Analysis: Collaboration Key for a Clean India
Sanitation infrastructure in India’s sprawling slums remains a massive challenge. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPSBy Neeraj JainNEW DELHI, Feb 24 2015 (IPS)Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to action for a 100 percent Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2019 was announced as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) or Clean India Campaign last year.With 60 percent of all those practising open defecation globally residing in India, this task is particularly crucial, yet also challenging.We need to think how we are going to engage and influence the behaviour of such a massive audience. It probably requires the most am...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeraj Jain Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Environment Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women's Health Child mortality Ind Source Type: news

“HeForShe” Campaign Moves to the Next Stage
Emma Watson launching the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative at the end of January in Davos for UN Women. Credit: UN Women/Celeste SlomanBy Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 2015 (IPS)It launched in a blaze of social media glory with a viral speech that rocketed around the world, and five months on from the launch of U.N. Women’s groundbreaking HeForShe campaign, the real work is well underway.The campaign, designed to recruit men and boys as key players in the gender equality movement, burst into life in September 2014 with a passionate speech from British actress Emma Watson on the floor of the United Nations in N...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Josh Butler Tags: Civil Society Education Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population TerraViva United Nations Women & Climate Change Women & Economy Women in Politics Women's Health Feminism Gender Equ Source Type: news

Millennium Development Goals: A Mixed Report Card for India
India is home to one-fourth of the world’s poor. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Feb 14 2015 (IPS)Despite being one of the world’s fastest expanding economies, projected to clock seven-percent GDP growth in 2017, India – a nation of 1.2 billion – is trailing behind on many vital social development indices while also hosting one-fourth of the world’s poor.While the United Nations prepares to wrap up a decade-and-a-half of poverty alleviation efforts, framed through the lens of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by the end of this year, the international community has its eyes ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Catego Source Type: news

Cancer Locks a Deadly Grip on Africa, Yet It’s Barely Noticed
Many specialist doctors and nurses in Africa are migrating to greener pastures, leaving cancer patients with few options. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy Jeffrey MoyoHARARE, Feb 13 2015 (IPS)Hidden by the struggles to defeat Ebola, malaria and drug-resistant tuberculosis, a silent killer has been moving across the African continent, superseding infections of HIV and AIDS.World Cancer Day commemorated on Feb. 4 may have come and gone, but the spread of cancer in Africa has been worrying global health organisations and experts year round. The continent, they fear, is ill-prepared for another health crisis of enormous proportions....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Women's Health Cancer Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) Earthlife Namibia ebola HIV/AIDS Jead Foundation Malaria Ocean Road Cancer Institute (O Source Type: news

OPINION: The Plight of Women and Girls in Zambezi’s Floods
Flooding in Malawi. Courtesy of the Malawi Red Cross SocietyBy Julitta Onabanjo and Michael CharlesUNITED NATIONS, Feb 2 2015 (IPS)The flooding of the Zambezi River has had devastating consequences for three countries in Southern Africa. The three worst affected countries are Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Livestock has drowned, crops have been submerged or washed away and infrastructure has been badly damaged.Imagine being a pregnant woman airlifted from the floodplains and placed in a camp with no midwives, no sterilised equipment nor medical supplies to ensure a safe delivery. Worse still, hundreds of lives have ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Dr. Julitta Onabanjo and Michael Charles Tags: Active Citizens Africa Africa Climate Wire Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & MDGs The Source Type: news

Dying in Childbirth Still a National Trend in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe struggles to contain maternity deaths. Here in this southern African nation, the number of women dying in childbirth continues to rise. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/ IPSBy Jeffrey MoyoHARARE, Jan 30 2015 (IPS)For 47-year-old Albert Mangwendere from Mutoko, a district 143 kilometres east of Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, transporting his three pregnant wives using a wheelbarrow to a local clinic has become routine, with his wives delivering babies one after the other.But these routines have not always been a source of joy for Mangwendere.“Over the past twenty years, I have been ferrying my pregnant wives to a local ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Women's Health Childbirth Corruption Health Transition Fund healthcare maternity Millennium D Source Type: news

