‘ Conference Emphasises Need for Partnerships to Create a World Without Leprosy ’
Yohei Sasakawa, chair of The Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, delivered a keynote address at the 20th International Leprosy Congress (ILC). Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 11 2019 (IPS) Forty years ago, Yohei Sasakawa saw his father moved to tears after meeting and witnessing the suffering of people affected by leprosy – also known as Hansen’s disease. Not only did the patients have a physical illness, but they also suffered from social exclusion and discrimination. It made the young Sasakawa vow to work for the elimination of le...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Source Type: news

Nothing For Us, Without Us – Hansen ’s Disease-Affected Tell International Gathering
Jennifer Quimno of the Coalition of Leprosy Advocates of the Philippines (CLAP) (centre) is joined by Sri Lanka's Shagana Thiygalingam (L) and Amarasinghe Manjula (R) after Quimno delivered the recommendations presented by the Global Forum of People's Organisations on Hansen's Disease to the International Leprosy Congress in Manila on September 11. Credit: Ben Kritz/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Sep 11 2019 (IPS) Stronger government action to fight stigma and discrimination, more government funding for health and non-health support programmes, and a larger role for people’s organisations in developing policy towards Hansen&...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Kritz Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease Hansen's disease N Source Type: news

The Emergence of a Global Voice for Hansen ’s Disease Affected Persons
Her experience and the chance "to help strengthen Colombia, the world, and my family" through participating in the Global Forum of People's Organisations on Hansen's Disease, sponsored by the Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Health Foundation, was like "rising from the ashes" for Lucrecia Vazques from Felehansen Colombia. Vazques' family was hit hard by leprosy, with not only herself, but her son and one-month-old granddaughter being afflicted. Credit: Ben Kritz/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Sep 10 2019 (IPS) The Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease, which was attended by me...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Kritz Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen Source Type: news

Vaping Fad Boosts Dangerous Nicotine Addiction
By Wan Manan Muda and Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 10 2019 (IPS) Smoking-related diseases are the major causes of premature death worldwide. Every year, six million smoking-related deaths are reported worldwide. If current smoking trends persist, 8 million deaths can be expected by 2030, of which four-fifths will occur in lower- and middle-income countries. Start them young Many studies show that smoking is typically learned and started during adolescence. Owing to nicotine addiction, the earlier someone starts to smoke, the higher the likelihood he or she will continue the habit into adulthood, and the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Wan Manan Muda and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

‘ Join Me on this Journey ’ to Eliminate Leprosy – WHO Ambassador
By Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 10 2019 (IPS) Octogenarian Yohei Sasakawa has travelled to more than 90 countries across the globe; from areas of conflict, to the jungles of Brazil, shaking hands, hugging and washing the feet of Hansen’s disease-affected people. His message is simple: Stop stigmatisation and eliminate the disease. Sasakawa, who has spent more than 40 years working towards elimination of Hansen’s disease, is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and chairperson of The Nippon Foundation (TNF). Since 1975, TNF and its sister organisation, the Sasakawa He...
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Awareness Should be the Priority in Public Health Efforts against Leprosy
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Civil Society Urges Inclusive, Resilient & Sustainable Urban Areas of the Future
By Cristina FanSALT LAKE CITY, Utah, USA, Sep 9 2019 (IPS) The United Nations held its first major international conference in one of America’s mountain states, bringing scores of civil society organizations (CSOs) to discuss ways on making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030.” The annual UN Civil Society Conference, which had been meeting mostly in New York, site of the UN world headquarters, and in some foreign capitals, was hosted by Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s office August 26-28 under the title “Building Inclusive and sustainable cities and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cristina Fan Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Global Green Economy Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Global Network Key to Strengthening Leprosy Organisations
Participants at the first Global Forum of People’s Organizations on Hansen’s Disease which began on Sept. 7 in Manila, Philippines, play a game to build better connectivity among themselves. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Sep 7 2019 (IPS) Organisations of people affected by Hansen’s Disease or leprosy agree that a global network of volunteer groups is key to eradicating the disease, but concrete steps need to be taken to move the idea from an often-discussed concept to a reality. “I don’t think anyone here is not convinced about the importance of a network,” Dr. Arturo Cunana...
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First Global Forum of Leprosy-Affected People ’s Organisations Kicks off in Manila
At the first Global Forum of People’s Organizations on Hansen’s Disease, which begun on Sept. 7 in Manila, Philippines, participants present their ideas on entrepreneurship models to attain sustainability. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 7 2019 (IPS) Being part of a platform where leprosy-affected people from all over the world can freely interact, exchange and share opinions, ideas, experiences and strategies was always something Tasfaye Tadesse dreamt of. So this week, Tadesse packed his bags and travelled for 36 hours from his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to reach the Philippine capital of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Africa Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Foundatio Source Type: news

