What Can Be Done for Victims Still Fighting for Survival?
By Sheikh Nazmul Huda, Desdemona Khan, Labin Rahman and John RichardsApr 24 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)Three years have elapsed since the collapse of Rana Plaza, Savar, on a fine morning of April 24, 2013. The disaster, one of the deadliest in the world’s industrial history in two centuries, claimed the lives of 1,135 men and women and injured another 2,500, nearly 200 of whom severe enough to keep them hospitalised for months. Photo: rahul-talukderIn the months following the accident, we, along with other colleagues, surveyed many such survivors with serious injuries. The victims were in the prime of their liv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sheikh Nazmul and John Richards Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Poverty Puzzles
By Faisal BariApr 22 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan)Whichever way you parse the data we have it shows that poverty headcount in Pakistan over the last decade and a half to two decades has decreased substantially. Initially, it was thought the data was not good enough, that it had been manipulated and so on, but even after multiple rounds of national surveys, the same trends are evident. And though the actual percentage of the poor may vary with the method one uses, the trend of falling poverty remains invariant. There must be something to this trend. Poverty headcount, by the old line, has reduced to below 10pc in recent surveys. It...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Faisal Bari Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Healthcare solutions that are smart
Photo: www.tbalert.orgBy Bjørn LomborgApr 21 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)Every hour, tuberculosis kills nine Bangladeshis. Another seven die each hour from arsenic in drinking water. Simple and cheap solutions are available to avoid almost all these deaths. Bangladesh has made incredible progress over recent years on many health indicators. But the country continues to face great challenges, like tuberculosis (TB) and arsenic, two of the biggest killers. Many other grave health issues remain too, including factors that threaten mothers and their children.Bangladesh Priorities can help identify the smartest solu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Bjorn Lomborg Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Laws Criminalizing Drug Possession Can Cause More Harm
Tenu Avafia is a policy adviser on law, human rights and treatment access issues in the HIV, Health and Development Group at the United Nations Development Programme Rebecca Schleifer is a consultant at the United Nations Development Programme working on HIV, drug policies, disability and sexual rights issues.By Tenu Avafia and Rebecca SchleiferUNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 2016 (IPS)In many countries, a criminal record, even for a minor offense can have serious implications. Being convicted of a criminal offence renders one ineligible for certain jobs, social grants or benefits or from even being able to exercise one’s rig...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tenu Avafia and Rebecca Schleifer Tags: Crime & Justice Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

HIV Time Bomb Ticks On
Radhika Banarjee, a 24 year-old CSW, listened carefully at an advocacy gathering in the heart of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital. Despite working long hours in the night, she and her fellow colleagues chose to attend a meeting in the afternoon because the education programme on prevention of HIV/AIDS meant a lot to them. “As a sex […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Education Featured Headlines Health LGBTQ Population Poverty & SDGs Women & Economy Source Type: news

Arsenic Threat Looms Large in India: Well Switching Provides the Way Forward
Assistant Professor, Department of Regional Water Studies, TERI University By Chander Kumar SinghTERI University, New Delhi, India, Apr 20 2016 (IPS)An Indian Govt. Parliamentary Committee on Estimates on “Occurrence of High Arsenic (As) content in Groundwater” in December, 2014 stated that more than 70 million people in 96 districts in India is under threat due to As occurrence in groundwater. Chander Kumar SinghA new finding suggests that it’s not only Indo-Gangetic plain that is under serious threat of As contamination in groundwater in India. An ongoing study funded by PEER Science grant from USAID an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Chander Kumar Singh Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Natural Resources Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Desert Locust Invading Yemen, More Arab States
Juvenile desert locust hoppers. Photo: FAO/G.TortoliBy Kareem EzzatCAIRO, Apr 13 2016 (IPS)Now that Yemenis begin to hope that their year-long armed conflict may come to an end as a result of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations sponsored round of talks between the parties in dispute, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait, a new threat to their already desperate humanitarian crisis has just appeared in the form of a much feared massive desert locust invasion. “The presence of recently discovered Desert Locust infestations in Yemen, where conflict is severely hampering control operations, poses a potential th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Kareem Ezzat Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Source Type: news

