January 23, 2018

Category Archives: Current Issues

Rohingyas: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis

Rohingyas: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 16 (IPS) – Ferdous Begum was cleaning her child after he had defecated in the open, using leaves she collected from a nearby tree at Bangladesh’s Teknaf Nature Park. The settlement is packed with Rohingya refugees who fled military persecution in Myanmar since August.Read the full story, “Rohingyas: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

How a Venezuelan Living with HIV Could Change the Way Mexico Deals with Refugees

How a Venezuelan Living with HIV Could Change the Way Mexico Deals with Refugees

MEXICO CITY, Dec 21 (IPS) – As Daniel*, a 26-year-old architect, stood before a visibly exhausted doctor in the main public hospital of the once-idyllic beach resort town of Isla Margarita, northern Venezuela, a terrifying premonition took hold of him.Read the full story, “How a Venezuelan Living with HIV Could Change the Way Mexico Deals with Refugees”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

No Health Protection for Migrant-Women Healthcare Givers

No Health Protection for Migrant-Women Healthcare Givers

ROME, Dec 18 (IPS) – While the media may be attracted by images of migrants drowning or sold as slaves, another flagrant but lesser-known drama is that of care workers, who are overwhelmingly women, often migrants, and who make a very large contribution to global public health, but are exposed to great health risks themselves with little or no protection, let alone basic labour rights.Read the full story, “No Health Protection for Migrant-Women Healthcare Givers”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Water, Water Everywhere, Costs More Than You Might Think

Water, Water Everywhere, Costs More Than You Might Think

WASHINTON DC, Dec 18 (IPS) – Without reliable access to water, human beings cannot survive. Yet 3 out of 10 people do not have a safely managed water supply, and 6 out of 10 lack safely managed sanitation. Over 2 billion people drank water that was fecally contaminated in 2015, and the World Bank estimates that the annual cost of poor sanitation is in excess of $260 billion annually.Read the full story, “Water, Water Everywhere, Costs More Than You Might Think”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Clicktivism & Real Life Activism Potent Instruments Against Sexual Violence

Clicktivism & Real Life Activism Potent Instruments Against Sexual Violence

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (IPS) – It’s the fifth day of the 16 days campaign on violence against women but I feel like the campaign started months ago because of the powerful #MeToo campaign. While I applaud this campaign, I have some thoughts that I believe could make this a truly global watershed moment in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.Read the full story, “Clicktivism & Real Life Activism Potent Instruments Against Sexual Violence”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Six ‘Signature Solutions’ – New Development Plan for a New Era

Six ‘Signature Solutions’ – New Development Plan for a New Era

ROME, Nov 30 (IPS) – While the top priority of any development strategy is still the same – to leave no one behind – the new challenges that have emerged show the need to adapt the actions necessary to face them.Read the full story, “Six ‘Signature Solutions’ – New Development Plan for a New Era”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) – A vibrant global campaign to ban the use of mercury in dentistry is shifting direction: moving from Europe to the developing world.Read the full story, “Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

LONDON/WASHINGTON DC, Nov 15 (IPS) – “I never come here, just because of boys,” Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. “They’re opening the door.” Atifa, a sixth grader in Kabul, Afghanistan, attends a school of 650 girls. Since they study in tents in a vacant lot, the only toilets the girls have access to are on the far side of the boys’ school next door. The school is one of a very few for girls in the area, so some students walk over an hour each way to get there.Read the full story, “Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’

ROME, Nov 16 (IPS) – It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture –and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?Read the full story, “Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

LONDON, Nov 16 (IPS) – This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)– and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.Read the full story, “Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading