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  1. A New World? Are the Americas Returning to Old Problems?

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Sep 12 (IPS) - When I in 1980 first arrived in America it was a new world to me. I went from New York to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and like so many visitors and migrants before me I was overwhelmed by both familiar and strange impressions. Familiar due to books I had read and movies I had seen, strange since I encountered unexpected things and new because both I and several of those I met compared themselves to the "old world", i.e. Euroasia and parts of Africa.

  2. Calls for Reform, Research and Reorganisation in Leprosy Healthcare

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 12 (IPS) - Rachna Kumari of Munger in Eastern India's Bihar state is not yet 30. But she's already been married at 18, abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with leprosy and become an award-winning advocate of the disease. She has traversed a long road. And this week she undertook another step in her journey to fly to Manila, Philippines, as a delegate at the 20th International Leprosy Congress (ILC).

  3. The Push for Peace-From the Global Village to the Global Neighborhood

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 (IPS) - From the ashes of a tragedy that wiped out almost 90% of the city of Hiroshima on 5 August 1945, an institute called the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC) rose like a phoenix of hope that is pioneering the creation of a global pool of peacebuilders. It is driven by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declaration that "there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development."

  4. 'Conference Emphasises Need for Partnerships to Create a World Without Leprosy'

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 11 (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 leprosy from the world – just as his father had been doing.

  5. Nothing For Us, Without Us - Hansen’s Disease-Affected Tell International Gathering

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 11 (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's disease treatment and eradication are still needed for eliminating the disease.

  6. The Emergence of a Global Voice for Hansen’s Disease Affected Persons

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 10 (IPS) - The Global Forum of People's Organisations on Hansen's Disease, which was attended by members of people's organisations from 23 different countries, wrapped up in Manila, Philippines, today Sept. 10 after four days of discussion and deliberation.

    The main outcome was a set of recommendations, which included participants stating that those affected by the disease should have more inclusive roles in the global campaign against leprosy.

  7. 'Join Me on this Journey' to Eliminate Leprosy - WHO Ambassador

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 10 (IPS) - YOHEI SASAKAWA, World Health Organization's (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and chairperson of The Nippon Foundation, speaks to IPS correspondent Stella Paul about his decades long campaign to achieve zero leprosy and eliminate stigmatisation of those affected.

    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.

  8. Eritrea Tops Watchlist of World’s Most-Censored Countries

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 10 (IPS) - Eritrea has the world's highest levels of censorship and the most active government in jailing reporters and stifling newspapers, radio and television, a study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) watchdog says.

  9. The Costs of Heightened Conflict in the Himalayas

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Sep 10 (IPS) - As a series of conflicts in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region come into sharp focus, sidelining local populations, the long-term environmental costs may leave the region degraded, poor and desperate.

  10. Awareness Should be the Priority in Public Health Efforts against Leprosy

    Monday, September 09, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 09 (IPS) - Increasing awareness of the continuing existence of Hansen's Disease (leprosy) is critical to sustaining effective public health efforts against the disease, eliminating the social stigma associated with it, and halting its transmission.

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