Growing Inequality Mars 20 Years of Women’s Progress
This report gives us the leverage to take things to the next level, where women, girls and young people will be central to the next development agenda.” -- Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin “We must work with governments to address issues of inequality, which is I think the greatest determinate in terms of the MDGs,” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), told IPS. “We expect that as we move into the post-2015 conversation, the evidence we have today will ensure that member states will see that if they are going to make progress…we must put people a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jonathan Rozen Tags: Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Poverty & MDGs United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health World Inequality International Centr Source Type: news

OP-ED: We Need Everyone to Build a More Sustainable World
By Tarja HalonenUNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2014 (IPS) Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, an annual event that deals with a subject that is very close to my heart.  The summit gathered together amazing people: Nobel Prize winners, thought leaders, heads of state, corporate innovators, and academicians to deal with the paramount challenges of the 21st Century all focused on three pressing dimensions of sustainability:  food, water and energy. Credit: Todd France Photography, 2012 Clearly these will are critical to the future of humanity. Right now, about one in eight o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tarja Halonen Tags: Development & Aid Education Energy Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy World International Conference o Source Type: news

Vieques Goes from Bombs to Beets
A group of visitors tours Jorge Cora's farm on Jan. 25, 2014. Credit: Elisa SanchezBy Carmelo Ruiz-MarreroVIEQUES, Puerto Rico, Feb 10 2014 (IPS) A decade after the United States Navy’s departure, the Puerto Rican island town of Vieques faces new challenges, and the rebirth of its agriculture sector is hampered by a legacy of toxic military trash that has uncertain consequences. From 1999 to 2003, Vieques, which is just over twice the size of New York City’s Manhattan Island, was the site of a massive civil disobedience campaign to put an end to the presence of the Navy, which had used the island for bombing pr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Casa Pueblo Organic farming P Source Type: news

Iron Hell in Brazil’s Amazon Region
Florencio de Souza Bezerra points with his foot to a mound of dangerously inflammable charcoal dust on a roadside in Piquiá de Baixo. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaPIQUIÁ DE BAIXO, Brazil, Feb 10 2014 (IPS) “My nephew was eight years old when he stepped in the ‘munha’ [charcoal dust] and burned his legs up to the knees,” said Angelita Alves de Oliveira from a corner of Brazil’s Amazonia that has become a deadly hazard for local people. Treatment in faraway hospitals did not save the boy’s life, because “his blood had become toxic, the doctor said,” said ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Energy Environment Featured Headlines Health Integration and Development Brazilian-style Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & MDGs Reframing Rio Regional Categories Special Rep Source Type: news

Doctors Resist Deadly Vaccine
An infant in intensive care at the Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi. Indian hospitals prefer traditional DPT vaccines. Credit: Holy Family Hospital.By Ranjit DevrajNEW DELHI, Feb 8 2014 (IPS) A spate of sudden infant deaths following vaccination in India has prompted leading paediatricians to call for stronger regulatory mechanisms to evaluate new vaccines for safety and efficacy before their acceptance into the national immunisation programme. According to data obtained from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, over the last one year 54 babies are recorded to have died soon after receiving the newly introduce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 8, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ranjit Devraj Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Children India Vaccines Source Type: news

Egypt’s Generals Face a Watery Battle
Three boys in the Moqattam area look out over Cairo, the growing population of which is rapidly depleting already scarce water resources. Credit: Shelly Kittleson/IPS.By Shelly KittlesonCAIRO, Feb 6 2014 (IPS) Heavy reliance on water intensive crops, a major upstream dam project for the Nile basin, and rising groundwater levels pushing at pharaoh-era monuments will be pressing issues for the next Egyptian president – whether military or civilian. As criticism continues over the military’s heavy-handedness to quell protests, little attention is being given to the late January announcement by Egypt’s minist...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 6, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Shelly Kittleson Tags: Active Citizens Aid Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa Natural Resources Poverty & MDGs Source Type: news

