How will COVID-19 Affect Economies of Latin America & the Caribbean?
Credit: UNDPBy Luis Felipe López-CalvaUNITED NATIONS, Mar 12 2020 (IPS) History shows that in Latin America and the Caribbean, volatility is the norm and not the exception and that the development trajectories of their countries are not linear. The region has significant links to China, economic relations have skyrocketed in recent decades, particularly through trade, foreign direct investment, and loans. The COVID-19 outbreak is a new potential source of volatility and a threat to the macroeconomic stability of Latin America and the Caribbean. While it is still too early to fully understand its impact on China&rs...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Rural Poverty, Employment and Disability
By Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaPHILADELPHIA and NEW DELHI, Mar 11 2020 (IPS) About 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning. Disability is part of the human condition, and almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life, and those who survive into old age will experience increasing difficulties in functioning. Here the focus is on empirical validation of whether disabilities are associated with economic hardships through loss of employment and consequently impoverishment in rural India. The ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vani Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Why Pakistan Isn ’t Taking that Final Step towards Polio Eradication
A polio vaccinator administers the oral polio vaccine to a child in Pakistan. The country remains one of three in the world where polio is yet to be eradicated. Credit: Zofeen T. Ebrahim/IPSBy Zofeen EbrahimKARACHI, Pakistan, Mar 11 2020 (IPS) Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, the coordinator for Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication, has sleepless nights thinking about what needs to be done for his country to eradicate polio. “Not only me but the entire team is having sleepless nights thinking how best and how quickly we can reach the finish line,” he told IPS. “It’s ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Zofeen Ebrahim Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) Pakistan polio eradication Source Type: news

Is Our Academic System Ready for a New Coronavirus Normal?
Credit: Pîxabay.By Esther Ngumbi and Brian LovettILLINOIS, United States, Mar 11 2020 (IPS) Institutions of higher education have a responsibility to lead by example and to provide current, high-quality information to the people and communities that support them. This responsibility is no clearer than during a public health and information crisis like the one presented by this novel coronavirus. State and local governments in particular should be able to rely on Universities for guidance on protective evidence-based precautionary measures, whether it’s cancelling events, closing schools or formulating public he...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Esther Ngumbi and Brian Lovett Tags: Education Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

News Agencies Must Paint a Complete Picture of Coronavirus
Credit: UN News/Li ZhangBy Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Mar 9 2020 (IPS) Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “We have an epidemic caused by Coronavirus, but we have a pandemic caused by fear “. This fear is worsened by how news agencies report the outbreak. These are some examples. “Bodies ‘pile up’ in morgue as Iran feels strain of coronavirus” – CNN “First UK death from coronavirus confirmed as cases surge to 115” – The Guardian UK “Coronavirus: Global death toll exceeds 3,000” – Premium Times Nigeria “Death toll fr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Ten Reasons Why You Ought Not to Panic
This article is republished from The Conversation. Read the original article. The post Coronavirus: Ten Reasons Why You Ought Not to Panic appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Ignacio López-Goñi is microbiologist and works in University of Navarra (Spain). The post Coronavirus: Ten Reasons Why You Ought Not to Panic appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ignacio Lopez Goni Tags: Global Headlines Health Coronavirus Source Type: news

On 8th March – and All the Other Days: Each for Equal
This article is part of special IPS coverage of International Women’s Day on March 8 2020   Gender equality is a basic human right and a prerequisite for sustainable development, so why does inequality persist in so many countries, and what can we all do to address it? The post On 8th March – and All the Other Days: Each for Equal appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Prof. Margaret Kobia and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations IWD 2020 Source Type: news

Target Men to Reach Our HIV Goals
By Webster MavhuHARARE, Mar 5 2020 (IPS) Women are the face of HIV in Africa, yet four of every 10 persons living with HIV in East and Southern Africa are men. Despite higher rates of HIV infection among women, more men living with HIV are dying. Men are often left behind by programs that aim to reduce HIV rates as well as those providing HIV treatment. Global HIV targets are that by December 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their status, 90% of those HIV positive are on treatment and, 90% of those on treatment have reduced replication of the virus in their body. Some African countries are on track to achi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Webster Mavhu Tags: Africa Headlines Health HIV/AIDS Source Type: news

