nurses at health centres. Another t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Conferences COVID-19 Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Population TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women in Politics APDA Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Ugan Source Type: news

Internationally Trained Medical Doctors Sidelined in Canada
Dr Shafi Bhuiyan is pictured here with a team of ITMDs. Foreign-trained doctors are underutilized in Canada despite shortages of trained personnel.By Shafi Bhuiyan and team of ITMDsToronto, Canada, Aug 20 2021 (IPS) Canada is ranked number one out of 78 countries globally, with the highest marks in social purpose indicators, emphasizing human rights, social justice, and racial equity commitment, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report survey. The country follows the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles, incorporating them into research and workplace environments, and it acknowledges challe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shafi Bhuiyan and team of ITMDs Tags: columns COVID-19 Headlines Health Human Rights North America TerraViva United Nations Canada Diversity equity foreign-trained doctors inclusion Source Type: news

Privatised Health Services Worsen Pandemic
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 2021 (IPS) Decades of public health cuts have quietly taken a huge human toll, now even more pronounced with the pandemic. Austerity programmes, by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, have forced countries to cut public spending, including health provisioning. ‘Government is the problem’ “India’s COVID crisis: A deadly example of government failure”, “Government failures still hamper [UK] Covid-19 response”. Such headlines have become commonplace as the pandemic rages on, with no sign of end...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Source Type: news

UN ’s Ultimatum to Staff & Diplomats: Get Vaccinated or Go Hungry
UN Secretary-General António Guterres gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at Adlai Stevenson High School in the Bronx, New York. January 2021. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 2021 (IPS) As New York city struggles to cope with the widespread outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus Delta variant -– which has claimed more than 100,000 cases per day in the US— the United Nations is laying down strict guidelines at its headquarters (UNHQ) for staffers, diplomats and visiting delegates. In a letter released August 13, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Delta variant &...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Power of Creative Expression during Lockdown
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: COVID-19 Education Gender Global Headlines Health Mental Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Art Empowerment Source Type: news

How to Sustainably Finance Universal Health Care
By Mary Suma Cardosa, Chan Chee Khoon, Chee Heng Leng and Jomo Kwame SundaramPENANG and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 2021 (IPS) To achieve universal health coverage, a country needs a healthcare system that provides equitable access to high quality health care requiring sustainable financing over the long term. Publicly provided healthcare should be on the basis of need, a citizen’s entitlement for all regardless of means. Mary Suma CardosaHealth inequalities growing But recent decades have seen health care trending towards a two-tier system – a perceived higher quality private sector, and lower quality public service...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mary Suma Cardosa - Chan Chee Khoon - Chee Heng Leng - Jomo Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Child Protection Schemes Are Failing Children Orphaned by COVID-19 in India
Following bereavement, children experience grief, distress, and other emotional and behavioral difficulties which must be addressed. | Picture courtesy: Vicky Roy/Save the Children-IndiaBy External SourceAug 9 2021 (IPS) The second wave of COVID-19 brought with it unimaginable grief, agony, and frustration. India saw a sharp increase in the number of deaths, especially among younger people, which meant that many children lost one or both parents. Reports of people seeking help for orphaned children as well as requests to ‘adopt’ these children emerged on social media. Data collected and presented by the Nationa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

We Were Born to Do This!
Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot WaitBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Aug 9 2021 (IPS) The first time I visited South Sudan in 2004 – prior to its independence – I travelled across the entire the country which was then a region devastated by man’s inhumanity to man. Although South Sudan is slightly larger than France, I could find only one concrete school building in Rumbek. Yasmine SherifMillions were impacted by the twenty-year civil war and decades of marginalization, and far too many children and their families were internally displaced or had fled the country as refugees to Kenya. Conflict, ex...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change COVID-19 Crime & Justice Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Source Type: news

