Africa – More than Just Conflicts, Corruption, Disasters
A woman in El Fasher, North Darfur, uses a Water Roller for easily and efficiently carrying water. Credit: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.By IPS World DeskROME, May 25 2017 (IPS)Natural and man-made disasters, armed conflicts, widespread corruption and deep social inequalities have been so far a dramatic source for most news coverage when it comes to Africa, the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent on Earth, which hosts 54 states spreading over 30 million square kilometres that are home to over 1.2 billion people. Nevertheless, an often neglected fact is that this vast continent with huge natura...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Nutrition Key to Developing Africa ’s “Grey Matter Infrastructure”
AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina adressing delegates at the nutrition event while Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, World Food Prize Foundation, listens. Credit: Friday Phiri/IPSBy Friday PhiriAHMEDABAD, India, May 24 2017 (IPS)Developing Africa’s ‘grey matter infrastructure’ through multi-sector investments in nutrition has been identified as a game changer for Africa’s sustainable development.Experts here at the 2017 African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings say investing in physical infrastructure alone cannot help Africa to move forward without building brainpower.“We can’t say Africa ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs African Development Bank (AfDB) Child Malnutrition World Food Programme (WFP) Source Type: news

Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports
Egyptian countryside south of Luxor, Egypt. In the background: the village of Al Bayadiyah. Photo: Marc Ryckaert (MJJR). Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.By Baher KamalROME, May 24 2017 (IPS)Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase. These are some of the Middle East and North of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs T Source Type: news

Menstrual Health and Vitality: Breaking the Silence, Stemming the Flood
A large section of people from the Mithapukur region, over 300 people, young girls and women, female and male teachers and local and national media attended the 'Labonno' project training and capacity building workshop. Credit: News NetworkBy Archana PatkarvGENEVA, May 23 2017 (IPS)Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere. But it still matters so much more to women and girls, who have historically been asked to bleed in stoic silence so that no one even knows they have their period. It is slowly but surely becoming socially acceptable to start talking about periods, a biological fact as old as womankind itself— e...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Archana Patkar Tags: Education Gender Global Headlines Health Women's Health Source Type: news

The ‘Public’ in Public Health
By Vani S. KulkarniPHILADELPHIA, May 22 2017 (IPS) The discourse must move beyond a top-down approach to listen to the people and formulate best insurance practices Much ink has been spilled in documenting the inadequacy of budgetary allocations for public health insurance, specifically for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), the world’s largest publicly-funded health insurance (PFHI) scheme. Though the 2017-18 budget allocation has marginally increased from last year’s revised estimates, it has declined relative to last year’s budgeted amount by about ₹500 crore. However, higher budgetary a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vani Kulkarni Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity Women's Health Source Type: news

Africa and India – Sharing the Development Journey
Djibouti Port. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPSBy Akinwumi AdesinaABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, May 19 2017 (IPS)Africa, like India, is a continent of rich and compelling diversity. Both continents share a similar landscape, a shared colonial history, and similar economic and demographic challenges. This helps both India and Africa work especially well with each other. This cooperation is both a mutual privilege and priority. At the end of the 2015 India-Africa Forum Summit, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced very substantial credits and grant assistance which benefitted our relationship. In addition to an India-Africa Developm...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Akinwumi Adesina Tags: Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Trade & Investment African Development Bank (AfDB) Source Type: news

Genetically Engineered Disappointments
While US agribusiness has long claimed that GMOs will “save the world”, there has been little compelling evidence to this effect after two decades. Credit: IPSBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai GenKUALA LUMPUR , May 16 2017 (IPS)Advocates of genetically engineered (GE) crops have long claimed that genetic engineering is necessary to raise crop yields and reduce human exposure to agrochemicals. Genetic engineering promised two major improvements: improving yields affordably to feed the world, and making crops resistant to pests to reduce the use of commercial chemical herbicides and insecticides. Genetic modifi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai Gen Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Kenya ’s Drought: Response Must Be Sustainable, Not Piecemeal
Dabo Boru, 21, is a mother of three who trekked with her family to Badanrero from her home village of Ambato, 38 km away. They were forced to move here in order to save their cattle from dying of thirst and hunger due to drought. Credit: @unicefkenyaBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 2017 (IPS) A malnutrition emergency Food security in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since the end of 2016. UNICEF reports a significant increase in severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 110,000 children under-five need treatment, up from 75,300 in August 2016. Waterholes and rivers have dried up, leading to widespread crop fa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