Coronavirus Exposes Global Economic Vulnerability
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 4 2020 (IPS) As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 threatens a global pandemic, major stock markets around the world have suffered their worst performance since the 2008 financial crush. Growth disruption The OECD has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could halve global economic growth this year to 1.5%, the slowest rate since 2009. It has cut its 2020 growth forecast for China to a 30-year low of 4.9%, down from 5.7% in November. Anis ChowdhuryThe IMF downgraded its growth forecast for China to 5.6% in 2020, its lowest since 1990. Econo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

The Pacific Community launches the Pacific Healthy Recipe Contest
By External SourceMar 2 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Pacific Community (SPC) is calling for contestants to join the Pacific Healthy Recipe Contest and showcase their cooking skills and creativity to promote healthy eating and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Up to 75 per cent of deaths in Pacific countries are related to NCDs, such as diabetes and heart diseases, with unhealthy diets and lifestyles seen as important factors in their development. From observation, the Pacific diet has changed over time and consumption of local foods has transitioned into consumption of more imported processed foods that are high...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Health Multimedia Video Source Type: news

What ’s Needed for Real Changes for Women in Lebanese Politics?
Lebanese women in politics. Credit: Eliane EidBy Eliane EidKESERWAN, Lebanon, Mar 2 2020 (IPS) Women were at the forefront of Lebanon’s 2019 ‘October Revolution’. Beyond the iconic images of their participation, it seems that by women linking equity in politics to the broader issues of mismanagement of corruption paid off – although activists say there is a long road ahead. In May 2018 saw the election of six Lebanese women to parliament from 86 female candidates. Following the October 2019 uprising, that started to change the equation within the political system and under the continued pressure of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Eliane Eid Tags: Civil Society Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Middle East & North Africa TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics IWD 2020 Source Type: news

CORRECTED VERSION: Coronavirus Claims its First UN Casualty
Credit: UN News/Li ZhangBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Mar 2 2020 (IPS) The deadly coronavirus COVID-19, which is spreading across China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy– along with new cases in Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East– has claimed one of its first casualties at the United Nations. The annual inter-governmental meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), due to take place March 9-20, is being described as dead on arrival (DOA). But it is still likely to take place as scheduled— minus the participation of over 5,000 to 6,000 delegates from overseas. The 11-day meeting, the la...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Coronavirus Claims its First UN Casualty
Credit: UN News/Li ZhangBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Mar 2 2020 (IPS) The deadly coronavirus COVID-19, which is spreading across China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, the Philippines– along with new cases in Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East– has claimed one of its first casualties at the United Nations. The annual inter-governmental meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), due to take place March 9-20, is being described as dead on arrival (DOA). But it is still likely to take place as scheduled— minus the participation of over 5,000 to 6,000 delegates from overseas. The 11-da...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Mexico ’s Battle with Obesity
Members of the Alliance for Food Health, a collective of organisations and academics, called in Mexico for better regulation of advertising of junk food aimed at children and of food and beverage labelling, during the launch of the report “A childhood hooked on obesity” in Mexico City. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPSBy N Chandra MohanNEW DELHI, Feb 28 2020 (IPS) Paradoxically, when the number of people suffering from undernourishment or hunger has risen in the world, so, too, have those afflicted by overweight and obesity. Latin America’s second largest economy, Mexico, for instance, is currently battling one of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: N Chandra Mohan Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) Source Type: news

Q & A: Misinformation in the Time of an Uncontainable Virus
Civil protection volunteers engaged in health checks at the "Milano Malpensa" airport. This week a joint team between WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control arrived in Rome to review the public health measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Courtesy: Dipartimento Protezione Civile By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 2020 (IPS) Just a month since the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus a public health emergency, it is now taking steps to contain misinformation being spread about the disease. Globally, there have been more than 82,000 cases of Coron...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Source Type: news

