To Prevent Teenage Pregnancies in Sub Saharan Africa, It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child
Honorine Meda became pregnant herself at the age of nineteen. Now she helps raise awareness of teenage pregnancy among girls in Dissin.By Guy DinmoreDISSIN, Burkina Faso, Jul 28 2021 (IPS) Honorine Meda is 23. Cycling through her hometown of Dissin, in Burkina Faso’s verdant southwest, she smiles, waves and stops to chat with one of the girls she counsels. Thanks to a program by the German development agency (GIZ) and their Pro Enfant initiative, Honorine trained to counsel teenage girls in Dissin on how to avoid pregnancies. She became pregnant herself, with her now three-year-old son, when she was 19. It was tough...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guy Dinmore Tags: Africa Aid Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health GIZ 2021 Source Type: news

Golden Rice: Triumph for Science
By Paul TengSINGAPORE, Jul 28 2021 (IPS) After almost two decades, Golden Rice was approved last week by the Philippines authorities for use as food. This together with the approval of the bioengineered Bt eggplant represents a landmark victory of science over misinformation; it will provide consumers with improved nutrition (Golden Rice) and safer food (Bt eggplant). Paul TengBIOTECHNOLOGY CROPS have been controversial in spite of overwhelming support for their safety by the scientific community. This is specially so for the class of biotechnology crops commonly called ‘GMO’ or genetically modified organism. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paul Teng Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Water Poverty: The Political Connection
A young girl collects water from a tanker truck in an IDP camp in northwest Syria. Meanwhile, the UN commemorates the anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration to Water & Sanitation on July 28th. Credit: UNICEF/Khaled AkachaBy Catarina de AlbuquerqueLISBON, Portugal, Jul 28 2021 (IPS) The water we drink and the air we breathe are the basis of life. With universal access to clean water and sanitation, we will be healthier, our economies will be stronger, gender equality will be more achievable, and more children will stay in school. However, the many benefits of universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene are ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catarina de Albuquerque Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Child Rights ’ Experts Warn that Displaced Children and Young People Risk Being Wiped Out of the Education System
Jean Marie Ishimwe (Kenya), a Refugee Youth Representative addresses a high-level roundtable convened by UNHCR and ECW, the UK and Canada. Credit: Joyce ChimbiBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, KENYA , Jul 27 2021 (IPS) The difficulties in accessing education faced by children and young people forcibly displaced from their homes were today laid bare in a virtual high-level roundtable convened by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UK and Canada. The roundtable was a key moment planned within a two-day Global Education Summit framework that will kick off in London tomorrow, July 28, 2021. The summit is a cri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Featured Global Headlines Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations displaced children Educ Source Type: news

Zambia: Tackle Lead Poisoning at Former Mine
[HRW] Lusaka -- Zambia's next government should urgently clean up lead pollution that has affected the health of tens of thousands of children and adults in the city of Kabwe, six organizations said today, following the publication of a United Nations experts' letter on the issue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 27, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO opens country office in Bahrain
26 July 2021, Manama, Bahrain – Today, WHO officially opened a country office in Bahrain. Located in the capital city of Manama, the new office is the 20th WHO country office to open in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, and the 152nd WHO country office globally.  The office will enable WHO to work on the ground with national health authorities, United Nations partners and a range of stakeholders in all sectors to foster public health collaboration at the national, regional and international levels.   Her Excellency the Minister of Health Faeqa Bint Saeed Al Saleh formally opened WHO’s n...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 26, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Trend analysis on road traffic collision occurrence in Nigeria - Awoniyi O, Hart A, Argote-Aramendiz K, Voskanyan A, Sarin R, Molloy MS, Ciottone GR.
OBJECTIVES: Road traffic collisions (RTC) result in a significant number of preventable deaths worldwide. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly launched, "The Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020)" with the stated goal to "reduce road traffic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.7 Million Children Living With HIV Missed Treatment in 2020, Says UNAIDS
[This Day] The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said almost half of the world's 1.7 million children living with HIV (46%) did not get treatment in 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Need for the Creation of a Real National Public Health System in Nepal
As Nepal faces breaking point amidst its worst COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations and its partners launched in May 2021 the Nepal Covid-19 Response Plan calling for US$ 83.7 million to mobilize an emergency response over the next three months to assist 750,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic. The plan was endorsed by the Nepal Humanitarian Country Team and the Government of Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre and lays out critical areas of support required to complement the Government of Nepal’s response efforts. Credit: World Health Organization (WHO) By Simone GalimbertiKATHMAN...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simone Galimberti Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.7 Million Children Living With HIV Missed Treatment in 2020 - UNAIDS
[This Day] The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said that almost half of the world's 1.7 million children living with HIV (46%) did not get treatment in 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

