The UN General Assembly: A 75-Year Journey Towards the Future We Want
This article was first published by the UN Chronicle on 6 July 2020.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post The UN General Assembly: A 75-Year Journey Towards the Future We Want appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Tijjani Muhammad-Bande is President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Permanent Representat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tijjani Muhammad-Bande Tags: Development & Aid Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace TerraViva United Nations UN at 75 Source Type: news

The New Poor Post-pandemic: Time for Cushioning the Most Vulnerable in Southeast Asia
Credit: Unsplash / Lynda Hinton By Kaveh Zahedi and Van NguyenBANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) After decades of impressive growth, for the first time, Southeast Asia is experiencing a drop in measured human development. The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely take months to reveal itself and years to put right. Yet, a legacy of mobilizing under constraints is leading Southeast Asia’s pandemic response. During the first two months of COVID-19 lockdown, the once bustling streets of Bangkok were unusually quiet. In the alley nested between two high-end shopping malls in downtown Bangkok, an elder...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kaveh Zahedi and Van Nguyen Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Religion & the Pandemic: A Call Beyond the Here & Now
Religions for Peace Interreligious Council of Albania distributing Covid relief supplies from the Multi-religious Humanitarian Fund. Credit: Erzen CarjaBy Prof. Azza KaramNEW YORK, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) — I have never been interested in religion or spirituality before, but I found myself tuning in to all sorts of on-line religion and spirituality related forums “in search of something.” These are the words of a 30-something single young, middle class man (born into a Protestant-Catholic family background) in a European country. The latter is known more for turning several churches into museums or shopping ce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: Civil Society Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Address Malnutrition with Food Insecurity
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) The 2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization and its United Nations partners in mid-July, reports that chronic hunger continued to increase to 690 million worldwide in 2019, 60 million more than in 2014. Jomo Kwame SundaramSome two billion people worldwide were already experiencing some food insecurity during 2019, a number likely to spike upward due to Covid-19. Although headline hunger numbers have been significantly revised down retrospectively with better official data, the uptrend remains alar...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Green Economy Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

With Proper Investment in Youth, Kenya ’s Potential for Progress Is Unlimited
This article was first published in Forbes Africa   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post With Proper Investment in Youth, Kenya’s Potential for Progress Is Unlimited appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ruth Kagia and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Plastic Pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis has unleashed a plastic pandemic, reversing the achievement of a decade of activism against single-use plastic worldwide, including Nepal. Credit: BIKRAM RAIBy Sonia Awale and Ramesh KumarKATHMANDU, Aug 3 2020 (IPS) The coronavirus pandemic was a respite for nature everywhere. The air was cleaner, trekking trails were pristine, the summit of Mt Everest was deserted, and worldwide carbon emission dipped by -26%. However, there are dark clouds in that silver lining. The COVID-19 crisis has unleashed a plastic pandemic, reversing the achievement of a decade of activism against single-use plastic worldwide,...
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
By Joaquín RoyMIAMI, Jul 31 2020 (IPS) In the cinematic context of the death of the Italian and universal composer, Ennio Morricone, author of the background music of more than four hundred films, as an indirect tribute, Europe took a solid step. The European Union’s (EU) forceful ban on accepting travelers from the rest of the world has been decided simultaneously with a collective option: an internal opening that covers the entire territory of the Schengen Agreement, an enlarged EU that includes some special non-members (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the microstates). Furthermore, the EU s...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joaquin Roy Tags: Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Source Type: news

The Charter of the United Nations: Ideals for Shaping Our Reality
This article was first published by the UN Chronicle on 26 June 2020.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); FEATURED TRANSLATION – FRENCH The post The Charter of the United Nations: Ideals for Shaping Our Reality appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Nicolas de Rivière is President of the Security Council for the month of Jun...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nicolas de Riviere Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace TerraViva United Nations UN at 75 Source Type: news

Southeast Asia Has a Chance to Build Back Better Post-Pandemic
A boat on Pasig River in the Philippines. The Philippines has the highest mortality rate from the coronavirus in Southeast Asia. Credit:Kara Santos/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 2020 (IPS) Southeast Asia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been efficient, but some areas such as data privacy, measures to go back to normalcy after lockdown is lifted, and resources for migrant or transient populations will need addressing.  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said while the pandemic has introduced new challenges in the region, including threats to peace and security, &ldquo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus CO Source Type: news