Dumped, Abandoned, Abused: Women in India’s Mental Health Institutions
Women in India’s mental health institutions often face systematic abuse that includes detention, neglect and violence. Credit: Shazia Yousuf/IPSBy Shai VenkatramanMUMBAI, Jan 30 2015 (IPS)Following the birth of her third child, Delhi-based entrepreneur Smita* found herself feeling “disconnected and depressed”, often for days at a stretch. “Much later I was told it was severe post-partum depression but at the time it wasn’t properly diagnosed,” she told IPS.“My marriage was in trouble and after my symptoms showed no signs of going away, my husband was keen on a divorce, which I was ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Shai Venkatraman Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories Women's Health Bill and Melinda Gates Foundatio Source Type: news

Conflict-Related Displacement: A Huge Development Challenge for India
In Serfanguri relief camp in Kokrajhar, several tents were erected, but they were inadequate to properly house the roughly 2,000 people who had arrived there on Dec. 23, 2014. This single tent houses 25 women and children. Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPSBy Priyanka BorpujariKOKRAJHAR, India, Jan 29 2015 (IPS)The tarpaulin sheet, when stretched and tied to bamboo poles, is about the length and breadth of a large SUV. Yet, about 25 women and children have been sleeping beneath these makeshift shelters at several relief camps across Kokrajhar, a district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.The inhabitants of these camps...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 29, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Priyanka Borpujari Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration Source Type: news

When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness
Local women's NGO, Vois Blong Mere, campaigns for women's rights in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonSYDNEY, Jan 28 2015 (IPS)Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands, a developing island state in the southwest Pacific Ocean, following the recent acquisition of the country’s first mammogram machine.But just a week ahead of World Cancer Day, celebrated globally on Feb. 4, many say that the benefit of having advanced medical technology, in a country where mortality occurs in 59 percent of women diagnosed with cancer, depends ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories Women's Health Annals of Global H Source Type: news

Battle Heats Up Over Legalisation of Sex Work in India
The view from a red-light district in India, where some three million sex workers are caught in the middle of a debate on legalisation. Credit: bengarrison/CC-BY-SA-2.0By Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Jan 16 2015 (IPS)Thirty-six-year-old Chameli Devi, a sex worker operating out of New Delhi’s G.B. Road – Asia’s largest red-light district, housing an estimated 12,000 of India’s three million sex workers – is an unhappy woman these days.A contentious debate over the sex trade in India, following a call for legalisation by the National Commission for Women (NCW) – a state-run body that advises the go...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Human Rights Labour Population Poverty & MDG Source Type: news

Humanity’s Future: Below Replacement Fertility?
A mother and her three children, part of the indigenous Hmong group, in Sin Chai, northwestern Viet Nam. The general trend in world fertility rates shows they are in decline - due to a combination of factors, including economic development and the improved social role of women. Credit: UN Photo/Kibae ParkBy Joseph ChamieUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2015 (IPS)Is below replacement level fertility the future for humanity? The answer to this seemingly simple question regarding human reproduction is not only of considerable demographic concern, but also has enormous social, economic and environmental consequences for the planet.Aside...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health below replacement fertility Fertility Rates Population Source Type: news

Groups Push Obama to Clarify U.S. Abortion Funding for Wartime Rape
Survivors at a workshop in Pader, northern Uganda. Thousands of women were raped during Uganda’s civil war but there have been few government efforts to assist them. Credit: Rosebell Kagumire/IPSBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Dec 10 2014 (IPS)Nearly two dozen health, advocacy and faith groups are calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action clarifying that U.S. assistance can be used to fund abortion services for women and girls raped in the context of war and conflict.The groups gathered Tuesday outside of the White House to draw attention to what they say is an ongoing misreading by politicians as well ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Carey L. Biron Tags: Active Citizens Aid Armed Conflicts Civil Society Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies North America Population TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Abortio Source Type: news

OPINION: Stand in Solidarity with Courageous Women’s Human Rights Defenders
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has extensive experience in international diplomacy and the protection of human rights.By Zeid Ra'ad Al HusseinUNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 2014 (IPS)Almost two decades ago, in Beijing, 189 countries made a commitment to achieve equality for women, in practice and in law, so that all women could at last fully enjoy their rights and freedoms as equal human beings.They adopted a comprehensive and ambitious plan to guarantee women the same rights as men to be educated and develop their potential. The same rights as men to choose their profession...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 2, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Zeid Raad Al Hussein Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Crime & Justice Democracy Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Source Type: news