We Can Prevent the Bankruptcy of the Sacred – Dare we Try?
Religious leaders. Credit: UN Photo/Rick BajornasBy Azza KaramNEW YORK, Jul 22 2021 (IPS) The UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) came to a conclusion on July 15th. Another HLPF, another series of declaration, and commitments and concerns articulated by governments. All of which are besieged by the combined pandemics of institutional and systemic failures, increasing violence, global warming which has already led to the deaths of species and humans, and of course, Covid-19 and the utter shame of only the rich getting vaccinated. And the results of this High Level Political Forum? Not the dramatic changes that our plane...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: COVID-19 Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Shortages Reveal Low Priority of Women ’s Health in Nepal
Chiring Tamang holds the family’s new baby while his wife Priya looks on. She delivered the girl at home in their village in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district in February 2021. Credit: Marty Logan / IPSBy Marty LoganKathmandu, Nepal, Jul 21 2021 (IPS) One year after Nepal’s Ministry of Health (MoH) appealed to international organisations in the country to urgently supply a drug used to stop excessive bleeding after childbirth, a UN agency has delivered $1 million worth of contraceptives to prevent another shortage. The 1.6 million cycles of oral contraceptive pills and 776,000 units of injectable contracep...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Marty Logan Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women's Health contraceptives UNFPA United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Source Type: news

Treating the invisible wounds of violence in Peru
LIMA, Peru – Nearly every morning for the past six years Gabriela Gonzales has been going to the Honorio Delgado Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC) in the Jes ús María neighborhood. She is a psychiatrist who treats survivors of gender-based violence, a population that has risen during pandemic lockdowns.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Vaccines Delayed are Vaccines Denied
A global system in which poor countries are unable to develop and produce their own vaccines to match their demand is not sustainable; particularly when faced by potential future pandemics. Credit: PAHO/Karen González.By Jonatan Konafino and Shubha NageshJul 20 2021 (IPS) “Vaccine equity is the challenge of our time,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), told the gathering in opening remarks.  “And we are failing”at a special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council. Earlier, G7 leaders wrote a letter of support declaring that...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jonatan Konafino and Shubha Nagesh Tags: Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Myanmar Struggles in the Grip of Coup and Covid
People in Yangon queue for oxygen cylinders to treat COVID patients as a third wave of the pandemic sweeps through Myanmar. Credit: Sai TBy Sara PerriaROME, Jul 20 2021 (IPS) The third wave of Covid-19 is sweeping through Myanmar, from the high narrow buildings of the commercial capital Yangon to bamboo houses in rural areas. Ma Ni, not her real name, caught the virus in Yangon, infected by her husband and son. But no members of the family show up in the official numbers because they preferred to buy a home test instead of going to a hospital or a quarantine centre. “It’s been seven days with COVID now,&rdquo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara Perria Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Human Rights Commission Myanmar Yangon Source Type: news

European Duplicity Undermines Anti-Pandemic Efforts
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 20 2021 (IPS) Despite facing the world’s worst pandemic of the last century, rich countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) have blocked efforts to enable more affordable access to the means to fight the pandemic. Everyone knows access for all to the means for testing, treatment and prevention – including diagnostic tests, therapeutic medicines, personal protective equipment and vaccines – is crucial. Anis ChowdhuryEuropean deceit In October 2020, South Africa and India requested the WTO to temporarily suspend relevant provisions...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Do you know where your birth control is? Tracking contraceptives improves health services – and choice in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda –When Isirimu Margret got pregnant at 16, her hope to continue her studies vanished. She dropped out of school, married her partner and had their child. So when the chance to obtain family planning counselling at her local health facility, a programme supported by UNFPA, arose, she took it, choosing an implant that would last for three years.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

The Future of Food is in Our Hands
With its political and economic clout, the G20 should lead in delivering sustainable food systems as the world grapples with rising hunger, malnutrition and inequality. That was the consensus of leading food and development leaders at a virtual conference on Fixing Food 2021: An opportunity for G20 countries to lead the way, hosted this week […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Africa Biodiversity Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Environment Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability G20 Headlines Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Bar Source Type: news

Midwives bring portable ultrasound technology to remote communities in Kenya
MFANGANO ISLAND, Kenya – In her four years at Sena Health Centre, midwife Goretti Adhiambo has seen too many lives lost to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. “We provide all the basic maternal health services at the health centre including antenatal care, but complicated cases have to be referred to the mainland hospital for specialized care,” she explained.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