Corporate Bailout or Cash Transfers for All, including Children?
Batara slum in a Dhaka suburb. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Sabine SalibaBEIRUT, Jul 31 2020 (IPS) The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have spared children from the direct health effects of the virus but the crisis has affected their social and economic rights directly and indirectly beyond what we could have foreseen. And there’s no doubt that children who come from more vulnerable backgrounds will feel the long-term impact of the pandemic and the measures taken to prevent its spread the hardest. Social and economic rights are crucial to ensure the fulfilment of basic rights like sustenance, housing, food, education, health...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sabine Saliba Tags: Education Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Google ’s $10 Billion Investment in India Should be Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities
Unless diversity is accepted and inclusion becomes everyone’s business, it will be impossible to achieve the goal of universal health coverage because 15% of the global population who have some form of disability will be left behind. Credit: Bigstock. By Shubha Nagesh and Ifeanyi NsoforJul 30 2020 (IPS) Over the next seven years, Google will invest a whopping $10 billion in India to improve technology, health and education, according to CEO Sundar Pichai. This is unprecedented and could be a game changer that could improve health, education and economic empowerment.  While Google should be commended f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shubha Nagesh and Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Asia-Pacific Education Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Only Governments Can Prevent Covid-19 Recessions Becoming Depressions
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Jul 30 2020 (IPS) Covid-19 threatens economic life the world over. The most urgent and important need is for governments, businesses and families to survive. Governments must revive economies and livelihoods to prevent Covid-19 recessions from becoming protracted depressions. The Covid-19 crisis is clearly a ‘black swan event’, threatening both public health and livelihoods. Both the pandemic and containment efforts are not due to business operations and decisions, but nonetheless have compelling consequences for them. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Covid-19 contagion contractionary, c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Last Mile Teachers
Emmanuel, a Luminos teacher, with his class in Loweh, Liberia (2019). Credit: Carielle Doe for the Luminos FundBy George K. Werner and Caitlin BaronKAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 30 2020 (IPS) “It has gotten really tough for us,” says James, a father in rural Liberia, of COVID-19 lockdown and school closures. “My son is trying but he is missing his friends and teachers. Children want to be in school.” “When Coronavirus passes, will your school still be there to help us with our children?” asks Fatu, a Liberian mother of six. Around the world, over one billion children are out of school. All will ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: George K. Werner and Caitlin Baron Tags: Africa Aid Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Coronavirus – Urban Areas Face the Brunt of the Pandemic
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Development & Aid Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

Neglected, Sacrificed: Older Persons During the COVID19 Pandemic
Credit: United NationsBy Isabel OrtizNEW YORK, Jul 28 2020 (IPS)   Failing to help those in most need COVID19 is devastating on older persons. The numbers are staggering, more than 80 percent of the fatalities due to coronavirus in the US and East Asia occurred among adults aged 65 and over. In Europe and Australia, the figures are even higher, 94 and 97 per cent of the deaths were persons aged 60 and over. However, when contagions spread, older persons were denied access to beds and ventilators, despite being the most vulnerable group. Human rights experts were alarmed by the decisions made around the use of scarce ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz Tags: Crime & Justice Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Include Indigenous People in COVID-19 Response
Credit: Nidwan.By Pratima GurungKATHMANDU, Jul 28 2020 (IPS) In Nepal the COVID-19 crisis has been especially hard on indigenous peoples. We had to learn a new vocabulary and use words like quarantine, self-isolation, hand sanitizers and social distancing. We also had to respect rules that did not previously apply to our lives. Indigenous peoples are not used to washing their hands all the time because our culture is so much closer to Mother Earth and because much of the time we don’t have running water. The situation has been even more difficult for indigenous persons with a disability, like me. I cannot keep my so...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Pratima Gurung Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Source Type: news