Gender Equality and Equity in Health Will Anchor Drive Towards a Sustainable National Development
Sicily K. Kariuki. Photo Credit: @UNFPABy Sicily K. Kariuki, CBS and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 2016 (IPS)Last month, the Government of Kenya (GoK) in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the sidelines of the 60th Session of the UN Commission of Women in New York, launched the report on the ‘Assessment of the UNFPA Campaign to End Preventable Maternal and New-born Mortality in support of the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa’ The assessment report by Deloitte Consulting captures the important strides the country has made to significantly add...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sicily Kariuki and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Featured Gender Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Religion Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

Plan for Poorer Countries to Fund HIV Response Raises Concerns    
In Zimbabwe, four out of 10 sexually active girls aged 15-19 reported taking an HIV test in the last 12 months. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2016 (IPS)Calls for low and middle income countries to contribute an additional 6.1 billion dollars to the global HIV response by 2020 could see some vulnerable groups left behind, said HIV activists meeting at the United Nations last week.A report recently published by UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, calls for low and middle income countries to increase their funding for the global HIV response by 6.1 billion by 20...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Health Inequity Regional Categories Women's Health Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Source Type: news

World Health Day: Rapidly Rising Diabetes Closely Linked to Poverty
Diabetes test, Mauritius. Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPSBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Apr 7 2016 (IPS)Diabetes, which now affects more than 400 million people worldwide, is closely linked to poverty in most regions of the world, World Health Organization Medical Officer Alessandro Demaio told IPS Thursday.Demaio, who specialises in non-communicable conditions and nutrition, said that poverty is a risk factor for diabetes across low, middle and high income countries, disproportionately affecting poorer populations, apart from the absolute poor who mostly live in low income countries.In light of the rapid increase in the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Global Governance Health Inequity Source Type: news

‘Little Boy’ Devouring African Food
Credit: Anne Holmes/IPSBy Jeff WilliamsMombasa, Kenya, Apr 7 2016 (IPS)There is a ‘Little Boy’ who has nothing to do with the atomic bomb that the United States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. This time it is about another ‘Little Boy’ who has been devastating the harvests in many regions, especially in Africa. This ‘Little Boy’ (from El Niño in Spanish) is a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific including the coasts of South America. In Latin America the term “El Niño” refers to the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeff Williams Tags: Africa Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa Poverty & SDGs Projects TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Want to Feel Fit? Eat Falafel, Dahl, Cow Pea and…!
Credit: Courtsey FAOBy Osman SharifCASABLANCA, Morocco, Apr 6 2016 (IPS)This is not a minor issue. Chickpea, faba bean, lentil, common bean, field pea, mung bean, black gram, pigeon pea, cowpea, and grass pea are the major pulse crops produced globally. And these especially play an important role in food and nutritional security and sustainable agricultural production systems in the drylands, which cover over 40 per cent of the world’s land area and are home to approximately 2.5 billion people. “These crops are the mainstay of agriculture and diets in these regions, constituting a major source of protein for bi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Osman Sharif Tags: Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa Poverty & SDGs Projects Source Type: news

Challenges of Polio Vaccination
Noted religious scholar Maulana Samiul Haq administers oral polio vaccine to children. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Ashfaq YusufzaiPESHAWAR, Pakistan, Mar 29 2016 (IPS)Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two remaining polio-endemic countries, have joined forces to eradicate poliomyelitis by vaccinating their children in synchronised campaigns. The two neighbouring countries — sharing a 2,400 kms long and porous border — have been bracketed as the stumbling block in the way of the global polio eradication drive. These militancy-riddled countries have been tackling Taliban’s opposition to the administration of o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ashfaq Yusufzai Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Health Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Religion Source Type: news

Saving Children’s Lives Through Drones
The drone took 10 minutes to cover 10 km. Photo Credit: UNICEFBy Charity Chimungu PhiriLILONGWE, Malawi, Mar 28 2016 (IPS)The first successful test-flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone was an unhindered 10 km journey from a community health centre to the Kamuzu central hospital laboratory in the capital Lilongwe. Local community members watched with excitement as the drone rose into the sky, after being launched by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and government of Malawi at the area 25 health centre. The first of its kind in southern Africa, the US manufactured machine was on tria...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charity Chimungu Phiri Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

