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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Child Labor in the Arab Region Does Not Belong to the 21st Century
Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, is Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global DialogueBy Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimGENEVA, Jun 12 2017 (IPS)Today marks the 2017 World Day against Child Labor to reaffirm the goal to eliminate all forms of child labor. This year’s annual theme highlights a subject that is often neglected, namely the importance of addressing child labor in conflict areas and in disaster settings. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al QassimThe United Nations (UN) estimates that approximately 1.5 billion people live in conflict areas around the world. It is likewise projected that around 200...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Democracy Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Overfed and Underfed: Global Food Extremes
The international community of nations has made commitments to eliminate hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030 and also to promote and protect health through nutritious diet, healthy eating and increased physical activity. Credit: IPSBy Joseph ChamieNEW YORK, Jun 12 2017 (IPS)Global food extremes of chronic undernourishment and obesity have brought about a bipolar world of hundreds of millions of underfed and overfed people. Of the world’s population of 7.5 billion the proportions suffering from chronic undernourishment and those afflicted by obesity are similar, approximately 11 percent or tog...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Source Type: news

This Is the Nation of 170 Million Enslaved Children
Credit: UN News CentreBy IPS World DeskROME, Jun 12 2017 (IPS)Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. Meantime, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year—a third of them are children. And a significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. These are the facts. Up to you to reflect on the immediate future of humankind. Conflicts and disasters have a devastating impact on people’s lives, the United Nations reminds.“They kill, maim, injure, force peo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Democracy Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The “Shocking” Reality of Child Marriage in the U.S.
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 8 2017 (IPS)While stories of child marriage are commonly associated with the Global South, lesser known are the cases closer to home: in the United States. Across the world, child marriage has persisted and the United States is no exception. Across all 50 states in the North American nation, marriage before the age of 18 has remained legal.“These are old laws that were just never changed because people didn’t realize this was happening,” said Fraidy Reiss, the Executive Director of Unchained at Last, an organization fighting to end child marriage in the U.S.Base...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Crime & Justice Education Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Religion Women's Health Source Type: news

Renewing Commitment to SDGs: Private Sector Gets Active
By Paloma DuranUNITED NATIONS, Jun 6 2017 (IPS)Just last month business representatives from around the world joined the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund commemorate their work as part of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). For much of the last two years, the group has been collaborating with the Fund on how the business community can work towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN’s roadmap to promote inclusive economic growth, social justice and environmental protection.This group of businesses committed to sustainability has accomplished a number of goals since it was formed in ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paloma Duran Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Gender Global Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Asia – Indigenous Women Fight for Justice, Influence and Equity
The objective is to make up for the current lack of information and numbers, and make indigenous peoples and women visible as right holders.Indigenous Women Are Change AgentsWith our support to indigenous women, we are trying to break the cycle of non-participation, violence and sexual discrimination against women.We see indigenous women as change agents: They pass their knowledge and cultural traditions on to future generations, and they revive and develop the societies they are part of.We therefore strongly encourage States to take serious their obligation to prevent violence against indigenous women, protect them, and p...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Julie Koch Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Re-Connect with Nature Now … Before It Is Too Late!
World Environment Day 2017By Baher KamalROME, Jun 5 2017 (IPS)Now that president Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the world’s largest polluter in history—the United States, from the Paris Accord, perhaps one of the most specific warnings is what a United Nations independent expert on rights and the environment has just said: “We should be fully aware that we cannot enjoy our basic human rights without a healthy environment.” Speaking in Geneva ahead of the World Environment Day on Monday 5 June, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, John H. Knox, said “We s...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Biodiversity Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glassh Source Type: news

Aggression against children in the Arab region needs to come to an end
The objective of this panel debate was to address the role of education in instilling a culture of peace and tolerance among children in post-conflict environments. The lessons learned from the case studies of Bahrain, Sri Lanka and Colombia underlined the potential of education in enabling children to overcome hostile mindsets – sometime resulting from family backgrounds – and to understand that differences need not beget division but can be an opportunity to celebrate diversity. Many of these countries have taken a number of initiatives in creating supportive environments to facilitate the socializing of chil...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

AIDS Pandemic Far From Over: 37 Million Living with HIV Globally
In conclusion, let me emphasize the importance of grounding success at the country and community levels.Let us always approach political decisions and meetings such as this with communities in mind.In recognizing the importance of community-driven solutions and the global commitment to people-centred systems for health, I encourage you to listen closely to what communities need and have to say.If we do that, we can end AIDS. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Amina Mohammed Tags: Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