The ‘Covid-19 Timebomb’ – Dispelling the Single- Story Humanitarian Narrative for Africa
A 76-year-old man shows his vaccination card after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Kasoa, Ghana. Credit: UNICEF/Francis KokorokoBy Jeremy AlloucheBRIGHTON, UK, Aug 9 2021 (IPS) An article published in April 2020 by the World Economic Forum warning that Africa was facing a Covid-19 time bomb was widely shared among the humanitarian sector, with increasing alarm. Some anticipated a perfect storm in terms of violence against children while others talked about the potential for a hunger pandemic in the Sahel. But none of these catastrophic scenarios have been borne out in either the first or second waves of the pandemic in Su...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jeremy Allouche Tags: Africa COVID-19 Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

ECW Interviews the Honourable Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education and Instruction for South Sudan
By External SourceAug 6 2021 (IPS-Partners) Awut Deng Acuil is the first female Minister of Education for South Sudan, and only the second person to serve as Minister of Education for her country – which became independent country in 2011. Prior to this role, Minister Acuil was the first woman to serve as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Recently, Minister Acuil made history as the first women to lead a South Sudan university when she was appointed head of council at the University of Bahr El-Ghazal. Since 2005, Minister Acuil has served as Presidential Advisor on Gender...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: COVID-19 Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

‘ Don ’t Forget Leprosy ’ Campaign Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination answers questions from Patricia Soares, a guest at the launch of the ‘Don’t Forget Leprosy’ campaign. They are with Takahiro Nanri, Executive Director of the Sasakawa Health Foundation. Credit: Cecilia Russell By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Aug 4 2021 (IPS) A visit to a leprosy facility in Korea with his father, Ryoichi Sasakawa, spurred Yohei Sasakawa to dedicate his life to eliminating both the disease and discrimination of those affected. He was speaking in an emotional pre-recorded address ahead of his 20th anniversary as ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) leprosy Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Fou Source Type: news

Central Banks Must Address Pandemic Challenges
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 2021 (IPS) Hopes for an inclusive global economic recovery are fast fading. As rich countries have done little to ensure poor countries’ access to vaccines and fiscal resources, North-South “fault lines” will certainly widen. Enhancing relief, recovery, transformation While the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised rich countries’ recovery prospects upward, the United Nations (UN) notes formidable challenges, especially for developing countries, due to the pandemic. Anis ChowdhuryThe UN warns of more setbacks for the S...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Increasing Revenue & Protecting Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that tobacco use claims about eight million lives a year. Credit: WHOBy Hana Ross and Sophapan Ratanachena-McWhortorCAPETOWN / BANGKOK, Aug 2 2021 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on millions of families and damaged the economy of countries around the globe. Rich countries with higher vaccination rates have opened up their economy ahead of poor countries that are still struggling to fight the pandemic. Yet, there is a simple recipe to boost the population’s health and increase revenue to pay for vaccines and economic recovery. This simple recipe calls for just ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr. Hana Ross and Sophapan Ratanachena-McWhortor Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Civil Society Leading Covid-19 Mask Campaign in South Asia – Podcast
Civil society leading Covid-19 mask campaign in South AsiaBy Marty LoganKATHMANDU, Jul 30 2021 (IPS) Footage of flames engulfing bodies at makeshift funeral pyres and stories of people dying in cars as drivers desperately raced from hospital to hospital seeking a bed. These scenes marked the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India just months ago. Nepal was similarly walloped: staff turned away people at intensive care units and patients attached to oxygen cylinders were being treated in parking lots. Other South Asian countries were less affected but overall Covid-19 has officially killed 450,000 people in the regio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Marty Logan Tags: Civil Society Headlines Health Multimedia Podcast TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