World Lags on Clean Energy Goals
At the current pace in 2030 there will still be one person in ten without electricity. Credit: BigstockBy Stephen LeahyVIENNA, May 14 2017 (IPS)It may be the 21st century but more than three billion people still use fire for cooking and heating. Of those, one billion people have no access to electricity despite a global effort launched at the 2011 Vienna Energy Forum to bring electricity to everyone on the planet.“We are not on track to meet our goal of universal access by 2030, which is also the Sustainable Development Goal for energy,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO for Sustainable Energy for All and Special Represent...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stephen Leahy Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Cookstoves Energy for All Indoor Air Pollution UNIDO Vienna Source Type: news

The Very Survival of Africa ’s Indigenous Peoples ‘Seriously Threatened’
The Indigenous World 2017. Credit: IWGIABy Baher KamalROME, May 3 2017 (IPS)The cultures and very survival of indigenous peoples in Africa are seriously threatened. They are ignored, neglected and fall victims of land grabbing and land dispossession caused by extractive industries, agribusiness and other forms of business operations. These are some of the key findings of a major report “The Indigenous World 2017,” on the state of indigenous peoples worldwide, issued on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The report, launched on 25 April by ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Africa Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Climate-Smart Agriculture – From Tanzania to Vietnam
Farmers clear weeds from a trench, which retains water and prevents soil erosion during rains, as part of the FAO project to strengthen capacity of farms for climate change in Kiroka, Tanzania. Credit: FAOBy IPS World DeskROME, Apr 28 2017 (IPS)As part of efforts to move towards “climate-smart” agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. The exchange took place at a special 26 April side-event during a session of the UN Food and Agric...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Middle East & North Africa Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nati Source Type: news

20 Million People Could ‘Starve to Death’ in Next Six Months
A livestock owner in Yemen tends her goats. Livestock production fell by more than 35 per cent in 2016 compared to the pre-crisis period. Credit: FAOBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 28 2017 (IPS)Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in North Eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN leading food and agriculture agency’s chief on April 28 warned. “If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months.” “Famine does not just kill people, it contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency tha...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Middle East & North Africa Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nati Source Type: news

Indigenous Women: The Frontline Protectors of the Environment
The Bhumia tribal community practices sustainable forestry: these women returning from the forest carry baskets of painstakingly gathered tree bark and dried cow dung for manure. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 2017 (IPS)Indigenous women, while experiencing the first and worst effects of climate change globally, are often in the frontline in struggles to protect the environment. A forum organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) brought together indigenous women from around the world to discuss the effects of climate change in their communities and their...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Democracy Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Inequity Po Source Type: news

Long Way to Go for Indigenous Rights Protection
Tadodaho Sid Hill (shown on screens), Chief of the Onondaga Nation. Credit: UN Photo/Evan SchneiderBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 25 2017 (IPS)Despite progress, many gaps remain in international indigenous rights protection, said representatives during an annual UN meeting. More than 1000 indigenous representatives from around the world have gathered at the UN for the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). This year’s meeting focuses on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which was adopted 10 years ago by the General Assembly.“On the day of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies?
Credit: FAOBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 25 2017 (IPS)It all happened on the very same day—4 April. That day, indigenous peoples were simultaneously characterised as fundamental allies in the world’s war on hunger and poverty, while being declared as collective victims of a “tsunami” of imprisonments in Australia. See what happened. Australia must reduce the “astounding” rates of imprisonment for indigenous peoples and step up the fight against racism, on 4 April warned Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.“Traditional indigenou...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Building resilient rural livelihoods is key to helping Yemen
Al Hudaydah, Yemen. Dairy cattle seek shade. Credit: FAO/Chedly KayouliBy José Graziano da SilvaROME, Apr 24 2017 (IPS)People in Yemen are currently suffering from the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.More than 17 million people around Yemen’s rugged landscape are acutely food insecure, and the figure is likely to increase as the ongoing conflict continues to erode the ability to grow, import, distribute and pay for food. More than 7 million people are on the verge of famine, while the rest are marginally meeting the minimum day-to-day nutritional needs thanks to external humanitarian and livelihoods ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Middle East & North Africa Peace Poverty & SDGs Food and Agriculture Source Type: news