Uniting for Zero Leprosy in Manila
By Sasakawa Health Foundation - The Nippon FoundationMANILA, PHILIPPINES, Sep 7 2019 (IPS-Partners) World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and recipient of the 2019 Order of the Rising Sun as well as the 2018 Gandhi Peace Prize, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, is in the Philippines to call on academics, medical stakeholders and those affected by the disease to unite towards “Zero Leprosy”.  Mr. Sasakawa, chairperson of The Nippon Foundation (TNF) – one of Japan’s largest private organisations – is attending two key global conferences on the disease being h...
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A Global Forum to Encourage Dialogue and Share Solutions
By Stella PaulHYDERABAD, India, Sep 6 2019 (IPS) Professor Takahiro Nanri is the executive director of the Sasakawa Health Foundation, co-organiser of the Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease, which will take place from Sept. 7 to 10 in the Philippines. A 4-day event, the forum will be the first of its kind to bring together grassroot organisations that are of, by and for the people affected by leprosy across the world. On the eve of the forum, IPS correspondent Stella Paul spoke with Nanri who shared in brief the rationale of the event and some of the expected outcomes. The forum, he said...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Video Global Forum of People’s O Source Type: news

Is There Discrimination Against Women in Healthcare in India?
By Farhana Haque Rahman and Raghav GaihaROME, Sep 5 2019 (IPS) In an inaugural lecture at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, Amartya Sen began with a swipe at Queen Victoria who complained to Sir Theodore Martin in 1870 about & quote: this mad, wicked folly of ‘Woman’s Rights’ “, as in her rarefied world nobody could trample upon her rights. The world has of course changed dramatically and women’s rights are widely acknowledged but injustices persist. Our concern here is with health injustices that are widely prevalent in India. These take multiple forms: female foeticide, wide...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman and Raghav Gaiha Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Why Governments Must Prioritise Sustained Tobacco Control Investment in Low- & Middle-Income Nations
Credit: WHO/2017By Ryan Forrest, Sara Rose TaylorOTTAWA, Sep 2 2019 (IPS) Trends in global consumption of cigarettes haven’t improved since the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) earlier this summer. Perhaps this is because the FCTC on its own is not a magic bullet. Governments have paid the issue of tobacco-use a lot of lip service but they have invested very little to match the global burden of the epidemic. Simply agreeing on what needs to be done (i.e. negotiating and ratifying...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ryan Forrest Tags: Aid Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Ugandan Students Turn Waste to Wealth
Students holding vegetables from the school garden.By Melissa KyeyuneAug 30 2019 (IPS) Namugongo is a lush, forested community in central Uganda where tall trees are home to colourful birds and noisy monkeys. The community has a tragic place in history: on 3 June 1886, 22 Ugandan Christian converts were publicly executed, on the orders of King Mwanga II of the Buganda Kingdom, in an attempt to ward off the influence of colonial powers with whom the Christians were associated. The converts were elevated to sainthood by Pope Paul VI in 1964. Ugandans today see those converts as martyrs. They commemorate every 3 June, Marty...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Melissa Kyeyune Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Inequity Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Our Food Systems Need Transformation
By Zoltán KálmánROME, Aug 28 2019 (IPS) The right to food is a universal human right. Yet, over 820 million people are going hungry, according the latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019). In addition, 2 billion people in the world are food insecure with great risk of malnutrition and poor health” 1. Another report 2 describes the situation even more worrying: “At the global level, one person in three is malnourished today and one in two could be malnourished by 2030 in a business-as-usual scenario. While hunger remains a critical concern, malnutr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Zoltan Kalman Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Disaster Risk Resilience: Key to Protecting Vulnerable Communities
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 28 2019 (IPS) The past five years have been the hottest on record in Asia and the Pacific. Unprecedented heatwaves have swept across our region, cascading into slow onset disasters such as drought. Yet heat is only part of the picture. Tropical cyclones have struck new, unprepared parts of our region and devastatingly frequent floods have ensued. In Iran, these affected 10 million people t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Kenya: The troubles of a science PhD from the West
This article highlighted the struggles of young African researchers, especially in the biomedical field. There is a chronic shortage of PhDs in the continent to build a critical mass of researchers, and this is exacerbated by a poor state of the education system in the continent. Therefore, aspiring researchers have sought education abroad mostly through scholarships, in which one of the conditions is that they will come back home and contribute to alleviating the shortage of researchers. Many of the PhDs returned home to a bureaucratic system that makes it difficult for them to employ and use their skills. 14 PhDs who spo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Verah Vashti Okeyo Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

