"I Was Blind, But Now I See" Celebrating Malawis Progress on World NTD Day — Global Issues

Vainesi, a former trachoma trichiasis patient, cheers in celebration knowing that trachoma has been eliminated in Malawi. Vainesi had suffered with the pain caused by trachoma for 10 years before a local disability mobiliser encouraged her to go to the hospital for treatment. Opinion by Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera (lilongwe) Monday, January…

ASEAN Parliamentarians Cannot Escape ‘Lawfare’ or Violations of their Human Rights — Global Issues

Credit: ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) Opinion by Jan Servaes (brussels) Monday, January 30, 2023 Inter Press Service BRUSSELS, Jan 30 (IPS) – Parliamentarians worldwide face increasing human rights violations and a greater risk of reprisal simply for exercising their mandate or expressing their ideas and opinions. Asia follows the…

The Year of Debt Distress and Damaging Development Trade-Off — Global Issues

Opinion by Anis Chowdhury (sydney) Friday, January 27, 2023 Inter Press Service SYDNEY, Jan 27 (IPS) – As the year 2022 drew to an end, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) warned, “Developing countries face ‘impossible trade-off’ on debt”, that spiralling debt in low and middle-income countries (LMICs)…

Erdogans Desperate Bid to Become the New Atatrk — Global Issues

Opinion by Alon Ben-Meir (new york) Friday, January 27, 2023 Inter Press Service NEW YORK, Jan 27 (IPS) – As Turkey approaches its centennial anniversary this October, President Erdogan is stopping short of nothing to win the election in June to fulfill his life-time dream of presiding over the celebration. The…

Solar Energy Useless Without Good Batteries in Brazils Amazon Jungle — Global Issues

Solar panels with a capacity to generate 30 kilowatts no longer work in the Darora Community of the Macuxi people, an indigenous group from Roraima, a state in the far north of Brazil. The batteries only worked for a month before they were damaged because they could not withstand the…

New Business Technology Transfer Provides Benefits for African Pharmaceutical Industry — Global Issues

The African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation will be hosted by Rwanda. It is part of the African Development Bank’s commitment to spend at least USD 3 billion over the next ten years to support Africa’s pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing sector. Medical and pharmaceutical experts pose for a group photo with their…

Pope, Sasakawa in Global Appeal for a Leprosy Free World — Global Issues

Pope Francis and Yohei Sasakawa, Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination led a global appeal to end leprosy and the stigmatization of those impacted. The pope’s statement was read to the second international symposium on Hansen’s Disease in Rome hosted by the Holy See, Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative, the French…