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  1. Q&A: Initiative Starts Mental Health Sessions for Bangladeshi Garment Workers

    Thursday, December 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 (IPS) - Nearly seven years ago, garment workers in Bangladesh were victims of one of the gravest man-made disasters in history -- a factory collapse that left more than 1,100 workers dead, and rendered thousands with injuries -- in many cases lifelong ones. 

    For many of the workers of Rana Plaza, the trauma remains real even to this day.

  2. Billionaires’ Existential Threats to Humanity?

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    SYDNEY, Dec 17 (IPS) - The social utility of billionaires' existence has come under increased scrutiny, especially during the Democratic Party primaries for the 2020 US Presidential election. Leading newspapers, such as The New York Times, published opinion pieces arguing to abolish billionaires and reflecting on why billionaires engage in illegal insider trading.

  3. Address Malnutrition, Not Just Food Security

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 17 (IPS) - Malnutrition remains a formidable challenge in most societies, with less than a tenth of countries in the world not experiencing at least one major malnutrition problem.

    In relatively more food secure countries, where almost everyone has enough to eat, and few live in fear of a sudden loss of access to food, micronutrient deficiencies and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) often still loom large.

  4. 2019 – A Devastating Year in Review

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    ROME, Dec 16 (IPS) - By any measure this has been a devastating year: fires across the Amazon, the Arctic and beyond; floods and drought in Africa; rising temperatures, carbon emissions and sea levels; accelerating loss of species, and mass forced migrations of people.

  5. Four Lessons to Reverse Inequity in the Global Health Workforce

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    ABUJA, Dec 16 (IPS) - Recently, Madhukar Pai, the Director of McGill University Global Health Program wrote about the inequity in global health research. He observed that researches are skewed in favor of the global north. We agree that this inequity exists. However, we also have found that global fellowships such as the Atlantic Fellowship, of which we are both Senior Fellows, are platforms to reverse this inequity, foster international partnerships and amplify voices of development practitioners from the global south. 

  6. AUDIO: If We Are to Achieve Zero-leprosy by 2030, This Is the Best Time and Opportunity

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 13 (IPS) - Dr Rahat Chawdhury is the Deputy Program Manager at the National Leprosy Program of Bangladesh. His is the umbrella organization of hundreds of doctors, technical experts, counsellors, strategists, health advocates, field workers and thousands of leprosy-affected people as the beneficiaries.

  7. Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) - When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the deep-seated prejudice in her society that the disease is a curse from Allah (God).

  8. Sasakawa Vows to Continue Support for Fighting Leprosy in Bangladesh

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) - Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa, has assured Bangladesh of continuing support for the Zero Leprosy Initiative announced by the country's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, aimed at eliminating leprosy by 2030.

  9. Coordinated Global Action Is the Best Way to Control the Fall Armyworm Pest

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    ROME, Dec 11 (IPS) - A new USD 500 million initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is leading the way.

    Dealing with transboundary pests is tricky at the best of times. Standards, practices, capacity levels and engagement vary across countries and regions, and responses are often ad hoc and ineffective.

    However, matters become even more complex when the pest in question flies over borders, threatens the food security and livelihoods of millions, and causes severe environmental and economic damage along the way. Fall Armyworm is such a pest.

  10. Taking Bangladesh to Zero-Leprosy, One New Case at a Time

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 (IPS) - Sandhya Mandal has never felt so vindicated. For the past four years, the 36-year-old community health worker from Meherpur – a rural district bordering India – has been traveling 50 km every day along dusty roads on an old motorbike, searching for leprosy patients who needed urgent treatment. But in her community, instead of compliments, neighbours and relatives raised questions about her work and her character. "They ask why I come home so late and what is this ‘work' that I really do. Some even imply that I might be doing something like prostitution," Mandal tells IPS.

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