Over Two Decades of Impunity for Environmental and Health Disaster in Peruvian Village
Juana Martínez takes part in an October 2021 protest in Lima organized by the platform of people affected by heavy metals in front of Congress, holding a sign that reads: "Cajamarca. Mercury Never Again". She was 29 years old when the mercury spill occurred in her town, Choropampa, in Peru’s northern Andes highlands. Several of her relatives have since died from the effects of the heavy metal and one of her sisters became sterile. CREDIT: Courtesy of Milagros PérezBy Mariela JaraLIMA, Jun 3 2022 (IPS) “We are not asking for money, but for our health, for a dignified life,” is the cry of the people of Chorop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariela Jara Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Categories gol Source Type: news

Does recreational cannabis legalization change cannabis use patterns? Evidence from secondary school students in Uruguay - Rivera-Aguirre A, Castillo-Carniglia A, Laqueur HS, Rudolph KE, Martins SS, Ramirez J, Queirolo R, Cerd á M.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalize and regulate the production and distribution of cannabis for recreational use. We measured whether Uruguay's non-commercial model of recreational cannabis legalization was associate... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Impact of the legalisation of recreational cannabis use - Isorna M, Pascual F, Aso E, Arias F.
In recent years, there have been important legislative changes in many countries regarding the use of cannabis for medicinal and/or recreational purposes, which have facilitated access to it.   Uruguay, Canada and some of the US states are the only jurisdi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Reports of doses administered and adverse reactions to snake antivenom used in Uruguay in 2018 - Negrin A, Battocletti MA, Juanena C, Morais V.
In Uruguay, around 60 cases of snakebite accidents occur every year that need to be treated with specific antivenom. They are caused by two snakes of Bothrops genus: Bothrops alternatus and Bothrops pubescens. Snakebite accidents are mandatory notification... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 21, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The Global South Moves Towards Vaccine Sovereignty
A woman is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. February 2022. Credit: UNICEF/Jospin BenekireBy Svenja Blanke, Felix Kolbitz and Oliver DicksonBUENOS AIRES/ DHAKA/JOHANNESBURG, Feb 11 2022 (IPS) In 2021, Global South countries came out on the short end of vaccine supply deals. In 2022, they are building capacity to produce vaccines themselves. Latin America’s vaccination rate is among the highest in the world. Chile leads the way with 86 per cent of the population completely vaccinated, followed by Uruguay, Argentina, and Ecuador. Some countries even achieve rates of over 90 per cent fo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Svenja Blanke - Felix Kolbitz - Oliver Dickson Tags: COVID-19 Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Cannabis legalization and traffic injuries: exploring the role of supply mechanisms - Kilmer B, Rivera-Aguirre A, Queirolo R, Ramirez J, Cerd á M.
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In Uruguay, residents aged 18 and older seeking legal cannabis must register with the government and choose one of three supply mechanisms: self-cultivation, non-profit cannabis clubs, or pharmacies. This is the first paper to measure t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 9, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A Fast-Spreading Pandemic has Reduced an Additional 100 Million People into Poverty
In India, five out of six people in multidimensional poverty were from lower castes. Credit: UNDP India/Dhiraj SinghBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jan 6 2022 (IPS) The UN’s highly-ambitious goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 has been severely undermined by a rash of problems worldwide, including an escalating coronavirus pandemic, continued widespread military conflicts and the devastating impact of climate change. According to published estimates, more than 700 million people have been living in poverty around the world, surviving on less than $1.90 a day. But the fast-spreading pandemic, whose origins go back...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 6, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau 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 of its Agre...
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

Pew funds 10 Latin American scientists conducting critical biomedical research
(Pew Charitable Trusts) The Pew Charitable Trusts today announced the 2021 class members of the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The 10 postdoctoral fellows from six Latin American countries--Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay--will receive two years of funding to conduct research in laboratories across the United States and will work under the mentorship of prominent biomedical scientists, including members of the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 15, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Argentina ’s Abortion Legislation Sparks Hope in Caribbean Region
Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn. Credit: Kate Chappell By Kate ChappellKINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 12 2021 (IPS) It was a joyful, tearful celebration in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2020 for countless Argentinians when they heard the news: the senate had legalized terminations up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Prior to this, activists have said that more than 3,000 women died of botched, illegal abortions since 1983. And across the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, this renewed sense of optimism was compounded after President Joe Biden rescinded what is known as the “global gag rule,” which essentially...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kate Chappell Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Argentina's lower house approves landmark abortion bill. Set to become first major Latin American country to legalise abortion
If bill approved in senate Argentina would join Cuba and Uruguay as only Latin American countries where abortion is legal (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Finance Covid-19 Relief and Recovery, Not Debt Buybacks
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 2020 (IPS) In July, the UN Secretary-General warned that a “series of countries in insolvency might trigger a global depression”. Earlier, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had called for a US$2.5 trillion coronavirus crisis package for developing countries. Anis Chowdhury Debt distraction In the face of the world’s worst economic contraction since the Great Depression, a sense of urgency has now spread to most national capitals and the Washington-based Bretton Woods instit...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

What Developing Countries Can Teach Us About How To Respond To a Pandemic
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post What Developing Countries Can Teach Us About How To Respond To a Pandemic appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Assessment of the impact of implementation of a zero-blood alcohol concentration law in Uruguay on moderate/severe injury and fatal crashes: a quasi-experimental study - Davenport S, Robbins M, Cerd á M, Rivera-Aguirre A, Kilmer B.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Debates about lowering the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers are intensifying in the United States and other countries, and the World Health Organization recommends the limit for adults should be 0.05%. In January 201... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Through ‘Zooming in on Your Voice’ we seek to empower and amplify the voices of youth of African descent in Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay– “UNFPA is strongly committed to youth of African descent. Through our country offices we are strengthening processes to fulfil the rights of populations of African descent, including young people, women, girls and adolescents”, said Harold Robinson Davis, UNFPA Regional Director for Latin Am erica and the Caribbean, during the launch of the project ‘Zooming in on Your Voice: Youth of African Descent in Uruguay’. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news