How Tibet has Successfully Reduced Poverty
By Crystal OrdersonLHASA, Aug 22 2019 (IPS) According to the Tibet’s Social Science Academy’s Institute of Rural Economic Studies, the number of Tibetans still living in poverty has been brought down from 850,000 a few years ago to 150,000. Tibetan officials say the government is committed to reducing that number to zero by the end of this year. The post How Tibet has Successfully Reduced Poverty appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Crystal Orderson Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Multimedia Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Video Poverty Alleviation Tibet Source Type: news

A ‘Cure’ for Ebola but Will it Stop the Outbreak if People Won’t Get Treatment?
Health workers inside a "CUBE" talk to an Ebola patient, while a nurse consults a chart outside. ALIMA Ebola Treatment Centre, Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two drugs have been found to successfully treat the Ebola virus. Aid agencies have welcomed the news saying it allows communities to access early treatment. Courtesy: World Health Organisation (WHO)By Issa Sikiti da SilvaCOTONOU, Benin, Aug 20 2019 (IPS) While people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are slowly being made aware that scientists have discovered two drugs that are effective in treating Ebola, letting go of the fear and anxiety ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Issa Sikiti da Silva Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ebola Source Type: news

World Health Organisation ’s New Effort Can Help End Neglected Tropical Diseases
In the Solomon Islands, approximately 40 percent of the population of 550,000 could have active Trachoma. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Aug 19 2019 (IPS) Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched global consultations for a new Roadmap on how to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The roadmap would help achieve universal health coverage by 2030, address health emergencies and promote healthier populations. This intervention is unprecedented because it could begin to reverse the neglect and inequities that the 17 main NTDs bring. Many NTDs are debilitating and red...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Are Jair Messias Bolsonaro and Donald John Trump a Menace to the Planet?
Credit: Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental InformationBy Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Aug 13 2019 (IPS) We live in different worlds. The ones of friends, family and work colleagues. Worlds which are overshadowed by other, much bigger ones. Global spheres of international finance, politics, climate change, etc., contexts that might threaten our smaller circle of relationships; our family, our income, our general wellbeing, in short – our entire existence. However, even at those levels there exist small circles of acquaintances and associates able to make decisions that affect the entire humankind. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Climate Change Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The Nairobi Summit – Towards a Watershed Moment
By Dr. Ida Odinga, EGHNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 2019 (IPS) In 2019 a female scientist created an algorithm that gave the world the first ever images of a black hole. Working with a team of astronomers, physicists, mathematicians and engineers, a young woman led the development of a computer program that in her own words enabled them to “achieve something once thought impossible.” Photo: Heshimi KenyaDuring this same year, over 200 million women in developing countries will not have access to effective methods of contraception to delay or avoid pregnancy. Approximately 830 women a day will die during pregnancy or c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr. Ida Odinga Tags: Africa Civil Society Conferences Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Domestic Violence and the Role of Education
Credit: Donald Trump/TwitterBy Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Aug 8 2019 (IPS) Trying to teach and inspire youngsters is a daunting task. Many teachers tend to suffer from a harrowing, bad conscience, obliged as they are to follow routines, rules, and regulations set down by their employers while knowing that these are difficult to apply and provide with desired results. Worst is a nagging feeling of inability to reach out to the students. Most teachers want their pupils to be good learners, critically thinking individuals who feel gratified and keen to change things for the better. Occasionally, I return to my original pro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Boom or Bust -Education Will Determine Africa ’s Transformation
