Thursday, November 26, 2015
LUSAKA, Zambia, Nov 26 (IPS) - The long-awaited African Girls' Summit on Ending Child Marriage is here.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
NEW DELHI, India, Nov 22 (IPS) - On a late Friday afternoon as choking smog descended on the Indian Capital, Francois Richier, the French ambassador to India , took some hard questions from scores of journalists about the upcoming climate change talks in Paris this month.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Lusaka, Zambia, Nov 20 (IPS) - When health officer Kennedy Mulenga was faced with a male patient developing breasts at the remote Ngwerere Clinic 30km north of the Zambian capital, Lusaka, he logged onto Virtual Doctors to get help solving the medical mystery.
Monday, November 16, 2015
GENEVA, Nov 16 (IPS) - South-South cooperation is usually seen as a poor second fiddle to North-South aid in the world of development assistance. Indeed, developing countries' policy makers themselves insist that South-South cooperation can only supplement but not replace North-South cooperation.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 15 (IPS) - "We have to purchase water from the municipalities for our daily use. The water column has gone too deep and it is hard to pump out the commodity," said Muhammad Shakir, a resident of Hayatabad, an upscale town in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Friday, November 13, 2015
HAVANA, Nov 13 (IPS) - When night falls, young men can be seen sitting on a dismantled bus stop on a remote hill far from the centre of the Cuban capital. Later they climb uphill to have sex with other men in the thick forest.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
DHARNI, India, Nov 12 (IPS) - In the semi-darkness of her hut in Berdaballa, a forest village 610 km northeast of Mumbai, 28-year old Babita Mavaskar sat with her newborn baby boy watching him checked by a paramedic in an important antenatal exam. After about 20 minutes the health worker emerged from the shelter and made a big announcement, "All is well. Everything, the weight, temperature and height … is normal."
Monday, November 09, 2015
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 09 (IPS) - Mandera in northeastern Kenya, has often been described as "the worst place on earth to give birth." Mandera's maternal mortality ratio stands at 3,795 deaths per 100,000 live births, almost double that of wartime Sierra Leone at 2,000 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
PEMBA, Southern Zambia, Oct 31 (IPS) - It is slightly after 10 o'clock in the morning and 48-year-old Felix Muchimba of Siamuleya village in Pemba district has just finished having breakfast – a traditional drink called Chibwantu, made of maize meal and grit.
Friday, October 30, 2015
AMMAN, Oct 30 (IPS) - The 193 member states of the United Nations have adopted an ambitious 15-year sustainable development agenda, the 2030 Global Goals.
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