News headlines in 2020

  1. Neglected Diseases Kill More People than COVID-19 – It’s Time to Address Them

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    ABUJA, Mar 30 (IPS) - As COVID-19 surges globally and leaves fear and panic in its wake, global efforts are underway to find a cure. Yet, the same level of response is lacking for several other infectious diseases that kill millions annually. These kinds of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a broad group of communicable diseases which affect more than two billion people and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year.

  2. A Story of Triumphs and Tribulations: Implementing Services for Autism in Bangladesh

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Mar 30 (IPS) - A few days ago, a friend said to me that my focus on autism, although rather successful, had "sucked out all energy from other critical areas of social need in Bangladesh."

    My friend wanted to know if I would be interested in expanding my visibility and successful approach to autism, to other issues that have apparently been left by the wayside due to everyone's eagerness to work on an issue popular with the Prime Minister's daughter!

    I know my friend's statement was meant to be provocative, but it also made me reflect on what it was that I had set out to do when I began working in this area in Bangladesh.

    Has enough been achieved for me to ‘pass on the baton' to the many others who have now dedicated themselves to this issue, thereby beginning to shift my focus towards addressing other social needs both in Bangladesh and elsewhere?

  3. Supporting Informal Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    HYDERABAD, India, Mar 30 (IPS) - Farmers, agricultural labourers, and informal sector workers are the worst hit by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns. Here are some steps that the government and banks can take to help them cope financially.

  4. Slums, Camps, Terrorism: Experts Worry about Coronavirus Hitting South Asia

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 (IPS) - As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 livesexperts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world's population

  5. Saluting IPS Journalists and Supporters during Covid19 Pandemic

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    ROME, Mar 30 (IPS) - As the coronavirus pandemic shifts around the world, now stretching even the developed health services of richer nations to breaking point, here at IPS our dedicated journalists in developing countries are standing strong in giving a voice to the Global South.

  6. Zimbabwe's Afforestation Challenge

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    BULAWAYO, Mar 27 (IPS) - "I have never planted a tree in my life," laughs Jairos Saunyama, a tobacco farmer, revelling at the absurdity of the question of whether he is involved in the country's afforestation efforts. Sawunyama is one of thousands of farmers who are blamed by local conservationists for turning the country's forests into deserts and dust bowls.

  7. India’s Trinity of Challenges

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    NEW DELHI, Mar 27 (IPS) - The exigencies of combatting the coronavirus pandemic on a war-footing -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide stay-at-home lockdown for 21 days to break the chain of transmission -- has certainly deflected attention from equally pressing challenges confronting India.

    The nation's capital witnessed horrific communal violence when the US President was visiting India, triggering international outrage, including from the South. The economy also deserves attention as growth has been decelerating since 2016-17. With the virus shock, the pace of expansion will contract as the economy shuts down and slides into recession.

  8. Coronavirus & Early Lessons from China

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC, Mar 27 (IPS) - The impact of the coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. China's experience so far shows that the right policies make a difference in fighting the disease and mitigating its impact—but some of these policies come with difficult economic tradeoffs.

  9. Chinese vs. Western governance: The case of COVID-19

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    LONDON, Mar 26 (IPS) - During January the onslaught in the Western media, notably the US and the UK, against the Chinese government's handling of the Covid-19 epidemic, was merciless. The Chinese government stood accused of an inhumane attitude towards its people, secrecy, a cover-up, and an overwhelming concern for its own survival above all other considerations.

  10. Can Eswatini’s Traditional Healers Encourage HIV Testing Among People Not Accessible via Routine Healthcare Systems?

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    MBABANE, Mar 26 (IPS) - Doctor Khalishwayo is a traditional healer based in Nhlangano, a town in the Shiselweni Region, in southern Eswatini. His clients are people who consult him when they are suffering from different ailments. And he in turn diagnoses them using divine methods.