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  1. A Story of Triumphs and Tribulations: Implementing Services for Autism in Bangladesh

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Mar 30 (IPS) - A few days ago, a friend said to me that my focus on autism, although rather successful, had "sucked out all energy from other critical areas of social need in Bangladesh."

    My friend wanted to know if I would be interested in expanding my visibility and successful approach to autism, to other issues that have apparently been left by the wayside due to everyone's eagerness to work on an issue popular with the Prime Minister's daughter!

    I know my friend's statement was meant to be provocative, but it also made me reflect on what it was that I had set out to do when I began working in this area in Bangladesh.

    Has enough been achieved for me to ‘pass on the baton' to the many others who have now dedicated themselves to this issue, thereby beginning to shift my focus towards addressing other social needs both in Bangladesh and elsewhere?

  2. Slums, Camps, Terrorism: Experts Worry about Coronavirus Hitting South Asia

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 (IPS) - As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 livesexperts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world's population

  3. Saluting IPS Journalists and Supporters during Covid19 Pandemic

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    ROME, Mar 30 (IPS) - As the coronavirus pandemic shifts around the world, now stretching even the developed health services of richer nations to breaking point, here at IPS our dedicated journalists in developing countries are standing strong in giving a voice to the Global South.

  4. Can Eswatini’s Traditional Healers Encourage HIV Testing Among People Not Accessible via Routine Healthcare Systems?

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    MBABANE, Mar 26 (IPS) - Doctor Khalishwayo is a traditional healer based in Nhlangano, a town in the Shiselweni Region, in southern Eswatini. His clients are people who consult him when they are suffering from different ailments. And he in turn diagnoses them using divine methods.

  5. COVID-19 in the Time of Insecurity

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    AMMAN, Jordan, Mar 26 (IPS) - Humankind has outlived multiple pandemics in the course of world history. The kingdoms and states of Central and Western Europe abolished the institution of serfdom once it had become clear that medieval rule in the aftermath of devastating pestilence would founder without ending the dependency and servitude that characterized the Dark Ages.

    The vulnerability of entire nations to the risk of total collapse in the absence of widespread access to the most basic healthcare in the Spanish Flu spurred governments to build the public health systems that have made the progress and development of the last hundred years possible. If the past is prologue, then continuity and survival command that we change.

  6. Improving Development Impact

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    ROME, Mar 24 (IPS) - Most developing countries have good policies, programmes and projects in place. Many of these have been prepared with assistance from development partners or international financing institutions such as the World Bank, the regional development banks, the UN agencies or bilateral aid agencies.

    Most of these are of high quality and have gone through intensive review and quality control.  The major challenge is to effectively implement these policies, programmes and projects. Unfortunately this does not often happen and leads to huge lost opportunities. This is particularly the case in the poorest countries, many of which are conflict affected. 

  7. Djibouti Intensifies Awareness-raising Efforts Against FGM

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    MBABANE, Mar 24 (IPS) - Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is still widely practised in the African country of Djibouti. Despite efforts by the government and development agencies to curb this practice, culture, tradition and religion continue to slow down progress.

  8. Why Empowering National Human Rights Institutions Helps on the Quest for Healthy Earth?

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, Mar 24 (IPS) - We are living in a critical time. As we face existential environmental challenges from climate crises to the mass extinction of species, it is difficult sometimes to see solutions and new ideas. This is why we all need to celebrate and give visibility to creative and courageous efforts of people and organizations striving towards a healthy planet for all.

  9. Stronger UN Leadership Needed to Cope with Coronavirus Threat

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 24 (IPS) - The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is hard to predict as events are still unfolding, and estimates vary dramatically. UNCTAD estimates lost output in the order of US$1 trillion, just over a third of Bloomberg's expectation of US$2.7 trillion in losses. The OECD expects global economic growth to halve from already anaemic levels.

  10. Fisherfolk Fix Both Food and Climate by Closing Fishing Grounds

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    JAKARTA, Mar 23 (IPS) - Samsul sounded very happy last Monday (Mar. 16) when recounting his experience of catching crabs worth more than $60 in a single day. 

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