OPINION: All Family Planning Should Be Voluntary, Safe and Fully Informed
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.By Dr. Babatunde OsotimehinUNITED NATIONS, Nov 26 2014 (IPS)The tragic deaths and injuries of women following sterilisation in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have sparked global media coverage and public concern and outrage.Now we must ensure that such a tragedy never occurs again.Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. Credit: UNFPAThe women underwent surgery went with the best intentions – hoping they were doing the right thing for themselves and their families.Now their husbands, children and parents are left to live without them, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 27, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Education Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs Women's Health Contraception Family Planning India International C Source Type: news

Internal Ruling Party Wrangles Stall Development in Zimbabwe
Supporters (wearing red) of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai after witnessing their party losing to President Robert Mugabe in last year's elections. They now face another disappointment as the fight to succeed Mugabe turns attention away from development. Credit : Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy Jeffrey MoyoHARARE, Nov 26 2014 (IPS)With the ruling Zimbabwe Africa National Union Patriotic Front party in Zimbabwe seized with internal conflicts, attention to key development areas here have shifted despite the imminent end of December 2015 deadline for global attainment of the U.N. Millennium Developm...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 26, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Education Emerson Mnangagwa FAO governance Grace Mugabe Hunger Joice Mujuru Millennium Development Goals Platform for Yout Source Type: news

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice
Filipino rice farmers claim that national heritage sites like the 2,000-year-old Ifugao Rice Terraces are threatened by the looming presence of genetically modified crops. Credit: Courtesy Diana MendozaBy Diana MendozaMANILA, Nov 26 2014 (IPS)Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.Sarmiento, who is also t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 26, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Diana Mendoza Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Poverty & MDGs Source Type: news

Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks
Students at Columbia University carry mattresses on the Carry That Weight National Day of Action to show their support for survivors of sexual assault. Credit: Warren HellerBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 2014 (IPS)“A recurring nightmare for me is I’m trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I’m yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.”Jasmin Enriquez is a two-time survivor of rape. Like two-thirds of rape survivors, Enriquez knew her rapists. The first was her boyfriend when she was a high school senior, the second a fellow stud...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 25, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights North America TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Carry That Weight Depression EVAW Gender-Based Violenc Source Type: news

Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding
A woman from Pune, Timor-Leste, collects water for her home. Credit: UN Photo/Martine PerretBy Tim BrewerLONDON, Nov 24 2014 (IPS)The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point.Last week’s World Health Organisation report produced by UN Water, the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), has provided a sobering picture of water and sanitation services so neces...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 25, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tim Brewer Tags: Aid Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs Water & Sanitation ActionAid ebola GLAAS Sustainable Develo Source Type: news

OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo
This article originally appeared on Foreign Policy in Focus.The author can be contacted at Alopezca@du.edu or on Twitter at @turylevy.Edited by Kitty StappOPINION: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the LinksEbola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West AfricaEbola and ISIS: A Learning Exchange Between U.N. and Faith-based Organisations (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Arturo Lopez-Levy Tags: Africa Aid Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean North America Trade & Investment Cuba ebola embargo United States West Africa Source Type: news

Pakistan’s Paraplegics Learning to Stand on their Own Feet
Over 2,000 paraplegic women have received treatment and training at the Paraplegic Centre of Peshawar, in northern Pakistan, enabling them to earn a living despite being confined to a wheelchair. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Ashfaq YusufzaiPESHAWAR, Pakistan , Nov 24 2014 (IPS)When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.Though her family rushed her to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, capital city of Pakistan’s northern-most Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, doctors told the young girl that sh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ashfaq Yusufzai Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Projects Regional Categories Women's Health In Source Type: news

The Double Burden of Malnutrition
These Haitian schoolchildren are being supported by a WFP school feeding programme designed to end malnutrition which, for many countries, can be a double burden where overweight and obesity exist side by side with under-nutrition. Credit: UN Photo/Albert González FarranBy Gloria SchiaviROME, Nov 23 2014 (IPS)Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrients deficiencies while 500 million individ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Gloria Schiavi Tags: Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs Women & Economy breastfeeding Children Civil Society disease family farming FAO Fr Source Type: news