COVID-19 Means Development Setbacks for Mongolia
Child in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Credit: UNICEF/UN0316934/PasqualliBy Tapan MishraULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, Jul 28 2020 (IPS) Mongolia has recorded very few cases of COVID-19, less than 300 as on date, despite its more than 4,000 kilometre porous border with China. However, the country faces a major economic impact from the pandemic. The general picture of the COVID-19 situation in Mongolia is very positive. The Government of Mongolia closed all educational institutions including kindergartens, schools and universities at the beginning of the year. It also introduced strict measures on social distancing, such as a ban on publ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tapan Mishra Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Fight Pandemic, Not Windmills of the Mind
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 28 2020 (IPS) With uneven progress in containing contagion, worsened by the breakdown in multilateral cooperation due to mounting US-China tensions, recovery from the Covid-19 recessions of the first half of 2020 is now expected to be more gradual than previously forecast. Pandemic response measures In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments, especially of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) economies, have introduced massive fiscal and monetary packages for contagion containment, relief and recovery. Anis Chowdhury ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

COVID-19: Smarter Response & Recovery Measures Can Help Preserve Human Rights in Africa
This article originally appeared in Africa Renewal—a UN publication focusing on African news and analysis. www.un.org/africarenewal.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post COVID-19: Smarter Response & Recovery Measures Can Help Preserve Human Rights in Africa appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: “Social cohesion is bu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Angela Lusigi and Achievement Dhlakama Tags: Africa Aid Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Determined Path to the SDGs in 2030 Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Kanni Wignaraja and Bambang SusantonoBANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 27 2020 (IPS) As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear—a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The virtual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently convened governments and stakeholders across the globe to focus on the imperative to build back better while keeping an eye on the Global Goals. Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaAsia was the first to...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana-Kanni Wignaraja-Bambang Susanto Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Three Steps for Leaders to Tackle Covid and Climate Emergency
This article is extracted with permission from David Nabarro’s Online Briefing on 9 July 2020. This story was originally published by Thinking the Unthikable   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Three Steps for Leaders to Tackle Covid and Climate Emergency appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr David Nabarro Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, African Countries Grapple with Safely Easing Lockdowns
This article, originally published in UN’s Africa Renewal, has been updated to reflect the number of confirmed cases, recoveries and deaths as of 29 June.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post As COVID-19 Cases Rise, African Countries Grapple with Safely Easing Lockdowns appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Franck Kuwonu, Afri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Franck Kuwonu Tags: Africa Aid Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Covid-19 Compounds Developing Country Debt Burdens
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 23 2020 (IPS) Covid-19 is expected to take a heavy human and economic toll on developing countries, not only because of contagion in the face of weak health systems, but also containment measures which have precipitated recessions, destroying and diminishing the livelihoods of many. Limited fiscal space Developing countries generally have limited fiscal capacities to finance relief and liquidity provision in the short-term while rebuilding economic life on a more sustainable basis in the longer-term. Anis Chowdhury The 2020 Financing for Sustainable De...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Research Provides the Bricks and Mortar for Our Food Systems to ‘Build Back Better’
Elwyn Grainger-Jones is the Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization.By Elwyn Grainger-JonesMONTPELLIER, France, Jul 22 2020 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the structural weaknesses of today’s food systems, showing how quickly global networks of food production, trade and supply can waver under the impact of a single disease. By compromising access to safe, nutritious food through enforced restrictions on distribution and labour resulting in shortages and price rises, the coronavirus outbreak has shaken the foundations of global wellbeing, with repercussions for health, livelihoods, and equality....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elwyn Grainger-Jones Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Tobacco Industry Factoid on Illicit Trade Leading Governments Astray
Credit: SEATCABy Sophapan Ratanachena-McWhortor and Dr. Hana RossBANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 21 2020 (IPS) A factoid is unreliable information repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact. One such factoid repeatedly echoed across the globe by the tobacco industry is that tobacco tax increases worsen cigarette smuggling. For governments facing challenges to curb smuggling, particularly in the global South, this factoid has scared political leaders from effectively using taxes as a public health tool. Tax increases used as part of comprehensive tobacco control have been shown to successfully reduce smoking in many countri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sophapan Ratanachena-McWhortor and Dr. Hana Ross Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The World Needs You. Now.
Yasmine Sherif is Director, Education Cannot WaitBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jul 20 2020 (IPS) “We may all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now,” Martin Luther King Jr once said. His timeless wisdom rings truer than ever today for the many challenges the world is facing. COVID-19, continued armed conflicts and forced displacement, climate-change induced disasters, deep divides and widespread discrimination mark the human family in the 21st century. Yasmine SherifWhile COVID-19 is indeed a health crisis, the state of the world is in a bigger, multi-dimensional crisis. The one safe solution is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Education Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