NGO Pledges $500 Million Towards Sustainable Development Goals
On the right Bruce Wilkinson, President and CEO of CMMB - Healthier Lives Worldwide. Next to him (in the middle) stands Ambassador Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Zambia to the United Nations, at the CMMB conference on $500 million for the U.N. SDGs, event on March 21. Photo: CMMBBy Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Mar 25 2016 (IPS)The Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) – a leading international nonprofit health non-governmental organisation (NGO) – has pledged 500 million dollars to help implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)– with a specific focus on ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Corruption Swallows a Huge Dose of Water
A Somali woman in Garowe drawing water from one of the many man-made ponds dug through a UNDP-supported initiative to bring water to drought-affected communities. Credit: UNDP SomaliaBy Jeff WilliamsMOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 22 2016 (IPS)While the United Nations marked this year’s World Water Day on March 22 focusing on the connection between water and jobs, a new report has rung loud alarm bells about the heavy impact of corruption on the massive investments being made in the water sector. Each year, between 770 billion and 1,760 billion dollars are needed to develop water resources and services worldwide — yet the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeff Williams Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Education Environment Europe Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Middle East & North Africa North America Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Build Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems to Fight Malnutrition
Jomo Kwame Sundaram was the Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 22 2016 (IPS)Creating healthy and sustainable food systems is key to overcoming hunger and all forms of malnutrition (undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity) around the world. Food production has tripled since 1945 while average food availability per person has risen by 40 per cent. Current food systems are not delivering well on ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Conferences Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Water and Sanitation Challenges Amidst Social Inequality in Urban Areas in India
The objectives of these developmental agenda of India are also closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While SDGs have taken of from where the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) left, it has looked at water and sanitation more holistically by including other water related challenges like insufficient availability of water, inequity in its access, efficiency in its usage and sustainability of water resources in its targets. Water being a cross cutting goal has a bearing on achievement of other goals like poverty eradication, quality education, gender equality, good health, sustainable cities etc. Thu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fawzia Tarannum Tags: Asia-Pacific Education Environment Featured Headlines Health Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

One Year After Sendai – What The World Can Learn from Armenia
Devastation from the Mar. 1, 2011 tsunami that swept through Yotukura fishing village. Credit: Suvendrini Kakuchi/IPSBy Armen ChilingaryanYEREVAN, ARMENIA, Mar 18 2016 (IPS)Armenia is prone to natural disasters. Eight out of every 10 citizens are likely to experience a natural disaster at some point during their lifetimes – an earthquake, landslide, hailstorm or flooding. Each year, the country incurs $33 million in damage from such disasters. As a Member State of the United Nations, Armenia joined the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2005, which brought a common understanding, at the global level, of what is needed to ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Armen Chilingaryan Tags: Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Using Smarter Stoves to Combat Household Air Pollution
By Bjørn LomborgMar 16 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)When it comes to cooking indoors over open fires, the harmful health effects can be equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. This indoor air pollution plagues nearly nine out of every 10 Bangladeshi households, which use wood and other biofuels to cook inside. Over time, exposure to smoke from indoor cooking leads to deadly diseases such as lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease. This is why it’s the most deadly environmental problem in the world. In Bangladesh, such indoor air pollution is responsible for 10-15 percent of all deaths.It may seem ob...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Bjorn Lomborg Tags: Asia-Pacific Environment Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Fat’s Heavy Burden on the World Economy
Jomo Kwame Sundaram was the Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 14 2016 (IPS)About 2.1 billion people are regarded as overweight or obese today, or almost thirty per cent of the world’s population. With over 800 million people estimated to be chronically hungry in the world, it appears that the number of overweight is more than 2.5 times the number of undernourished. Jomo Kwame Sundaram. C...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health North America Population Source Type: news

Asian Scientists Grapple with How to Foster Crop Pollination
Pollinators, whose role is essential in a third of what the world eats, are at center stage after a landmark new United Nations report warned that many of the 20,000 species are threatened by human behaviour. For the first time, a truly global study has looked at honey bees, bumble bees and butterflies, with an […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sumon Dey Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Projects Source Type: news

