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360 Million of 625 Million People Are Overweight in Latin America and Caribbean

Friday, January 20, 2017

SANTIAGO, Jan 20 (IPS) - In Latin America and the Caribbean 360 million people are overweight, and 140 million are obese, warned the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Panamerican Health Organisation (PAHO).

Why Polio Campaigns Must Reach Every Last Child in Kenya

Friday, January 20, 2017

NAIROBI, Jan 20 (IPS) - For a long time, no person in Kenya suffered the devastating disability that is caused by polio. In fact, the only reminder in the early 2000s was the victims in the streets of Nairobi, many of whom had been paralyzed as children and adults. Their lives were ravaged by this terrible, vaccine-preventable disease.

A Women’s March on the World

Friday, January 20, 2017

NEW YORK, Jan 20 (IPS) - Just one day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of women are expected to attend one of the largest demonstrations in history for gender equality.

Kenya Can Lead the Way to Universal Health Care in Africa

Monday, January 16, 2017

NAIROBI, Jan 16 (IPS) - Consider this: every year, nearly one million Kenyans are pushed below the poverty line as a result of unaffordable health care expenses.

Is Cash Aid to the Poor Wasted on Tobacco and Alcohol?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

ROME, Jan 14 (IPS) - Not at all. Or at least not necessarily. The fact is that cash transfer programmes –regular money payments to poor households—are meant to reduce poverty, promote sustainable livelihoods and increase production in the developing world. One in four countries on Earth are applying them. But are they effective?

Tobacco Industry Misleads Developing Countries Over Regulations

Friday, January 13, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 (IPS) - Low and middle-income countries have far fewer tobacco regulations than high-income countries and are paying the price - with bigger health and economic impacts.

When Your Healers Become Your Killers

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ROME, Jan 11 (IPS) - There is a major though silent global threat to human and animal health, with implications for both food safety and food security and the economic well-being of millions of farming households. It is so-called anti-microbial resistance.

Threat of Famine Looms in Yemen

Friday, January 06, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 06 (IPS) - Millions of Yemenis could soon face widespread famine if no action is taken to improve food access through humanitarian or trade means, an early warning system has said.

Immunisation and Inequality in 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 30 (IPS) - Childhood immunisation is one of the safest and most cost-effective health interventions available, yet many of the world's most vulnerable children continue to miss out.

How the US Government Subsidizes Obesity

Thursday, December 29, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 (IPS) - Until the turn of the century, the United States of America (US) was the country with the highest share of overweight and obese people. Soon after the former president of Coca-Cola Mexico became the new president of his country, Mexico overtook the US.

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