How Climate Change Science Has Changed Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
In late 2019, expeditioners and guides Hilde Falun and Sunniva Sorby went to Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago to complete a long-term goal of being the first female team to over winter in the Arctic. But the pair’s planned return home to mainland Norway coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and pretty quickly they found themselves stranded. There had been plans for a ship carrying friends and family to come and collect them as the ice began to melt in March, but travel restrictions got in the way, and they couldn’t come home until September. So instead, they spent the winter and much of sp...
Source: TIME: Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Duggan Tags: Uncategorized climate change COVID-19 Source Type: news

How Climate Change Science Has Changed Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
In late 2019, expeditioners and guides Hilde Falun and Sunniva Sorby went to Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago to complete a long-term goal of being the first female team to over winter in the Arctic. But the pair’s planned return home to mainland Norway coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and pretty quickly they found themselves stranded. There had been plans for a ship carrying friends and family to come and collect them as the ice began to melt in March, but travel restrictions got in the way, and they couldn’t come home until September. So instead, they spent the winter and much of sp...
Source: TIME: Science - July 14, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jennifer Duggan Tags: Uncategorized climate change COVID-19 Source Type: news

Africa: Covid-19 - Tourism Not Out of the Woods Yet
[East African] There is no light at the end of the tunnel for tourism globally. The latest United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) report shows that the losses occasioned by the Covid-induced crash in the sector are expected to be worse than previously projected. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mozambique: World Food Programme Warns Cabo Delgado Is Facing Hunger
[AIM] The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 July warned that, without urgent funding, one of the world's fasting growing displacement of people, in northern Mozambique, risks becoming a hunger emergency. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Contraceptive Access May Not Be as Life-Changing for the World ’s Poorest Women as Previously Thought, According to a New Study
At the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in early July, the U.N. attracted political and business leaders from across the globe to talk about gender equality, and also invited them to put their moneys where their mouths were. Among the Forum’s seven key platforms were a push for more economic justice for women—meaning equal access to education and jobs and caregiving support—and a greater ability for women to control their “bodily autonomy”—meaning more access to sex education, contraception and abortion services. It’s an article of faith among development experts that those two a...
Source: TIME: Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

UNISON urges the government to restore aid budget
UNISON is urging the UK government to restore its aid commitment, as the Westminster parliament prepares to vote on whether it should continue with its plan to cut the aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% percent of the UK’s income. General secretary Christina McAnea said: “The last 18 months have once again demonstrated the essential role of quality public services in saving lives, protecting against COVID-19 and future pandemics and tackling inequality. “If this government is serious about addressing the global pandemic they should show some leadership and invest more, not less, in essential public se...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 13, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News international Source Type: news

At the UN, Climate Change & Security Must Be Tackled Together
People wade through water during floods in the Kurigram district of Bangladesh. Credit: UNICEF/G.M.B. AkashBy Beatrice Mosello and Adam DayNEW YORK, Jul 13 2021 (IPS) Could the next wars be triggered by climate change? Until recently, the question might have seemed like science fiction, but now it is very real. Ethiopia and Egypt are locked in an upward spiral of tensions over the Nile, as a combination of dams and shifting weather patterns pose existential risks to both countries. In the Sahel region, climate-driven changes in pastoralist patterns have contributed to a massive spike in conflicts, while oscillations in t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Beatrice Mosello and Adam Day Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Papua New Guinea Battles COVID-19 and Health Workers ’ Vaccine Scepticism
Logistic and communication challenges to rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine are immense in the rural and remote highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Credit: Catherine WilsonBy Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Australia , Jul 13 2021 (IPS) CANBERRA, Australia – Papua New Guinea (PNG), like many other Pacific Island countries, successfully held COVID-19 at bay last year, aided by early shutting of national borders. However, by March this year, the pandemic was surging in the most populous Pacific Island nation, and by July, it had reported 17,282 cases of the virus and 175 fatalities. PNG has a steep battle against the virus ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Education Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Papua New Guinea (PNG) vaccine hesitancy Vaccines Source Type: news

