Press Freedom Needs Protection from Pandemic too
By Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Apr 30 2020 (IPS) Wearing an orange jacket and face mask, Li Zehua, a Chinese freelance journalist, can be seen filming himself in a car. He is sure that state security agents have been pursuing him since he began documenting events in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, the first epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic. A second YouTube video, circulating widely since he launched his appeal, ends abruptly when two men knock at his apartment. He has just reappeared online after two months, saying police interrogated him and put him in quarantine and that he was well looked after during this period. Other ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Press Freedom TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Amid Covid-19 Hunger Fear Mounts in Bangladesh
By Mohammad Rakibul HasanDHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) The world is at risk of widespread famines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The devastating economic impact of Covid-19 is seeing a huge rise globally in the number of hungry people. Hamida Begum, a domestic worker in Bangladesh who is now out of work said, “We only have forty Taka at home (translates to approximately US 50 cents). We have to drink poison to end life if we cannot go out for work. Who will save us from hunger?” The sufferings of some 7 million slum dwellers around Dhaka, the capital city, are multiplying due to lost earnings and p...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mohammad Rakibul Hasan Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Multimedia Slideshow TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Argentina ’s Debt Restructuring “Groundhog Day”… or Maybe Not? Three Key Points
By Aldo CaliariWASHINGTON DC, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) On April 17, the Alberto Ángel Fernández administration in Argentina officially unveiled its offer for debt restructuring on USD 66 billion foreign currency-denominated bonds. Starting on that date, the offer is valid for 20 days, a period during which difficult negotiations with bondholders are expected to take place. Based on the first reactions from some of creditor groups, one could well get the sense that the offer is “dead on arrival.” Aldo CaliariThose who watched Argentina’s last debt restructuring will inevitably feel a sense of d&eac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Aldo Caliari Tags: Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Remembering Beethoven – a Genius with a Disability
By Heike KuhnBONN, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) Do you recognize this man? You do, of course. It is the silhouette of Beethoven, the famous composer and pianist‎, well known all over the world. The year 2020 marks his 250th anniversary and the UN city of Bonn, Germany is very proud of its famous son, born here, next to the river Rhine. The calendar for 2020 shows many festivals, musical events, and exhibitions, attracting tourists and people appreciating classic music from all around the globe. We all immediately recognize his famous Fifth Symphony with the sound known worldwide of ‘da-da-da-daaaa’. As Europeans we ho...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Heike Kuhn Tags: Arts Europe Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Governments Cautioned Not to Use COVID-19 Lockdown to Cause Harm
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Crime & Justice Democracy Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Slideshow TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus COVID-19 Human Rights Watch (HRW) Michelle Bachelet Office of the High Commissioner of Human Righ Source Type: news

Pandemic Lays Bare Africa ’s Deficits, but Youth Will Grow the Future
Nteranya SangingaBy Nteranya SangingaIBADAN, Nigeria, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) Africa’s frailties have been brutally exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has reached nearly every country on this continent of 1.3 billion people and the World Health Organization warns there could be 10 million cases within six months. Ten countries have no ventilators at all. Governments are fighting the pandemic with weak health systems where lockdowns are especially punitive in the absence of a welfare state. Many people subsist on daily earnings, living off the informal economy in densely crowded living conditions that make a mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nteranya Sanginga Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Source Type: news