The Italian Pyramid: Scientific Observatory at the Top of the World
View of the Italian Pyramid, at 5,050 m a.s.l. located 20 minutes awayfrom Lobouche, Nepal. Credit: Valentina GasbarriBy Valentina GasbarriMILAN, Italy, Feb 27 2020 (IPS)   Hello! Are you Italian? No, I’m from Nepal. Ops. Kaji Bista is the staff manager of the Ev-K2-CNR’s innovative Pyramid International Laboratory/Observatory (known as the Italian Pyramid) at 5,050 m a.s.l. located in Lobouche. He usually does not welcome trekkers, unless they stay overnight in the Nepali style lodge, located in the base of the building. When planning the Everest Base Camp Trek, the last thing one would expect to find ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Valentina Gasbarri Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Education Environment Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Multimedia Slideshow TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Child Death Grief a Public Health Threat
An eight-month-old boy is examined by a doctor in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS By External SourceNAIROBI, Feb 27 2020 (IPS) Grief over the loss of a child poses a threat to public health in Sub-Saharan Africa, as nearly two-thirds of mothers in some countries suffer the death of at least one child, a study has found. According to the World Health Organization, 5.3 million children under five died in 2018 globally. The risk of a child dying before reaching five is about eight times higher in Africa than in Europe. According to the study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Headlines Health Human Rights Source Type: news

Let ’s Prevent Post-partum Depression and Provide Care to Those in Need
Credit: Patrick Burnett/IPSBy Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Feb 25 2020 (IPS) Recently, Nigerian feminist author Ukamaka Olisakwe spoke about her post-partum depression after giving birth in the city of Aba, southeast Nigeria. This follows her 2019 Longreads essay, in which she narrated painful details of her experience.  In 2007, Olisakwe was 24 years old when she had her first encounter with post-partum depression. She had just given birth to her first child of three – a daughter. Olisakwe’s experience convinced her that, No one really cares about how the women feel, i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Post-partum depression Source Type: news

U.S. President ’s Global Gag Rule is Having Negative Impact on the Health of Malawians: Report
A Malawian nurse at a training session. A report looking into the discontinuation of U.S. global health assistance to foreign non-governmental facilities providing abortion or abortion-related services, says that the ban is affecting the population in Malawi. Credit:Claire Ngozo/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 2020 (IPS) A report released last week has detailed the complex ways in which President Donald Trump’s ‘Global Gag Rule’ (GGR), that blocks U.S. global health assistance to foreign non-governmental facilities providing abortion or abortion-related services, is affecting the population in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America TerraViva United Nations Women's Health CHANGE Marie Stopes International (MSI) the Center for Health and Gender Equity Source Type: news

Coronavirus Epidemic Has Implications for Life Expectancy
Credit: China.orgBy James LiangBEIJING, China, Feb 17 2020 (IPS) As efforts to contain the Coronavirus epidemic enter a critical stage, it is important to remember that the costs cannot be measured purely in economic terms, as the measures taken will have implications for life expectancy across the entire nation. Analysis of historical data from various countries gives insight into the relationship between life expectancy and GDP per capita. In the first place, it is clear that countries with higher per capita incomes have longer life expectancies, owing to the ability and willingness of wealthier nations to invest in he...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: James Liang Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Tackling Climate Change and Preserving the Water Body: A Bangladeshi Perspective
A child wades through water on her way to school in Kurigram district of northern Bangladesh during floods in August 2016. Credit: UNICEF/AkashBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Feb 17 2020 (IPS) For any riverine country, the state of the water body around big cities and conditions of major rivers hold a leadership position in the overall climate effects and how the water body is protected and preserved impacts the entire economy and living standards of that country. Bangladesh is renowned for the geomorphic features that include massive rivers flowing throughout the country. Within the border of Bangladesh lie the bottom reaches of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Female Genital Mutilation: Not just an Emotional and Health Impact on Women but a $1.4 Billion Dollar Cost to Communities
The post Female Genital Mutilation: Not just an Emotional and Health Impact on Women but a $1.4 Billion Dollar Cost to Communities appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Plan International World Health Organisation (WHO Source Type: news