How will COVID-19 Affect Women Entrepreneurs?
Prior to the pandemic, supporting and catalysing women entrepreneurship was a topic that was gaining traction across intermediary organisations and investment firms. Picture courtesy: Charlotte AndersonBy Saipriya SallaBENGALURU, Karnataka, India, Jul 19 2020 (IPS) Two years ago, Aarti started a small business selling traditional handicrafts online, supporting artisans based in rural Karnataka. After an initial phase of struggle, she had a steady stream of orders and was looking to procure manufacturing equipment and scale the impact of her business by supporting more local talent. All this came to a grinding halt in March...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saipriya Salla Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Gender Headlines Health Source Type: news

Dealing with Food Insecurity, on a Longer Term
Longer term investments are needed to enable the over 500 million small holder farmers in developing countries to grow more food, thus increasing their incomes and resilience. Credit: Miriam Gahtigah/IPS By Esther NgumbiILLINOIS, United States, Jul 16 2020 (IPS) African countries are beginning to reopen borders, and this is finally enabling many citizens to resume their normal life. However, there is still an urgent need for African countries to prioritize agriculture to tackle food insecurity issues that have been exacerbated by COVID and will continue to be an issue into the near future. According to the latest estimates...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Esther Ngumbi Tags: Africa Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Covid-19 Cannot Be Defeated by a Divided World
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 2020 (IPS) Announcing an independent evaluation of the global Covid-19 response on 9th July, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked why it has been “difficult for humans to unite and fight a common enemy that is killing people indiscriminately?”. Anis Chowdhury He warned: “The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself. Rather, it is the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global and national levels… we cannot defeat this pandemic as a divided world”, highlight...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

IPS Webinar: Gender Equality Crucial in ‘ Building Back Better ’ Post-COVID-19
By Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Jul 15 2020 (IPS) While men are more likely to die from COVID-19, women are facing the full blow of the socio-economic fallout from the ongoing pandemic as well as seeing a reversal in equality gains made over the last two decades, says an all-women panel of international thought leaders, who met virtually during a discussion convened by IPS. “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Girls” took place on Tuesday, Jul. 14, with the aim to bring to the fore the dangers of neglecting gender dimensions in COVID-19 response and recovery plans. The panel included gender and developm...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Multimedia Poverty & SDGs R Source Type: news

Coronavirus Shows the Dangers of Letting Market Forces Govern Health and Social Care
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Q & A: Understanding COVID-19 ’ s Impact on Food Security and Nutrition
Food markets were closed as many countries across the globe went into a lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The reduced access to high-value foods and higher food prices for nutritious foods has led to a risk of declining dietary quality globally. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jul 15 2020 (IPS) While it is too early to assess the full impact of the global COVID-19 lockdowns, at least 83 million to 132 million more people may go hungry this year — 690 million people were classified as hungry in 2019 — as the pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities and inadequac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Regio Source Type: news

UNESCO, UNHCR & EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT Call for the Inclusion of Refugees in the Post-Covid-19 Education Effort
Angelina Jolie with Syrian refugees. Credit: UNHCR / Laban MatteiBy External SourceNEW YORK, Jul 14 2020 (IPS-Partners) We must not leave young refugees by the wayside, urged UNESCO, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Education Cannot Wait as they urged more support in favour of young refugees’ education during an online debate today, moderated by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, on how best to provide them with improved learning during and after the pandemic. “Mobilizing for refugees is extremely urgent at a time when they are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Education Health Migration & Refugees Source Type: news

How Senegal is Providing Reproductive Health Services to those Who can Least Afford it
Ndiabou Niang was able to get access to prenatal care after her town’s mayor decided to finance the health membership of nearly 300 women and children. Courtesy: Réseau Siggil JigéenBy Neena BhandariSYDNEY, Australia, Jul 14 2020 (IPS) Pregnant with her second child, 30-year-old Ndiabou Niang was enduring pelvic pain, but couldn’t afford to access prenatal care in Diabe Salla, a village on the outskirts of the small town of Thilogne in north-east Senegal. Her husband was unemployed and her earnings of under CFAF 10,000 (17 USD) from selling seasonal fruits in the local market were insufficient to ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Neena Bhandari Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Senegal Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Women Deliver Source Type: news

