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  1. For Freedom from Poverty, Universal Health Coverage Is a Must

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 (IPS) - Today is 12 December 2017 is an auspicious day, as it marks Kenya's independence from colonial rule in 1963. Today is also Universal Health Coverage Day. It is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable, quality health care to every person, everywhere.

  2. Are Value Chains a Pathway to Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (IPS) - Although difficult to ascertain whether it is a trend reversal, two recent FAO reports (2017a, b) show a rise in hunger globally as well as in Africa. The number of undernourished (NoU) in the world suffering from chronic food deprivation began to rise in 2014 –from 775 million people to 777 million in 2015 – and is now estimated to have increased further, to 815 million in 2016. The stagnation of the global average of the proportion of undernourished (PoU) from 2013 to 2015 is the result of two offsetting changes at the regional level: in Sub-Saharan Africa, the share of undernourished people increased, while there was a continued decline in Asia in the same period. However, in 2016, the PoU increased in most regions except Northern Africa, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. The deterioration was most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-Eastern Asia (FAO 2017a,b).

  3. No One Country Can Do It Alone — Towards a Migration Compact

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - International commitment and cooperation is critical to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of migration, stressed a leading official at the conclusion of a UN meeting.

  4. Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women (Part Two)

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 08 (IPS) - Under pouring rain, hundreds of young and expectant mothers stand in line. With her bare feet and the bottom of her dress covered in mud, Rashida is one of them, clutching her emaciated infant. She lost her husband on the treacherous trek from Myanmar to Bangladesh, and with nowhere to go and her resources exhausted, rain-drenched and standing in this long, muddy line for food and medicine for her child is her only hope.

  5. Despite Progress, Gay & Abortion Rights Face Threats in Latin America

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 07 (IPS) - Cancun, Mexico, of white sand beaches and spring break-style nightlife, was, this past June, the unusual backdrop for a regional gathering on human rights and democracy.

  6. Trump-Mideast: Much More than a ‘Kiss of Death’ to Palestinians

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    ROME, Dec 07 (IPS) - US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital does not represent only a ‘kiss of death' to the two-State solution, but also a strong blow in the face of 57 Muslim countries, let alone igniting fire in this easily inflammable region, providing more false arguments to criminal terrorist groups to escalate their brutal attacks, in addition to taking a step further in Washington's new conflict with Iran and the ‘restructuring' of the Middle East.

  7. Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women - Part One

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 07 (IPS) - Afia* lines up her bucket every morning in the refugee camp for water delivery from humanitarian relief workers. On one particularly sweltering day, she kept four water pitchers in a row with gaps between them, hoping to insert another empty container in the space when the water arrived.

  8. 'Migrants Deserve Dignity' says CIVICUS While Trump Pulls out of Proposed Migrant Compact

    Wednesday, December 06, 2017

    SUVA Fiji, Dec 06 (IPS) - Continuing his "America First" approach, President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. out of a proposed United Nations global compact seeking an agreement to protect the safety and rights of migrants and refugees.

  9. Resistance to Antibiotics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Wednesday, December 06, 2017

    ROME, Dec 06 (IPS) - The growing resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobials due to their overuse and misuse both in humans and animals has become an alarming global threat to public health, food safety and security, causing the deaths of 700,000 people each year. This is a fact.

  10. Rohingya Exodus Is a “Major Global Humanitarian Emergency”

    Tuesday, December 05, 2017

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 05 (IPS) - In less than four months, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar to seek safety across the border in Bangladesh. They are now crowded into camps across a stretch of 30 kms in Cox's Bazar, a southeastern coastal region of the small South Asian nation.

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