President Uhuru Kenyatta meets young Kenyan artists at the State House-Photo State HouseBy Francis Owino and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 2019 (IPS) August 12, marks International Youth Day, and the theme for this year is ‘making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive’, is particularly apt for Africa. Consider this. Every 24 hours around 35,000 African youth are looking for work. The youth make up 37% of the working-age population in Africa, but 60% of the unemployed. Though Africa continues to post impressive gains in education enrolment rates, challenges of access, quality and relevanc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Francis Owino and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Global Aids Fight Running out of Steam, U.N. says
BANGLADESH: Dose of Vigilance Helps Manage HIV, AIDS DHAKA, Nov 3, 2010 (IPS) - It is one of the poorest countries in the world, has a low literacy rate, and is next door to at least two countries that have a considerable portion of their respective populations with HIV and AIDS. Yet even having a large migrant population has not made Bangladesh a hot spot for HIV and AIDS. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=53443By James ReinlUNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 2019 (IPS) The global fight against Aids is floundering amid cash shortfalls and spikes in new HIV infections among marginalised groups in developing regions, Gunilla Carlsson,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: James Reinl Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Source Type: news

Sexual Exploitation of Minors is a Crime Against Humanity
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jul 22 2019 (IPS) If they pay for it, men tend to believe they have the right to do anything to a woman’s body. You pay for your own entertainment without a thought about who you are paying and what cause you are supporting. Money is used as an excuse for and a means to oil a machinery that generates lots of profit while keeping pimps and other perpetrators out of the reach of the law. Jeffrey Epstein is a generous benefactor of world-renowned scientists and has intimate ties with powerful men like Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as star lawyers like Alan Derschowitz. This mult...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

US Leads Donor Funding to Fight HIV/AIDS Amidst Overall Decline
By Caley PigliucciUNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 2019 (IPS) Since 2010, donor funding to fight HIV/AIDS in low-and middle-income countries has dropped significantly, according to a new report released here. The study, Communities at the Centre, released July 16 by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), points out a $1.0 billion decline in funding from 2017-2018. This most heavily affects low-income countries in East and South African countries (except South Africa), which rely on donor funding for 80% of HIV responses. However, seven of 14 donor governments increased thei...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Caley Pigliucci Tags: Africa Development & Aid Education Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Here ’s How the World Can Be Better Prepared to Handle Epidemics
In 2019, there are measles outbreaks in the US and Europe; Ebola outbreak in DRC and Uganda and several other infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, Vietnam and South Africa. Credit: Marc-André Boisvert/IPSBy Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jul 19 2019 (IPS) The 2019 G20 Summit was held recently in Osaka, Japan. The Summit ended with the “G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration”, which identifies health as a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and the leaders committed to various efforts to improve epidemic preparedness.  These efforts are commendable, but the G20, compris...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The Long Struggle Against the Stigma Surrounding Hansen ’ s Disease
Yohei Sasakawa By Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 16 2019 (IPS) At the age of 80, Yohei Sasakawa continues to travel around the world to promote solutions for some of the challenges facing humanity, such as Hansen’s Disease or leprosy, wars and disabilities, factors of stigma and exclusion. Engaging in dialogue with world leaders and with those affected by Hansen’s Disease, who are generally poor, is his way of mobilising local efforts, with the financial and technical support offered by the 23 organisations that network with the Nippon Foundation, whose board of directors has been chaired by Sasakawa since 2005, afte...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Multimedia Regional Categories Video Hansen's disease leprosy Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