U.S. Urged to Conclude Longstanding Review on Landmines
At an artificial limbs centre in Kabul. Credit: Najibullah Musafer/Killid/IPSBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Feb 3 2014 (IPS) The U.S. government is being urged to conclude a review of national policy on landmines that has dragged on for more than four years, a lag that some say has indirectly led to the injury or death of more than 16,000 people. Rights and advocacy groups are now mounting a new campaign to urge President Barack Obama to finish the review, hold true to pledges that have been lingering for years, and formally join an international treaty to ban antipersonnel mines. In a letter sent to the president on Friday ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 4, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Carey L. Biron Tags: Active Citizens Armed Conflicts Civil Society Headlines Health Human Rights North America Peace TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations World Handicap International Human Rights Watch (HRW) Landmines Mine Ban Treaty Ottawa Source Type: news

Moral Monday Protests Inspire Truthful Tuesdays
By Matthew Charles CardinaleSPOKANE, Washington, Feb 3 2014 (IPS) Moral Monday, the populist movement in North Carolina that saw a diverse coalition of thousands of progressive activists descend upon the state legislature, is now spreading throughout the U.S. South. “I think it’s a sign the body politic is healthy in the U.S. One of the cheap benefits of U.S. citizenship is the right to petition your government and protest unjust laws. I think it’s a sign of health, I expect that it will spread,” Janice Mathis, vice president of the Citizenship Education Fund, told IPS.   Protesters attempt to ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Matthew Charles Cardinale Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Democracy Education Featured Headlines Health North America Poverty & MDGs TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Citizenship Education Fund Income Inequality Moral Monday South Carolina Progres Source Type: news

Prosecution of Forced Sterilisations in Peru Still Possible
Alfonso Ramos (left) shows a newspaper reporting the death of his sister Celia in Piura due to forced sterilisation. Micaela Flores (centre) and Sabina Huillca are sterilisation victims from Cusco. All three have been waiting for justice for 17 years. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPSBy Milagros SalazarLIMA, Feb 3 2014 (IPS) Shelving the case of the forced sterilisation of more than 2,000 women in Peru during the Alberto Fujimori regime was a surprise move by the prosecutor in charge. What happened? An IPS investigation found that legal avenues to pursue justice have not been exhausted. On Jan. 24, prosecutor Marco Guzmá...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Milagros Salazar Tags: Editors' Choice Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & MDGs TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Source Type: news

HIV On a Dangerous Threshold in Sri Lanka
Lack of awareness among youth on risks of HIV infections needs to be addressed quickly to stem the disease from spreading, the National HIV Strategic Plan Sri Lanka 2013–2017 has warned. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS. By Amantha PereraCOLOMBO, Feb 2 2014 (IPS) Four thousand HIV infections in a population of 20 million should not be a difficult figure to manage. But experts in Sri Lanka say social customs and strict laws are hindering them from carrying out prevention and awareness campaigns among high-risk groups. Despite impressively low national infection rates, there are signs that the spread of HIV – which can...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 2, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amantha Perera Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories Women's Health AIDS Infection Sri Lanka Source Type: news

Starving for Access in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp
In this report, which OHCHR reaffirmed to IPS as still applicable on Jan. 28, Pillay described the situation as “desperate” and indicated that government forces and affiliated militias appear to be imposing “collective punishment on the civilians in Yarmouk”, adding that such actions which impede “humanitarian assistance to civilians in desperate need may amount to a war crime”, and is certainly against international law. “Aid access is a priority, but what is needed at this stage is not simply negotiating for weeks to get a few parcels in, what is needed is a paradigm shift &helli...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 31, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jonathan Rozen Tags: Arabs Rise for Rights Armed Conflicts Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Palestinian Starvation Syria UNRWA Yarmouk Source Type: news

A Nation Chewing Itself to Death
Yemen's preoccupation with the leafy stimulant qat is having dire consequences. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS.By Cam McGrathSANAA, Jan 31 2014 (IPS) The Yemeni capital of Sanaa is reputed to be over 2,500 years old, making it one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. But it is living on borrowed time. Economists warn that if poverty trends continue, by 2030 more than half of the Sanaa’s projected four million inhabitants will be unable to afford their basic food needs. But before that happens, the city will run out of water. “Sanaa is using water much faster than nature can replace it,” says ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 31, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Cam McGrath Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Qat Yemen Source Type: news

Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters
During shortages of antiretrovirals due to strikes by health staff, Lucia Wakonyo resorted to self-medication. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Jan 29 2014 (IPS) In early January 2008, during the violence that rocked Kenya after disputed general elections, a man knocked at Lucia Wakonyo’s gate at Mathare Valley, in the sprawling Mathare slum.  “He was calling out for my neighbour and I told him my neighbour was not in. He pleaded to give him refuge,” Wakonyo told IPS. When Wakonyo opened the gate, “he threw me to the ground and raped me,” she said. Two months later, s...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 29, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Population Projects Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Ke Source Type: news

More Women Weigh Risks and Rewards of At-Home Birthing
Midwives assume the role of the doctor and replaces the more clinical hospital setting with holistic and homeopathic methods. Credit: BigstockBy Lorraine FarquharsonNEW YORK, Jan 27 2014 (IPS) It was a long and hard 10 hours of labour. “Don’t give up,” Carolina Pinheiro recalls her doula urging, as she provided both physical and emotional support.“If you feel safer in a hospital then do that, but there should not be an assumption that hospitals are safer than home. " -- Carolina Pinheiro Pinheiro says she chose at-home birthing with midwife assistance because she wanted a safe environment, plus...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 27, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lorraine Farquharson Tags: Featured Headlines Health North America TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health midwives Pregnancy United States Source Type: news

Ukraine Crackdown Hits Fight Against AIDS
A social worker providing clean syringes to injection drug users in Dnipropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine. Credit: International HIV/AIDS Alliance Ukraine.By Pavol StracanskyKIEV, Jan 25 2014 (IPS) Groups battling one of the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics say their task may get “catastrophically” harder following the introduction of controversial laws in Ukraine in response to months of anti-government protests. Among legislation introduced this week – dubbed a “charter for oppression” by some international rights groups – is a new law forcing NGOs that receive foreign funding to reg...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 25, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Pavol Stracansky Tags: Active Citizens Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Europe Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations AIDS Protests Ukraine Source Type: news

Decriminalisation Comes to Davos
Intravenous drug users are the last in line to get support from Pakistan's government-run AIDS programme. Credit: Fahim Siddiqi/IPSBy Samuel OakfordUNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 2014 (IPS) In the exclusive, rarified air of Davos, Thursday’s attendees at the World Economic Forum shared in a whiff of decriminalisation at a panel on drug policy in the Swiss alpine city that included former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Texas Governor Rick Perry and the head of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth. “I believe that drugs have destroyed many people, but wrong governmental policies have d...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Samuel Oakford Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations World decriminalisation drug policy Human Rights Watch (HRW) World Economic Forum Source Type: news

Big Gap Surfaces in Davos
Liana Foxvog (left) and Kalpona Akter (right) plan to take the anti-award to Gap's headquarters in San Francisco Credit: Ray Smith/IPS.By Ray SmithDAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 24 2014 (IPS) As self-appointed global leaders gather at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and discuss ‘The Reshaping of the World’, a stone’s throw away non-governmental organisations named this year’s winners for their dreaded Public Eye Awards. The jury chose the American textile giant Gap, while 95,000 online voters honoured the Russian energy company Gazprom.“Davos is the global showcase for symbolic policy where a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ray Smith Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Featured Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Labour North America Regional Categories TerraViva U Source Type: news

Impoverished Cambodians For Sale
Many Cambodians see dubious hope across the Poipet border crossing to Thailand. Credit: Michelle Tolson/IPS.By Michelle TolsonPHNOM PENH, Jan 24 2014 (IPS) Many Cambodian women arrive in South Korea or China for marriage, only to find themselves being chosen as mistresses, say labour rights activists. While young Cambodian men, who travel to Thailand to work on fishing boats, often fall prey to drug abuse. Loss of land, debt, poor pay and high prices of petrol and electricity are pushing youths from poverty-stricken Cambodia to foreign lands – sometimes with disastrous consequences. Miserable working conditions in th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Michelle Tolson Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty & MDGs Regional Categor Source Type: news