Anti-Retrovirals but No Food
Silindiwe Moyana, an HIV positive mother of five from Chipinge east of Zimbabwe, cannot hide her anxiety. She was worried she might not survive this year as drought-induced starvation stalks her and her family. The country is in the throes of a devastating drought which has compromised the nutrition of people living with HIV. Experts […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Andrew Mambondiyani Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

Garbage, Garbage Everywhere, but…
By Francesco FarnèROME, Feb 29 2016 (IPS)Imagine a river bursting its banks and flooding entire cities and towns. But when the river is made of malodorous garbage and is in Beirut, this is a stark and dramatic situation affecting the city’s 2.226 million people.It all started in July 2015, when the Lebanese administration closed the major landfill of the city. Since then, trash is being piled all over the streets of Jdeideh in Beirut’s northern suburbs. This river of garbage grew steadily, as reported in recent days by a wide section of news media, including Al Jazeera, CNN and Reuters. Thousands of kilo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Francesco Farne Tags: Asia-Pacific Environment Featured Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Tackle ‘Hidden Hunger’ by Improving Food Systems
Jomo Kwame Sundaram was the Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR , Feb 29 2016 (IPS)Nutrition is complex and multi-dimensional. Micronutrient deficiencies or ‘hidden hunger’ are much more widespread than chronic undernourishment or hunger, understood as inadequate dietary energy. Micronutrient deficiencies refer to the lack of essential vitamins, minerals and other substances required over the human life c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Zika Epidemic Offers Sanitation a Chance in Brazil
Three decades of dengue fever epidemic did not manage to awaken a sense of urgency in Brazil regarding the need for improving and expanding basic sanitation. But the recent surge in cases of microcephaly in newborns, associated with the Zika virus, apparently has. Both dengue and Zika are transmitted by the same vector, the Aedes […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Brazil cities Dengue Microcephaly Zika Virus Source Type: news

Sterilisation of HIV-Positive Women
Mayimuna Monica* has been living with HIV for over 10 years and wants to have a baby. But she can’t because her uterus was removed against her will at a government hospital where she had gone to deliver her last child now aged eight. “My uterus was removed in 2007. When I got pregnant and […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Wambi Michael Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Democracy Featured Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health Source Type: news

Kidneys Going Cheap in Poor Estate Community
By Amantha PereraTALAWAKELE, Sri Lanka, Feb 10 2016 (IPS)One and half years ago, Johnson, a 20- something youth, hailing from Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, received an unusual request. The caller, someone Johnson knew casually, made an offer for his kidney. “It was for a half a million rupees (around US $3,500),” he said. Rajendaran, a 24 year-old beggar at the Talawakele railway station who gets regular requests for his kidney but has so far refused. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSJohnson thought for a while and agreed. Mired in poverty and without a permanent job, half million was something he could only drea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amantha Perera Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Democracy Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

UN Seeks Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Feb 9 2016 (IPS)The United Nations says it is determined to end female genital mutilation (FGM) – a ritual practiced mostly in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia and even among some migrant communities in Europe.And the world body’s determination is being backed with facts, figures — and a global campaign by a Joint Programme against FGM initiated by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN children’s agency UNICEF. As the world body commemorated International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “I am proud to be among so many c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Family Planning in India is Still Deeply Sexist
Rural Indian women are under enormous pressure from family to not go in for any oral contraceptive method or injections but opt for surgery instead. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Feb 9 2016 (IPS)The tragic death of 12 women after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh went horribly wrong in 2014 made global headlines. The episode saw about 80 women “herded like cattle” into makeshift camps without being properly examined before the laparoscopic tubectomies that snuffed out their lives. In another incident in 2013, police in the eastern Indian state of B...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Asia-Pacific Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Labour Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health Source Type: news

Microcephaly Revives Battle for Legal Abortion in Brazil
“Abortion shouldn’t be a crime” reads a sign held in one of the numerous demonstrations held in Brazil to demand the legalisation of abortion. Credit: Courtesy of Distintas LatitudesBy Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 8 2016 (IPS)The Zika virus epidemic and a rise in the number of cases of microcephaly in newborns have revived the debate on legalising abortion in Brazil. However, the timing is difficult as conservative and religious groups are growing in strength, especially in parliament.“We are issuing a call to society to hold a rational, generous debate towards a review of the law that criminalise...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Abortion Bra Source Type: news