Civil Society: “Everyday Things Are Getting Worse” for Children in Yemen
Water delivery in Yemen. Credit: UN photoBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 2017 (IPS)Persistent attacks on health care in Yemen is severely impacting children’s well-being, civil society detailed at the launch of a report. In the report, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, in collaboration with Save the Children, found a series of systematic attacks on medical facilities and personnel and families’ restricted access to health care across three of the most insecure governorates in the Middle Eastern nation.According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), warring parties carrie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Women's Health Source Type: news

Yemen, World ’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis
Yemen 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview. Credit: Fragkiska Megaloudi / OCHABy Baher KamalROME, Apr 19 2017 (IPS)With 18.8 million people –nearly 3 in 4 inhabitants– in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the United Nations informs while warning that the two-year war is rapidly pushing the country towards “social, economic and institutional collapse.“ More worrying, the conflict in Yemen and its economic consequences are driving the largest food security emergency in the world, the UN ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs T Source Type: news

Disease Burden Growing as Vector Insects Adapt to Climate Change
Dry drains will reduce the numbers of mosquitoes breeding, but now the Aedes aegypti mosquito is going underground to breed underground in available water and flying to feed. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPSBy Zadie NeufvilleKINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 18 2017 (IPS)There were surprised gasps when University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor John Agard told journalists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in late November 2016 that mosquitoes were not only living longer, but were “breeding in septic tanks underground”.For many, it explained why months of fogging at the height of Zika and Chikung...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Zadie Neufville Tags: Caribbean Climate Wire Climate Change Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Projects Water & Sanitation Chagas Disease Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) mosquitoes Zika Virus Source Type: news

Mind the Treatment Gap
getty images/ istock photoBy Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaPHILADELPHIA AND NEW DELHI, Apr 14 2017 (IPS)Implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act will require a restructuring of health-care services The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 27, 2017, has been hailed as a momentous reform. According to the Bill, every person will have the right to access mental health care operated or funded by the government; good quality and affordable health care; equality of treatment and protection from inhuman practices; access to legal services; and right to complain against coercion and cruelt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Vani Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Women's Health Source Type: news

Reflections on World Health Day
The tension between monopoly for patent holders (usually the big drug companies) and access to medicines for all has become acute and there are social movements around the world, both in developing and developed countries, that are fighting for patient’s rights and against excessive monopolies by companies. Credit: BigstockBy Martin KhorPENANG, Apr 13 2017 (IPS)What’s the most precious thing in the world which unfortunately we take for granted and realise it true value when it is impaired? Good health, of course.That’s something many people must have reminded themselves as they celebrated World Health Day...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Martin Khor Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs World Health Day World Health Organization (WHO) Source Type: news

The Unbearable Cost of Drought in Africa
People living in the Melia IDP camp, Lake Chad, receiving WFP food. Most of the displaced come from the Lake Chad islands, that have been abandoned because of insecurity. Photo: WFP/Marco FrattiniBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 12 2017 (IPS)Nearly 50 per cent of all emergency multilateral food assistance to Africa is due to natural disasters, with advancing droughts significantly threatening both livelihoods and economic growth, warns the African Union through its ground-breaking extreme weather insurance mechanism designed to help the continent’s countries resist and recover from the ravages of drought. The mechanism, known...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva Source Type: news