Saving Cameroonians from Ill Health
The Cameroon government says that the uncontrolled number of health clinics and training institutions are responsible for the death and worsening medical conditions of many here. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPSBy Monde Kingsley NforYAOUNDE, Jan 23 2014 (IPS) The Cameroonian government has begun a crackdown on illegal medical facilities and plans to shut down more than 524 medical training centres and 600 private clinics operating unlawfully in this Central African nation.  “We are starting activities to bring order to the medical sector that has gone out of control. Most of [the illegal medical institutions] lac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Monde Kingsley Nfor Tags: Africa Bitter Pill: Obstacles to Affordable Medicine Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Cameroon Hospitals Medical Stand Source Type: news

The Missing Faces of Ethiopia’s Poor
Yenenesh Yigsaw (right) recovers from her latest reconstructive surgery with other Noma patients at a recuperation centre outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. Credit: Nick Ashdown/IPSBy Nick AshdownADDIS ABABA, Jan 22 2014 (IPS) It’s hard to tell if Gelegay Tsegaye is smiling, since a flap of skin covers half his mouth, but his eyes crinkle when he talks and his muffled voice rings with an upbeat cadence. He’s sitting in a special ward of the Korean Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s most modern healthcare facility.  Gelegay’s affability is notable because of what he’s gone ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Nick Ashdown Tags: Africa Aid Bitter Pill: Obstacles to Affordable Medicine Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations CARE Ethiopia Source Type: news

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill, Unsigned but Still Effective
Homosexuals in rural Uganda lack condoms and lubricants for safe sex. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPSBy Faith LokensKAMPALA, Jan 21 2014 (IPS) Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, has reportedly refused to sign a controversial anti-gay bill that would mean life in prison for people convicted of homosexual acts. But many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex (LGBTI) people in the East African country, and NGOs trying to help them, say many have been suffering discrimination for years and it is getting worse. “People think it [the bill] is already law,” Judith, who asked not to be identified for he...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Faith Lokens Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Identity Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Projects Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Anti-Homosexuality Bill International HIV/A Source Type: news

Four Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, Still Waiting for a Roof
Mimose Gérard, 57, washes clothes and collects plastic bottles from the trash in order to survive. She is still living in a tent camp four years after Haiti's earthquake. Credit: Milo Milfort/IPSBy Jane Regan and Milo MilfortCarrefour, HAITI, Jan 20 2014 (IPS) Mimose Gérard sits in her tent at Gaston Margron camp, surrounded by large bags filled with plastic bottles. She earns just pennies for each, but that’s better than nothing. “I’ve lived in the camp since Jan. 13, 2010, when I was set up with a tent. It’s been a painful existence,” she tells IPS. “I’m just a regu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jane Regan and Milo Milfort Tags: Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Earthquake Haiti Housing Inequality Internally Displaced People (IDPs) Source Type: news

Seasonal Migration Frustrates Ethiopia’s Family Planning
Women and children take a break from the scorching sun in Ethiopia's arid Somali Region. Because of the nomadic life of the community it has been difficult to provide family planning services. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahDOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, Jan 20 2014 (IPS) Yohamin Kesete, 32, and her six children live in Dollo Ado, a pastoralist community in Ethiopia’s drought-stricken Somali Region. But this is not where you will always find them. Kesete says that as temperatures soar and the rains become even more rare, her family is often forced to leave the area in search of water and pasture. “We have t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories Women's Health Source Type: news

The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now
By Amy FallonCHILANGA, Zambia, Jan 9 2014 (IPS) There are thousands of miles between Chanyanya Rural Health Clinic, a basic medical centre in Zambia’s rural Kafue District with no resident doctors despite being the main centre for nearly 12,000 people, and the New York University (NYU) Teaching Hospital, one of the world’s most prestigious medical schools. Mercy Nalwamba, the clinical officer general of Makeni clinic in Chilanga District. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPS The two are worlds apart, not only when it comes to geography. Yet when Florence* broke out in a strange rash two weeks after she began taking ARVs for ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 9, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amy Fallon Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health North America Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health HIV/AIDS mobile technology telemedicine Virtual Doctor Project Zambia Source Type: news

Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland
Lindiwe Dlamini nurses her six-week-old baby boy. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPSBy Mantoe PhakathiMBABANE, Jan 7 2014 (IPS) Smiling as she breastfeeds her six-week-old baby boy, Lindiwe Dlamini, 38, is optimistic about his future. Dlamini, who is HIV-positive, is determined that her baby will not be infected. The mother of three – who conceived her first two children when she was HIV-negative – was on antiretroviral therapy (ART) when she delivered a healthy boy in November. Now she is feeding him on breast milk and nothing else for six months – advice she received during antenatal care. She knows mother&rsq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 7, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health breastfeeding HIV/AIDS Maternal and Child Health Mothers to Mothers Swaziland Source Type: news

Towards a Change of Culture Leading to a Gender-Balanced Approach
In this column, Emma Bonino, the Italian minister of foreign affairs, writes about progress made in strengthening women’s rights, and the challenges that still lie ahead.By Emma BoninoROME, Dec 23 2013 (Columnist Service) The past three years have been very important to scale up the movement to protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls and, particularly, to eliminate female genital mutilation worldwide. We saw the political momentum growing and culminating December 2012 with the consensual adoption by the General Assembly of Resolution 67/146 banning female genital mutilation worldwide. On that o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Emma Bonino Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories United Nations Women's Health World Female Genital Mu Source Type: news

Towards a Change of Culture Leading to a Gender-Balanced Approach
In this column, Emma Bonino, the Italian minister of foreign affairs, writes about progress made in strengthening women’s rights, and the challenges that still lie ahead.ROME, Dec 23 2013 (Columnist Service) The past three years have been very important to scale up the movement to protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls and, particularly, to eliminate female genital mutilation worldwide. We saw the political momentum growing and culminating December 2012 with the consensual adoption by the General Assembly of Resolution 67/146 banning female genital mutilation worldwide. On that occasion all Un...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Emma Bonino Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories United Nations Women's Health World Female Genital Mu Source Type: news

U.S. Urged to Change Policy on Support to Victims of Sexual Violence
By Ramy SrourWASHINGTON , Dec 12 2013 (IPS) The U.S. government is being urged to roll back a longstanding policy that has banned foreign aid funding from being used for health care services for victims of sexual violence in conflict situations. A group of leading U.S. and African NGOs gathered here Wednesday to launch a global campaign that, if successful, would provide millions of women and girls in crisis and conflict areas around the world with post-rape access to comprehensive health care. The Centre for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), an advocacy group, was joined by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch in calling on...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ramy Srour Tags: Active Citizens Africa Armed Conflicts Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health World Break t Source Type: news

U.S. Urged to Change Policy on Support to Victims of Sexual Violence
WASHINGTON , Dec 12 2013 (IPS) The U.S. government is being urged to roll back a longstanding policy that has banned foreign aid funding from being used for health care services for victims of sexual violence in conflict situations. A group of leading U.S. and African NGOs gathered here Wednesday to launch a global campaign that, if successful, would provide millions of women and girls in crisis and conflict areas around the world with post-rape access to comprehensive health care. The Centre for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), an advocacy group, was joined by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch in calling on the administ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ramy Srour Tags: Active Citizens Africa Armed Conflicts Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health World Break t Source Type: news

Saving Children From Loggers
Maddlyn Maelofa (far right) and young girls in Huahai village in Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.AUKI, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, Dec 1 2013 (IPS) Logging is the largest industry in the Solomon Islands, an archipelago located northwest of Fiji, where 80 percent of the islands are covered in tropical rainforest. But, although timber accounts for 60 percent of this South Pacific nation’s export earnings, most local communities have experienced no beneficial development. And when the social costs for those who live in the vicinity of logging camps includes greater inequality...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Headlines Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Natura Source Type: news

