Author Archives: Humanosphere

El Salvador prison releases woman jailed for miscarriage

A Salvadoran court has released Maria Teresa Rivera, a woman jailed for having a miscarriage. The decision to release Rivera, who was jailed in 2012, is a symbol of hope to the many women incarcerated on wrongful abortion charges in the Central American nation. Rivera, 33, was arrested in a hospital after her mother-in-law found

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Outcry over ban of LGBT groups from global AIDS conference

Human rights advocates from major Western nations and organizations are protesting against a United Nations decision to bar 22 LGBT-affiliated groups from taking part in a high-level U.N. AIDS conference next month. Because the 193-member U.N. General Assembly operates by consensus, the countries calling for the ban  – Russia, Tanzania and 52 countries in the

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World is ‘not prepared to cope’ in the face of global health threats, WHO chief warns

Zika, Ebola, MERS coronavirus and yellow fever have shown that the world is not prepared to deal with the rapid spread of infectious diseases, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. Margaret Chan opened the 69th World Health Assembly with remarks that underscored the many gaps that exist as an unprecedented

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News in the Humanosphere: Greece to shut down border camp

Greece said Monday it will step up efforts to clear the squalid camp of Idomeni where over 8,400 migrants remain on the border with Macedonia after braving a winter in vain hope of being allowed through to Europe. ‘The transfer of refugees trapped at Idomeni to hospitality areas probably begins tomorrow (Tuesday),’ Yiorgos Kyritsis, the

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News in the Humanosphere: Donor countries warn Kenya following violent crackdowns on protesters

Levels of violence are increasing. “Kenya’s biggest donors and the UN on Tuesday warned against violence after three died as police suppressed opposition demonstrators demanding a change of leadership at the electoral commission ahead of next year’s polls. Police said two people died of gunshot wounds in the western town of Siaya on Monday, and

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News in the Humanosphere: At least 7 dead after western Indonesia volcano eruption

The death toll in the eruption of a volcano in western Indonesia rose to seven on Sunday, with two other people in critical condition, as an official warned of more eruptions. Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 2 miles into the sky on Saturday, said National Disaster Management Agency

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World Humanitarian Summit: Historic achievement or failure?

Today saw the start of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The gathering, meant to rally the humanitarian sector to make needed reforms, is being touted as “historic” for its potential to change the way the world responds to humanitarian crises. While there is general agreement that reforms are needed, not everyone thinks

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Secret vote on WHO bodes ill for future of global health

Everybody is talking about how best to reform the WHO, arguably the best vehicle for coordinating the ever-changing global health agenda. But a new election process using secret ballots for appointing the next director-general is hardly a promising start.

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News in the Humanosphere: The most welcoming country to refugees is…

China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees, according to a new survey of citizens’ attitudes published on Thursday, with Germany ranking second and Britain third. In its first ever report to record global acceptance of refugees, Amnesty International surveyed more than 27,000 people across 27 countries and found that 80 percent

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WHO: Yellow fever outbreak concerning, but not a global emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) declined to classify the ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a public health emergency. Rather, the U.N. health body characterized the outbreak, which has killed nearly 300 people, as a matter that is “serious and of great concern.” “We determined that the

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Study finds ‘devastatingly high child poverty’ rates among Canada’s indigenous…

Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than their non-aboriginal counterparts, according to new findings released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, which delves into poverty rates on reserves and in the territories as measured by income, also says that for children living

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Peter Piot: From tropical medicine to global health

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is also well known for his role in co-discovering the Ebola virus in then-Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1976. We start by unpacking the etymology of the term “global health” and how the organization

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U.S. presidential campaign in the Humanosphere #3: What about the rest of the world?

This is the third story in a running series of dispatches providing analysis on issues that come up in the U.S. presidential primaries and election that are relevant to the Humanosphere. Global poverty and inequality will get scant attention from the campaigns, but issues raised and ideas tabled during the process will have an impact

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New map could help protect indigenous land in Central America

The areas occupied by hundreds of thousands of indigenous peoples have been plotted on a groundbreaking new map of Central America. According to the map’s creators, the new wealth of information could help protect valuable regions from deforestation and harmful development. The main purpose of the map, which was financed by the Danish government, National Geographic and the International Union

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