Toward a More Resilient Europe
This article is from International Monetary Fund   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Toward a More Resilient Europe appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Poul M. Thomsen Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Heifer Nepal Farmers Persevere During COVID-19 Pandemic
Harabhara Cooperative is finding ways to sell their milk during the pandemic. Photo from Heifer Nepal.By Heifer InternationalJul 10 2020 (IPS-Partners) For nearly three months, the government of Nepal implemented a strict lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19. And while it slowed the spread of the virus, it also put a tremendous economic burden on many families nationwide. As of June 15, the country transitioned to a “soft lockdown,” easing some restrictions such as allowing private vehicles to operate on an odd/even-day scheme. But the economic effect is already being seen. At the onset of pandemic, the m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Heifer International Tags: Economy & Trade Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Women and Girls with Disabilities: Planning for Periods During a Pandemic
High school student in eastern India, studies a leaflet on menstrual hygiene. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Shubha Nagesh and Monalisa PadheeDEHRADUN, India, Jul 10 2020 (IPS) The Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown has intensified most inequities in society- specifically those that affect vulnerable communities, including persons with disabilities, particularly young girls. As an aftermath of recent media attention, many government organizations, nonprofits and philanthropies have come together to ensure girls and women in remote communities have access to menstrual care products. Despite these efforts, a large nu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shubha Nagesh and Monalisa Padhee Tags: Asia-Pacific Gender Headlines Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 & Why We Care
This article originally appeared in the UN Academic Impact Weekly Newsletter academicimpact@un.org The post COVID-19 & Why We Care appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Ramu Damodaran is Chief, United Nations Academic Impact* The post COVID-19 & Why We Care appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ramu Damodaram Tags: Aid Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Covid-19 And Migrant Workers: Planning the return and reintegration of forced returnees
Migrant workers in Dubai. Photo: AFPBy C R AbrarJul 9 2020 (IPS-Partners) During the pandemic, forced return of migrants has become a major issue of concern for intergovernmental bodies and the global civil society engaged in migration issues. The United Nations Network on Migration (UNNM) has urged states “to suspend forced returns during the pandemic, in order to protect the health of migrants and communities, and uphold the human rights of all migrants, regardless of status”. UNNM has called for a halt to arbitrary expulsions and reiterated that their “protection needs must be individually assessed; an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: C R Abrar Tags: Health Labour Source Type: news

Teleworking Is Not Working for the Poor, the Young and the Women
By Mariya Brussevich, Era Dabla-Norris, and Salma KhalidJul 9 2020 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating labor markets across the world. Tens of millions of workers lost their jobs, millions more out of the labor force altogether, and many occupations face an uncertain future. Social distancing measures threaten jobs requiring physical presence at the workplace or face-to-face interactions. Those unable to work remotely, unless deemed essential, face a significantly higher risk of reductions in hours or pay, temporary furloughs, or permanent layoffs. What types of jobs and workers are most at risk? Not surprisingly, t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariya Brussevich - Era Dabla-Norris - Salma Khalid Tags: Economy & Trade Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

How We Can Ensure the Safety of Our Health Workers
Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jul 8 2020 (IPS) Recently, Barcelona’s Liceu opera opened its 2020-2021 season by serenading a full house of plants with classical music. The plants will then be given to over 2,200 health workers who serve at the frontlines to battle the pandemic. The performance was both an appreciation for the workers and it also celebrated the return to normalcy following the devastations caused by COVID-19. It is commendable that health workers are being celebrated this way. However, from the beginning of this pandemic, health workers have been victims. For instance...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Headlines Health COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Quiet Survivors of a Global Pandemic
By Saima W. HossainDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jul 8 2020 (IPS) The issue of women’s rights, feminism and gender is complex and ongoing in most countries including Bangladesh. When I was asked to write about impact of COVID-19 on women and girls, I found myself drawn towards writing about women’s situation in general as that automatically impacts COVID-19 response as well. Since I am a woman who has been a part of many different cultures, yet a Bangali at heart, I am not only a survivor within its ranks but also responsible for being a part of the solution to the problems we face. Saima W. HossainAt the heart of it is ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Saima W. Hossain Tags: Economy & Trade Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Women in Politics Source Type: news