Will Myanmar’s ‘Triple Transition’ Help Eradicate Crushing Poverty?
Novice monks beg for alms near the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon. The barbed wire barricades behind them were once a permanent feature on this busy road, but have been pushed aside to make way for peace. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Amantha PereraYANGON, Nov 21 2014 (IPS)Myanmar is never out of the news for long. This has been the case since a popular uprising challenged military rule in 1988. For over two decades, the country was featured in mainstream media primarily as one unable to cope with its own internal contradictions, a nation crippled by violence.Since 2011, with the release of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu K...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 21, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amantha Perera Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Peace Population Poverty & MDGs Source Type: news

AIDS Is No. 1 Killer of African Teenagers
As AIDS becomes the leading cause of death of adolescents in Africa, empowering youth – especially girls - to make safe life choices and avoid HIV is crucial. Credit: Mercedes SayaguesBy Sam OlukoyaLAGOS, Nigeria, Nov 21 2014 (IPS)Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children.“The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children,” Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth’s Future Savers Initiative, told ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 21, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sam Olukoya Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Headlines Health Population Poverty & MDGs Women's Health Adolescents AIDS ARV treatment death HIV Inequality Malawi Nigeria stigma Tanzania teenage girls. Source Type: news

True Gender Equality for Both Women and Men
Joseph Chamie is a former Director of the United Nations Population Division.By Joseph ChamieUNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 2014 (IPS)Numerous international and national efforts have focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The United Nations, for example, has convened four world conferences on women – Beijing in 1995, Nairobi in 1985, Copenhagen in 1980 and Mexico City in 1975 – and Member States have adopted various international agreements, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).Achieving true ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Civil Society Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights I Source Type: news

Depression Casts Cloak of Infertility Over Kashmir Valley
Of the 100 patients seen at Kashmir’s psychiatric facilities each day, roughly 75 are women. Credit: Shazia Yousuf/IPSBy Shazia YousufSRINAGAR, India, Nov 19 2014 (IPS)It was almost midnight when Mushtaq Margoob woke up to the incessant ringing of his phone. It was his patient, a young woman whom Margoob, a renowned Kashmiri psychiatrist and head of the department of psychiatry at the only psychiatric hospital in Kashmir, had been treating for depression for many years.“See me now. I don’t have time till tomorrow,” the patient screamed down the phone. “I might have killed myself by then.&rdquo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 19, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Shazia Yousuf Tags: Active Citizens Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Peace Population Poverty & MDGs Projec Source Type: news

U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash
Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), visits a safe burial site for Ebola victims in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: UN Photo/Ari GaitanisBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 2014 (IPS)The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa.“It’s a psychological fear,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS. “And there has been a chain reaction.”He cautioned there should ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Africa Cup of Nations ebola Guinea Liberia Source Type: news

Ebola Outbreak Affects Key Development Areas in Sierra Leone
School children in Freetown walking with their parents. Ebola has badly affected the country’s education. Credit: Lansana Fofana/IPSBy Lansana FofanaFREETOWN, Nov 17 2014 (IPS)The outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has badly affected the West African country’s move towards meeting key development goals. Agriculture, which is the mainstay of the economy, has been the worst hit as many farmers have succumbed to the disease and many more have abandoned their farmlands in fear of contracting the virus.“We have lost hundreds of farmers to the Ebola epidemic and the regions where agricul...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lansana Fofana Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Farming Crisis: Filling An Empty Plate Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Agriculture ebola J Source Type: news

25 Years After Rights Convention, Children Still Need More Protection
Uwottyja children in the Amazon community of Samaria in Venezuela. Credit: Humberto Márquez/IPSBy Susan BissellUNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 2014 (IPS)Next week marks 25 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a historic commitment to children and the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history.The CRC outlines universal rights for all children, including the right to health care, education, protection and the time and space to play. And it changed the way children are viewed, from objects that need care and charity, to human beings, with a distinct set of rights and with their own vo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Susan Bissell Tags: Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Child Brides Child Labour child ma Source Type: news