The Ebola Crisis: Lessons Learned for Developing Nations
By an IPS CorrespondentUNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2017 (IPS)The Group of 77 has pointed out that the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 proved that “no country is immune from a disease outbreak, no matter where it emerges” The Group has argued that the world is now a big village, where the borders between countries are crossed by millions every day for different reasons– a better life for some, a migration for others, all due to different factors, including climate change and the outbreak of fast-spreading diseases.Speaking on behalf of the Group of 77, joined by China, Lourdes Pereira of the Ecuadorean Mission to the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: an IPS Correspondent Tags: Global Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

World Must Act Now on Lake Chad Basin Crisis: FAO DG Graziano da Silva
Lake Chad Basin: a crisis rooted in hunger, poverty and lack of rural development. Credit: FAOBy Eva DonelliROME, Apr 11 2017 (IPS)Food assistance is a priority and the only way to prevent the crisis from worsening in the Lake Chad Basin, is to support food production according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “We need to take action now and there is no doubt that hungry people need food, but an emergency approach doesn’t tackle the roots”, he said in a press conference following his three day visit to some of the affected a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Eva Donelli Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Women ’s Health Policies Should Focus on NCDs
Professor Robyn Norton, co-founder and Principal Director of the George Institute for Global Health. Credit: Neena Bhandari/IPSBy Neena BhandariSYDNEY, Apr 11 2017 (IPS)Science and medicine were not subjects of dinnertime conversations in the Norton household in Christchurch, New Zealand, but Professor Robyn Norton grew up observing her parents’ commitment to equity and social justice in improving people’s lives. It left an indelible impression on her young mind.Her high school years coincided with the women’s movement reaching its peak. She got drawn into thinking about addressing women’s health is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neena Bhandari Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Source Type: news

Tomatoes, Limes and Sex-Selective Abortions
Credit: Curt Carnemark / World Bank. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0By Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Apr 7 2017 (IPS)When Bimla Chandrasekharan saw that women who gave birth to baby girls were being sent out of the house by their angry husbands and mothers-in-law she realised a basic biology lesson was needed.“We start educating them on this XY chromosome,” Chandrasekharan who is Founder and Director of Indian women’s rights organisation EKTA told IPS. “(But) we don’t say XY chromosome, we do it with tomatoes and limes. ‘Tomato tomato’ it becomes a girl, ‘tomato lim...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Abortion Femicide India Patriarchal Societies UN Wo Source Type: news

“ Devastating Consequences ” for Women, Girls as U.S. Defunds UN Agency
Mothers and babies wait for health screening at a US funded health clinic in Uganda. Credit: Lyndal Rowlands / IPS.By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 5 2017 (IPS)The U.S. has withdrawn all of its funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that works on family planning and reproductive health in over 150 countries.The decision is based on what the UNFPA says is an erroneous claim that it “supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation (in China).”The claim was made by the U.S. State Department in a letter&nbs...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Women's Health Donald Trump United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Source Type: news

Plastic No More … Also in Kenya
Plastic bags are also a major contributor to the 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in the sea every year. Credit: UNEPBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 4 2017 (IPS)Good news: Kenya has just joined the commitment of other 10 countries to address major plastic pollution by decreeing a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. The Kenyan decision comes three weeks after the UN declared “war on plastic” through its new UN Clean Seas initiative, launched on at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali (February 22-24, 2017).The initiative’s campaign urges governments to pa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Climate Change Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Catastrophic Antibiotic Threat from Food
Antibiotics are used to ensure better health and survival of animals bred for food, but they are also believed by many farmers to promote growth. Credit: IPSBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai GenKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 4 2017 (IPS)The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated that antibiotic use in animal husbandry, poultry farming and aquaculture in the US is over four times USDA recommended levels. Meanwhile, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has estimated th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai Gen Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Depressed? Let ’s Talk
Depression causes persistent sadness, a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy and an inability to carry out daily activities. Credit: WHOBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 3 2017 (IPS)Just three weeks after celebrating the International Day of Happiness, the United Nations now asks you the following questions: do you feel like life is not worth living? Are you living with somebody with depression? Do you know someone who may be considering suicide? Not that the world body all of a sudden wants to spoil your happiness—it is just that depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Depression World Health Day World Health Organization (WHO) Source Type: news

