"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…

Will the Ukraine War be Resolved With Talks– or with Tanks? — Global Issues

US M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank Credit: Military.com by Thalif Deen (united nations) Monday, January 30, 2023 Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 (IPS) – After much reluctance, the US and its Western allies last week agreed to provide Ukraine with some of the world’s most sophisticated battle tanks: American-made…

WHO calls for more action to end ‘cycles of poverty and stigma’ related to tropical diseases — Global Issues

To mark World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, the UN agency has released a report highlighting progress and challenges in delivering care for these 20 conditions, which mainly affect the world’s poorest people.  NTDs are caused by a variety of pathogens including viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi and toxins, and can be…

human rights abuses must be addressed, says UN probe — Global Issues

The UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya was established by the Human Rights Council in June 2020, to investigate alleged abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed in Libya since 2016. The panel’s latest official visit to Libya which ended on Sunday heard testimony from victims’…

COVID-19 remains an international health threat — Global Issues

Tedros’s decision follows the advice offered at the latest coronavirusEmergency Committee meeting last Friday, held at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva via videoconference. “There is little doubt that this virus will remain a permanently established pathogen in humans and animals for the foreseeable future,” the Committee said. It…