Saving Children From Loggers
Maddlyn Maelofa (far right) and young girls in Huahai village in Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.By Catherine WilsonAUKI, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, Dec 1 2013 (IPS) Logging is the largest industry in the Solomon Islands, an archipelago located northwest of Fiji, where 80 percent of the islands are covered in tropical rainforest. But, although timber accounts for 60 percent of this South Pacific nation’s export earnings, most local communities have experienced no beneficial development. And when the social costs for those who live in the vicinity of logging camps includes...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Headlines Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Natura Source Type: news

Pros and Cons of Uganda’s New ARV Therapy for Pregnant Women
With a new generation of HIV treatments available, mothers on Option B+ need only take one pill per day. Credit: Jennifer McKellar/IPSKAMPALA, Nov 27 2013 (IPS) Uganda has gotten plenty of kudos and some criticism over its roll out of the new antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women and their babies, known as Option B +. Recommended by the World Health Organisation in June 2012, Option B+ consists in life-long provision of ARV therapy to pregnant women regardless of their CD4 count. CD4s, or helper cells, fight infections in the body. Before, under Options A and B, mother and baby were given ARVs during pregnancy and brea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 27, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Wambi Michael Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Projects TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ARVs International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDs in Eastern Africa (ICWEA) Jo Source Type: news

Pros and Cons of Uganda’s New ARV Therapy for Pregnant Women
By Wambi MichaelKAMPALA, Nov 27 2013 (IPS) Uganda has gotten plenty of kudos and some criticism over its roll out of the new antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women and their babies, known as Option B +. Recommended by the World Health Organisation in June 2012, Option B+ consists in life-long provision of ARV therapy to pregnant women regardless of their CD4 count. CD4s, or helper cells, fight infections in the body. Before, under Options A and B, mother and baby were given ARVs during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Only women with CD4 counts under 350 were prescribed ARVs for life – but CD4-counting machines are ex...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 27, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Wambi Michael Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Projects TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ARVs International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDs in Eastern Africa (ICWEA) Jo Source Type: news

Lebanon’s Splintered Law Wrecks Lives
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 24, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rebecca Murray Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Crime & Justice Democracy Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Headlines Human Rights Religion Women's Health Courts Divorce Domestic Violence Lebanon Source Type: news

Grappling to Give Uganda’s Fistula Patients Dignity
In Uganda, two percent of women of a reproductive age have experienced fistula, according to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Amy FallonKAMPALA
, Nov 19 2013 (IPS) Ever since giving birth to a stillborn baby 15 years ago, Mary*, a peasant farmer from Mubende District in central Uganda, has continuously leaked urine. “I am home all the time. I don’t go out to the market, I don’t go to church,” says the 35-year-old, speaking through a translator in a crowded ward at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in the country’s capital, Kampala. Every time Mary drink...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amy Fallon Tags: Africa Bitter Pill: Obstacles to Affordable Medicine Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Fistula Pregnancy Uganda United Natio Source Type: news

Grappling to Give Uganda’s Fistula Patients Dignity
In Uganda, two percent of women of a reproductive age have experienced fistula, according to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Amy FallonKAMPALA
, Nov 19 2013 (IPS) Ever since giving birth to a stillborn baby 15 years ago, Mary*, a peasant farmer from Mubende District in central Uganda, has continuously leaked urine. “I am home all the time. I don’t go out to the market, I don’t go to church,” says the 35-year-old, speaking through a translator in a crowded ward at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in the country’s capital, Kampala. Every time Mary drink...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amy Fallon Tags: Africa Bitter Pill: Obstacles to Affordable Medicine Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Fistula Uganda United Nations Populatio Source Type: news

