Tag: Health

Pandemic experts express concern over avian influenza spread to humans

Dr Jeremy Farrar, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the avian influenza virus – which is also known as H5N1 – has had an “extremely high” mortality rate among the several hundred people known to have been infected with it to date. To date, no human-to-human H5N1 transmission has been recorded. […]

Women Affected by Gender-Biased Climate Change Deserve Justice

More research is needed into the negative impacts of climate change on women for them to access climate justice. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS by Busani Bafana (bulawayo) Thursday, April 11, 2024 Inter Press Service BULAWAYO, Apr 11 (IPS) – While research into the unequal impacts of climate change on women is growing, more is needed to enable […]

Hong Kong’s first monkey virus case – what do we know about the B virus?

Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection has announced its first human case of B virus in a rare incidence of a virus being transmitted from animals to humans. The centre is urging the public to refrain from touching or feeding wild monkeys to reduce the risk of catching it. Here is what we know about […]

Endowment Funds Can Revolutionise Sarcoma Care in Developing Countries

Kaposi’s sarcoma virus. The World Health Organization predicts a 60% rise in global cancer cases over the next two decades, with an 81% increase expected in low- and middle-income countries. Credit: Shutterstock. Opinion by Nicholas Okumu (nairobi) Tuesday, April 02, 2024 Inter Press Service NAIROBI, Apr 02 (IPS) – Despite global childhood cancer mortality rates dropping […]

WHO Calls for More Data on Violence Against Older Women and Women With Disabilities

Older women and women with disabilities are underrepresented in global data on violence against women. Credit: WHO/Kiana Hayeri by Naureen Hossain (united nations) Friday, March 29, 2024 Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 (IPS) – Older women and women with disabilities experience abuse that is unique to their demographics, yet they are underrepresented in national […]

The Gambia Must Not Repeal FGM Ban

Opinion by Alimatu Dimonekene (london) Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Inter Press Service LONDON, Mar 27 (IPS) – Earlier this month, a UNICEF report on the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) showed that while some success is taking place, the pace of progress remains slow – lagging behind population growth, especially in places where FGM is […]

This is the happiest country in Asia, according to the World Happiness Report

Singapore is the happiest country in Asia according to the 2024 World Happiness Report. Matthew Ng | E+ | Getty Images Singapore is the happiest country in Asia for the second year in a row, according to the 2024 World Happiness Report released Wednesday. The city-state ranked 30 out of the 143 places surveyed for […]

No evidence of brain injury in people suffering ‘Havana Syndrome’: US study

US research agency finds no ‘biological abnormalities’ in US officials reporting incidents, but says symptoms are real. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States has found no evidence that government employees reporting symptoms of the “Havana Syndrome” suffer from “biological abnormalities”, including brain injury. In a statement announcing its study on Monday, […]

Africans Can Solve the Disease that Haunts Us Heres How

It is critical that African scientists tackle African problems, and the reasons extend beyond access. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS. Opinion by Khisi Mdluli (boston, us) Friday, March 15, 2024 Inter Press Service BOSTON, US, Mar 15 (IPS) – I was born in Brakpan, Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in eSwatini (known then as Swaziland). People in […]

Tunisia’s Fields of Resilience: The reality for female farmworkers

In rural Tunisia, a mother toils in the fields to secure life-changing surgery for her daughter. From the cold of winter to the scorching heat of summer, Noura works long hours in Tunisia’s fertile fields to earn a living. Alongside other women, Noura travels every day to the farm on the back of a truck. […]

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