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  1. Rural Poverty Is Still a Scar on the Soul of Colombia, but a New Program Supporting Agri-Entrepreneurship Can Help Heal the Wounds

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    LIMA, Peru, Oct 14 (IPS) - Rural poverty and inequality continue inflicting large swaths of population in Colombia, especially in rural areas. This situation, endemic since at least the beginning of the twentieth century, was at the root of the 50-year long conflict that shattered the country, leaving 220,000 deaths and 5.7 million displaced persons, and devastating a significant part of the rural areas, where government services and infrastructure vanished.

  2. Austerity, the “New Normal”

    Friday, October 11, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 11 (IPS) - While this week Ministers of Finance and economists meet in Washington to confront global economic challenges at the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetingsthe majority of the world population lives with austerity cuts and see their living standards deteriorating. World leaders must reverse this trend.

  3. Abortion Remains an Unresolved Issue: ICPD25 Meeting next Month

    Wednesday, October 09, 2019

    TOKYO, Japan, Oct 09 (IPS) - Currently, the topic of abortion as human rights leaves the world bustling. When the state of Alabama1 in the United States enacted a very strict ban on abortion, it shocked the world. This prompted so-called conservative movements, led by female business owners, to make a full-scale advertisement in the New York Times claiming abortion is a human right2 ; hence the global debate between pro-life and pro-choice.

  4. One Billion People Have Preventable Eye Conditions, Increasingly Linked to Lifestyle Choices, According to WHO

    Tuesday, October 08, 2019

    GENEVA, Oct 08 (IPS) - A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase "dramatically", with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling its first ever report on vision across the world.

  5. Beware High-Fat Diets

    Tuesday, October 08, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 08 (IPS) - Two decades into the 21st century, all too many people still associate being ‘overweight' with prosperity, health and wellbeing, mainly because being thin has long been associated with being emaciated due to hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition.

    Overweight and obesity can easily be assessed by anthropometric measures, including the body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. But BMI thresholds for overweight and obesity may differ by ethnic group or country.

  6. ‘Salty’ Concern: Tackling High Salt Consumption in China

    Monday, October 07, 2019

    NEW DELHI, India and JONESBORO, US, Oct 07 (IPS) - China's almost meteoric transition from a being a low income to a middle income country within a span of four decades is often perceived as a miracle analogous to the post Second World War Japanese economic development experience.

    China's GDP rose from $200 current United States dollars (US$ henceforth) in 1978 to $9,470 current US$ in 2018 (World Development Indicators, The World Bank). Unsurprisingly, China's rapid and near sustainable growth has attracted widespread interest among academics and policy makers alike.

  7. Three Ways to End HIV Stigma and Discrimination

    Monday, October 07, 2019

    ABUJA, Oct 07 (IPS) - As a Public Health Doctor, I often meet people who experience stigma simply because they live with HIV. One person who still haunts me is a woman who is HIV positive and when she was in labor, a midwife would not help her. Instead she shouted at her to just push out the baby and then she stood far away from the bedside, disgusted by the woman's HIV status.  No one should go through such stigma at a vulnerable situation when they are about to birth life.

  8. Ground-breaking Clean Air Protocol to Guard Human Health and the Planet, Enters into Force

    Saturday, October 05, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 05 (IPS) - European and North American countries will take a major stride in cleaning up the atmosphere next Monday, 7 October, through the implementation of an amended legally binding treaty to limit the amount of emissions polluting the air.

  9. No to Ageism, Yes to Intergenerational Equality

    Tuesday, October 01, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct 01 (IPS) - As we are celebrating the International Day of Older Persons today, we recognize that population ageing is a human success story, a story of longer and often healthier lives of the world's people. The many faces of older persons that we see in Asia and in the Pacific, and, indeed, all over the world, attest to this fact.

    Still, however, ageing is considered a threat. There is talk about the "burden of ageing", exploding healthcare costs, and concerns about plummeting economic growth due to the shrinking labour force. In many cities of Asia-Pacific, we see advertisement for "anti-ageing cosmetics" and surgeries. The current ideal is that we must be young, dynamic and without wrinkles or grey hair, especially older women.

  10. Medical Centres Cover Every Village in Tibet

    Monday, September 30, 2019

    LHASA, Sep 30 (IPS) - Tibetan medicine is one of the world's oldest known traditional medicines, originally developed during the pre-Buddhist era in the kingdom known as Shang Shung. IPS correspondent Crystal Oderson visited one of the major Tibetan health facilities in Lhasa.... and got a glimpse of the age old tradition.

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