News headlines for “Health Issues”

  1. Why the Coronavirus Should Worry Us All

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    ABUJA, Jan 21 (IPS) - The coronavirus outbreak -- which began in Wuhan, China, and causes a pneumonia-like illness -- is raging across Asia, infecting close to 300 people and killing four. It was initially known to be transmitted from animals to human, and was just confirmed to be transmitted from human to human.

  2. Ending Bullying and Humiliation over Menstruation as Girls and Boys in Conservative Eswatini are Educated about Reproductive Health

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    MBABANE, Jan 21 (IPS) - When 14-year-old Nomcebo Mkhaliphi first noticed the blood discharged from her vagina, she was shocked. Confused, she turned to her older sisters for advice.

    "My sisters told me that they were experiencing the same every month and that they used fabric, toilet paper and newspapers as sanitary wear," recalls the now 45-year-old Mkhaliphi. She had to follow suit and use these materials because she had no money to buy sanitary pads.

  3. School Lunch Programmes for Progress

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 21 (IPS) - If well planned, coordinated and implemented, a government funded school feeding programme for all primary school children can be progressively transformative. Such a programme, involving government departments and agencies working together, can benefit schoolchildren, their families, farmers and public health, now and in the future.

  4. Women Activists Escalate Demand for “Bodily Autonomy” as 19 Nations Dissent

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (IPS) - The United States and 18 other UN member states have come under fire for denying a woman's legitimate right to "bodily autonomy"—the right to self-governance over one's own body without coercion or external pressure.

  5. In the Elusive Grip of an Abusive Partner: A Migrant’s Story

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jan 14 (IPS) - To live in a home with family, to have a safe environment, food and basic human necessities, are some of the essentials that most people expect to have without giving it all much thought.

    When a child is born, parents or caregivers are likely to provide these things. These expectations get renewed whenever someone gets married and moves to a new home, a different neighborhood, or a city.

    We can hardly find someone who will say that they were not expecting happiness and safety when stepping into a new relationship, or starting a new chapter of life.

    But these expectations of a better life turn disastrous for millions of people when they step into another country as a dependent.

  6. The United Nations Reforms-From Ideas to Actions

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 (IPS) - One of the highlight activities as the United Nations commemorates its 75th anniversary this year will be the launch of an "annual temperature check" on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), progress. With only ten years left to the final whistle for the Goals, this activity that will take place each September will provide a snapshot of what's working, and where countries need more action.

  7. India and Japan’s MPs Act Quickly to Implement Sexual and Reproductive Health Plans after ICPD25

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    MBABANE, Jan 10 (IPS) - Parliamentarians from India and Japan have hit the ground running by acting soon after the recent Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population Development (ICPD25).

  8. 2020: a Year Full of Danger

    Monday, January 06, 2020

    ROME, Jan 06 (IPS) - Let's face what lies ahead with open eyes: 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the world, and developing countries in particular. The infant decade has already begun with the harbingers of climate disaster as thousands fled to beaches in Australia from raging bush fires, and the Middle East braced for more conflict after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed Iran's top general.

  9. Reflections for a New Year

    Friday, January 03, 2020

    ROME, Jan 03 (IPS) - In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned, and we are now entering – or have already entered – a new low point in the history of humankind..

  10. Child Marriages Unlikely to End by UN’s 2030 Deadline

    Friday, January 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 03 (IPS) - "Right now, I don't want to get married. I have a long life and a dream in front of me", a 14-year-old young girl from Bangladesh told her parents as she was just not ready to get married.

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