Women’s Empowerment Will Accelerate Kenya’s Economic Prosperity
Amb Amina Mohamed, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade flanked by Siddharth Chatterjee, the UNFPA Representative to Kenya and Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya in Moyale, Northern Kenya on 07 December 2015. Credit: @UNFPAKenBy Amina Mohamed and Siddharth ChatterjeeNairobi, Kenya, Feb 3 2016 (IPS)When President Barack Obama made his first visit to Kenya as US President in July 2015, one of the poignant messages he left was an exhortation for communities to shun cultures that degrade women and girls. “Imagine if you have a team and don’t let half of the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ambassador Amina Mohamed and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Rabbit Farming Now a Big Hit in Zimbabwe
Tichaona Muzariri, 44, a villager based at Range in Chivhu, a town 143 kilometers south of Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, quit his job as a teacher in 2009 to start a rabbit farm on a small scale with three does (female rabbits) and one buck (male). With around US$30 as capital, Muzariri waded into rabbit […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Brazil Wages War against Zika Virus on Several Fronts
In the country’s capital, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff oversees one of the military operations against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito carried out at a national level in the last few days to curb the spread of the Zika virus. Credit: Roberto Stuckert Filho/PRBy Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 2 2016 (IPS)Brazil is deploying 220,000 troops to wage war against the Zika virus, in response to the alarm caused by the birth of thousands of children with abnormally small heads. But eradicating the Aedes aegypti mosquito requires battles on many fronts, including science and the pharmaceutical industry.The Zika virus, transm...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Brazil cities Science and Technology Zika Virus Source Type: news

Combating HIV among Teens
High HIV rates among teens call for interventions on a war-footing. Credit: Miriam Gathigah and Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy Miriam Gathigah and Jeffrey MoyoNAIROBI, Kenya / HARARE, Zimbabwe, Feb 1 2016 (IPS)Keziah Juma is coming to terms with her shattered life at the shanty she shares with her family in Kenya’s sprawling Kibera slum where friends and relatives are gathered for her son’s funeral arrangements. While attending an antenatal clinic, Juma who is only 16 years discovered that she had been infected with HIV. “I went into shock and stopped going to the clinic, that is why they could not save my baby and I...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Miriam Gathigah and Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Featured Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Maternal and Child Health Key to Kenya’s Economic Growth
Ms Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of Kenya visits a maternal health facility in Mandera County on 06 November 2015. Dr Babatunde Osotimehin the Executive Director of UNFPA looks on. Credit: @UNFPAKenBy Ambassador Mette Knudsen and Siddharth ChatterjeeMandera County, Kenya, Jan 18 2016 (IPS)On Friday, 06 November 2015, we had the honor of meeting the First Lady of Kenya Ms Margaret Kenyatta, a tireless advocate for “every woman and every child”, during the launch of the Beyond Zero campaign in Mandera County, North-Eastern Kenya, a place which has often been described as ‘the worst place on earth to giv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mette Knudsen and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Inequity Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

India’s Children: Plagued by Preventable Diseases from Poor Sanitation
Though the state of Karnataka in India counts for a higher Human Development Index of 0.478 against the national average of 0.472 in the subcontinent, the continued deficit in water and sanitation continues and the children there are bearing the brunt of the lack of infrastructure. Coupled with the so called Godzilla El Nino of […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Malini Shankar Tags: Development & Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations cholera dengue virus diarrhoea dysentery gastroenteritis Gramvikas Human Development Index India Unicef W Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Poverty Stunting Minds and Growth
A small boy plays with his toys. Poor nutrition in Zimbabwe is exposing vulnerable children nutrition to mental health challenges according to humanitarian agencies. Credit: Ignatius Banda/IPSBy Ignatius BandaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jan 12 2016 (IPS)Mildren Ndlovu* knows the mental toll of Zimbabwe’s long-drawn economic hardships in a country where a long rehashed statistic by labour unions puts unemployment at 90 per cent. Ndlovu, a 27-year-old single mother is raising two children, both under 5-years old, and survives on menial jobs such as doing laundry and dishes in neighbouring homes, says she has watched their heal...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ignatius Banda Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Labour Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Mental Health Strategy 2014-18 Sustainable Development Goals the World Bank Unemployment Unicef Zimb Source Type: news

