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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. India’s Trinity of Challenges

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    NEW DELHI, Mar 27 (IPS) - The exigencies of combatting the coronavirus pandemic on a war-footing -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide stay-at-home lockdown for 21 days to break the chain of transmission -- has certainly deflected attention from equally pressing challenges confronting India.

    The nation's capital witnessed horrific communal violence when the US President was visiting India, triggering international outrage, including from the South. The economy also deserves attention as growth has been decelerating since 2016-17. With the virus shock, the pace of expansion will contract as the economy shuts down and slides into recession.

  5. Coronavirus Worsens Yemen’s Long Tale of Woe

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    SANA’A, Yemen, Mar 26 (IPS) - Abdul Mohammed is a humanitarian worker for Oxfam Yemen In every room in Yemen's Al-Saba'een hospital, patients in critical condition waited on chairs, and still others laid on the bare ground. I saw women and girls sharing beds in pairs, and children laying close together being treated.

  6. East Asian Lessons for Controlling Covid-19

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 26 (IPS) - By the third week of March 2020, the number of Covid-19 deaths in Italy had overtaken the number of deaths in China. Authorities all over the world are restricting the movements of their populations as part of efforts to control the spread of Covid-19.

  7. 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.

  8. What does U.N. Secretary General’s Call for Ceasefire Mean for Countries in Conflict?

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 25 (IPS) - Conflict experts are concerned the the global ceasefire called for by the United Nations amid the coronavirus outbreak may not work and could lead to a rise in violence.

  9. 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.

  10. White Supremacists, Yellow Peril & “Chinese Virus” Add to a Volatile Mix

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - When US President Donald Trump repeatedly characterized the fast-spreading COVID-19 as a "Chinese virus" last week, it prompted some white supremacists to resurrect an age old ethnic slur against Chinese and East Asians: the "Yellow Peril" which, in a bygone era, was touted as a xenophobic threat to the Western world.

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