News headlines for “Health Issues”

  1. E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    NEW YORK, Nov 16 (IPS) - A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world's largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing "dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams."

  2. Northeast Nigeria: Urgent Need to Combat Deadly Cholera Outbreaks

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov 12 (IPS) - Janet Cherono is Norwegian Refugee Council's Program Manager in MaiduguriThe number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities.

  3. Ambitious Agenda, Ambitious Financing? UNGA Shows a Long Way Still to Go for SDGs

    Monday, November 05, 2018

    LONDON / NEW YORK, Nov 05 (IPS) - John Garett & Kathryn Tobin, WaterAid There was a much-needed focus on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the September 2018 opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

  4. Cholera Threatens a Comeback Worldwide

    Friday, November 02, 2018

    TEXAS, USA, Nov 02 (IPS) - Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn't well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world.

  5. “Governments are Starting to See that Organic Food Policy Works”

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    ROME, Oct 31 (IPS) - Many countries and farmers around the world are not readily making the switch to organic farming. But the small Himalayan mountain state of Sikkim, which borders Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, is the first 100 percent organic farming state in the world. 

  6. Is the United Nations in Kenya Fit For Purpose?

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 (IPS) - The United Nations globally is witnessing some of the most ambitious reforms led by the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres. Most relevant to us in Kenya is the entire reform of the development system and how the UN will adapt to a fast-changing development environment.

  7. Big Brands Are Fuelling the Business of Nutrition

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Oct 29 (IPS) - Dr Myriam Sidibe is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and is on sabbatical leave from Unilever.

    Jane Nelson directs the Center's Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Food is an increasingly hot topic, no matter if you are rich or poor. Malnutrition – including undernutrition, overweight and obesity – affects 1 in 3 people around the world.

  8. The value of a health scheme

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    PHILADELPHIA, Oct 26 (IPS) - The challenges for the success of Ayushman Bharat are more than just at the financial and infrastructural level

    On September 24, the government launched the grand government-funded healthcare scheme, the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). While some see its ambitious goals as its main strength, others are sceptical given the inadequate funding for the scheme, the weak infrastructure of primary health care centres, and the time required for the goals to be accomplished. However, nobody disputes the imperative of an insurance scheme as vast as the PMJAY, since every year about 36 million families, or 14% of households, face a medical bill that is equal to the entire annual living expenses of one member of the family. This frequently pushes many families into penury.

  9. The Invisible, Hungry Hand

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (IPS) - The very people who help put food on our tables often face numerous human rights violations, forcing them go to bed hungry.

  10. Rich in Agriculture, Madagascar Suffers from Extreme Malnutrition

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Oct 24 (IPS) - Hanitranirina Rarison is an agronomist specializing in food sciences in Fanilon'I Madagasikara. She is also a Girl Guide and actively involved in its nutrition advocacy program.As much as 80 percent of Madagascar's population of 24 million people is involved in agriculture and the country's economy largely depends on the sector, yet 48 percent of households are faced with food insecurity according to the National Nutrition Office (NNO). Over 70 percent of households live below the national poverty line of 535,603 Malagasy ariary per year (1 U.S. dollar equals 3,447.50 ariary).

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