The Pacific Community launches the Pacific Healthy Recipe Contest
By External SourceFeb 12 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Pacific Community (SPC) is calling for contestants to join the Pacific Healthy Recipe Contest and showcase their cooking skills and creativity to promote healthy eating and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Up to 75 per cent of deaths in Pacific countries are related to NCDs, such as diabetes and heart diseases, with unhealthy diets and lifestyles seen as important factors in their development. From observation, the Pacific diet has changed over time and consumption of local foods has transitioned into consumption of more imported processed foods that are high...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Food & Agriculture Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Pulses for a Sustainable Future
By Zoltán KálmánROME, Feb 10 2020 (IPS) Reducing poverty and inequalities, eliminating hunger and all forms of malnutrition and achieve food insecurity for all – these are some of the most important objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. Still, the rate of poverty and inequalities is increasing and over 820 million people are going hungry. In addition, 2 billion people in the world are food insecure with great risk of malnutrition and poor health. This alarming situation is further aggravated by current trends such as the rate of population growth, impacts of climate change, loss of bio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Zoltan Kalman Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Do I Need Permission to Breathe? – A Migrant Woman ’ s Story
Although women and girls account for a far smaller share of total homicides than men, they bear by far the greatest burden of intimate partner/family‐related homicide, and intimate partner homicide. Source: UNODC reportBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Feb 7 2020 (IPS) “I soiled my pants, I could feel the wetness seeping into my waistband, my eyes started to become blurry. Only the sound of the blaring television assured me that I was still alive. I tried to stop thinking and make my mind go completely blank. Over the years I have adapted and now I can make my mind go numb. But the only nagging question ringing on my mind d...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

UNFPA Highlights Need to Address Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women in Crisis Areas
The $683 million will be used for efforts towards women’s reproductive and sexual health rights across 57 countries, of which about $300 million will be directed towards UNFPA’s projects in Arab state regions, including countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, and Somalia. Credit: Abdurrahman Warsameh/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2020 (IPS) The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is appealing for $683million in their mission to address sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls in conflict areas in the world.  At the Humanitarian Action Overview 2020, launched on Thurs...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Sexual and Reproductiv Source Type: news

UN Health Agency Predicts 80 Percent Rise in Cancer Burden Among Poorest Countries
Many specialist doctors and nurses in Africa are migrating to greener pastures, leaving cancer patients with few options. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy External SourceLONDON, Feb 7 2020 (IPS) Low- and middle-income countries could see an 80 per cent rise in cancer over the next 20 years if treatment and prevention services are not stepped up, according to the latest World Cancer Report. The report, compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), warns that cancer prevention is taking a back seat in poor countries, as their health systems tackle such immediate problems as infectious diseases, child health and nutrition. The r...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Women & Girls Up Front — the Humanitarian Response in Democratic Republic of Congo
Woman gives birth to healthy baby in …., Democratic Republic of the Congo, facilitated by the delivery that day of emergency reproductive health kits. Credit: UNFPABy Julitta Onabanjo, Shoko Arakaki and Sennen HountonGENEVA / JOHANNESBURG / KINSHASA, Feb 4 2020 (IPS) Eleven-year-old “Anne” went to a health facility with her mother in the conflict-affected province of Ituri, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. At first, she could barely tell her story. Traumatized and frightened, she feared reprisal from her attackers. Painstakingly, she recounted the brutal rape she had suffered and the pa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Julitta Onabanjo and Sennen Hounton Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Environment Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