People With Autism Have Right to Autonomy Too
Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge, gives the keynote address during a special event held to mark World Autism Awareness Day. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Apr 2 2017 (IPS)Guardianship laws meant to protect people with autism actually deprive them of their basic rights and autonomy, according to experts on a UN panel.When people with autism turn 18, their parents or other caregivers are encouraged to legally become their guardians. However, as Zoe Gross an autism self-advocate says the practice deprives people with autism of the abili...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Featured Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Disability World Autism Awareness Day Source Type: news

Autism in Bangladesh: Reducing Discrimination Through Innovation
Children's Cultural Program / Town Hall Meeting. Dec 14, 2015. Shilpakala Academy. Organized by Parents Forum for the Differently Able. A short play by nearly 30 children and youth with NDDs. Over 100 parents took part in the meeting asking a whole variety of questions and expressing their concerns related to NDDs.By Saima Wazed HossainDHAKA, Mar 30 2017 (IPS)Within the last 5 years, thanks to political support and national education, autism awareness in Bangladesh has grown immensely. Due to a lack of funds and resources, providing full comprehensive evidence based services for those in need is not yet possible, but with ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Saima Wazed Hossain Tags: Development & Aid Headlines Health World Autism Awareness Day Source Type: news

A Special Learning Journey Cut Short
Students at the St Pius X Resource Centre in Malawi for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Credit: Charity Chimungu Phiri/IPSBy Charity Chimungu PhiriBLANTYRE, Malawi, Mar 29 2017 (IPS)When building a house, it’s critical to lay a strong foundation. The same applies to education, with studies showing that children who attend early learning centers perform better in school than those who do not.In Malawi, a 2003 national survey found that only 18.8 percent of school-age children with disabilities were attending class. More than twice as many of the same age group without disabilities (41.1 percent)...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charity Chimungu Phiri Tags: Africa Education Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Disability rights early childhood education Malawi World Autism Awareness Day Source Type: news

Late to Walk
By Charmaine Taylor RietmanOTTAWA, Mar 29 2017 (IPS)I have two children. A daughter who just turned six and a son who just turned three. My daughter was late to walk. My husband and I were pretty worried about why it was taking so long for her to stop ‘bum scooching’ — her preferred method of movement. I consulted Google on more than one occasion to see if other parents had children doing the same. I felt anxious when I read that 18 months was considered very late. She didn’t start until she was 22 months after a few months of physiotherapy.My son followed in his sister’s footsteps, but being ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charmaine Taylor Rietman Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Regional Categories World Autism Awareness Day Source Type: news

New Tuberculosis Drugs May Become Ineffective: Study
A doctor examines the x-ray of a TB patient in New Delhi. Credit: Bijoyeta Das/IPS.By Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 2017 (IPS)New antibiotics that could treat tuberculosis may rapidly become ineffective, according to new research published by the Lancet ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.The rise in multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, which affected 480,000 people in 2015, could mean that even newly discovered drugs will soon be useless, the study found.In total both drug resistant and non-drug resistant Tuberculosis (TB) killed an estimated 1.8 million people in 2015, making it the world’s deadliest infecti...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Antibiotic Resistance Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Source Type: news

Menstrual Hygiene Project Keeps Girls in School
Girls walk across an embankment in the Satkhira district of Bangladesh. Credit: Rafiqul Islam/IPSBy Mahfuzur RahmanDHAKA, Mar 23 2017 (IPS)Breaking taboos surrounding menstruation, a project to distribute sanitary napkins to girls in one district of Bangladesh has had a positive impact on school dropout rates – and should be replicated in other parts of the country, experts say.“In Bangladesh, girls neither get enough support from their families nor their teachers in school during this difficult time, and their problems intensify and multiply as they cannot share anything out of shame,” Dr. Safura Khatun,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mahfuzur Rahman Tags: Asia-Pacific Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Bangladesh Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) menstruation Source Type: news