World Press Freedom Day: The Assault on Media Freedom in Asia Worsens During COVID-19 Pandemic
By Josef BenedictKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day around the world. During this COVID-19 pandemic, a robust media environment is critical: access to life-saving information is key in the fight against the virus. As governments impose a range of restrictions in attempts to curb the pandemic, journalists help hold authorities to account by providing analysis, engaging in debate about government actions, and creating a space for dialogue about the future we all hope to see. However, civic freedoms are under assault across the world. Data released by the CIVICUS Monitor in its Pe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Josef Benedict Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Press Freedom TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: Journalism Without Fear or Favour
By External SourceApr 29 2020 (IPS) MEDIA WORLDWIDE is facing crises on multiple fronts, exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic. Reporters without Borders released its 2020 World Press Freedom Index on April 21st, noting that the Coronavirus is being used by authoritarian governments to implement “shock doctrine” measures that would be impossible in normal times. The index shows a “clear correlation between suppression of media freedom in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and a country’s ranking in the Index.” Of the 180 countries and territories in the index, Iran (ranked at 173) censored t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Multimedia Press Freedom TerraViva United Nations Video World Press Freedom Day 2020 Source Type: news

Understanding the Hunger Surge Caused by the COVID-19 Recession to Mitigate It Before It Is Too Late
For many people agriculture is the only means of survival, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Marco V. Sánchez CantilloROME, Apr 28 2020 (IPS) Many uncertainties haunt the world’s campaign to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is now sure: Global economic activity will suffer greatly, with large-scale consequences for the incomes and welfare of all, but especially for the most vulnerable food import-dependent countries. In the absence of timely and effective policy responses, this will exacerbate an already unwelcome increase i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Marco V. Sanchez Cantillo Tags: Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Staring at a Human Security Catastrophe
By N Chandra MohanNEW DELHI, Apr 28 2020 (IPS) The defining images of South Asia’s battle against Covid-19 are hundreds of thousands of migrants, many with children on their shoulders, trudging from New Delhi, Kathmandu or Dhaka to their far-flung villages. They are daily wage earners engaged in construction, small enterprises, plying rickshaws or street selling in the informal sector. With lockdowns and economic activity shut down to combat the virus, these migrants lost their low-paying jobs and were forced to flee to their rural homes. Those who remained in these cities face food insecurity, rising joblessness and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: N Chandra Mohan Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

All-of-Government, Whole-of-Society Involvement Needed to Fight Virus
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 28 2020 (IPS) The Covid-19 pandemic is now widely considered more threatening than any other recent viral epidemic. Most believe that many more have been infected or even died than officially confirmed. Despite available information, some national leaders believed that the epidemic would not affect them. Others believed that promoting ‘herd immunity’ would protect populations by exposing them to the virus, triggering human immune systems to produce antibodies. Flattening the curve? The principal strategy adopted by most governments is to &ls...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Why Reproductive Rights Must Be a Critical Part of Our Arsenal to Fight Pandemics
A pregnant woman in Kenya's North Eastern Province with one of her children. Overpopulation in the area contributes to poor maternal health. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPSBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 2020 (IPS) Sexual and reproductive health and pandemics might seem to be unrelated topics, but large and dense populations are drivers of the high velocity transmission of COVID-19, and there are lessons to be learned for the future. Gains made in women’s sexual reproductive health and rights just took several steps backward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to contraceptives has been interrupte...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Combating Desertification and Drought Gender Violence Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Save Lives, Protect Livelihoods, and Safeguard Nature to Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics
IPBES Expert Guest Article by Professors Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz and Eduardo Brondizio1 and Dr. Peter Daszak2 on 27 April 2020By Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondizio and Peter DaszakApr 27 2020 (IPS) There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic – us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity – particularly our global financial and economic systems, based on a limited paradigm that prizes economic growth at any cost. We have a small window of opportunity, in overcoming the challenges of the current...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Josef Settele-Sandra Diaz-Eduardo Brondizio-Peter Daszak Tags: Biodiversity Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Ensuring Russia ’s Sex Workers’ Rights Essential for Wider Gender Equality
The Russian capital, Moscow. Sex workers in the country say although public opinion about their work is shifting, they still face marginalisation and criminalisation. Credit: Ed Holt/IPSBy Ed HoltBRATISLAVA, Apr 27 2020 (IPS) Despite seeing a shift in attitudes towards them in recent years, Russian sex workers say they continue to struggle with marginalisation and criminalisation which poses a danger to them and the wider public. Sex work is illegal in Russia and, historically, public attitudes to the women, and more recently men, involved in providing it have been predominantly negative, and often virulently hostile. Thi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ed Holt Tags: Crime & Justice Editors' Choice Europe Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Global Network of Sex Work Projects Russia Russian Forum of Sex Workers Sex Workers’ Righ Source Type: news