What Public Health Officials Can Learn from a New Long COVID Survey
Fifty percent of vaccine-hesitant Americans believe the message that “Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent COVID-19 and its potential long-term complications”. Credit: UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jul 30 2021 (IPS) A new survey on public awareness of long COVID by ‘Resolve to Save Lives” showed that among the 40% of Americans who were not vaccinated, seeing testimonials of those who suffer from long COVID inspired nearly two-thirds to consider the vaccine. A representative sample of nearly 2,000 Americans 18 and older took the survey between May 21 and Ju...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Are UN ’s Sustainable Development Goals in the Doldrums Due to the Corona Virus?
A Somali resident sells meat at a market in Hudur, where food shortages continue to cause suffering. Meanwhile, between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced hunger in 2020 – some 161 million more than for 2019 – the UN Secretary-General said July 12; “new, tragic data”, which indicates the world is “tremendously off track” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Credit: UN Photo/Tobin JonesBy Jan Servaes and Muhammad Jameel Yusha'uBRUSSELS, Belgium / JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jul 30 2021 (IPS) A short answer to this question is yes, but it is obvious and predict...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Servaes - Muhammad Jameel Yusha Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

DR Congo, Ituri. Fleeing War, Weaving Life in IDP Camps of Bunia
The man reading is a displaced man in the IDP camp ISP in Bunia. Credit: Elena L. Pasquini By Elena L. PasquiniROME, Jul 29 2021 (IPS) He moves aside the curtain, thin as gauze, and then bends over. The darkness dazzles for a few seconds when one enters the house—actually, a den made of earth where air and light filter through the narrow entrance. Jean de Dieu Amani Paye holds her tiny baby, wrapped in an elegant fabric, in his arms. He was a teacher of French and Latin and had a small business. He also cultivated the land: cassava, corn, sorghum, and beans. Now he is a leader of the ISP camp on the outskirts of Bun...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elena Pasquini Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Revamped UN System Crucial for a Changing World
By Trevor PageLETHBRIDGE, Canada, Jul 29 2021 (IPS) From an international humanitarian perspective, the first half of 2021 has been disappointing. We’re no further ahead in ending the conflict in Syria and Yemen. From the fledgling democracy that it had become, Myanmar has descended into what most of its people had hoped was a bygone era of military rule. And in Ethiopia, where its Prime Minister, Ably Ahmed, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, armed conflict in Tigray is preventing the 2020 winners of the very same prize, the World Food Programme, from delivering the food needed to stop at least 350,000 Ethio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Trevor Page Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change COVID-19 Global Headlines Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Water Scarcity: Coming Soon
Credit: UNICEFBy Guillaume Baggio, Manzoor Qadir and Vladimir SmakhtinHAMILTON, Ontario, Canada, Jul 29 2021 (IPS) In 1995, a highly-respected water expert in South Africa, Bill Pitman, in very concise terms illustrated that the country, already battling a growing lack of water then, would likely run out in 25 years if it did not increase its supply. Twenty-five years have now passed and the country is thirstier than ever. The recent water crisis in Cape Town is just one manifestation of the nation’s chronic water scarcity. And there is likely more water trouble ahead. Water scarcity issues have been vexing experts ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guillaume Baggio - Manzoor Qadir - Vladimir Smakhtin Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

To Prevent Teenage Pregnancies in Sub Saharan Africa, It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child
Honorine Meda became pregnant herself at the age of nineteen. Now she helps raise awareness of teenage pregnancy among girls in Dissin.By Guy DinmoreDISSIN, Burkina Faso, Jul 28 2021 (IPS) Honorine Meda is 23. Cycling through her hometown of Dissin, in Burkina Faso’s verdant southwest, she smiles, waves and stops to chat with one of the girls she counsels. Thanks to a program by the German development agency (GIZ) and their Pro Enfant initiative, Honorine trained to counsel teenage girls in Dissin on how to avoid pregnancies. She became pregnant herself, with her now three-year-old son, when she was 19. It was tough...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guy Dinmore Tags: Africa Aid Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health GIZ 2021 Source Type: news