A UN of the Future to Effectively Serve all Member States
In a letter to Permanent Representatives of 193 member states, the Secretary-General details his plan for a revitalization of the UN system.By Secretary-General António GuterresUNITED NATIONS, May 31 2017 (IPS)Through a series of recent global agreements on sustainable development, climate change, sustaining peace, disaster risk reduction, and financing for development, Member States have provided a broad vision of the future they want. I am committed to advancing meaningful reforms to adapt the United Nations to this complex world, so that it can effectively serve all of its Member States in achieving that future a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Antonio Guterres SG Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & Source Type: news

The Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
Stephen O’Brien is UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator By Stephen O’Brien*UNITED NATIONS, May 31 2017 (IPS)The cruel conflict in Syria continues to tear families apart, inflicts brutal suffering on the innocent, and leaves them pleading for protection and justice. I readily acknowledge that there have been reports of a significant drop in violence in some areas of the country, but such steps forward continue to be counter-weighted by the reality of a conflict that continues to devastate the civilian population. Stephen O’BrienJust last week, 30 children a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stephen O Brien Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Africa Drives Global Action Against Mercury Use
Olubunmi Olusanya of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria is keen on phasing out mercury-added products. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, May 30 2017 (IPS)With a new international treaty, an increasing number of African countries are committing to phasing out mercury, a significant health and environmental hazard.Research has shown that maternal exposure to mercury from contaminated fish can cause learning disabilities in developing babies. When inhaled, mercury vapor can also affect the central nervous system, impair mental capacity and, depending on levels of exposure, even lead to death.&quo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Africa Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Women's Health mercury Minamata Convention on Mercury Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) Source Type: news

Alert Over Lethal Virus Affecting Popular Tilapia Fish
Though not a human health risk, Tilapia Lake Virus has large potential impact on global food security and nutrition. Credit: FAOBy IPS World DeskROME, May 29 2017 (IPS)A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world’s most important fish for human consumption, the United Nations warns, adding that though not a human health risk, Tilapia Lake Virus has large potential impact on global food security and nutrition. The outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk-management measures – intensifying diagnostics testing,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Asia: 260 Million Indigenous Peoples Marginalised, Discriminated
Indigenous women join protests for land rights in Asia. Credit: IWGIABy Baher KamalROME, May 26 2017 (IPS)Asia is home to the largest number of indigenous peoples on Earth, with an estimated 260 million of a total of 370 million original inhabitants worldwide. In spite of their huge number-equaling half of the combined population of Europe– they are often victims of discrimination and denial of their rights. With its 4.4 billion inhabitants, Asia is, in fact, one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. “Indigenous peoples live in all the Asian countries,” said to IPS Signe Leth, Senior Adviso...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Time To Focus On ‘Hidden Hunger’
Children, Kafue, Zambia. Credit: Brian Moonga/IPSBy Bev PostmaWASHINGTON DC, May 26 2017 (IPS)As World Hunger Day May 28 approaches, it is time for us all to redouble our efforts to reach the goal of Zero Hunger by prioritizing the battle against micronutrient deficiency. If the international community pulls together this year to incorporate proven solutions such as biofortifying crops into the UN framework for sustainable development, we could reduce malnutrition on a truly global scale. Previous UN-led efforts, including the Millennium Development Goals, and the current Sustainable Development Goals set targets for count...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Bev Postma Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Women's Health Source Type: news

Formalising Informal Trade – Good for African Women?
Rural women sell mango and sweet potato jam at the food processing shop in Bantantinnting, Senegal. Credit: UN Photo/Evan SchneiderBy IPS World DeskROME, May 26 2017 (IPS)Women constitute the largest share of informal traders in Africa–about 70 per cent in Southern Africa and more than half in other parts of this vast continent made up of 54 states, home to over 1,200 billion people. Informal cross-border trading, in which transactions are not compliant with local tax and other rules, accounts for a large share – between 20 and a hefty 70 per cent– of employment in sub-Saharan Africa, says a new United Na...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

In a “World of Plenty,” G7 Must Fight Famine
A child from drought-stricken southern Somalia who survived the long journey to an aid camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Credit: Abdurrahman Warsameh/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 26 2017 (IPS)World leaders must step up and take action in fighting famine to prevent further catastrophic levels of hunger and deaths, said Oxfam. Ahead of the 43rd G7 summit, Oxfam urged world leaders to urgently address the issue of famine, currently affecting four countries at unprecedented levels.“Political failure has led to these crises – political leadership is needed to resolve them…the world&rsquo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Source Type: news