“If Only the Fighting Would Stop “ A Sudanese Woman’s Wish
Roda tries to salvage usable items from the debris of her teashop which was destroyed by fighting in Gumuruk last May. Credit: WFP/Marwa AwadBy Marwa AwadGUMURUK, South Sudan, Jul 13 2021 (IPS) With her bare hands, Roda clears debris and forages scraps from her wrecked teashop after attackers scorched Gumuruk, a town in the Greater Jonglei region where conflict frequently disrupts daily life and stifles progress. The 36-year-old mother of six is just one of countless South Sudanese stuck in a tiring cycle of destruction and rebuilding. Roda’s teashop is — or was — situated in the heart of a local market ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Marwa Awad Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Rich Country Hypocrisy Exposed by Vaccine Inequities
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 13 2021 (IPS) ‘No one is protected from the global pandemic until everyone is’ has become a popular mantra. But vaccine apartheid worldwide, due to rich countries’ policies, has made COVID-19 a developing country pandemic, delaying its end and global economic recovery. Systemic inequities Most rich countries have been blocking the developing country proposal to temporarily suspend relevant provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for the duration of the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Combating COVID-19 and Ensuring No One is Left Behind
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Kanni Wignaraja, and Bambang SusantonoBANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 12 2021 (IPS) If the world wants to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure no one is left behind in the recovery, two issues thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic need attention: digitalization and regional cooperation. Ensuring the digital transformation reaches all in Asia Pacific is one of the greatest challenges we face Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaEven before COVID-19, the digital revolution was transforming how people and businesses work. As the pandemic unfolded, the accelerated adoption of digital technologies helped go...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana - Kanni Wignaraja -Bambang Susant Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

UN: world hunger was dramatically worse in pandemic year
A United Nations report says last year saw a “dramatic worsening” of world hunger, much of that likely linked to the pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

In the Central African Republic, the devastating price women and girls pay for war
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Source: UNFPA News - July 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

WHO welcomes extension of UN Security Council Resolution 2165 for cross-border aid into ...
11 July 2021 – WHO welcomes the extension of UN Security Council Resolution 2165 for cross-border aid into northwest Syria for an additional 6 months, with the proposed extension of a further 6 months subject to the Secretary General’s report.  The continuation of this large, UN-led humanitarian operation is vital to reach those most in need.   WHO and partners serving the people of northwest Syria will be able to continue their direct support to millions of people in the ongoing conflict zone, where 80% of the population remain in need of humanitarian aid.   In April 2021, the c...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 11, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

UN official compares Israel's settlements to war crimes, sparking backlash
A United Nations human rights investigator is being called anti-Semitic for remarks made Friday against Israel at the U.N. Human Rights... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Launches Network of Global Health Discovery Centers that Aim to Speed Up Science and Tackle Pandemic Threats
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 9, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (the Company) today announced the launch of the J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery (J&J Centers), a new, global network of unique research partnerships that will leverage the institutional strengths of Johnson & Johnson and leading academic institutions to accelerate discovery research to address the world’s most pressing global health challenges. The first J&J Satellite Center for Global Health Discovery (Satellite Center) was launched at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) at an event co-hosted by Johnson &...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - July 9, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Bridging the Gap and Crossing the Bridge
Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot WaitBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jul 9 2021 (IPS) It may be a challenge, but it is also an absolute necessity: bridging the gap between international law and reality and quickly crossing the bridge to reach all crisis-affected children and youth left furthest behind. Inclusive and equitable quality education is the right of every girl and boy and the objective of Sustainable Development Goal 4. Yasmine SherifIn fact, there are multiple challenges to overcome: in 2020, in countries of emergencies and protracted crisis – further hit by COVID-19 – the United Nations also...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Migration & Refu Source Type: news

Q & A: UN Food Systems Summit Opportunity for the World to Unite on Healthy, Fair & Sustainable Food Systems
Food systems, from farm to fork to disposal, account for 21-37% of anthropogenic GHG emissions. Fresh produce at a supermarket. Credit: Alison Kentish/IPSBy Alison KentishUNITED NATIONS, Jul 9 2021 (IPS) Before the COVID-19 pandemic upended every sphere of life, the world was lagging on a goal to end hunger by 2030. According to the United Nations, more than 820 million people had already been categorised as food insecure, meaning they lacked access to reliable and sufficient amounts of affordable, healthy food. The impact of measures to contain the virus, land degradation, climate change and the global extreme poverty rat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alison Kentish Tags: Climate Change Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) Source Type: news

Emergency response of the UNRWA health programme to Great March of Return injuries: a descriptive analytic study in Gaza - Al Najjar S, Al Shaer T, Hamad K, Al Kahlout M, Mughari H, Al Jadba G.
BACKGROUND: The United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is one of the main health-care providers in the Gaza Strip. It provides primary health services to approximately 1 ·3 million Palestine refugees, comprising approximately ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

