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Details: A look at global health issues. Millions die each year from easily preventable diseases. Global factors such as poverty, access to health care, patent issues at the world trade organization (WTO) and the power of pharmaceutical companies are major problems. Global health initiatives to fight AIDS/HIV, malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and other global diseases have showed some encouraging …

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Health Care Around the World — Global Issues

Details: Health provision varies around the world. Almost all wealthy nations provide universal health care (the US is an exception). Health provision is challenging due to the costs required as well as various social, cultural, political and economic conditions.

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COVID-19: Vaccines donated next year, ‘too late for those

Details: Millions more COVID vaccines need to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated, by the middle of 2022.

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Health in the Media — Global Issues

Details: Ludicrous health claims about food, where journalists are every but as guilty as nutritionists (p.224), and; How science is perceived and portrayed resulting in a structural misleading of the public. His examples, he admits, are too many, and will certainly not be possible to list here apart from some generalizations.

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To Improve Global Health Security, We Must Not Abandon

Details: Future health threats could develop from different origins, patterns, nature or impact. All aspects of One Health must be included if we are to improve global health security, including tackling other diseases, such as NTDs. This will be a win-win for people and countries everywhere.

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One Health Approach Key to Tackling Africas Challenges

Details: One Health Approach Key to Tackling Africas Challenges. COVID-19 has shown that we need to act fast as changes at the interface of humans, livestock and wildlife are driving increased risk of emerging disease threats across the globe. Credit: Marc-André Boisvert/IPS. Opinion by Olanike Adeyemo ( ibadan, nigeria) Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

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‘Digital dumpsites’ study highlights growing threat to

Details: The health of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide is at risk from the illegal processing of old electrical or electronic devices, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, in a landmark new report on the toxic threat.

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COVID-19: Wealthy nations urged to delay youth vaccines

Details: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday appealed for wealthier countries to delay vaccinating younger people against COVID-19 and instead donate doses to the COVAX global vaccine solidarity initiative. Speaking during WHO ’s bi-weekly media briefing, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated his warning against

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New WHO guidance aims to stamp out rights violations in

Details: ‘A more holistic approach’ The guidance recommends that mental health provision should be located in the community and include support for daily living, such as facilitating access to accommodation, as well as education and employment services. “This comprehensive new guidance provides a strong argument for a much faster transition from mental health services that use coercion …

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Obesity — Global Issues

Details: Obesity is a growing global health problem. Obesity is when someone is so overweight that it is a threat to their health. Obesity typically results from over-eating (especially an unhealthy diet) and lack of enough exercise. In our modern world with increasingly cheap, high calorie food (example, fast food — or junk food ), prepared foods

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WHO warns of ‘two-track pandemic’ as cases decline but

Details: Even though COVID-19 cases and deaths have declined in recent weeks, the world is facing a “two-track pandemic”, the UN’s top health official said on Monday in his ongoing campaign to get more vaccines to developing countries.

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For People with Disabilities, COVID-19 Lays Bare the

Details: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over one billion people live with some form of disability. UN officials said this week that COVID-19 has shown the rest of the world what people with disabilities know all too well – isolation, mobility restrictions and challenges accessing basic services.

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Drug Use is a Health Issue

Details: Drug Use is a Health Issue - We Need to Decriminalize. APIA, Samoa, Feb 25 (IPS) - Vulnerable people need support, not stricter laws. Earlier this month, and in December 2020 the Government of Samoa conducted operations that resulted in the confiscation of a total of 1,400 grams of methamphetamine at the border, smuggled from the US.

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The Caribbean Looks to Research for Answers to COVID-19

Details: UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - The Caribbean Public Health Agency is banking on high-quality research to inform policy, programming and clinical practice, amid ‘unceasing’ public health challenges. In 1956, the Caribbean held its first major scientific meeting, organised by the Standing Advisory Committee for Medical Research in the British Caribbean. At the time, the Mayaro Virus, a

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Women Leading Somalia’s Health System — Global Issues

Details: NEW DELHI, India, May 17 (IPS) - Somalia is one of the most complex regions of the world, with threats and political instability, extreme weather conditions, movement of internally displaced people (IDPs), decades of conflict, poverty-related deprivation, poor health and communicable diseases that are killing people. There is a constant risk of gender violence making women, children and

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Nine in 10 African nations set to miss urgent COVID

Details: Public health measures “A combination of public health measures and vaccination – not one or the other - is the way out of this pandemic,” Dr Kluge insisted. To encourage people to protect themselves and others from coronavirus, WHO-Europe and UNICEF Europe and Central Asia have launched a joint campaign with some key do’s and don’ts.

