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  1. Depression Is More than a Stigma

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Canberra, Philadelphia and Manchester, Mar 20 (IPS) - Manoj K. Pandey is Lecturer in Economics, Australian National University; Vani S. Kulkarni is Lecturer in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania; and Raghav Gaiha is (Hon. ) Professorial Research Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of ManchesterDepression is often distinguished from other non-communicable diseases or NCDs (e.g., cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, hypertension) because of the stigma attached to it. Among other consequences, those suffering from depression are often denied access to medical care. Indeed, the latter is an outcome of interaction between supply of and demand for medical care. On the provider side, stigmatizing attitudes by service providers are identified as a barrier to access. On the demand side, stigma and low mental health literacy by community members are just as emphatically reported as barriers to accessing care.

  2. VIDEO: World Autism Awareness Day 2019 - Assistive Technologies, Active Participation

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    ROME, Mar 20 (IPS) - Awareness of Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has continued to grow worldwide, in recent years. But the number of diagnoses have continued to increase unabated.

  3. Climate Change Also Affects Mental Health in Mexico

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    MEXICO CITY, Mar 19 (IPS) - Minerva Montes lost her home on Holbox Island in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma hit the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. Rebuilding her home was quicker and easier than overcoming the psychological aftermath of the catastrophe.

  4. It’s Simple, but Requires Determination

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Mar 18 (IPS) - Monika Weber-Fahr, is Executive Secretary of Global Water PartnershipI am drafting this on International Women's Day - March 8 - with an eye towards World Water Day on March 22. On International Women's Day we celebrate progress in gender equality. At the same time, we recognize how much remains to be done: how many women remain excluded from decision-making across many professions. Changing this is urgent. Water – clean and accessible – is getting scarcer at an alarming rate. While working to change this, we cannot afford to exclude women.

  5. VIDEO: 'People Affected by Leprosy Suffer Severe Discrimination'

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 15 (IPS) - "More than 50 countries in the world have discriminatory laws against people affected by Hansen's disease. There is also a lot of discrimination in the public administration…and in society," Alice Cruz, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, said in this interview with IPS (in Spanish, with English subtitles).

  6. People Affected by Leprosy in Latin America Unite for Their Rights and Their Voice

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 15 (IPS) - With the decision to found a regional coalition to promote rights and greater participation in national and international forums and decisions, the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen's disease, popularly known - and stigmatised - as leprosy, came to an end.

  7. Tobacco Industry Targets Women in Asia

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 14 (IPS) - Wendell Balderas is Media & Communications Manager & Mary Assunta is Senior Policy Advisor, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)*

    International Women's Day on 8 March recognized and celebrated the progress women are making globally. The day also acknowledged the risks, exploitation and suffering many continue to endure.

  8. In Latin America, the Term Leprosy Still Carries a Burden from Biblical Times

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 14 (IPS) - Known scientifically as Hansen's disease, leprosy carries a symbolic burden from the past that people affected by the disease and experts from around Latin America are fighting, including the terminology used.

  9. People Affected by Leprosy Still Face Stigma in Latin America

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 13 (IPS) - The First Latin American and Caribbean Meeting of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen's Disease, more widely known as leprosy, seeks to exorcise stigma and discrimination. The meeting has brought together around a hundred activists in Brazil.

  10. Access to Water Is a Daily Battle in Poor Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    BUENOS AIRES, Mar 11 (IPS) - "Look at this water. Would you drink it?" asks José Pablo Zubieta, as he shows a glass he has just filled from a faucet, where yellow and brown sediment float, in his home in Villa La Cava, a shantytown on the outskirts of Argentina's capital.

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