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India: A Race to the Bottom with Antibiotic Overuse

Thursday, August 28, 2014

KOLKATA, India, Aug 28 (IPS) - In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned: "Combat Drug Resistance - No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow." The slogan was coined in honour of World Health Day, urging governments to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in order to prevent drug-resistant viruses and bacteria, or ‘super bugs'.

Nepal Landslide Leaves Women and Children Vulnerable

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DABI, Nepal, Aug 27 (IPS) - Living in a makeshift tarpaulin shelter, which barely protects her family from the torrential rainfall or scorching heat of this remote village in southern Nepal, 36-year-old Kamala Pari is under immense stress, worrying about her financial security and children's safety.

How Midwives on Sierra Leone’s Almost Untouched Turtle Islands are Improving Women’s Health

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MATTRU JONG, Sierra Leone, Aug 26 (IPS) - Emmanuel is a male midwife.

At the age of 26, he lives and works on one of eight islands off the southwest peninsular of Sierra Leone, an hour by speedboat from Mattru Jong, the capital of Bonthe District.

Building Public Trust is a Key Factor in Fighting West Africa’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

KANDOPLEU/ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Aug 26 (IPS) - The nurse carefully packs the body into a plastic bag and then leaves the isolation tent, rinsing his feet in a bucket of water that contains bleach. Then he carefully takes off his safety glasses, gloves and mask and burns them in a jerry can.

These Children Just Want to Go Back to School

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 26 (IPS) - Between government efforts to wipe out insurgents from Pakistan's northern, mountainous regions, and the Taliban's own campaign to exercise power over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the real victims of this conflict are often invisible.

New York's Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows

Monday, August 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug 25 (IPS) - Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown's Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup.

Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity

Monday, August 25, 2014

RANGPUR, Bangladesh, Aug 25 (IPS) - Until five years ago, Shima Aktar, a student in Gajaghanta village in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh, about 370 km northwest of the capital Dhaka, was leading a normal life. But when her father decided that it was time for her to conform to purdah, a religious practice of female seclusion, things changed.

India: Home to One in Three Child Brides

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW DELHI, Aug 20 (IPS) - Basanti Rani*, a 33-year-old farmers' wife from the northern Indian state of Haryana, recently withdrew her 15-year-old daughter Paru from school in order to marry her off to a 40-year-old man.

Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 (IPS) - Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India's eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country's most ancient tribes, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.

TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict

Sunday, August 17, 2014

KIEV, Aug 17 (IPS) - Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health.

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