Syrian Government to Allow Aid, Loosening the Stranglehold on Madaya
Photo: OpenStreetMap and MapQuestBy Katherine MackenzieROME, Jan 8 2016 (IPS)The Syrian government says it will allow humanitarian aid into the besieged rebel-held town of Madaya, according to the United Nations, following reports and horrific pictures of residents starving to death. Aid is expected to reach the area by Monday, but for some it is too little and too late. The plight of Madaya’s citizens only came to the world’s attention when residents somehow managed to get video out to Britain’s independent television network, ITV. The images of skeletal children and babies rocked the world’s consc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Katherine Mackenzie Tags: Armed Conflicts Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees North America Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Aid International Committee of the Red Cross IPS UN: Inside the Gla Source Type: news

India Needs to “Save its Daughters” Through Education and Gender Equality
Women constitute nearly half of the country’s 1.25 billion people and gender equality — whether in politics, economics, education or health — is still a distant dream for most. This fact was driven home again sharply by the recently released United National Development Programme’s Human Development Report (HDR) 2015 which ranks India at a lowly […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Afghanistan Bangladesh Center for Social Research Gender Inequality Index (GII) India Mater Source Type: news

Wrong Time of the Month: a Rights Gap for Developing Countries’ Girls
Gina Din, the Founder and CEO of the Gina Din group, is a businesswoman from Kenya specializing in strategic communication and public relations. She was named CNBC outstanding businesswoman of the year for East Africa 2015 as well as 40 most influential voices in Africa. Siddharth Chatterjee is the UNFPA Representative to Kenya. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Gina Din and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Inequity Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations adolescent girls CNBC East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Inequality Kenya’s Ministry of E Source Type: news

Hail to the Cowpea: a Blue Ribbon for the Black-Eyed Pea
Nteranya Sanginga is the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical AgricultureBy Nteranya SangingaIBADAN, Nigeria, Jan 5 2016 (IPS)2016 is the International Year of Pulses, and we at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture are proud to be organizing what promises to be the landmark event, the Joint World Cowpea and Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference. Nteranya Sanginga, Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Courtesy of IITAThe March event in Zambia should draw experts from around the continent and beyond and offer an opportunity to share ideas...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Nteranya Sanginga Tags: Conferences Development & Aid Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Projects TerraViva United Nations Agricultural Research for Development Arab Brazil Central America’s cereals develop Source Type: news

Malnutrition a Silent Emergency in Papua New Guinea
High up in the mountainous interior of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the most populous Pacific Island state of 7.3 million people, rural lives are marked by strenuous work toiling land in rugged terrain with low access to basic services. While more than 80 per cent of people are engaged in subsistence agriculture and village food […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Education Environment Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations breastfeeding Family Planning Malnutrition National Institute of Medical Research Papua New Guinea Source Type: news

Despite Health Risks, Many Argue GMOs Could Help Solve Food Security
By Mbom SixtusYAOUNDE, Cameroon, Dec 23 2015 (IPS)Cameroon is on the path to introduce genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). This would be overseen by the Cameroon Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the National Biosafety Committee, if the Cameroon Cotton Corporation successfully implements a three-year test cultivation of cotton. The introduction of GMOs is seen by many as a measure to improve Cameroon’s agricultural yields and guarantee food security, despite health risks.“Genetically modified organisms will help Cameroon solve many problems which researchers of the Ministry of Agriculture and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mbom Sixtus Tags: Africa Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Better World Cameroon Cameroon Academy of Sciences Cameroon Christian University Institute Cameroon Cotton Corporation Camer Source Type: news