Early Detection is the Solution for Hansen ’ s Disease
Faustino Pinto, national coordinator of the Movement for the Reintegration of People Affected by Hanseniasis (Morhan)By Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 15 2019 (IPS) On Jun. 27, Faustino Pinto was in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spoke to people at the United Nations about the fight against Hansen’s Disease and the stigma surrounding it, at a meeting during the 41st session of the Human Rights Council. Eleven days later, in Brasilia, he discussed the question with President Jair Bolsonaro, when he took part in a meeting along with Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation goodwill amba...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Multimedia Video Hansen's disease leprosy Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

Prejudice and Discrimination, the Uncured Ills of Leprosy
Nippon Foundation President Yohei Sasakawa and Socorro Gross, Pan American Health Organisation representative in Brazil, hold a press conference in Brasilia at the end of a 10-day visit to this country by the Japanese activist who is also World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) “The ambulance team refused to take my sick friend to the hospital because he had had Hanseniasis years before,” said Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, at one of the meetings held during his Jul. 1-10 visit to Brazil. His fri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Editors' Choice Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Population Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

A Lifelong Battle Against the “ Disease of Silence ”
Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, is interviewed by IPS in the Brazilian capital, where he concluded a tour of the country aimed at promoting the elimination of Hansen's Disease, better known as leprosy, and also the stigma that make it the "disease of silence.” Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 10 2019 (IPS) Yohei Sasakawa has dedicated half of his 80 years of life to combating the “disease of silence” and is still fighting the battle, as president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation (WHO) goodwill ambassador for elimination of leprosy, formally ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

The Libyan Disaster: Little Bits of History Repeating
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jul 9 2019 (IPS) The Libyan catastrophe and the suffering of ”illegal” migrants are generally depicted as fairly recent events, though they are actually the results of a long history of greed, contempt for others and fatal shortsightedness. Like former Yugoslavia, Libya was created from a mosaic of tribal entities, subdued by colonial powers and then ruled by an iron-fisted dictator. Now, Libya is a quagmire where local and international stakeholders battle to control its natural resources. The country holds the largest oil reserves in Africa, oil and gas account for 60 percent o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Global Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Japan Boosts Complex Fight to Eliminate Leprosy in Brazil
Yohei Sasakawa (C), president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, shakes the hand of Sebastião Miranda Filho, the mayor of Marabá in northern Brazil, where the foundation finances a project to distribute food to poor families affected by the disease, to encourage them to complete treatment. Credit: Artur Custodio/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 9 2019 (IPS) When cases of Hansen’s disease, better known as leprosy, increase in Brazil, it is not due to a lack of medical assistance but to the growing efficacy of the health system in detecting in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

Kenya ’s March Towards Demographic Dividend with Investments in Health Sector Partnering with The Netherlands
H.E. Frans Makken is Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kenya By H. E. Frans MakkenNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 1 2019 (IPS) Demographic dividend is a term which is increasingly preoccupying discussions among development economists and the donor community in general in Kenya. The term refers to countries with the greatest demographic opportunity for development and those that are ushering in a period in which the working-age population has good health, quality education, decent employment and a lower proportion of young dependents. Smaller numbers of children per household generally lead to larger investments per child, more freedom ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Frans Makken Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Kenya ’s March Towards a Demographic Dividend by Investing in Health and Partnering with the Health Sector from the Netherlands Visiting Kenya
H.E. Frans Makken is Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kenya By H. E. Frans MakkenNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 1 2019 (IPS) Demographic dividend is a term which is increasingly preoccupying discussions among development economists and the donor community in general in Kenya. The term refers to countries with the greatest demographic opportunity for development and those that are ushering in a period in which the working-age population has good health, quality education, decent employment and a lower proportion of young dependents. Smaller numbers of children per household generally lead to larger investments per child, more freedom ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Frans Makken Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Partnering for Youth in Central Asia
Teenagers hanging out in Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan the lack of sexuality education has led to 91 percent of young people aged between 15 and 19 not having accurate and full knowledge on HIV and AIDS. Courtesy: Gulbakyt Dyussenova/ World Bank By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2019 (IPS) Young people around the world are facing increasingly insurmountable, persistent barriers as they try to achieve their full potential and secure a prosperous future. However, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific have already begun working to ensure that no one is left behind. In collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Source Type: news