War-ravaged South Sudan Struggles to Contain AIDS
Displaced women flee fighting by boat to Mingkaman, Awerial County, Lakes State, South Sudan.. Only one out of 10 HIV positive mothers can get the drugs needed to avoid infecting her baby. Credit: Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/IPSBy Charlton DokiJUBA, Nov 14 2014 (IPS)Dressed in a flowered African print kitenge and a blue head scarf, Sabur Samson, 27, sits pensively at the HIV centre at Maridi Civil Hospital in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state. Today she paid 20 South Sudanese pounds (about six dollars) for a bodaboda (motorbike taxi) ride to the centre and will have to skimp on food in the next days.South Suda...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charlton Doki Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

U.S. Proposes Major Debt Relief for Ebola-Hit Countries
An Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on the day of a visit from Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). Credit: UN Photo/Ari GaitanisBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Nov 13 2014 (IPS)The United States proposed Tuesday that the international community write off 100 million dollars in debt owed by West African countries hit hardest by the current Ebola outbreak. The money would be re-invested in health and other public programming.U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be detailing the proposal later this week to a summit of f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Carey L. Biron Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies North America Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Debt Cancellation debt relief ebola G20 Guinea International Monetary Fun Source Type: news

Ebola and ISIS: A Learning Exchange Between U.N. and Faith-based Organisations
Scene from an Ebola treatment facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Guéckédou, Guinea. Credit: UN Photo/Ari GaitanisBy Azza KaramNEW YORK, Nov 13 2014 (IPS)The simultaneity presented by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on one hand and militant barbarism ostensibly in the name of Islam on the other present the international development community – particularly the United Nations and international NGOs – with challenges, as well as opportunities.At first sight, the two are unrelated phenomena. One appears to be largely focused on the collapse of health services in thr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Azza Karam Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Civil Society Civilisations Find Alliances Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Mi Source Type: news

OPINION: Now Is the Time to Tackle Malnutrition and Its Massive Human Costs
Sadhana Ghimire, 23, makes sure to give her 18-month-old daughter nutritious food, such as porridge containing grains and pulses, in order to prevent stunting. Credit: Mallika Aryal/IPSBy José Graziano da Silva and Margaret ChanROME/GENEVA, Nov 13 2014 (IPS)The scourge of malnutrition affects the most vulnerable in society, and it hurts most in the earliest stages of life. Today, more than 800 million people are chronically hungry, about 11 percent of the global population.Undernutrition is the underlying cause of almost half of all child deaths, and a quarter of living children are stunted due to inadequate nutriti...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva and Margaret Chan Tags: Advancing Deserts Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United N Source Type: news

How a Small Tribe Turned Tragedy into Opportunity
An Irula couple fishes in the creeks of the Pichavaram Mangrove Forest in Tamil Nadu. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPSBy Malini ShankarPICHAVARAM, India, Nov 13 2014 (IPS)When the Asian tsunami washed over several Indian Ocean Rim countries on Boxing Day 2004, it left a trail of destruction in its wake, including a death toll that touched 230,000.Millions lost their jobs, food security and traditional livelihoods and many have spent the last decade trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. But for a small tribe in southern India, the tsunami didn’t bring devastation; instead, it brought hope.Numbering some 25,000 people...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Malini Shankar Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Natu Source Type: news

Big Soda Challenged on World Diabetes Day
A soda-lemonade stand with soda bottles topped with lemons, in Rishikesh, India. Credit: Surya Prakash / CC-BY-SA-3.0By Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Nov 12 2014 (IPS)Corporations marketing unhealthy foods to poorer consumers are being challenged for their role in the growing global burden of diseases like diabetes.Over 340 million people are living with diabetes, and the World Health Organization predicts the number of people who die from diabetes each year will double between 2005 and 2030.  Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day."Being poor also puts you at risk in countries like Indonesia where soda companies actuall...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 12, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations diabetes fast food obesity Source Type: news

Why Our Food Systems Need to Be More Nutrition-Smart
Courtesy of Howarth BouisBy Howarth BouisWASHINGTON, Nov 8 2014 (IPS)“We are especially distressed by the high prevalence and increasing numbers of malnourished children under five years of age in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Moreover, more than 2000 million people, mostly women and children, are deficient in one or more micronutrients…”These words are from the Final Report of the International Conference on Nutrition that took place in December 1992 in Rome.The distress is felt most by the poor, whose response is to cut down on the more expensive micronutrient-rich foods wh...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 8, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Howarth Bouis Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Food prices International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Malnutrition mi Source Type: news

