News headlines for “Health Issues”, page 2

  1. UN Welcomes ‘Most Comprehensive Agreement Ever’ on Global Health

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 (IPS) - Describing it as an "important landmark" on our "journey to health for all", Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday welcomed the UN Political Declaration on universal health coverage, or UHC, which commits countries to advance towards full coverage for their citizens in four major areas around primary care.

  2. The Social Impact of Economic Inequality

    Monday, September 23, 2019

    GENEVA, Sep 23 (IPS) - The backlash against globalization can no longer be ignored.

    Increasing economic inequality is a defining challenge of our time. In recent years, it has triggered analysis and reflection by many scholars, politicians and others on its causes and consequences on economic growth and efficiency, politics and democracy, human rights, individual behaviors, access to health, social cohesion and environmental degradation.

    The perception that the top 1% of income earners are gaining at the expense of the other 99% has resulted in widespread public debates in many countries on the social and political repercussions of inequality.

  3. UNAIDS and WHO Africa Leaders Should Prioritize Women’s Health

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    ABUJA, Sep 13 (IPS) - Two African women were recently appointed to top global health positions: Winnie Byanyima as the Executive Director of UNAIDS and Dr. Matshidiso Moeti reappointed as the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.

  4. Translating Ambition to Action: High Hopes for United Nations Action Week

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    New Caledonia, Sep 13 (IPS) - In less than 10 days, countries from around the planet will come together in New York for the United Nations Secretary General's Climate Action Summit. I look forward to representing the Pacific Community (SPC) at this important event, and throughout "Action Week" during the upcoming UN General Assembly.

  5. A New World? Are the Americas Returning to Old Problems?

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Sep 12 (IPS) - When I in 1980 first arrived in America it was a new world to me. I went from New York to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and like so many visitors and migrants before me I was overwhelmed by both familiar and strange impressions. Familiar due to books I had read and movies I had seen, strange since I encountered unexpected things and new because both I and several of those I met compared themselves to the "old world", i.e. Euroasia and parts of Africa.

  6. Calls for Reform, Research and Reorganisation in Leprosy Healthcare

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 12 (IPS) - Rachna Kumari of Munger in Eastern India's Bihar state is not yet 30. But she's already been married at 18, abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with leprosy and become an award-winning advocate of the disease. She has traversed a long road. And this week she undertook another step in her journey to fly to Manila, Philippines, as a delegate at the 20th International Leprosy Congress (ILC).

  7. The Push for Peace-From the Global Village to the Global Neighborhood

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 (IPS) - From the ashes of a tragedy that wiped out almost 90% of the city of Hiroshima on 5 August 1945, an institute called the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC) rose like a phoenix of hope that is pioneering the creation of a global pool of peacebuilders. It is driven by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declaration that "there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development."

  8. 'Conference Emphasises Need for Partnerships to Create a World Without Leprosy'

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 11 (IPS) - Forty years ago, Yohei Sasakawa saw his father moved to tears after meeting and witnessing the suffering of people affected by leprosy – also known as Hansen's disease. Not only did the patients have a physical illness, but they also suffered from social exclusion and discrimination. It made the young Sasakawa vow to work for the elimination of leprosy from the world – just as his father had been doing.

  9. Nothing For Us, Without Us - Hansen’s Disease-Affected Tell International Gathering

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 11 (IPS) - Stronger government action to fight stigma and discrimination, more government funding for health and non-health support programmes, and a larger role for people's organisations in developing policy towards Hansen's disease treatment and eradication are still needed for eliminating the disease.

  10. The Emergence of a Global Voice for Hansen’s Disease Affected Persons

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 10 (IPS) - The Global Forum of People's Organisations on Hansen's Disease, which was attended by members of people's organisations from 23 different countries, wrapped up in Manila, Philippines, today Sept. 10 after four days of discussion and deliberation.

    The main outcome was a set of recommendations, which included participants stating that those affected by the disease should have more inclusive roles in the global campaign against leprosy.

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