A Bigger Impact in a Smaller World: The China Situation
People wear face masks in the waiting area at China's Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. Credit: UN News/Jing ZhangBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Feb 3 2020 (IPS) We are now living in a hyper communicative world where news does travel faster than lightning. Boundaries, borders, geographical and time differences have become next to obsolete in today’s speed driven world. At any point in time people, news and local occurrences can influence internationally without much local isolation. Along with the advantages of technology, communications and connections world is also facing new challenges that are proportionally evolv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Digital Civil Registration Can Reduce the Number of ‘Invisible’ People and Bring Kenya Closer to the SDGs
Kenyans register Huduma-Namba. Credit: Reuters/Goran TomasevicBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 2020 (IPS) A recent opinion piece in the New York Times titled, “Kenya’s New Digital IDs May Exclude Millions of Minorities” raises an issue that the UN is passionate about: that the pursuit of sustainable development should leave no one behind. In seeking inclusivity of all in the development narrative. Kenya is making important gains in making the invisible, visible. The court ruling that gave the Government the green light to continue with digital civil registration- if implemented in an inclusiv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Education Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

UN Staffers Rattled by Deadly Coronavirus Pandemic
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Feb 3 2020 (IPS) With over 37,500 staffers in its global Secretariat payroll, the United Nations has gone high alert as the deadly coronavirus continues to take a heavy toll worldwide. The 39-storeyed Secretariat building is perhaps the only sprawling office space in New York city where thousands of staffers and diplomats from 193 countries either work or meet under one roof — along with hundreds of journalists and representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs). Patricia Nemeth, President of the UN Staff Union (UNSU) in New York, told IPS that staff members have “expressed...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

WHO Declares Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency, Highlights Need to Support Countries ‘Weaker Health Systems’
Colorised scanning electron micrograph of MERS virus particles (yellow) both budding and attached to the surface of infected VERO E6 cells (blue). Credit: NIAIDBy Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 2020 (IPS) Weeks into widespread panic about the “Coronavirus” that has so far killed at least 170 people in China, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday declared it a public health emergency. As of Friday, the disease had spread to all the regions in Mainland China, with more than 7,500 cases in the country alone, according to the BBC.  In a statement, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebrey...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus World Health Organization (WHO) Source Type: news

Our Message at Davos: Water & Sanitation Are a Critical Line of Defence Against Climate Change
Credit: WaterAid/ DRIK/ Habibul HaqueBy Tim WainwrightLONDON, Jan 31 2020 (IPS) There was only one topic on everyone’s lips at Davos this year – climate change. The headlines focused on the cold war between Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump, but there was much greater consensus among those gathered for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Forum itself updated its manifesto for responsible business – with climate right at its core. Among those calling for urgent action was WaterAid’s own president, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. It’s more than 30 years since he last...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tim Wainwright Tags: Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Coronavirus Spread Now a Global Emergency Declares World Health Organization
Passengers wear face masks while riding the subway in Shenzhen, China. Credit: UN News/Jing Zhang.By External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 2020 (IPS) The rise in new coronavirus cases outside China, now constitutes a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee declared on Thursday, calling on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease. Latest WHO figures state there are more than 7,800 confirmed cases globally, with 7,736 confirmed in China, and a further 12,167 suspected cases inside the country where the outbreak began in Wuhan, a city of around 11...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