Disabled Persons Not Part of AIDS Success in Zimbabwe
By Jeffrey MoyoSHURUGWI, Zimbabwe, Dec 22 2015 (IPS)Wheelchair-bound, her body now skeletal from full blown AIDS, disabled 38-year-old Melisa Chigumba attempts to wave away a swarm of flies hovering around her face as she sits outside her home in Chachacha, a remote area in Shurugwi, 278 kilometers south of the capital, Harare. Shown in the photo donning a red dress, is Zipha Moyo, a disabled HIV/AIDS activist recently making a presentation Harare, the Zimbabwean capital on the exclusion of People with Disabilities in HIV and AIDS programs. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPSHer husband, Francis, who also lived with a disability, suc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Development & Aid Education Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations AIDS deaf Deaf Zimbabwe Trust Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) Disability HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) Disabled HIV treatment drugs IP Source Type: news

Cancer, Not Clashes, the Number One Killer in Kashmir
A hospital in Srinagar, Kashmir. Credit: Umer Asif/IPSBy Umar ShahSRINAGAR, India, Dec 18 2015 (IPS)In an isolated ward of one of Kashmir’s largest government-run hospitals, 54-year-old Ashraf Ali Khan is finding it hard to sleep properly. His 15-year-old son, Asif, is sitting on a bench near the bed staring at his ailing father. Asif has not been told by his family that his father is suffering from a potentially terminal disease cancer. He knows his father is suffering from a consistent fever which sent him to the hospital, but doesn’t know his father is in the last stage of the crippling disease.Ashraf Ali, a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Umar Shah Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Editors' Choice Environment Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Cancer dietary disease Kashmir Mortality Source Type: news

Weak Agriculture Finance Feeds Malnutrition in Zimbabwe
By Ignatius BandaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 15 2015 (IPS)Successive poor harvests have diminished Ndodana Makhalima’s household food stocks and the family’s nutrition status.

A subsistence farmer in Lupane, about 110 kilometres north of Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo, 56 year-old Makhalima has learnt to live with hunger on his door step. Farmers will have limited access to climate smart agricultural knowledge and skills as cash strapped Zimbabwe cuts technical assistance from agricultural extension officers. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS“In the past I could eat umxhanxa (a mix of maize and melon) an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ignatius Banda Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Bulawayo Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) farm Source Type: news

Cameroonian Women and Girls Saying No to Child Marriage
Bienvienue Taguieke, now 15, who refused to be sold into marriage when she was 12 for the equivalent of 8.5 dollars. Credit: Ngala Killian Chimtom/IPSBy Ngala Killian ChimtomMAROUA, Cameroon, Jun 10 2015 (IPS)Twelve-year-old Bienvienue Taguieke was expected to obey her parents and marry a man 40 years her senior, but an association of women in Cameroon’s Far North Region, where child marriages are rife, put a stop to it in a sign that women are starting to speaking out against the practice.“I was a pupil at a government school in Guidimdaz, a village in the Mokolo area of the Far North Region when a man offered...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ngala Killian Chimtom Tags: Africa Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health advocacy ALDEPA Association for the Autonomy and the Ri Source Type: news

Inequality Blocks Further Reduction in Child Mortality in Latin America
A doctor attends a 10-month-old baby in a public health centre in Bolivia, in one of the regular check-ups that are a requisite for women to receive the mother-child subsidy, one of the mechanisms created to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the country. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPSBy Marianela JarroudSANTIAGO, Jun 9 2015 (IPS)The progress that Latin America has made in reducing child mortality is cited by international institutions as an example to be followed, and the region has met the fourth Millennium Development Goal, which is to cut the under-five mortality rate by two thirds.But this overall picture concea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Marianela Jarroud Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Inequality infant mortality Maternal Source Type: news

U.N. Challenges Asia-Pacific to Be World’s First Region to End AIDS Epidemic
HIV-positive women gather in Kathmandu, Nepal for a skills training. Credit: Bhuwan Sharma/IPSBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 5 2015 (IPS)The United Nations has expressed confidence that the Asia-Pacific region, with almost five million people living with HIV, is politically committed towards the elimination of the deadly disease AIDS.Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, said the Asia-Pacific region is moving the world forward into new frontiers of development. "Our region has broken many barriers and saved countless lives, showing how developing countries can share responsibility, cooperate and take ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LGBTQ Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health HIV/AIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Uni Source Type: news