The Young, Female Face of HIV in East and Southern Africa
Gender inequalities explain why prevention is failing to contain HIV infection among young women in East and Southern Africa. UNAIDS calls for a major effort to reduce their risk of infection. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Nov 7 2014 (IPS)Experts are raising alarm that years of HIV interventions throughout Africa have failed to stop infection among young women 15 to 24 years old.“Prevention is failing for young women,” says Lillian Mworeko, HIV expert with International Community of Women Living with HIV in Eastern Africa, based in Uganda.Among women in East and Southern Africa, four o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 7, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Africa Aid Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Population Projects Regional Categories Women's Health Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation International Community of Women Source Type: news

Hopes of Controlling Sierra Leone’s Ebola Outbreak Remain Grim
Concern is being raised by civil society and the public about how Sierra Leone’s government is handling the Ebola pandemic. Credit: Marc-André Boisvert/IPSBy Lansana FofanaFREETOWN, Nov 6 2014 (IPS)The fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa seems to be hanging in the balance as Sierra Leone’s Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr Abubakar Fofana told IPS that the government is overwhelmed by the outbreak.“We were not prepared for this Ebola scourge. It took us by surprise and with our weak health system, we can only rely on support given to us by our international partners,&rdq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 6, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lansana Fofana Tags: Africa Aid Bitter Pill: Obstacles to Affordable Medicine Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations ebola Source Type: news

Mozambique Tackles its Twin Burden of Cervical Cancer and HIV
The woman on bed 27 in Maputo Central Hospital’s oncology ward has no idea how lucky she is. In January, when abdominal pains racked her, a pharmacist suggested pain killers. For months, “the pain would go and return,” she told IPS.  In April she went to the local clinic in Matola, 15kms from Mozambique’s capital, […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 31, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mercedes Sayagues Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories Women's Health Cervical Cancer Doctors Without Borders (MSF) HIV/AIDS Jhpiego Mozambique U Source Type: news

Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic
Credit: Twitter/@AntDeRosaBy Jim LobeWASHINGTON, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with the virus.Concern about the potential threat posed by the virus has clearly grown over the past two weeks, especially after two nurses at a Dallas hospital who helped treat a fatally infected Liberian man contracted the virus. But a major poll released Tuesda...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jim Lobe Tags: Africa Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies North America American Enterprise Institute Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ebola Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) neoconservatives Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process
Of the tens of thousands of chemicals thought to be in regular use in the United States today, the government’s main labour regulator oversees fewer than 500. Credit: BigstockBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.The new information-gathering process, which began last week and will continue for the next six months, could result in the first major overhaul of related regulations in more than four decades. Of the tens of thousands of chemicals thought to be...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Carey L. Biron Tags: Economy & Trade Environment Headlines Health Labour North America TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation chemicals Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) toxins Source Type: news

Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa
German aircraft arrives in Ghana to help deliver U.N. supplies for emergency Ebola response. Credit: UN Photo/UNMEERBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger.Dr. Shenggen Fen, director-general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), told IPS the crisis is expected to be confined mostly to the countries directly affected by the spreading disease: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guine...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations ebola Food prices Hunger International Food Policy Rese Source Type: news

We Must Think of “Security” in New Ways
Protesters march through Port-au-Prince in April 2008 to demand the government lower the price of basic commodities. Credit: Nick Whalen/IPSBy Zafar AdeelHAMILTON, Canada, Oct 21 2014 (IPS)Recent events in the Arab world and elsewhere have underscored the point that traditional notions of security being dependent solely on military and related apparatus are outmoded.Security is a multi-faceted domain that operates at the nexus of human development and sustainable management of water, energy and food resources.The confluence of water scarcity with energy shortages, food-price hikes, ballooning numbers of jobless youth, and ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 21, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Zafar Adeel Tags: Active Citizens Armed Conflicts Civil Society Climate Change Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Education Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Source Type: news