Coronavirus Shows the Urgency of Ensuring that Research gets into the Public Domain
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health Coronavirus Source Type: news

Post-Pandemic Mental Health Epidemic
Credit: Gopen Rai/NEPALI TIMES ARCHIVEBy Sonia AwaleApr 26 2020 (IPS) The number of Nepalis suffering from mental health issues is increasing with the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, and the lack of treatment and counselling means the country may be facing an epidemic of psychosocial disorders. Mental health is a hidden pre-existing crisis in Nepal because of social stigma, with a survey three years ago showing that a shocking 37% of the population suffered from some form of mental health problem. “During a time of a disaster or an epidemic, anxiety disorder, phobia, obsessive compulsive tendencies a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sonia Awale Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Coronavirus Source Type: news

Why Covid-19 Choices Are Critical for Children
Children eating lunch in the João Baptista Cáffaro School cafetería. Itaboraí, Brazil, 45 km from Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Jo BeckerNEW YORK, Apr 24 2020 (IPS) Children may escape the worst symptoms of Covid-19 and suffer lower mortality rates, but for millions, the pandemic will have devastating effects. The choices that governments make now are crucial for children. Governments can both lessen the worst effects of the crisis on children in the months to come, and also put policies in place that will improve children’s lives long after the pandemic is over. School shutdow...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jo Becker Tags: Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID-19: India ’ s Harvests also Locked Down
Agricultural markets or mandis have few buyers due to the coronavirus lockdown across India. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Apr 24 2020 (IPS) Heartbreaking images of Indian farmers standing amidst swathes of rotting vegetables, fruits and grain have been flooding newspapers and TV screens lately. Crashing prices and transport bottlenecks due to the 40-day coronavirus lockdown in India, on till May 3, have driven some to set their unsold produce ablaze.    As a nationwide lockdown has confined a record 1.3 billion Indians to their homes since Mar. 24, one of the hardest hit communities has been that o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCF Source Type: news

Autonomous Resourcing: the Engine Room of Feminist Work Amid a Global Pandemic
By Rochelle JonesBRISBANE, Australia, Apr 23 2020 (IPS) Feminist responses to COVID-19 have been swift, insightful, and numerous. There have been webinars (so.many.webinars), twitter threads, illustrations, press releases and policy recommendations, and online house parties. Analysis pieces cover everything from the gendered impacts of COVID-19 to how to work remotely to the role of neoliberal capitalism. Most strikingly, feminists have mobilized on a massive scale to generate our own autonomous resources for daily acts of solidarity and survival and to respond politically, collectively, and powerfully to this moment. Many...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rochelle Jones Tags: Gender Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Collaboration Can Help Eradicate COVID-19
This article 0riginally appeared in UM News”. The link follows: https://www.umnews.org/en/news/collaboration-can-help-eradicate-covid-19   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Collaboration Can Help Eradicate COVID-19 appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Rev Liberato C. Bautista is assistant general secretary for United Nations a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The Rev. Liberato C. Bautista Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations OPINION/NGO Source Type: news

Citizen Action is Central to the Global Response to COVID-19
By Isabel Ortiz and Walden BelloNEW YORK and MANILA, Apr 22 2020 (IPS) The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an unprecedented human and economic crisis. Governments are taking strong actions, enforcing quarantines to reduce contagion, testing populations, building emergency intensive care units. Governments have also launched large fiscal stimulus plans to protect jobs and the economy, as well as temporary social protection programs such as income/food support, subsidies to utilities and care services. Isabel OrtizBut in many countries, even stronger actions are needed if we are to protect lives and jobs. States...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Walden Bello Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