Kenya Leapfrogging on 4 SDGS- Building Bridges Between Silicon Savannah and Silicon Valley
The Government of Kenya and the UN Kenya team with their hosts on the roof of the LinkedIn HQ in San Francisco on 21 Jan 2019. Credit: UNBy Dr. Temina Madon and Radhika ShahNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 2020 (IPS) One year ago, the UN began implementing reforms meant to make it more effective in delivering on sustainable development. Now, with the start of 2020, the global body has declared this as the “decade of action” to turn the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into a living reality for all humanity. But what does this look like, on the ground? In countries like Kenya, there is widespread belief tha...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Temina Madon and Radhika Shah Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Inequity Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Biofortified Crops Improve Farmers ’ Livelihoods in Zimbabwe
By Martha KatsiHARARE, Zimbabwe, Jan 27 2020 (IPS) Steven Seremwe, who is 57 years old, was retrenched from his job as an administrator at Lake Shore Missions in 2012. He decided to focus on farming, and he started growing various crops—white maize, sugar beans, and sweet potatoes, among others—for consumption and sale. “I have always loved agriculture but because of work pressures, I was not practicing. But when I got retrenched from work, I decided to follow my heart and started farming,” he said. The problem was that every farming season, even with a bumper harvest, Seremwe`s income was falling ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martha Katsi Tags: Africa Biodiversity Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Am I Abused or Am I a Failure to Adjust? – A Migrant ’s Story
By Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Jan 24 2020 (IPS) Every year hundreds of immigrants leave their homes and trail to a land of dream and hope where they aspire to find peace, happiness and sometimes a little bit of safety compared to what they leave behind. Migrations can be for asylum-seeking, for work, study, visa lottery, investing, etc. Another widely popular way to migrate is by marriage and by family-based immigration. People from developing countries strive to get their children married to someone who is from developed countries such as Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, The United States and so on, in hope of someday ma...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Blue Innovation in the Commonwealth
By Patricia ScotlandJan 23 2020 (IPS) With 95 per cent of the ocean still unexplored by humans, we are only just beginning to understand its profound influence on life on earth, including its effect on global climate and ecosystems. As we do so, more and more countries are exploring the immense potential of the ‘blue economy’ to build wealth, create jobs and improve lives, and how this can be done in ways which protect ocean health and promote sustainability. The value of ocean assets (including natural capital) is conservatively estimated at US$24 trillion, and the worldwide ocean economy is worth around US$2...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Patricia Scotland Tags: Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Leprosy Re-emerges as a Global Health Challenge
Sattamma, a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India’s Telangana state, says that even though she no longer has Hansen’s Disease, she remains discriminated against because of it. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulHYDERABAD, India , Jan 23 2020 (IPS) Fifteen years ago, Sattamma – a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India’s Telangana state – was abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with Hansen’s Disease. Last October, while her neighbours were celebrating Diwali, Sattamma was homeless again as her landlord threw her out of the house aft...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Brazil Hansen's disease India Indonesia leprosy Source Type: news

Why the Coronavirus Should Worry Us All
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of MERS virus particles (yellow) both budding and attached to the surface of infected VERO E6 cells (blue). Credit: NIAIDBy Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) The coronavirus outbreak — which began in Wuhan, China, and causes a pneumonia-like illness — is raging across Asia, infecting close to 300 people and killing four. It was initially known to be transmitted from animals to human, and was just confirmed to be transmitted from human to human. The rapid nature of its origin and speed in transmission reminds us that national security is threatened when ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Ending Bullying and Humiliation over Menstruation as Girls and Boys in Conservative Eswatini are Educated about Reproductive Health
Nomcebo Mkhaliphi posing with girls from the Kwaluseni Infantry Primary School in Eswatini. Courtesy: Nomcebo Mkhaliphi By Mantoe PhakathiMBABANE , Jan 21 2020 (IPS) When 14-year-old Nomcebo Mkhaliphi first noticed the blood discharged from her vagina, she was shocked. Confused, she turned to her older sisters for advice. “My sisters told me that they were experiencing the same every month and that they used fabric, toilet paper and newspapers as sanitary wear,” recalls the now 45-year-old Mkhaliphi. She had to follow suit and use these materials because she had no money to buy sanitary pads. Mkhaliphi and her ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Eswatini International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) Joint U Source Type: news