Are Hotels Dangerous? Putting in Context Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 24 2019 (IPS) Being a frequent visitor to the Dominican Republic, where I occasionally have enjoyed the high standard, security and excellent service of its resorts, I became puzzled by recent, quiet excessive media reactions to statistically insignificant cases of deaths in these resorts. The number of demises in Dominican resorts have been more or less the same over the years and do not at all differ from those of most other tourist destinations. People die in hotels all over the world. There may even be specific reasons for this and they are far from being unique to the Dominican Repu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Low-Income Countries Pay Over 20 Times More for Generic Drugs
By Caley PigliucciUNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 2019 (IPS) A recently-released report by the Washington-based Center for Global Development (CGD) shows that generic drugs, like omeprazole (used to treat heartburn), can cost 20-30 times more in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Rachel Silverman, a researcher with CGD who worked on the report, told IPS that “There is a lack of competition at the country level, even for basic, off-patent generic medicines. One firm can sometimes control 85% or more of the market share for specific drugs or therapy classes in some countries.” The report also...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Caley Pigliucci Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Sharing the Burden of Refugees; the World Can Do Better
UN Secretary General, António Guterres visiting a refugee camp in Uganda. June 2017, PHOTO//Twitter @antonioguterresBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 2019 (IPS) As the world marks World Refugee Day on June 20th to celebrate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees, a glaring concern remains just how inadequate the global response to the refugee crisis has been. To a large extent, refugees have been painted with the broad strokes of a burden to host economies or sources of insecurity and crime. The world has lacked the resolve and skills needed to negotiate peace settlements, end the refugee cr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraV Source Type: news

Poor Outlook for HIV-positive Children in Pakistan
This report comes as it is announced South Africa has attained the UN goal of 90-90-90 diagnosis-treatment-suppression of HIV ahead of the 2020 objective. Pakistan’s recent leap away from that target illustrates the profound disparity in treatment and prevention of HIV across the globe. On April 25th, a number of children from Larkana, a city in the north-west of the Sindh province of Pakistan, were referred for HIV testing after they exhibited a persistent fever. An initial HIV-positive diagnosis of 15 children aged between 2 and 8 years old prompted a large-scale screening programme beginning on April 28th. Larkana...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Charlotte Munns Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

U. S. Backing for Heated Tobacco Products Triggers Misrepresentation
By Wendell BalderasBANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 14 2019 (IPS) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision authorizing the sale of Philip Morris International (PMI)’s heated tobacco system, IQOS, in the United States inadvertently puts a foot in the door to increase sales of new tobacco products in the developing world. In April this year, the FDA authorized the sale of IQOS heated tobacco products in the US. However, it clarified that it has not approved IQOS as a ‘modified risk tobacco product’ (MRTP). But PMI is riding on this ‘US-FDA approved for sale’ of its IQOS as also safer ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Wendell Balderas Tags: Aid Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Dignity & Strength for Venezuelan Refugees & Migrants in Colombia
Large numbers of people are bypassing immigration controls as they exit Venezuela. Credit: Tomer UrwiczBy Tomer Urwicz and Liliana Arias SalgadoCÚCUTA, Colombia, Jun 13 2019 (IPS) Not long ago, 15-year-old Nelsmar attended a middle-class school in central Venezuela. That was before her family was uprooted by the economic and humanitarian crisis in her country, which has pushed nearly 3.9 million persons to migrate or flee, according to recent estimates of the Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela. Nelsmar’s family made the move over a year ago. They walked for eight days, and spent th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tomer Urwicz and Liliana Arias Salgado Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Mothers in the US Are Dying: What Are We Doing to Save Them?
By Juan Pablo SeguraWASHINGTON DC, Jun 7 2019 (IPS) The maternal mortality rate in the United States is the highest of any developed country – and the rate is rising. The US is currently the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. Few to none of these maternal deaths are due to medical mismanagement. Instead, problems of access, care coordination, and inequities in health care resources and social services are at the heart of maternal death rates. Minority women, particularly those facing socioeconomic challenges, are the primary victims behind these statistics — nationally, African America...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Juan Pablo Segura Tags: Development & Aid Gender Headlines Health Human Rights North America Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