What Does Covid-19 Crisis Mean for Rural Development?
David Lewis is professor of social policy and development at the London School of Economics & Political Science By David LewisLONDON, Apr 22 2020 (IPS) The implications and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic are playing out before us. Much of the news coverage of the to date in both the Global North and the Global South has understandably focused on the horrifying impact of the disease on urban communities, where it is clearly hitting people, and economies, hardest. David LewisBut what are the implications for people in rural areas, where just under a half of the world’s population live, and where the largest...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Lewis Tags: Aid Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A Global Crisis Like No Other Needs a Global Response Like No Other
Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)By Kristalina GeorgievaWASHINGTON DC, Apr 22 2020 (IPS) I have been saying for a while that this is a ‘crisis like no other.’ It is: • More complex, with interlinked shocks to our health and our economies that have brought our way of life to an-almost complete stop;   • More uncertain, as we are learning only gradually how to treat the novel virus, make containment most effective, and restart our economies; and   • Truly global. Pandemics don’t respect borders, neither do the economic sho...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kristalina Georgieva Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Reimagining a Post COVID World: Key Principles for the Future
Mandeep Tiwana is chief programmes officer at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He’s based at CIVICUS’ New York office. By Mandeep TiwanaNEW YORK, Apr 21 2020 (IPS-Partners) In her book, ‘A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,’ Mary Ann Glendon tells the beautiful story of how out of the ashes of the Second World War emerged the world’s pre-eminent rights framework. The Declaration recognises the inherent dignity of every human being and was born out of the shared horror felt by the international community with war crimes and genocide on an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mandeep Tiwana Tags: Economy & Trade Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Six Key Factors Poor Countries Should Focus on
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

The Theology of Pandemics
Credit: Human Rights Center, University of Dayton, OhioBy Sam Ben-MeirNEW YORK, Apr 21 2020 (IPS) Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal is set in medieval Sweden, as the bubonic plague ravages the countryside. In one famous scene, a procession of zombie-like flagellants enters a village and interrupts a comic stage-show. The townspeople are present to hear the procession’s leader, a bombastic preacher who proclaims that death is coming for them all: they are full of sin – lustful and gluttonous – and the plague is God’s punishment for their wicked ways. That scene is not without histor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sam Ben-Meir Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Covid-19: Brazil ’s Bolsonaro trumps Trump
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 21 2020 (IPS) Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro appointed medical entrepreneur Nelson Teich his new health minister on 17 April. The businessman quickly echoed his boss’ desire to resume business as usual regardless of its potentially lethal consequences. Bolsonaro had fired his previous health minister, displeased by Luiz Henrique Mandetta’s public remarks on the need for lockdowns and physical distancing. Mandetta’s firing was met with outrage across Brazil. Locked-down citizens banged pots and pans, shouting “Bolsonaro M...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Haunting Forest Spirits – is Mother Nature Striking Back?
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 20 2020 (IPS) Epidemic diseases are not random events that afflict societies capriciously and without warning, on the contrary, every society produces its own specific vulnerabilities. To study them is to understand the importance of a society’s structure, its standard of living, and its political priorities. […] Epidemics are a mirror, they show who we really are: Our ethics, beliefs, and socio-economic relationships.                           &n...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Combating Desertification and Drought Economy & Trade Environment Global Globalisation Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