“ Population Density Linked to COVID-19 Spread in India ”
Mumbai, India. Credit: Sthitaprajna Jena (CC BY-SA 2.0). By Sanjeet BagcchiNEW DELHI, Jul 8 2020 (IPS) Indian health experts say the findings of a US study — which suggest that population density is unrelated to COVID-19 infection rates — to be completely contradictory to their experience of dealing with the pandemic in India, a country with 1.3 billion people. Shima Hamidi, lead author of the study, published June in the Journal of the American Planning Association, claimed in a press statement that “the fact that [urban] density is unrelated to confirmed virus infection rates and inversely related to c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sanjeet Bagcchi Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Population COVID-19 Source Type: news

UN Chief Warns of Deadly Germs as Potential Bioterrorist Weapons
Credit: United NationsBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2020 (IPS) The coronavirus—which has claimed the lives of over 538,000 people and infected more than 11.6 million worldwide—has destabilized virtually every facet of human life ever since its outbreak in late December. Providing a grim economic scenario of the devastation caused by the pandemic– including rising poverty, hunger and unemployment– UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last week of the possibility of an even worse disaster: the risks of bioterrorist attacks deploying deadly germs. He said it has already shown some of the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Armed Conflicts Featured Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Building Back Greener in Africa
By Umberto LabateISTANBUL, Jul 7 2020 (IPS) COVID-19 continues to race across the African continent. People are dying, and even more are being pushed into hunger and poverty, in many cases risking to overturn years of development gains. The numbers are staggering. While the pandemic is only now taking root in Africa, there are at least 400,000 confirmed cases, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the outbreak is accelerating across the continent. Add to this the risks of hunger and poverty. Three out of four people on the continent are food insecure. More than 320 million people are without access to saf...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Umberto Labate Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Innovative Financial Approaches Key to Unleash SIDS Economic Potential
By Ambassador Lois M YoungNEW YORK, Jul 7 2020 (IPS) Our world is transfixed by the great human toll and economic impact of the worst global pandemic in a century. For the 65 million inhabitants of small island developing states (SIDS), the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is reminiscent of the worst forms of extreme weather events that SIDS contend with annually. Such events cost lives, undermine our hard-earned development gains, and hamper the aspirations and quality of life of our people. Our governments are routinely compelled to shift already scarce resources from social and economic investments to recovery...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ambassador Lois M Young Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Non-formal Education Helps Senegalese Women Combat FGM and Harmful Practices
Zigunchor in Senegal’s southern Casamence region has the highest literacy rate in the country but here gender-based violence such as such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is still practiced. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulHYDERABAD, India, Jul 7 2020 (IPS) Growing up in Senegal’s southern Casamence region — a conflict zone —  Fatou Ndiaye, now 43, often heard gunfire and watched fearfully as she saw people flee their villages. But what she dreaded more than a flying bullet was Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In her Wolof community, village grandmothers or professional circumcisers cut ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Senegal Women Deliver Source Type: news

Donald Trump, Working Class Hero?
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 7 2020 (IPS) In his early February annual State of the Union address, US President Donald Trump typically hailed his own policies for increasing wages and jobs to achieve record low US unemployment. Directly appealing to labour for a second term, Trump claimed exclusive credit for the US “blue-collar boom”. Anis Chowdhury ‘Blue-collar boom’ During his previous two State of the Union speeches, Trump also directly appealed to blue-collar Americans who put him in the White House in November 2016. As Trump claims manufacturing worke...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour North America TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children in South Asia
Raghbendra Jha is Professor of Economics, and Executive Director Australian National University. By Raghbendra JhaCANBERRA, Australia, Jul 6 2020 (IPS) The onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 set off a series of health and economic crises that feed upon each other. The health crisis exacerbates the economic crisis by disrupting supply chains, throwing large number of people (particularly those working in the informal sector) out of work and closing down large numbers of enterprises – particularly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). Raghbendra JhaThe economic crisis, in turn, exacerbates the healt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghbendra Jha Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Pathway to Universal Healthcare in India
An infant in intensive care at the Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi. Credit: Holy Family Hospital.By Nachiket MorBANGALORE, India, Jul 5 2020 (IPS) Universal healthcare (UHC) is an important global goal because of its close links to poverty reduction and enhancement of the growth potential of countries. While several countries can now be said to be well on their way towards achieving this goal, several others, most notably large ones such as India and Nigeria, are decidedly not. Though there are a number of reasons for this, perhaps the most important one has been the position taken by the international development commun...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nachiket Mor Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news