Golden Rice: Triumph for Science
By Paul TengSINGAPORE, Jul 28 2021 (IPS) After almost two decades, Golden Rice was approved last week by the Philippines authorities for use as food. This together with the approval of the bioengineered Bt eggplant represents a landmark victory of science over misinformation; it will provide consumers with improved nutrition (Golden Rice) and safer food (Bt eggplant). Paul TengBIOTECHNOLOGY CROPS have been controversial in spite of overwhelming support for their safety by the scientific community. This is specially so for the class of biotechnology crops commonly called ‘GMO’ or genetically modified organism. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paul Teng Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Water Poverty: The Political Connection
A young girl collects water from a tanker truck in an IDP camp in northwest Syria. Meanwhile, the UN commemorates the anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration to Water & Sanitation on July 28th. Credit: UNICEF/Khaled AkachaBy Catarina de AlbuquerqueLISBON, Portugal, Jul 28 2021 (IPS) The water we drink and the air we breathe are the basis of life. With universal access to clean water and sanitation, we will be healthier, our economies will be stronger, gender equality will be more achievable, and more children will stay in school. However, the many benefits of universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene are ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catarina de Albuquerque Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Child Rights ’ Experts Warn that Displaced Children and Young People Risk Being Wiped Out of the Education System
Jean Marie Ishimwe (Kenya), a Refugee Youth Representative addresses a high-level roundtable convened by UNHCR and ECW, the UK and Canada. Credit: Joyce ChimbiBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, KENYA , Jul 27 2021 (IPS) The difficulties in accessing education faced by children and young people forcibly displaced from their homes were today laid bare in a virtual high-level roundtable convened by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UK and Canada. The roundtable was a key moment planned within a two-day Global Education Summit framework that will kick off in London tomorrow, July 28, 2021. The summit is a cri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Featured Global Headlines Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations displaced children Educ Source Type: news

Protecting Plants Will Protect People and the Planet
By Barbara WellsROME, Jul 26 2021 (IPS) Back-to-back droughts followed by plagues of locusts have pushed over a million people in southern Madagascar to the brink of starvation in recent months. In the worst famine in half a century, villagers have sold their possessions and are eating the locusts, raw cactus fruits, and wild leaves to survive. Barbara WellsInstead of bringing relief, this year’s rains were accompanied by warm temperatures that created the ideal conditions for infestations of fall armyworm, which destroys mainly maize, one of the main food crops of sub-Saharan Africa. Drought and famine are not stra...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Barbara Wells Tags: Africa Biodiversity Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Re Source Type: news

Need for the Creation of a Real National Public Health System in Nepal
As Nepal faces breaking point amidst its worst COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations and its partners launched in May 2021 the Nepal Covid-19 Response Plan calling for US$ 83.7 million to mobilize an emergency response over the next three months to assist 750,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic. The plan was endorsed by the Nepal Humanitarian Country Team and the Government of Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre and lays out critical areas of support required to complement the Government of Nepal’s response efforts. Credit: World Health Organization (WHO) By Simone GalimbertiKATHMAN...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simone Galimberti Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

It ’s Time To Reopen Primary Schools in India
Schools in India are not just a source of education but also provide access to health, hygiene, immunisation, and nutritional safety nets. | Picture courtesy: FlickrBy External SourceJul 22 2021 (IPS) “The government should open schools, even if it’s for an hour, to facilitate some student-teacher interaction. Most teachers feel that students should be encouraged to come to school. Neither parents, students, nor teachers are worried about transmission as little has changed in the community habits such as social gatherings, shared resources, intermingling of children, and drinking, among others. Only schools hav...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Education Headlines Health Source Type: news

We Can Prevent the Bankruptcy of the Sacred – Dare we Try?
Religious leaders. Credit: UN Photo/Rick BajornasBy Azza KaramNEW YORK, Jul 22 2021 (IPS) The UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) came to a conclusion on July 15th. Another HLPF, another series of declaration, and commitments and concerns articulated by governments. All of which are besieged by the combined pandemics of institutional and systemic failures, increasing violence, global warming which has already led to the deaths of species and humans, and of course, Covid-19 and the utter shame of only the rich getting vaccinated. And the results of this High Level Political Forum? Not the dramatic changes that our plane...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: COVID-19 Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news