OPINION: The Survivors
Yury Fedotov is Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and CrimeBy Yury FedotovVIENNA, Oct 17 2014 (IPS)Oct. 18 is the EU’s Anti-Trafficking Day, as well as the United Kingdom’s Anti-Slavery Day. These events offer a good opportunity to talk about human trafficking within Europe’s borders, but we should not forget that there are victims and survivors all over the world.People like Grace, not her real name, who grew up in a large family in Western Nigeria. On leaving high school her uncle lured Grace to Lagos with false promises that her education would continue. But instead of libraries and lessons,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Yury Fedotov Tags: Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Poverty & MDGs Women & Economy Women's Health anti-slavery day anti-trafficking day Convention Against Source Type: news

Writing the Final Chapter on AIDS
Testing, treating and suppressing viral load in massive numbers could curb the spread of AIDS by 2020. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Oct 17 2014 (IPS)Although AIDS has defied science by killing millions of people throughout Africa in the last three decades, HIV experts now believe that they have found the magic numbers to end AIDS as a public health threat in 15 years.The magic numbers are 90-90-90 and are informed by growing clinical evidence showing that HIV treatment equals prevention because putting people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces new infections.The new treatment targets se...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations AIDS Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Joint Uni Source Type: news

Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban
Children in the town of Gueckedou, the epicentre of the ebola outbreak in Guinea. Credit: ©afreecom/Idrissa SoumaréBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Oct 17 2014 (IPS)President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak.Yet public health experts and development advocates warn that such restrictions would harm the already reeling economies of Ebola-hit countries in the region, and squeeze the international community’s ability to get health workers and goods into these cou...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Carey L. Biron Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies North America Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Barack Obama CSIS ebola Libe Source Type: news

Cycle of Death, Destruction and Rebuilding Continues in Gaza
Displaced Palestinians gather at a United Nations school in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 26, 2014. Families found refuge after fleeing their homes in an area under heavy aerial bombardment in the besieged Palestinian territory. Credit: UN Photo/Shareef SarhanBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 2014 (IPS)When the international pledging conference to rebuild a devastated Gaza ended in Cairo over the weekend – the third such conference in less than six years – the lingering question among donors was: is this the last of it or are there more assaults to come?U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon impli...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Aid Arabs Rise for Rights Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Featured Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Mi Source Type: news

Marine Litter: Plunging Deep, Spreading Wide
There are an estimated 13,000 pieces of plastic litter afloat every single square kilometer of ocean. Credit: Bo Eide Snemann/CC-BY-2.0By Manipadma JenaATHENS, Oct 10 2014 (IPS)Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its propeller. Multiply these scenarios a thousand-fold, and you get a glimpse of the state of the world’s oceans.With an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter estimated to be a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Manipadma Jena Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshous Source Type: news

Displacement Spells Danger for Pregnant Women in Pakistan
A doctor examines a woman in an IDP camp in Bannu, a city in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, where over 40,000 pregnant women are at risk due to a lack of maternal health services. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Ashfaq YusufzaiPESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 8 2014 (IPS)Imagine traveling for almost an entire day in the blistering sun, carrying all your possessions with you. Imagine fleeing in the middle of the night as airstrikes reduce your village to rubble. Imagine arriving in a makeshift refugee camp where there is no running water, no bathrooms and hardly any food. Now imagine making that journey as...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 8, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ashfaq Yusufzai Tags: Active Citizens Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Source Type: news

Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress
When isolated by floodwaters, families have no choice but to use boats for transportation; even children must learn the survival skill of rowing. Here in India’s Morigaon district, one week of rains in August affected 27,000 hectares of land. Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPSBy Priyanka BorpujariMORIGAON, India, Oct 7 2014 (IPS)The northeastern Indian state of Assam is no stranger to devastating floods. Located just south of the eastern Himalayas, the lush, 30,000-square-km region comprises the Brahmaputra and Barak river valleys, and is accustomed to annual bouts of rain that swell the mighty rivers and spill over into...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 7, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Priyanka Borpujari Tags: Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Q&A: “The Battle Continues”
Shahida Amin, a young Pakistani woman, brings her 10-month-old son to school every day. Credit: Farooq Ahmed/IPSBy Joan ErakitUNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2014 (IPS)The Programme of Action adopted at the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) included chapters that defined concrete actions covering some 44 dimensions of population and development, including the need to provide for women and girls during times of conflict, the urgency of investments in young people’s capabilities, and the importance of women’s political participation and representation.The diversity of issues addres...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 4, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joan Erakit Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Democracy Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside Source Type: news