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  1. Destruction of Ukraine's Healthcare Facilities Violates International Humanitarian Law

    - Inter Press Service

    BRATISLAVA, Jan 27 (IPS) - While recent reports highlight the growing list of human rights abuses and war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, new research has laid bare the massive scale of arguably Russia’s most systematic and deadly campaign of rights violations in the country – the targeting and almost complete destruction of healthcare facilities.

  2. New Business Technology Transfer Provides Benefits for African Pharmaceutical Industry

    - Inter Press Service

    KIGALI, Jan 25 (IPS) - A few months after German biotechnology company BioNTech announced the establishment of the first-ever local vaccine manufacturing in Rwanda, experts believe the successful implementation of such initiatives across the continent will require countries to acquire know-how while encouraging potential industrial partners in the pharmaceutical industry.

  3. Digital Politics: Disconnected Citizens Are Kept Away from Opportunities

    - Inter Press Service

    BRUSSELS, Jan 25 (IPS) - In 2022, Saudi Arabia “quietly” sentenced Salma al-Shehab to 34 years in prison over her Twitter activity, marking the longest Saudi sentence ever for a peaceful activist. Fast forward and award-winning Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija was charged with two counts of "offensive communication" after making unflattering remarks about the president and his son on Twitter. The message is clear: your well-crafted 280 characters can land you in jail.

  4. Pope, Sasakawa in Global Appeal for a Leprosy Free World

    - Inter Press Service

    NAIROBI, Jan 24 (IPS) - In the four years preceding the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread of leprosy or Hansen’s disease, seemed to be losing steam. Between 2016 and early 2020, new case numbers remained more or less constant.

  5. WHO calls for action to totally eliminate trans fat, ‘a toxic chemical that kills’

    - UN News

    Despite recent progress towards eliminating trans fat from food, some five billion people remain unprotected from its harmful impacts, thus increasing their risk of heart disease and death, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. 

  6. $2.54 billion needed to tackle unprecedented health needs in 2023: WHO

    - UN News

    Two-and-a-half billion dollars: that’s how much funding the UN World Health Organization (WHO) will need across its operations this year, it said on Monday, to help a record number of people facing disease and starvation. 

  7. ‘We are not afraid’: Indigenous Brazilian women stand up to gender violence

    - UN News

    Women from Brazil’s indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence, but UN-backed initiatives, and a change in the law, are encouraging them to seek protection.

  8. COVID-19: China ‘making enormous progress’ to get every older adult vaccinated

    - UN News

    China is “making enormous progress and effort” to get every older adult vaccinated against COVID-19, the UN health agency said on Friday, while also cautioning that it will take time to protect everyone.

  9. The Climate Conversations

    - Inter Press Service

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 18 (IPS) - Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. However, negotiating a solution has been challenging due to several factors. One of the main reasons that recent COP Climate summits and other international climate talks have not been able to resolve climate change is that there is a lack of consensus among countries on how to address the issue.

    Developed countries, which have historically been the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, are often unwilling to take on significant emissions reductions or to provide financial assistance to developing countries to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.

  10. Small island States to accelerate action on preventable diseases, mental health

    - UN News

    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are among countries that have the highest prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health risks in the world. Now, UN health agency WHO, is pledging to work more closely with them, to help save and improve lives. 

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