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  1. The Curious Case of Covid-19 in Africa

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jun 03 (IPS) - Eunice G. Kamwendo is an Economist and Strategic Advisor with UNDP Africa in New York. Chaltu Daniel Kalbessa is a UNDP Fellow and Strategic Analyst with UNDP Africa in New York.With very weak health systems and overall capacity constraints to effectively respond to the deadly coronavirus disease, Africa's fate against the invisible enemy, was going to be nothing short of catastrophic according to early predictions. Although Africa is yet to reach its peak, many countries are not seeing the exponential growth in case numbers, or in mortality rates as seen in other regions of the world. So far, the continent has the lowest mortality rates with higher recovery rates globally.

  2. World Comes Together with $1.35 billion for Yemen

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 03 (IPS) - World leaders gathered on Tuesday to pledge $1.35 billion in aid for Yemen, which currently undergoing what many is the world's "worst humanitarian crisis", with Saudi Arabia announcing a contribution of $500 million. 


    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    Jun 03 (IPS) - My name is Emma, I'm 10 years old, and I live in Canada. I am sharing this video with you, today, because I learned at school that my future – the future of all children – will be determined by what we do together today.

  4. How the Great Lockdown Saved Lives

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    Jun 03 (IPS) - Since the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, the disease has spread to more than 200 countries and territories. In the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, governments worldwide have responded by implementing unprecedented containment and mitigation measures—the Great Lockdown. This in turn has resulted in large short-term economic losses, and a decline in global economic activity not seen since the Great Depression. Did it work?

  5. Is the Fight for Human Rights & Racial Justice Overriding the Coronavirus Risk?

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 02 (IPS) - The deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 372,000 people worldwide, has reinforced the concept of "social distancing" which bars any gathering of over 10 or 20 people – whether at a social event, a wedding, a political rally or even a funeral.

  6. Beyond the Crisis

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC, Jun 02 (IPS) - Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity to build a better world

    Looking back to the start of 2020, the world has changed almost beyond recognition. To protect public health, the global economy was put into stasis. Shops closed, factories were mothballed, and people's freedom of movement was severely curtailed.

    No country has escaped the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Tragically, more than 260,000 people have died and millions have been infected. The IMF is projecting global economic activity to decline on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. It is truly a crisis like no other.

  7. COVID 19 - Conspiracy or Apocalypse? - Part I

    Monday, June 01, 2020

    AMSTERDAM/ROME, Jun 01 (IPS) - As the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly around the globe, so did various theories about what caused the pandemic. According to the standard scientific theory, the virus probably originated in bats and then crossed over to humans, probably via another intermediate host. It then spread rapidly across the globe, piggybacking on the international travel network.

  8. The Consequential Effects of Covid-19 on the Climate Crisis

    Monday, June 01, 2020

    ACCRA Ghana, Jun 01 (IPS) - The tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated challenges have thrown our world into chaos, with the virus destroying lives and livelihoods in its path.

  9. Young People are Key to a Nicotine-free Future: Five Steps to Stop them Smoking

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 31 (IPS) - Tobacco use kills more than 8 million people each year. Most adult smokers start smoking before the age of 20. This implies that if one can get through adolescence without smokingthe likelihood of being a smoker in adulthood is greatly reduced.

  10. Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls Under Lockdown

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    BEIRUT / GENEVA, May 28 (IPS) - Health systems around the world are prioritising health care services and equipment to treat people diagnosed with Covid-19, which means that many procedures deemed to be elective and non-essential are being suspended or simply not provided. Abortion, for instance, has been categorised as a non-essential health service by some States, while others have removed certain restrictions to accessing abortion.

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