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Civil Society: “Everyday Things Are Getting Worse” for Children in Yemen

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - Persistent attacks on health care in Yemen is severely impacting children's well-being, civil society detailed at the launch of a report.

Yemen, World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ROME, Apr 19 (IPS) - With 18.8 million people –nearly 3 in 4 inhabitants-- in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the United Nations informs while warning that the two-year war is rapidly pushing the country towards "social, economic and institutional collapse."

Disease Burden Growing as Vector Insects Adapt to Climate Change

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 18 (IPS) - There were surprised gasps when University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor John Agard told journalists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in late November 2016 that mosquitoes were not only living longer, but were "breeding in septic tanks underground".

Mind the Treatment Gap

Friday, April 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA AND NEW DELHI, Apr 14 (IPS) - Implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act will require a restructuring of health-care services The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 27, 2017, has been hailed as a momentous reform. According to the Bill, every person will have the right to access mental health care operated or funded by the government; good quality and affordable health care; equality of treatment and protection from inhuman practices; access to legal services; and right to complain against coercion and cruelty. The Bill also empowers a mentally ill person to choose a treatment and her/his nominated representative, decriminalises attempted suicide, prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to mentally ill adults without the use of muscle relaxants and anaesthesia, and contains provisions for care, treatment and rehabilitation for those who have experienced severe stress and attempted suicide. While these are laudable and ambitious objectives as they address major concerns of mental health care, there have been some critiques drawing attention to the lack of funds, trained personnel, and insufficient emphasis on community care. The ground reality, however, suggests that these objectives are not just overambitious but an overkill.

Reflections on World Health Day

Thursday, April 13, 2017

PENANG, Apr 13 (IPS) - What's the most precious thing in the world which unfortunately we take for granted and realise it true value when it is impaired? Good health, of course.

The Unbearable Cost of Drought in Africa

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ROME, Apr 12 (IPS) - Nearly 50 per cent of all emergency multilateral food assistance to Africa is due to natural disasters, with advancing droughts significantly threatening both livelihoods and economic growth, warns the African Union through its ground-breaking extreme weather insurance mechanism designed to help the continent's countries resist and recover from the ravages of drought.

The Ebola Crisis: Lessons Learned for Developing Nations

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 (IPS) - The Group of 77 has pointed out that the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 proved that "no country is immune from a disease outbreak, no matter where it emerges"

World Must Act Now on Lake Chad Basin Crisis: FAO DG Graziano da Silva

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ROME, Apr 11 (IPS) - Food assistance is a priority and the only way to prevent the crisis from worsening in the Lake Chad Basin, is to support food production according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Women’s Health Policies Should Focus on NCDs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SYDNEY, Apr 11 (IPS) - Science and medicine were not subjects of dinnertime conversations in the Norton household in Christchurch, New Zealand, but Professor Robyn Norton grew up observing her parents' commitment to equity and social justice in improving people's lives. It left an indelible impression on her young mind.

Tomatoes, Limes and Sex-Selective Abortions

Friday, April 07, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 07 (IPS) - When Bimla Chandrasekharan saw that women who gave birth to baby girls were being sent out of the house by their angry husbands and mothers-in-law she realised a basic biology lesson was needed.

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