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When Kenyan Children’s Lives Hang on a Drip

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NAIROBI, May 23 (IPS) - Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health.

Slum-Dwelling Still a Continental Trend in Africa

Friday, May 22, 2015

HARARE, May 22 (IPS) - Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf ‘shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame.

Opinion: Voice of Civil Society Muffled in Post-2015 Negotiations for Better Future

Friday, May 22, 2015

LONDON, May 22 (IPS) - In September, the United Nations will agree on new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will set development priorities for the next 15 years. The draft goals that have been developed are ambitious – they seek to end poverty and ensure no one is left behind.

The U.N. at 70: Time to Prioritise Human Rights for All, for Current and Future Generations

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - Seventy years ago, with the founding of the United Nations, all nations reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.

Lessons from an Indian Tribe on How to Manage the Food-Forest Nexus

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RAYAGADA, India, May 19 (IPS) - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers.

Latin America Must Address Its Caregiving Crisis

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, May 19 (IPS) - As in the rest of the world, the care of children, the elderly and the disabled in Latin America has traditionally fallen to women, who add it to their numerous domestic and workplace tasks. A debate is now emerging in the region on the public policies that governments should adopt to give them a hand, while also helping their countries grow.

Opinion: Let’s Talk Menstruation. Period.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEW YORK, May 14 (IPS) - Every month, more than two billion women around the world menstruate, and yet the topic is still shrouded by a veil of silence. While some girls celebrate their period as the first step into womanhood, many girls in developing or emerging countries are shocked and ashamed of their monthly cycles.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Still Kill Too Many Women in Latin America

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, May 14 (IPS) - In spite of strides in social progress, Latin America's maternal mortality rates remain unacceptable, and many of the deaths are avoidable, occurring partly because of neglect of the prescriptions provided by experts: preventive action and health promotion.

NGOs Urge Post-2015 Declaration Include Water, Sanitation as Basic Human Rights

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 (IPS) - Virtually every major international conference concludes with a "programme of action" (PoA) – described in U.N. jargon as "an outcome document" – preceded by a political declaration where 193 member states religiously pledge to honour their commitments.

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