BCG Vaccine Fighting Coronavirus in South Asia
The map from the medical journal Plos Medicine displays BCG vaccination policy by country. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis. Yellow: The country now has a universal BCG vaccination program. Blue: The country used to recommend BCG vaccination for everyone, but now does not. Red: The country never had a universal vaccination program.By Darini Rajasingham-SenanayakeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Apr 20 2020 (IPS) Numerous studies in many parts of the world have linked the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination, widely used in the developing world with fewer Coronavirus cases. T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Global Leaders Must Prioritise Children ’s Wellbeing amid Coronavirus Pandemic – UN
This playground just outside the Slovak capital, Bratislava, was sealed off to stop people spreading the virus. Similar measures were in place in cities and towns across Europe. Credit: Ed Holt/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 2020 (IPS) United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday pleaded with global leaders and families to ensure the protection of the world’s children, millions of whom he says are vulnerable to a myriad of threats as a result of the shutdown arising from the global coronavirus pandemic.  While children are at a significantly lower health risk than adults from...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Education Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: news

Multilateralism Through Public-Private Partnerships Are Key to Flattening the COVID-19 Curve
Kenyan nurses wear protective gear during a demonstration of preparations for any potential coronavirus cases at the Mbagathi Hospital, isolation centre for the disease, in Nairobi. Credit: Quartz Africa March 2020By Paul Polman, Myriam Sidibe and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 2020 (IPS) The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that now is “a defining moment for modern society. History will judge the efficacy of the response not by the actions of any single set of government actors taken in isolation, but by the degree to which the response is coordinated globally across all sectors for the ben...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paul Polman - and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

On Watching Contagion: What Do We Learn?
David Lewis is professor of social policy and development at the Department of Social Policy, LSE.By David LewisLONDON, Apr 17 2020 (IPS) Contagion is a 2011 film by US director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Che) that has proved very popular viewing during the first few weeks of the Coronavirus crisis. Set in a fictional global pandemic – modelled on the outbreak of a bat-borne Nipah virus identified in 1999 that killed around 100 people in Malaysia – the film is a tightly-written topical drama with a great castthat includes Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Lewis Tags: Aid Global Globalisation Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Concerns for the Nearly 400 Rohingya Refugees Rescued off the Coast of Bangladesh
Nearly 400 Rohingya refugees have been rescued in Bangladesh after being at sea for two months. Experts are concerned about the spread of coronavirus if these refugees are housed in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar along Bangladesh border with Myanmar. Credit: ASM Suza Uddin/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Apr 16 2020 (IPS) Nearly 400 Rohingya refugees have been rescued in Bangladesh after being at sea for two months.  Bangladesh coast guards reported rescuing 382 Rohingyas, including many women and children, who were starving and stuck on a boat as they were trying to reach Malaysia, the BBC r...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Rohingya Tales of the 21st Century: Rohi Source Type: news

COVID-19: Maintaining Food Security in Asia Pacific
By Paul S. TengSINGAPORE, Apr 16 2020 (IPS) COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains that are essential to assure food security in the Asia Pacific region, yet countries overall seem to have managed, so far, to keep supermarkets stocked with food and feed those who can afford it. The Asia Pacific region is home to over 60% of humanity and also contains sub-regions with among the highest frequencies of severe weather events and some of the most challenging environments for agriculture. As a region it is characterized by diverse food systems and a multiplex of supply chains. Under normal circumstances, food security is already t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paul S. Teng Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Tales of the 21st Century: Rohingyas Without a State Source Type: news

No Space for Social Distancing in Rohingya Refugee Camps
Mohammad Rafique (right) and other refugee children gathered at the Rohingya market in Kutupalong camp to sell vegetables he brought earlier from a local market in this photo dated Mar. 11, 2020. This was two weeks before Bangladesh went into a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Credit: Rafiqul Islam/IPS By Rafiqul IslamCOX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Apr 15 2020 (IPS) Nine-year-old Mohammad Rafique used to collect vegetables from Kutupalong Bazaar and sell them at a market inside Kutupalong camp, a camp of some 600,000 Rohingyas, in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. But nowadays...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus COVID-19 Rohingya Tales of the 21st Centur Source Type: news

