‘We love Taiwan’: Domestic workers hope for more from new President Lai | Workers’ Rights News

‘We love Taiwan’: Domestic workers hope for more from new President Lai | Workers’ Rights News

Taipei, Taiwan – As Taiwan’s President William Lai Ching-te begins his four-year term, the democratic island’s legions of Southeast Asian migrant domestic workers are hoping he will push ahead with labour reforms that might improve their working lives. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Labour, there were more than 760,000 foreign…

Amid global polarisation, the pandemic agreement encourages cooperation | World Health Organization

Amid global polarisation, the pandemic agreement encourages cooperation | World Health Organization

For more than two years, countries of the world have worked together towards one historic and generational goal – to ensure we are better prepared for the next pandemic by learning lessons from the devastation caused by COVID-19. At a time when conflicts, politics and economics have wrought destruction, discord…

South Africa’s Ramaphosa signs health bill weeks before election | Elections News

South Africa’s Ramaphosa signs health bill weeks before election | Elections News

The National Health Insurance Act takes aim at South Africa’s two-tier health system. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law a bill that aims to provide universal health coverage. The president on Wednesday hailed the law as a major step towards a more just society two weeks before…

Measles outbreak kills at least 42 people in northeast Nigeria | Health News

Measles outbreak kills at least 42 people in northeast Nigeria | Health News

The deaths were recorded out of nearly 200 suspected measles cases in the state of Adamawa, official says. At least 42 people have died from a measles outbreak in a little more than a week in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Adamawa, the state’s health commissioner says. Felix Tangwami said on…

The inexplicable rise of kidney disease in Sri Lanka’s farming communities | Health

The inexplicable rise of kidney disease in Sri Lanka’s farming communities | Health

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka – In the sleepy, verdant village of Ambagaswewa, in the Polonnaruwa district of Sri Lanka’s North Central province, 63-year-old TMH Gamini Sunil Thennakoon’s life is peaceful for the most part. On the brink of retirement, he still spends most days out working his rice paddies but is…

Europe endured record number of ‘extreme heat stress’ days in 2023 | Climate Crisis News

Europe endured record number of ‘extreme heat stress’ days in 2023 | Climate Crisis News

New report warns people are increasingly at risk in a continent warming twice as fast as the global average. Europe is increasingly facing bouts of heat so intense that the human body cannot cope, climate monitors have warned. The continent endured a record number of “extreme heat stress” days in…

Deadly Sahel heatwave caused by ‘human-induced’ climate change: Study | Climate Crisis News

Deadly Sahel heatwave caused by ‘human-induced’ climate change: Study | Climate Crisis News

Mali and Burkina Faso recorded most extreme heat in what scientists called a once-in-a-200-year occurrence. Human-caused climate change contributed to an unusually intense and lethal hot spell throughout West Africa’s Sahel region in April, according to a study by World Weather Attribution (WWA), an international network of scientists focusing on…

‘No good evidence’ for gender care for youth, landmark UK review finds | LGBTQ News

‘No good evidence’ for gender care for youth, landmark UK review finds | LGBTQ News

Study commissioned by England’s health service says hormones should only be prescribed to teens with ‘extreme caution’. The evidence behind medical intervention for youth questioning their gender is “remarkably weak”, with some doctors abandoning “normal clinical approaches” to prescribe hormones to teens, a landmark review in the United Kingdom has…