News headlines for “Health Issues”, page 2

  1. Proven Vector Control Interventions Needed to Stem Malaria Infections in Africa

    - Inter Press Service

    KIGALI, Feb 08 (IPS) - Experts recommend that the current prevention of malaria in highly endemic countries in Africa should integrate "locally appropriate" control measures to cope with the highest burden of mosquito-borne disease on the continent.

  2. Is Anti-Woke a Grass-Root Movement?

    - Inter Press Service

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb 08 (IPS) - “Woke” was for a century, especially among black people in the US, an inspirational concept. However, almost overnight it turned into a pejorative. Like using the term “politically correct” as an insult, calling someone “woke” came to imply that the referred person’s views are excessively ridiculous, or even despicable. Being “anti-woke” has become an indication that you do not belong to an assumed group of “do-gooders”, who at the expense of right-minded “ordinary” citizens assert the demands of interest groups, which declare themselves to be discriminated against due to their ethnicity/race, gender, sexual preference, and/or physical or psychological disabilities.

  3. Embodying the Spirit of the Dragon

    - Inter Press Service

    BEIJING, Feb 08 (IPS) - The Year of the Dragon is upon us.

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for this Lunar New Year, “The dragon symbolizes energy, wisdom, protection and good luck. We need these qualities to rise to today’s global challenges.”

  4. Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting in Asia Remain a Neglected Problem

    - Inter Press Service

    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, Feb 06 (IPS) - Significant advances have been made in Africa towards ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asia, where FGM/C occurs in at least ten countriesbut governments across the region are failing to take effective action. Women’s rights organizations are calling for states to introduce much-needed laws to criminalize FGM, provide national data on the extent and nature of the practice, and adequately fund efforts to tackle this regionally neglected problem.

  5. Moimuna Nursing Institute Ushers Hope for Vulnerable Rural Girls in Bangladesh

    - Inter Press Service

    THAKURGAON, Bangladesh, Feb 06 (IPS) - After passing her secondary school certificate (SCC) in 2019, Sweety Akter went door-to-door to collect money to enroll in a college, but she wasn't successful.

  6. World News in Brief: Unprecedented cholera spike in Africa, Julian Assange extradition update, locusts compound Sudan crisis

    - UN News

    Cholera cases are surging globally, and there’s been an unprecedented spike in Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

  7. In Africa, Witch Branding Destroys Elderly Women's Lives

    - Inter Press Service

    ABUJA, Feb 01 (IPS) - One day in October 2020, Serah Akpan, 70, was seated in her house at Boki Local Government in Cross River, southern Nigeria, when she heard the murmurings of irate youth outside. Before she could grasp what was really happening, they had broken into her house, bundled her outside, and threatened to kill her for allegedly being a witch.

  8. Cancer rates set to rise 77 per cent by 2050

    - UN News

    Global cancer cases are expected to rise around 77 per cent by the middle of the century, UN health authorities said on Thursday, highlighting the growing burden of the disease.

  9. Discrimination, a Killer of Dreams for People Affected by Leprosy

    - Inter Press Service

    GENEVA, Jan 31 (IPS) - Zero leprosy is not an impossible dream—Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination at the Global Appeal 2024 to End Stigma and Discrimination Against Persons Affected by LeprosyTuji Sode detached himself from his family and hid himself from the public, embarrassed by his condition, which in biblical times meant exclusion from society and even death.

  10. Prospects for Commonwealth Countries, Addressing Gaps and Shaping Expectations for COP29

    - Inter Press Service

    LONDON, Jan 31 (IPS) - The 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) marked a pivotal moment in the global efforts to combat climate change. Held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the participation of delegates from around the world, COP28 showcased a commitment to drive genuine strides in climate action, bringing optimism and progress to the forefront. Here we explore the implications of COP28 outcomes for small and other vulnerable Commonwealth countries and identify the gaps that still need attention. Additionally, it will discuss concrete expectations for COP29, focusing on critical discussions held at COP28.

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