Bank Crash Hits Women Harder
Women gather at a rally in Reykjavik to mark victory for their rights, but remain more vulnerable than men to the economic crisis. Credit: Lowana Veal/IPS. By Lowana VealREYKJAVIK, Nov 17 2013 (IPS) Women in Iceland have been more badly affected by the economic collapse in 2008 than their male counterparts, both in terms of physical and mental health, studies show. In one study carried out this year on people interviewed both before and after the financial crash, unemployed women, female students and women not active in the labour market showed particularly high stress levels in the year following the crash, along with wom...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 17, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lowana Veal Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Europe Featured Financial Crisis Gender Gender Identity Headlines Health Labour Regional Categories Women & Economy Women's Health Banks cras Source Type: news

Bank Crash Hits Women Harder
Women gather at a rally in Reykjavik to mark victory for their rights, but remain more vulnerable than men to the economic crisis. Credit: Lowana Veal/IPS. By Lowana VealREYKJAVIK, Nov 17 2013 (IPS) Women in Iceland have been more badly affected by the economic collapse in 2008 than their male counterparts, both in terms of physical and mental health, studies show. In one study carried out this year on people interviewed both before and after the financial crash, unemployed women, female students and women not active in the labour market showed particularly high stress levels in the year following the crash, along with wom...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 17, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lowana Veal Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Europe Featured Financial Crisis Gender Gender Identity Headlines Health Labour Regional Categories Women & Economy Women's Health Banks cras Source Type: news

A Shortage of ARVs and a Surplus of Stigma in Côte d’Ivoire
A health worker explains the sexual transmission of infections at the family planning clinic in Yopougon. ARV shortages and long waits discourage women from starting or staying on treatment. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPSBy Fulgence ZambléABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Nov 8 2013 (IPS) At the Cocody-Anono community health centre, south-east of the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan, Bertine Bahi* regularly attends awareness sessions on Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) for women living with HIV. Bahi tested positive in her third month of pregnancy. In October, the 32-year-old was five months pregnan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fulgence Zamble Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Côte d'Ivoire Ivorian Network of People Living with HIV Joint Unit Source Type: news

A Shortage of ARVs and a Surplus of Stigma in Côte d’Ivoire
A health worker explains the sexual transmission of infections at the family planning clinic in Yopougon. ARV shortages and long waits discourage women from starting or staying on treatment. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPSBy Fulgence ZambléABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Nov 8 2013 (IPS) At the Cocody-Anono community health centre, south-east of the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan, Bertine Bahi* regularly attends awareness sessions on Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) for women living with HIV. Bahi tested positive in her third month of pregnancy. In October, the 32-year-old was five months pregnan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fulgence Zamble Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories Women's Health Côte d'Ivoire Ivorian Network of People Living with HIV Joint United Nations Programme on HIV Source Type: news

OP-ED: Act Now, Act Big to End Sexual Violence in DRC
Former child soliders in the DRC. Credit: Einberger/argum/EED/IPSBy Babatunde Osotimehin and Zainab BanguraUNITED NATIONS, Nov 6 2013 (IPS) Imagine an orphanage where over 300 children born out of rape have been abandoned because of the shame and stigma associated with sexual violence. Imagine a town where, in the last year, 11 infants between the ages of six months and one year, and 59 small children from one to three years old, have been raped. What does the future of these children hold? The story of sexual violence in conflict is as old as war itself. It knows no boundaries – location, ethnicity, religion, or age...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 6, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Babatunde Osotimehin and Zainab Bangura Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Civil Society Conferences Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women Source Type: news

OP-ED: Act Now, Act Big to End Sexual Violence in DRC
Former child soliders in the DRC. Credit: Einberger/argum/EED/IPSBy Babatunde Osotimehin and Zainab BanguraUNITED NATIONS, Nov 6 2013 (IPS) Imagine an orphanage where over 300 children born out of rape have been abandoned because of the shame and stigma associated with sexual violence. Imagine a town where, in the last year, 11 infants between the ages of six months and one year, and 59 small children from one to three years old, have been raped. What does the future of these children hold? The story of sexual violence in conflict is as old as war itself. It knows no boundaries – location, ethnicity, religion, or age...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 6, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Babatunde Osotimehin and Zainab Bangura Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Civil Society Conferences Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women Source Type: news