With COVID-19 heralding possible fertility changes, leaders must urgently support women ’s rights and choices
CHISINAU, Moldova/TETE PROVINCE, Mozambique/CARACAS, Venezuela –“I don’t want to be scared anymore,” 26-year-old Maira Opikuko told UNFPA in Zulia, Venezuela. “I already have six children. I don’t want to have any more children.”  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Mozambique: WFP Warns Cabo Delgado Facing Hunger Emergency
[AIM] London -- The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday warned that, without urgent funding, one of the world's fasting growing displacement of people, in northern Mozambique, risks becoming a hunger emergency. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tigray conflict decimates maternal health services, overwhelms health workers
SHIRE, Tigray, Ethiopia –“When the conflict broke out, I was two months pregnant. We were forced to flee and walk for days under the blazing sun to reach safety and protection,” said Merhawit Gebremedhin, who is from the town of Dansha in Western Tigray, the Ethiopian region that has been embattled since November 2020. Ms. Merhawit had been an accountant, and had saved up to give her baby a safe, loving home and a promising start. But then the conflict mowed through her town, shuttering access to critical health services. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Prioritising Menstrual Health and Hygiene During Emergencies
Menstrual health and hygiene management (MHHM) must be integrated into the response to emergencies. | Picture courtesy: WaterAid India/Altaf AhmedBy External SourceJul 6 2021 (IPS) Over the last few years, the world has witnessed accelerated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. This has also led to significant interest in menstrual health and hygiene management (MHHM) as a critical factor in girls’ education and women’s participation in many spheres of life.  In India, this has led to the introduction of evidence-base...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Gender Headlines Health Population Source Type: news

UN human rights experts express "shock and dismay" at forced organ harvesting in China
(Natural News) Human rights experts affiliated with the United Nations expressed shock and dismay after credible allegations of the Chinese government’s involvement in forced organ harvesting targeting religious and ethnic minorities emerged. The experts included special rapporteurs to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and members of a working group on arbitrary... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Developing Country Solidarity Needed to Overcome Pandemic
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Jul 6 2021 (IPS) As rich countries have delayed contagion containment, including mass vaccination, in developing countries, much weaker fiscal efforts in the South have worsened the growing world pandemic apartheid. Lessons from first wave Despite limited fiscal resources and modest external support, government efforts also need to address unsustainability, inequality and other problems due to extant economic, social and environmental arrangements. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Early relief and recovery measures assumed that the pandemic would be short-lived and reve...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Partnering with traditional birth attendants to reach indigenous women in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia –“Colombia is a multicolored country, with varied customs, practices and celebrations... Within that level of inclusion, we need to add traditional midwifery,” said Ledy Manuela Mosquera Moreno, a nurse and the executive director of the Association of the Interethnic Network of Midwifery Practiti oners of the Department of Chocó.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Partnering with traditional birth attendants to reach Afro-descendant and indigenous women in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia –“Colombia is a multicolored country, with varied customs, practices and celebrations... Within that level of inclusion, we need to add traditional midwifery,” said Ledy Manuela Mosquera Moreno, a nurse and the executive director of the Association of the Interethnic Network of Midwifery Practiti oners of the Department of Chocó.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Safeguarding the lives of children affected by Boko Haram: application of the SAFE model of child protection to a rights-based situation analysis - O'Connor R, Betancourt TS, Enelamah NV.
The Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria is responsible for the highest number of lives lost in Africa in the past decade. The country has witnessed significant violations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Nigeria has... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Flaws in Asia ’s Pearl
In March 2021, the UN Human Rights Council was given a mandate to collect and preserve information and evidence of crimes related to Sri Lanka's 37-year long civil war that ended in 2009. Meanwhile, Western nations taking a cue from the Human Rights Council’s highly critical resolution on Sri Lanka appear to be tightening the noose. Credit: UN Photo / Violaine Martin. 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. By Neville de SilvaLONDON, Jul 5 2021 (IPS) For well over a century Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, has been known to the world as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ for its multifaceted attractions. That is unt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Neville de Silva Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Bodily autonomy becomes a global rallying cry at Paris Forum on gender equality
UNITED NATIONS, New York/PARIS, France – “Our clarion call is this: There can be no gender equality without bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights, and no bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights without full gender equality,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem said today in Paris , at the Generation Equality Forum on advancing gender equality.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Stopping Marine Plastic Pollution: A Key IUCN Congress Goal
Plastic bags may remain intact for years in the marine environment. Plastic products certified to be industrially compostable are no solution for littering, as they do not degrade efficiently in the environment and continue to pose a threat to wildlife as they break down. Credit: Eleonora de Sabata / Clean Sea LIFEBy Guy DinmoreSt David’s, Wales, Jul 1 2021 (IPS) Documented images of albatross chicks and marine turtles dying slow deaths from eating plastic bags and other waste are being seared into our consciences. And yet our mass pollution of Earth’s seas and oceans, fuelled by single-use plastics and throw-a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guy Dinmore Tags: Civil Society Climate Change Conferences Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation International Union for the Conse Source Type: news