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One in every 100 dies by their own hand, each suicide ‘a

Details: Since half of all mental health conditions appear before children reach 14, adolescence is a critical period, according to WHO, which encourages anti-bullying programmes, support services and clear protocols for people working in schools when suicide risk is identified. Prevent heartbreak

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Protecting Women’s Reproductive Health During the Pandemic

Details: The right to non-discriminatory access to women's health services is part of the right to health under international law and domestic law in most countries. Governments need to find ways to protect this right, even in the pandemic. Denying these services will undermine women's ability to recover from the pandemic.

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Developing Country Health Professionals Sidelined in

Details: Developing Country Health Professionals Sidelined in Canadian Healthcare. TORONTO, Canada, Jun 15 (IPS) - In Canada, we are fortunate to have many talented newcomers eager to contribute to the country, including thousands of doctors from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who meet Canadian standards but are blocked from becoming practicing

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Protecting Mental Health of Families in a Pandemic

Details: Thus, the impact of pandemics on the mental health outcomes of children and their families must be explored as a distinct phenomenon. We suggest three ways to enable this: Improve access to psycho-social support for families, parents and children during lockdowns in pandemic situations. Globally, there is a second wave of the pandemic.

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Implementation Research to Achieve Health Related #SDGs

Details: Maternal health is often overlooked in many countries, focusing only on treating complications when deemed ‘necessary’. However, contrary to that, maternal health care needs to cover all the aspects of a mother’s health, starting from pre-pregnancy to …

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News headlines for “Health Issues” — Global Issues

Details: The health of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide is at risk from the illegal processing of old electrical or electronic devices, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, in a landmark new report on the toxic threat.

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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa — Global Issues

Details: The latest Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak in the history of the disease. The epidemic began at the end of 2013, in Guinea. From there it …

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Why the Coronavirus Should Worry Us All — Global Issues

Details: Therefore, global health security should be given the same priority as national security. The history of infectious disease outbreak is not new. In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic infected about 500 million people globally (a third of world's population …

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Drones deliver blood to prevent maternal death in Botswana

Details: Drones for Health In May, the university, the government and the United Nations Population Fund joined forces to launch Botswana’s first drone delivery project, called “Drones For Health.With this initiative, Botswana also became the first country in southern Africa and third on the African continent, after Ghana and Rwanda, to pilot drone technology for health care support.

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Yemen: Health, environment and economy remain under threat

Details: Yemen: Health, environment and economy remain under threat from stricken oil tanker. There has been no further investigation into the state of the FSO Safer, a stricken tanker anchored just 4.8 nautical miles off the Yemen coast, meaning the risk of a massive oil leak continues to grow with each passing day, a senior UN official told the

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Vaccine equity at heart of new $50 billion plan to end

Details: Vaccine equity at heart of new $50 billion plan to end pandemic, drive recovery. Governments are being urged to finance a new $50 billion roadmap to end the COVID-19 pandemic and drive a fast recovery, announced on Tuesday by the heads of the world’s predominant global financing, health and trade agencies. The plan seeks to scale-up supplies

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Vaccine equity the ‘challenge of our time’, WHO chief

Details: With the number of new COVID-19 cases nearly doubling over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate the world has seen during the pandemic, the unequal distribution of vaccines is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating, the head of the UN health agency told a special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council …

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Q&A: Documenting COVID-19 Effect on Youth Sexual and

Details: UNITED NATIONS, Feb 05 (IPS) - With the COVID-19 pandemic adding complex layers of challenges to the issue of sexual and reproductive health for the youth, governments should prioritise documenting these effects for data collection purposes, co-founder and team leader of the Youth Alliance for Reproductive Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, told IPS in an interview.

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AIDS in Africa — Global Issues

Details: The privatization of health care in Africa has created a two-tier system which reinforces economic and social inequalities. As health care has become an expensive privilege, the poor have been unable to pay for essential services. The result has been …

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How Senegal is Providing Reproductive Health Services to

Details: The country's version of Universal Health Coverage is Maladie Universelle (CMU) rests on mutual health organisations (MHOs) that provide health insurance wherein each person contributes a yearly enrolment fee that is matched by the government. The annual member contribution to the mutual health insurance is CFAF 3,500 (USD 6).

