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  1. Kerala Covid-19 Response Model for Emulation

    Thursday, April 09, 2020

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 09 (IPS) - Within weeks, the Covid-19 epidemic was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an epidemic of international significance, triggering a pre-agreed WHO response. By the end of the first week of April, more than 1.3 million people had been confirmed as infected, with over 65,000 deaths across the world.

  2. Alive Amidst the Mayhem of COVID-19 - A Sex Worker’s Story

    Thursday, April 09, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 09 (IPS) - For a Bangladeshi woman, who has worked as a sex worker since childhood, her future post-COVID-19 looks hopeless.

    Shilpy, who works at Daulatdia, the largest brothel in the country, told IPS how she now also fears for the future of her two daughters.

  3. Covid-19 & its Impact on the Work of Disarmament

    Thursday, April 09, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 09 (IPS) - Izumi Nakamitsu is UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Humanity has faced no challenge greater than COVID-19 since the Second World War. As this rapidly developing global health emergency places unprecedented strain on our medical, economic and social systems, we must work hard to prevent new risks for instability, unrest and conflict.

  4. What Journalists Should Know About Coronavirus Cellphone Tracking

    Wednesday, April 08, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 08 (IPS) - Governments all over the world have been considering cellphone surveillance to help track and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

  5. Asia-Pacific Response to COVID-19 and Climate Emergency Must Build a Resilient and Sustainable Future

    Wednesday, April 08, 2020

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 08 (IPS) - The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people's lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific.

    Countries in our region are striving to mitigate the massive socioeconomic impact of the pandemic, which is also expected to affect the region's economic health. In its annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020 launched today, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)expectsgrowth in Asia-Pacific developing economies to slow down significantly this year.

  6. Ending the Unthinkable Injustice of Human Chaining

    Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 07 (IPS) - When Akanni's mother died in early 2018, she stopped eating for three weeks. Her mood became unpredictable; she was often shouting or sulking angrily. Medicine from a local pharmacist didn't help. At a loss for what to do to handle the trauma, Akanni's father took her to a church in Abeokuta, Ogun state, in Nigeria. And then he left her there.

  7. How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 07 (IPS) - A little over half of women across the globe are able to freely make choices about their sexual and reproductive health, according to the latest report based on data from 57 countries by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

    However, as much of the world has gone into lockdown, with countries implementing social distancing and restricting the free movement of people, experts are concerned that even this small gain in sexual and reproductive health may suffer negatively.

  8. 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.

  9. Green Counter-Revolution in Africa?

    Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 07 (IPS) - In 2006, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation jointly launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The African Green Revolution Forum claims AGRA is the "world's most important and impactful forum for African agriculture".

  10. The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Developing Countries - Part 2

    Monday, April 06, 2020

    AMSTERDAM/ROME, Apr 06 (IPS) - What is likely to be the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on developing economies? In the first of this two part article we looked at possible short term disruptions and discussed actions by the private sector and Governments.

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