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OPINION: People with Disabilities Must Be Counted in the Fight Against HIV

Friday, November 28, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (IPS) - Jane is a young Zambian mother with a physical disability in Lusaka, who uses a wheelchair to get around. She does not let clinics without ramps or without wheelchair accessible toilets and equipment stop her from claiming her right to health care, including HIV prevention services.

OPINION: All Family Planning Should Be Voluntary, Safe and Fully Informed

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 26 (IPS) - The tragic deaths and injuries of women following sterilisation in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have sparked global media coverage and public concern and outrage.

Internal Ruling Party Wrangles Stall Development in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HARARE, Nov 26 (IPS) - With the ruling Zimbabwe Africa National Union Patriotic Front party in Zimbabwe seized with internal conflicts, attention to key development areas here have shifted despite the imminent end of December 2015 deadline for global attainment of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MANILA, Nov 26 (IPS) - Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice' that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.

Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (IPS) - -"A recurring nightmare for me is I'm trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I'm yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us."

Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding

Monday, November 24, 2014

LONDON, Nov 24 (IPS) - The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point.

OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

Monday, November 24, 2014

DENVER, Colorado, Nov 24 (IPS) - When was the last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba's leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?

Pakistan’s Paraplegics Learning to Stand on their Own Feet

Monday, November 24, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 24 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.

The Double Burden of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ROME, Nov 23 (IPS) - Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrients deficiencies while 500 million individuals suffer from obesity.

Will Myanmar’s ‘Triple Transition’ Help Eradicate Crushing Poverty?

Friday, November 21, 2014

YANGON, Nov 21 (IPS) - Myanmar is never out of the news for long. This has been the case since a popular uprising challenged military rule in 1988. For over two decades, the country was featured in mainstream media primarily as one unable to cope with its own internal contradictions, a nation crippled by violence.

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