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HEALTH: Fukushima, Chernobyl Raise Questions about WHO's

Details: According to health data cited by the book, more than 80 percent of children in the areas of Ukraine, Belarus - the Soviet republic of Belarussia at the time — and Russia that were contaminated by Chernobyl were in good health prior to the accident, while 'fewer than 20 percent are well' today.

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Tobacco — Global Issues

Details: However, health officials worry that their advertising (which has all the hallmarks of tobacco advertising in the past to glamorize smoking) will appeal to young people and undermine tobacco control policy. That is the concern raised in the British Medical Journal. It notes that not only are marketing efforts being directed at consumers, but

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A Grey Cloud Over Lebanon: Mental Health Burdens — Global

Details: “The impact of Covid on mental health is a very significant and serious one. People are in a constant state of fear with worry and anxiety; many are losing their loved ones, which is also causing a lot of people to be in grief” explained the mental health expert Atoui. In fact, Lebanon is seeing thousands of new contaminations per day with

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HEALTH: Rich and Poor Suffer Both Infectious and

Details: The WHO figures show that there is still a huge gap in health spending between low- and high-income countries, averaging an annual 32 dollars per capita in the former and 400 dollars per capita in the latter. The study reports that high-income countries have, per capita, 10 times more doctors, 12 times more nurses and midwives and 30 times more

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Drug Users Often Do Not Seek Help Because They Fear Legal

Details: Many people can eat and enjoy a sweet without becoming addicted, but those that do are in danger of serious health issues. Worse, they instill the addiction in their children. Sugar is a largely untreated addiction common in Pacific countries, including Samoa.

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Sex Education and Women´s Health — Global Issues

Details: Ignorance about reproductive health is currently threatening to increase rates of teen pregnancy, communicable diseases, misogyny and abuse of girls and adolescents. Attacking gender equality and sex education in the guise of opposition to norm criticism may prove to be harmful to the entire society and not the least the wellbeing of women

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Causes of Hunger are related to Poverty — Global Issues

Details: The first three stats come from a report by UK-based Centre for Food Policy, Thames Valley University and UK Public Health Association, titled Why health is the key for the future of farming and food, January 24, 2002.See page 10, Table 1 for the data.

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HEALTH: Diabetes Wreaks Havoc in Mauritius — Global Issues

Details: Mauritians' health is seriously threatened by a disease that could easily be avoided with good nutrition and exercise, health experts say. A quarter of the 1.2 million population is suffering from diabetes, while almost 30 percent more are pre-diabetic. Many others are unaware of their condition, according to a new study by the national health

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Without Universal Health Coverage We Are Sitting Ducks

Details: Responses to health emergencies cannot succeed if any part of the world is left behind. The central importance of universal health coverage and ensuring healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages, as manifested in Sustainable Development Goal 3, (SDG3) by 2030, is clear.

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Global Warming Threatens Europe's Public Health — Global

Details: Parched olive groves in northern Croatia, where West Nile Virus has already claimed one victim this year. West Nile Virus infections have sharply increased in Europe this year, the World Health Organisation says, largely due to a longer transmission season in the region which this year saw high temperatures and extended rainy spells followed by dry weather, helping mosquito breeding and

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HEALTH: Southern Researchers Fill Gap on Neglected

Details: The Global Health Accelerator (GHA) project would help get innovative NTD-related health products to distant markets by connecting a diverse international community of biotech innovators, facilitate public-private partnerships, provide business support services, and operate as an independent hub linking companies, investors, and interested parties.

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Haiti — Global Issues

Details: Since 2001, human rights activists and humanitarian workers in Haiti have documented numerous cases of opposition vigilantes killing government officials and bystanders in attacks on the state power station, health clinics, police stations and government vehicles. The US government did not condemn any of these killings.

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HEALTH: Vaccines, Antibiotics Could Slash Pneumonia Deaths

Details: The local community health worker diagnosed her with severe pneumonia, gave her a dose of antibiotics, and advised her grandfather to take her to the hospital over 19 miles away. Marta beat pneumonia, thanks to a proper medical assessment and life-saving drugs, but nearly two million other children in developing nations won't be as lucky.

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HEALTH: New Task Force Targets Poor in Breast Cancer Fight

Details: Whatever the cause, health care systems in the developing world are limited in their training to detect it and in their technology to treat it. 'Resources people take for granted in the United States and Canada don't exist in much of the world,' said Dr. Lawrence Shulman, M.D., chief medical officer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya: A Crisis of Health, Education

Details: NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.That almost one in five Kenyan teenage girls is a mother represents not only a huge cost to the health sector, but also a betrayal of potential on a shocking scale.

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