School Lunch Programmes for Progress
School feeding programme in Togo. Credit: WFP/João CavalcanteBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan MudaKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) If well planned, coordinated and implemented, a government funded school feeding programme for all primary school children can be progressively transformative. Such a programme, involving government departments and agencies working together, can benefit schoolchildren, their families, farmers and public health, now and in the future. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Such a scheme should comprehensively supply adequate food for all, especially schoolchildren, and improve their nutrition,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan Muda Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Women Activists Escalate Demand for “Bodily Autonomy” as 19 Nations Dissent
Credit: UN WomenBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 2020 (IPS) The United States and 18 other UN member states have come under fire for denying a woman’s legitimate right to “bodily autonomy”—the right to self-governance over one’s own body without coercion or external pressure. The Executive Director of Women’s March Global, Uma Mishra-Newbery, told IPS the United Nations has worked towards progress in fighting for women’s rights. But many countries on the Human Rights Council continue to negotiate women’s human rights off the table, she pointed out. In Sept 2019, she sa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

In the Elusive Grip of an Abusive Partner: A Migrant ’s Story
Credit: UN WomenBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Jan 14 2020 (IPS) To live in a home with family, to have a safe environment, food and basic human necessities, are some of the essentials that most people expect to have without giving it all much thought. When a child is born, parents or caregivers are likely to provide these things. These expectations get renewed whenever someone gets married and moves to a new home, a different neighborhood, or a city. We can hardly find someone who will say that they were not expecting happiness and safety when stepping into a new relationship, or starting a new chapter of life. But these expect...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees North America Population Women's Health Source Type: news

The United Nations Reforms-From Ideas to Actions
A friendship of trust, President Kenyatta and UN Secretary General Guterres exchange notes during the UNGA 2019 in New York. Credit: PSCUBy Mukhtar OgleNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 2020 (IPS) One of the highlight activities as the United Nations commemorates its 75th anniversary this year will be the launch of an “annual temperature check” on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), progress. With only ten years left to the final whistle for the Goals, this activity that will take place each September will provide a snapshot of what’s working, and where countries need more action. As a citizen of this great count...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mukhtar Ogle Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Source Type: news

India and Japan ’s MPs Act Quickly to Implement Sexual and Reproductive Health Plans after ICPD25
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) International C Source Type: news

2020: a Year Full of Danger
Protesters demonstrate against direction taken by climate change talks. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPSBy Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Jan 6 2020 (IPS) Let’s face what lies ahead with open eyes: 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the world, and developing countries in particular. The infant decade has already begun with the harbingers of climate disaster as thousands fled to beaches in Australia from raging bush fires, and the Middle East braced for more conflict after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed Iran’s top general. But even as the world needs a concerted and decisive response to its challenges, we risk mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Environment Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty Source Type: news

Reflections for a New Year
By Roberto SavioROME, Jan 3 2020 (IPS) In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned, and we are now entering – or have already entered – a new low point in the history of humankind.. Roberto SavioToday, we face an unprecedented existential threat brought about by the climate crisis. According to scientists, we have until 2030 to stop climate change, after which human conditions will be under several threats. Yet, we have just had a world conference in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roberto Savio Tags: Climate Change Democracy Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Financial Crisis Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Tribute to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (1936 – 2019)
By Nayema NusratNEW YORK, Dec 23 2019 (IPS) “When I think about Bangladesh, I think about everybody. Not everybody is enjoying Rabindranath and the great literature and culture that Bangladesh has. But I think everybody has got the right to have this experience”, deeply felt by late Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC (Building Resources Across Communities), a unique, integrated development organization that many have hailed as the most effective anti-poverty organization in the world; who passed away December 20, 2019at the age of 83. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. Credit: The Daily StarSir Fazle, who was knighted b...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nayema Nusrat Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Education Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Labour Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Leprosy-Free World Is Possible
By Crystal OrdersonDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 20 2019 (IPS) From Dec 11-12 the plight of people with Leprosy took centre stage during the National Conference on Zero Leprosy Initiative 2030 and at the historic and the first-ever the Conference of Organizations of persons affected by Leprosy- in partnership with the Nippon Foundation. Participants engaged and discussed issues impacting on the lives of people with leprosy. In another first for the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the National Conference on Dec 11thand said that the discrimination against leprosy sufferers should end and committed her government ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Crystal Orderson Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Multimedia TerraViva United Nations Video Source Type: news