Disabled Caribbeans Find Freedom in Technology
There is still need for better educational opportunities, housing, medical care, and everything that is extended to other citizens in the Caribbean. Credit: BigstockBy Jewel FraserPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 23 2017 (IPS)Visually impaired Kerryn Gunness is excited about the possibilities offered by a new free app that would serve as his eyes and enable people like him to enjoy greater independence.The Personal Universal Communicator (PUC) app is part of a new generation of cheaper assistive technologies making their way onto the market which allow people with disabilities to use technology that was formerly too expensive,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jewel Fraser Tags: Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs Disabilities ICT Source Type: news

Sweetened Research, Sugared Recommendations
Health problems stemming from carbohydrates, especially sugar over-consumption are correlated to growing overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, throughout the world. Credit: IPSBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai GenKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 22 2017 (IPS)In 2015, Coca Cola’s chief scientist was forced to resign after revelations that the company had funded researchers to present academic papers recommending exercise to address obesity and ill health, while marginalizing the role of dietary consumption. Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, had provided mill...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai Gen Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Women's Health Source Type: news

No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!
Pastoralists in the Ufeyn region of Puntland are walking further and further to find water for their livestock. Credit: @WFP/K DhanjiBy Baher KamalROME, Mar 21 2017 (IPS)During the final exams of Spanish official high school of journalists, a student was asked by the panel of professors-examiners: If scientists discover that there is water in Planet Mars, how would you announce this news, what would be your title? The student did not hesitate a second: “There is life in Mars!” The student was graduated with the highest score. In spite of this simple truth, human beings have been systematically wasting this prim...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation World Water Day Source Type: news

Smiling Towards Development
Happiness doesn’t just result in more smiles: studies are increasingly illuminating stronger and stronger links between happiness and progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Credit: Mahmud Rassel/cc by 2.0By Andrea ValeROME, Mar 20 2017 (IPS)Previous indications of national prosperity have focused on income, poverty, health and, above all, Gross Domestic Product, but on March 20th, World Happiness Day commemorates what is perhaps becoming the new way to measure welfare: happiness.On this day, the 2017 World Happiness Report – the fifth to be published since the inaugural 2012 report &ndash...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Andrea Vale Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs World Happiness Day Source Type: news

A Structural Theory of Aging
The author is professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. He has published 164 books on peace and related issues, of which 41 have been translated into 35 languages, for a total of 135 book translations, including '50 Years-100 Peace and Conflict Perspectives,' published by the TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.By Johan GaltungALICANTE, Spain, Mar 14 2017 (IPS)Wikipedia has much to offer under “aging”. Highly recommended are the 10 points by the world’s oldest living man, 114, Walter Breun...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Johan Galtung Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Labour opinion Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Khat in the Horn of Africa: A Scourge or Blessing?
Men lounging in Dire Dawa’s Chattara Market chewing khat, Ethiopia. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPSBy James JeffreyADDIS ABABA, Mar 12 2017 (IPS)Throughout a Sunday afternoon in the Ethiopian capital, Yemeni émigré men in their fifties and sixties arrive at a traditional Yemeni-styled mafraj room clutching bundles of green, leafy stalks: khat.As the hours pass they animatedly discuss economics, politics, history, life and more while chewing the leaves. The gathering is a picture of civility. But in many countries khat has a bad reputation, with it either being banned or prompting calls for it to be banned.&nb...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: James Jeffrey Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Ethiopia khat Somalia Somaliland Source Type: news

