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  1. AUDIO: If We Are to Achieve Zero-leprosy by 2030, This Is the Best Time and Opportunity

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 13 (IPS) - Dr Rahat Chawdhury is the Deputy Program Manager at the National Leprosy Program of Bangladesh. His is the umbrella organization of hundreds of doctors, technical experts, counsellors, strategists, health advocates, field workers and thousands of leprosy-affected people as the beneficiaries.

  2. Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) - When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the deep-seated prejudice in her society that the disease is a curse from Allah (God).

  3. Sasakawa Vows to Continue Support for Fighting Leprosy in Bangladesh

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) - Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa, has assured Bangladesh of continuing support for the Zero Leprosy Initiative announced by the country's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, aimed at eliminating leprosy by 2030.

  4. Coordinated Global Action Is the Best Way to Control the Fall Armyworm Pest

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    ROME, Dec 11 (IPS) - A new USD 500 million initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is leading the way.

    Dealing with transboundary pests is tricky at the best of times. Standards, practices, capacity levels and engagement vary across countries and regions, and responses are often ad hoc and ineffective.

    However, matters become even more complex when the pest in question flies over borders, threatens the food security and livelihoods of millions, and causes severe environmental and economic damage along the way. Fall Armyworm is such a pest.

  5. Taking Bangladesh to Zero-Leprosy, One New Case at a Time

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 (IPS) - Sandhya Mandal has never felt so vindicated. For the past four years, the 36-year-old community health worker from Meherpur – a rural district bordering India – has been traveling 50 km every day along dusty roads on an old motorbike, searching for leprosy patients who needed urgent treatment. But in her community, instead of compliments, neighbours and relatives raised questions about her work and her character. "They ask why I come home so late and what is this ‘work' that I really do. Some even imply that I might be doing something like prostitution," Mandal tells IPS.

  6. Nippon Foundation Announces US$ 2m Support for the Education of Rohingya Children in Bangladesh

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 (IPS) - In the light of limited access to education for displaced Rohingya children, the Nippon Foundation has announced US$ 2 million support to BRAC to launch a project to ensure educational facilities to both Rohingya and local community children.

  7. Bangladesh Can Be Leprosy-Free Before 2030 Prime Minister Tells National Zero Leprosy Conference

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 (IPS) - Leprosy is not a curse but should be detected and treated early, Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has told delegates at a gathering in her country's capital to discuss the elimination of the disease.

  8. Accelerating SDG Progress in Asia – Pacific

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Dec 10 (IPS) - "The 2030 Agenda is coming to life", declared the Secretary General at the opening of the first SDG Summit, a quadrennial event for the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    As leaders from Asia – Pacific took the floor, they highlighted country progress of SDG implementation and reaffirmed commitment to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Statements reflected different approaches across the region. Yet all converged on one priority: accelerated actions and transformative pathways.

    Because we are not on track.

  9. Children Risk Early Marriage: Climate Change One of the Factors

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (IPS) - Filomena (15), a fisherman's daughter from a village in Nampula Province, Mozambique was married to a 21-year-old from the same village.

  10. Building a Leprosy Free Bangladesh

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 09 (IPS) - Despite having remarkable success in leprosy control in the last decades, the Bangladesh government is now moving forward with a vision to build a leprosy- free country.

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