In His Fight Against WHO, Trump Plays Politics with Human Lives
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situation dashboard. This interactive dashboard/map provides the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis. Credit: WHOBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Apr 15 2020 (IPS) President Donald Trump’s threat to abruptly cut all US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) has been described as ‘reckless and deadly”—particularly at a time when the Geneva-based UN agency was engaged in an uphill battle against the spreading coronavirus. The US president, who has dismissed WHO as “China-centric”, has also been accused of play...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Featured Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

COVID-19. No school meals, millions of kids at risk of food insecurity
By Elena L. PasquiniROME, Apr 15 2020 (IPS-Partners) For millions of children around the world, the COVID-19 outbreak means not getting the most important, if not the only, meal of the day. ‘We estimated that around 360 million children [out of 380 million] do not have access to those meals … Of those children, about half of them are in low and lower-middle-income countries’, Carmen Burbano, director of the World Food Programme’s School Feeding division, told Degrees of Latitude. The most affected are the poorest, those kids already struggling because of war, hunger, food insecurity and poverty, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elena Pasquini Tags: Food & Agriculture Health Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Cash Crisis: Will the UN Cease to Exist?
Credit: United NationsBy James A. PaulNEW YORK, Apr 15 2020 (IPS) The coronavirus pandemic has set off an unprecedented institutional crisis at the United Nations – funds are drying up, key meetings are cancelled and the world body is fighting for its future. The chief management officer of the world body, Catherine Pollard, wrote a dire memo on 1 April, setting out the breadth of the crisis, the depth of the financial shortfall, and the emergency steps to be taken immediately to head off ruin. This UN emergency comes as no surprise, since the pandemic has brought so many governments and institutions to the brink o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: James A. Paul Tags: Featured Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations OPINION/NGO Source Type: news

India ’s Liberal Abortion Law, Nullified by Social Stigma
Sex workers in Chennai give a thumps up to India's liberalised abortion law. Many sex workers are living with HIV and face discrimination and stigma in accessing safe abortions. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulNEW DEHLI, Apr 14 2020 (IPS) Arti Zodpe is from the Tamasha (folk dance-drama) theatre in Sangli, in India’s Maharashtra state. After evening performances, some of the singers and dancers offer sex work services to the audience. “We [Tamasha sex workers] live outside of the city as people feel disturbed by the sound of our ghunghroo [anklet bracelets with bells] and music. When we go to the city, esp...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Abortion Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) Coronavirus COVI Source Type: news

Vietnam Winning New War Against Invisible Enemy
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 14 2020 (IPS) Vietnam, just south of coastal China, is the 15th most populous country in the world with 97 million people.According to its Ministry of Health (MoH), as of 13 April, there were 262 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 144 recovering or discharged from hospitals, and no deaths. Poor country, early action With officials acting quickly to trace and test contacts, as well as quarantine and treat the infected, Vietnam contained the first wave of infections in January. Following a second wave of 41 new cases, Vietnam imposed a national isolation o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Q & A: How to #BeActive during COVID-19 Lockdown
Maher Nasser, Director of Outreach Division at the United Nations Department of Global Communications, says that its important for people to remain active during the coronavirus lockdown, not only physically, but mentally also. Courtesy: Maher NasserBy Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Apr 13 2020 (IPS) Growing up in Ramallah in Palestine, Maher Nasser, Director of Outreach Division at the United Nations Department of Global Communications, never really liked running. “I only ran when I needed to: to catch a bus or to run from soldiers,” he tells IPS. But now with three marathons under his belt &mdas...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations #BeActive #HealthyAtHome Coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: news

Debunking 9 Popular Myths Doing the Rounds in Africa About the Coronavirus
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

Unesco to Support Cultural Sector Hit by COVID-19
By SWANApr 10 2020 (IPS-Partners) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced it is “launching initiatives” to support cultural industries and cultural heritage, sectors hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has put many intangible cultural heritage practices, including rituals and ceremonies, on hold, impacting communities everywhere,” the organization stated April 9. “It has also cost many jobs, and across the globe, artists … are now unable to make ends meet.” UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay. Credit: UNESCO/...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: SWAN Tags: Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