Women and Girls, One Third of World ’s Drug Users
Despite eradication and education efforts, drug use, especially heroin, remains rampant in parts of Myanmar. Photo: IRIN. Source: United NationsBy IPS World DeskROME/VIENNA, Mar 7 2017 (IPS)Women and girls comprise one-third of global drug users yet are only one-fifth of those receiving treatment, a UN-Backed independent expert body warned. Citing a significant rise over the past year in the number of women dying from drug overdoses globally, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned that women and girls comprise one-third of global drug users.“Yet [they] are only one-fifth of those receivi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Gender Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Unhealthy Environment Causes 1 in 4 Child Deaths: WHO
Unhealthy environments – both inside and outside the home – cause the deaths of more than 1.7 million child under the age of five every year, according to two new reports released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Monday. Even in their own homes, many children in developing countries have neither clean air to breathe nor clean water to […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Environment Featured Headlines Health Water & Sanitation Cookstoves Pollution World Health Organization (WHO) Source Type: news

New Antibiotics Urgently Needed to Combat Resistant Bacteria
Credit: WHO/Jim HolmesBy IPS World DeskROME/GENEVA, Feb 28 2017 (IPS)The United Nations health organisation has just published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.The list highlights in particular the threat of gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to multiple anti...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Day to Remember That Every Child Deserves a Chance
Emina Cerimovic is a disability rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.By Emina ĆerimovićNEW YORK, Feb 27 2017 (IPS)The day I met Julija she was playing cheerfully with her baby sister on the floor inside their room in Kragujevac, a small town in southern Serbia. When she saw me – a stranger — on the doorstep, she smiled widely and stretched out her hands, offering a hug. As I held her, I could hear how difficult it was for her to breathe. I looked at her, she smiled and touched my face with her hands and only...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Emina Cerimovic Tags: Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Serbia Source Type: news

Avoid Patent Clauses in Trade Treaties that can Kill Millions
Credit: BigstockBy Martin KhorPENANG, Feb 27 2017 (IPS)Recently a very interesting article on why there are inequalities in access to health care and how  medicine prices are beyond the reach of many people was published in The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world.The authors, who are eminent experts in development and public health, pinpointed trade and investment agreements for being one of the greatest health threats.Reading their powerful commentary leads one to think:  What’s the point of having wonderful medicines if most people on Earth cannot get to use them?  ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Martin Khor Tags: Economy & Trade Headlines Health Trade & Investment Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) World Trade Organization (WTO) Source Type: news

Huge Health Needs for World ’s One Billion Migrants
Credit: IOMBy IPS World DeskROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 2017 (IPS)With an estimated 1 billion migrants today –or one in every seven people– their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is often inadequate. This has been the key issue before senior public health officials from over 40 countries, who met on February 23 in Colombo, concluding that addressing the health needs of migrants reduces long-term health and social costs, enhances health security and contributes to social and economic develop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Aging, Depression and Disease in South Africa
The proportion of persons 60 years and older is projected to almost double during 2000–2030 in South Africa. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo / IPSBy Manoj K. Pandey, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaCanberra, Philadelphia and Manchester, Feb 20 2017 (IPS)Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living (DADLs) leading to depression. Mental disorders—in different forms and intensities— affect most of the population in their lifetime. In most cases, people experiencing mild episodes of depression or anxiety deal with them without di...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Manoj K. Pandey - and Raghav Gaiha Tags: Africa Aid Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Women's Health Source Type: news

Improved Cookstoves Boost Health and Forest Cover in the Himalayas
Women and children are the primary victims of indoor air pollution in poor, rural areas of India. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPSBy Athar ParvaizDARJEELING, India, Feb 17 2017 (IPS)Mountain communities in the Himalayan region are almost entirely dependent on forests for firewood even though this practice has been identified as one of the most significant causes of forest decline and a major source of indoor air pollution.Improper burning of fuels such as firewood in confined spaces releases a range of dangerous  air pollutants, whereas collection of firewood and cooking on traditional stoves consumes a lot of time, especial...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Athar Parvaiz Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Energy Environment Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Cookstoves Deforestation India Indoor Air Pollution Source Type: news