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  1. Women in Africa Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    KAMPALA, Uganda, Apr 07 (IPS) - We are living in uncertain times. All of us are experiencing the Corona pandemic in various ways. For most it means quarantine and physical isolation. We worry about family members, loss of income and not knowing what the future will look like- or how long this will continue.

  2. U.N. Releases Report on Socio-economic Effects of Coronavirus

    Friday, April 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 03 (IPS) - As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, concerns are simultaneously growing about the current and long-term effects this will have on certain demographics -- specifically, women, the youth, migrant workers, and many employees around the world. 

  3. Can We Use Digital Technology to Cushion the Pandemic’s Blow?

    Thursday, April 02, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC, Apr 02 (IPS) - As the world grapples with COVID-19, governments face a daunting challenge: limiting the adverse impact of a pandemic that has ground economic activity to a halt, affecting people at a scale rarely seen before.

  4. Coronavirus Proves Need for Free Healthcare for All-- Now

    Thursday, April 02, 2020

    GENEVA, Apr 02 (IPS) - The multi-layered crisis of the Coronavirus epidemic has been a dramatic shock to everyone. But, to communities affected by HIV and AIDS, the crisis has not only brought a further shock to already vulnerable people, it has brought other reactions too – a troubling sense of déjà vu, and a passionate, empathetic, fierce solidarity with all those affected by Coronavirus.

  5. Modern Day Slavery Reaches a Far Corner of the World

    Wednesday, April 01, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 01 (IPS) - The deadly, fast-spreading coronavirus which upended three key UN conferences—on the empowerment of women, on nuclear disarmament and on indigenous rights—claimed another casualty last week when a commemorative meeting on the transatlantic slave trade was postponed.

  6. Coronavirus Worsens Yemen’s Long Tale of Woe

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    SANA’A, Yemen, Mar 26 (IPS) - Abdul Mohammed is a humanitarian worker for Oxfam Yemen In every room in Yemen's Al-Saba'een hospital, patients in critical condition waited on chairs, and still others laid on the bare ground. I saw women and girls sharing beds in pairs, and children laying close together being treated.

  7. What does U.N. Secretary General’s Call for Ceasefire Mean for Countries in Conflict?

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 25 (IPS) - Conflict experts are concerned the the global ceasefire called for by the United Nations amid the coronavirus outbreak may not work and could lead to a rise in violence.

  8. White Supremacists, Yellow Peril & “Chinese Virus” Add to a Volatile Mix

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - When US President Donald Trump repeatedly characterized the fast-spreading COVID-19 as a "Chinese virus" last week, it prompted some white supremacists to resurrect an age old ethnic slur against Chinese and East Asians: the "Yellow Peril" which, in a bygone era, was touted as a xenophobic threat to the Western world.

  9. Could the Coronavirus Be a Biological Weapon in the Not-Too-Distant Future?

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 20 (IPS) - The devastating spread of the deadly coronavirus across every continent-- with the exception of Antarctica-- has triggered a conspiracy theory on social media: what if the virus was really a biological weapon?

  10. Coronavirus & Water Pandemics: Doing the Math

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    HAMILTON, Canada, Mar 19 (IPS) - As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic spreads, guidance on how wash your hands and other measures intensifies.

    These recommendations are important, but they are hardly of value to the 40% of humanity lacking access to even the most basic hand washing requirements — soap and water 1.

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