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Aid Arrives for Rohingya After Violence

Friday, February 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - A Malaysian aid convoy has arrived in Myanmar with supplies for ethnic Rakhine civilians and Rohingya Muslims.

The Malaysian government sent hundreds of tons of food and other necessities including clothing and hygiene kits to Myanmar's Yangon region which were then delivered to Rakhine State's capital of Sittwe. Military ships also offloaded supplies in neighboring Bangladesh which has seen an influx of Rohingya refugees since violence was reignited in 2016.

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Friday, February 24, 2017

ROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 (IPS) - With an estimated 1 billion migrants today --or one in every seven people-- their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is often inadequate.

Unresolved Brinks North-East Nigeria to Starvation

Friday, February 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - Years of violence and unrest in North-East Nigeria have left millions of people at risk of starving to death. Both the violent up surging of Boko Haram and the government's harsh military crackdown have left already historically marginalised communities with next to nothing.

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ROME, Feb 22 (IPS) - Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations' report.

South Sudan Declares Famine, Other Countries May Follow Warns UNICEF

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 (IPS) - South Sudan Monday became the first country to declare famine since 2012, as UNICEF warned that 1.4 million children are at risk of dying from starvation with famine also imminent in Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen.

Red Tape Snarls Nepal’s Ambitious Poverty-Alleviation Plans

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

KATHMANDU, Feb 21 (IPS) - Juna Bhujel of Sindupalchowk District, 85 kilometres northeast of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, lost her daughter-in-law in the Apr. 25, 2015 earthquake. Fortunately, she managed to rescue her two-year-old grandson, who was trapped between her mother's body and the rubble.

Aging, Depression and Disease in South Africa

Monday, February 20, 2017

Canberra, Philadelphia and Manchester, Feb 20 (IPS) - Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living (DADLs) leading to depression.

Worst Drought in Decades Drives Food Price Spike in East Africa

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ROME, Feb 15 (IPS) - The most severe drought in decades, which has struck parts of Ethiopia and is exacerbated by a particularly strong El Niño effect, has led to successive failed harvests and widespread livestock deaths in some areas, and humanitarian needs have tripled since the beginning of 2015, the United Nations warns.

Mistrust Hindering Global Solutions, says Secretary General

Monday, February 13, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (IPS) - The global lack of confidence and trust is undermining the ability to solve the world's complex problems, said UN Secretary-General during an international conference.

Ravaging Drought Deepens in Kenya

Monday, February 13, 2017

NAIROBI, Feb 13 (IPS) - Experts warn that Kenya is in the grip of the worst drought in recent history as government estimates show the number of people who are acutely food insecure has risen to 2.7 million, up from two million in January.

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