Bangladesh Workers Short of Compensation
Hasina, one of the 2,438 Rana Plaza workers that came out alive, by the remains of the factory. Credit: Robert Stefanicki/IPS.By Robert StefanickiDHAKA, Oct 30 2013 (IPS) Six months after the worst man-made disaster in Bangladesh’s history, safety conditions in garment factories have a chance to improve. But not the lives of survivors or the victims’ next of kin. On Apr. 24, the collapse of Rana Plaza factory building took 1,133 lives of mostly female workers. The disaster was too big to ignore. The unprecedented scale of the tragedy shocked people the world over, many of them dressed in clothes made in Banglad...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Robert Stefanicki Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva Europe Trade & Investment Women & Economy Women's Health Bangladesh compensation Source Type: news

Bangladesh Workers Short of Compensation
Hasina, one of the 2,438 Rana Plaza workers that came out alive, by the remains of the factory. Credit: Robert Stefanicki/IPS.By Robert StefanickiDHAKA, Oct 30 2013 (IPS) Six months after the worst man-made disaster in Bangladesh’s history, safety conditions in garment factories have a chance to improve. But not the lives of survivors or the victims’ next of kin. On Apr. 24, the collapse of Rana Plaza factory building took 1,133 lives of mostly female workers. The disaster was too big to ignore. The unprecedented scale of the tragedy shocked people the world over, many of them dressed in clothes made in Banglad...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Robert Stefanicki Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva Europe Trade & Investment Women & Economy Women's Health Bangladesh compensation Source Type: news

Teen Pregnancy Rooted in Powerlessness
In Nepal, many children who suffer from malnutrition belong to young mothers. In fact, teen marriages and pregnancies are common and over 23 percent of women give birth before they are 18 years old. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPSBy Joan ErakitUNITED NATIONS, Oct 30 2013 (IPS) Before we begin, perhaps we can set aside the stereotypes: no, she didn’t “mess herself up by following boys around”, and no, it is not in fact her fault that she became pregnant. Adolescents rarely have children because they want to. Yet 7.3 million girls under the age of 18 give birth every year, with two million of those births to girls...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joan Erakit Tags: Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health World Contraception Inequality Teen Pregnancy Un Source Type: news

Teen Pregnancy Rooted in Powerlessness
In Nepal, many children who suffer from malnutrition belong to young mothers. In fact, teen marriages and pregnancies are common and over 23 percent of women give birth before they are 18 years old. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPSBy Joan ErakitUNITED NATIONS, Oct 30 2013 (IPS) Before we begin, perhaps we can set aside the stereotypes: no, she didn’t “mess herself up by following boys around”, and no, it is not in fact her fault that she became pregnant. Adolescents rarely have children because they want to. Yet 7.3 million girls under the age of 18 give birth every year, with two million of those births to girls...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joan Erakit Tags: Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health World Contraception Inequality Teen Pregnancy Un Source Type: news

Too Many Indians Find It’s Better to Die
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Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: K. S. Harikrishnan Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Gender Gender Identity Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva Uni Source Type: news

Too Many Indians Find It’s Better to Die
When Sarath, 29, a security staffer with a private firm in Kattakada town in India’s southern Kerala state hanged himself at his office premises, his death became a grim reminder of what statistics in the country have been showing for some time now: more and more young Indian men are succumbing to socio-economic pressures and […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: K. S. Harikrishnan Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Gender Gender Identity Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva Uni Source Type: news

Cameroon’s HIV Message Misses Pregnant Teens
Cameroon has shown only a moderate decline in new HIV infections, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Credit: Nastasya Tay/IPSBy Dorine EkweYAOUNDÉ, Oct 29 2013 (IPS) With a wide smile Beatrice M.* says that she lives by the motto “life is short and beautiful — live it to the full.” The 20-year-old, HIV-positive mother refuses to be defeated by her new circumstances. Beatrice, a second year anthropology student at the University of Yaounde I, found out she was pregnant and HIV-positive when she was 18. “When the doctor broke the news, I thought my life was over. But m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 29, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Dorine Ekwe Tags: Africa Countdown to ZERO Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Cameroon Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) National Networ Source Type: news