We Must do More to Speed up Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies
By Niklas HagelbergNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 2019 (IPS) Fossil fuels—oil, gas, coal and their derivatives—pollute the atmosphere and emit the greenhouse gases that are ramping up global heating to dangerous levels. But did you know that governments around the world are subsidizing this pollution? Historically, governments around the world have used fossil fuel subsidies for a variety of reasons, including to promote energy independence, encourage industry and cushion the poorest in society. But they never took sufficient account of what economists call “externalities” such as air pollution and the res...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Niklas Hagelberg Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

An Escalating War on Reproductive Rights
A demonstrator in Buenos Aires wears a T-shirt with the slogan "my body, my rights," one of the slogans of the so-called green tide - the colour adopted by the movement for the legalisation of abortion, which is beginning to spread to other Latin American countries. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 2019 (IPS) Abortion has long been a contentious issue across the world, and the debate is only heating up, prompting women to stand up and speak out for their reproductive rights. In response to increasingly restrictive policies, civil society is taking action to help protect ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Abortion Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Human Rights Watch (HRW) Source Type: news

Limited Knowledge of Plant Biosecurity Increases Biological Threats
Plant Biosecurity 'Champions' with facilitators in Brisbane this week for Crawford Fund Master Class in Communication after 4 weeks of biosecurity placements around the Australia. By Caley PigliucciUNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 2019 (IPS) The plant-life on the Pacific Islands is currently under threat as protections against diseases and pests are left in the hands of under-trained personnel with limited facilities. Talei Fidow-Moors, the Principal Quarantine Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Samoa, warned in a statement to IPS of an “increased potential of introducing regulated pests and diseases that ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Caley Pigliucci Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Exploitation and Acculturation
Minik, New York 1897.By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 3 2019 (IPS) There are several means to make profitable use of other human beings, an endeavour that tends to turn others into tools by depriving them of their roots and self-respect. This happened in concentration – and work camps, where individuals were reduced to mere numbers. Another form of objectification of fellow human beings has been to gain money by exhibiting them to paying audiences. The fate of Ota Benga is an example of this. He was a Mbuti man who in 1904, together with other “primitive people”, was exhibited at the Lousiana Purchase...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Arts Crime & Justice Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The World Made Promises to Women and Girls, We Must Fulfil Them
A mother and her infant in Kenya. Credit: @UNFPAKenyaBy Monica JumaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 2019 (IPS) In 1994 the International Conference and Population and Development (ICPD) was hosted in Cairo by the Government of Egypt. Twenty-five years later, Kenya is ready to convene the ICPD “Nairobi Summit” in November 2019. The Programme of Action endorsed and adopted at the historic Conference in Cairo has had a tremendous effect in transforming the lives of women and girls in developing countries. A quarter century later, the international community will again converge, this time in Nairobi, to renew, revitalize th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Monica Juma Tags: Africa Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Preventing Antibiotic Resistance: Look to the Livestock Industry
Among the major drivers of the Antimicrobial Resistance crisis is the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in livestock and feed. Credit: Germán Miranda/IPS. By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 21 2019 (IPS) Antimicrobial resistance is quickly becoming a global crisis and risks reversing a century of progress in health. Some organisations have already geared up and are tackling the issue from its roots. In a new report, the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance estimates that antibiotic resistance could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050. Already, drug-resistan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) WHO Source Type: news