How Can We Support Sanitation Workers During COVID-19?
Courtesy: WaterAid/ CS Sharada Prasad/ Safai Karmachari Kavalu SamitiBy External SourceNEW DELHI, Apr 10 2020 (IPS) In addition to healthcare professionals, there is another group of people at the frontlines of the global crisis caused by COVID-19. They put their lives at risk every day and play a critical role in preventing the spread of the virus, by ensuring our streets, parks, public spaces, sewers, septic tanks, communities, and public toilets are kept clean and hygienic. They are our often-overlooked sanitation workers. These five million public health and safety workers—who continue to work through the COVID-1...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

Few Clinical Trials are Done in Africa: COVID-19 Shows Why this Urgently Needs to Change
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Few Clinical Trials are Done in Africa: COVID-19 Shows Why this Urgently Needs to Change appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

The Declaration of the Human Solidarity Initiative Against the Coronavirus Pandemic
By External SourceAMMAN, Apr 10 2020 (IPS-Partners) We find this to be a difficult time in the history of humanity. COVID-19 has brought about ever-increasing tragedies of death and deprivation all the while inflaming our social and economic problems. The time has come to form a humanitarian consensus – strong and active – to face the challenges and dangers that threaten humankind and its future onour small planet. As a group of Muslim scholars and thinkers that share in the ethical commitment and humanitarian obligation towards others, we call on all individuals wherever they may be to take part in the blesse...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Health Source Type: news

Gender and COVID-19: Where Can Research Help?
By Jemimah NjukiNAIROBI, Apr 10 2020 (IPS) As of April 8, there have been 1.5 million reported cases of coronavirus and over 83,000 deaths. Most of these deaths are of men. Italy, for example, has so far had 71 percent of all case deaths attributed to men while Spain, another major global hotspot, has seen 65 percent of all deaths being men. While the mortality rates for men are higher, women are disproportionally affected by the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. Indeed, there is evidence that pandemics affect men and women in different ways, and COVID19 is no different. Women comprise seven out of ten health an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jemimah Njuki Tags: Featured Gender Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Coronavirus Source Type: news

Un and Partners Request $267.5 Million to Respond to Humanitarian Needs Arising from COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya
By PRESS RELEASENAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 9 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Government of Kenya, the United Nations and humanitarian partners have launched today a Flash Appeal requesting $267.5 million to respond to the most immediate and critical needs of10.1 millionpeople. Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning, UkurYataniKanacho, said: “When times are challenging you get to know your friends better. I would like to commend the Kenya United Nations Country Team and humanitarian partners for being real friends and fighting with us shoulder to shoulder as we fight this deadly pandemic”. The Appeal is seeking ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: PRESS RELEASE Tags: Africa Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

COVID-19 and Hope for a Compassionate Future
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 9 2020 (IPS) The Coronavirus, COVID-19, makes its deadly round across the world. People fall sick and die, communities and entire nations end up in its deadly grip and try to cope with it. Everything is changing, and changing fast and we all have to deal with it together, even if many of us are being physically apart. Humans are social beings. Our mental and physical capacities are created around that fact and crave for support and compassion. Some of us benefit from social security, relative wealth, access to health care and a home of our own, others lack all of this. COVID-19 brings a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Kerala Covid-19 Response Model for Emulation
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 2020 (IPS) Within weeks, the Covid-19 epidemic was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an epidemic of international significance, triggering a pre-agreed WHO response. By the end of the first week of April, more than 1.3 million people had been confirmed as infected, with over 65,000 deaths across the world. Anis Chowdhury Many governments of developing, especially poor countries are unsure what to do, fearing the likely economic consequences of the ‘lockdowns’ increasingly adopted by Western economies. Indeed, lockdowns m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news