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Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

“Depression: let’s talk” says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. The new estimates have been released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO’s year-long campaign “Depression: let’s talk”.

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U.S. State Department Renews Commitment To Eliminate Sexual Violence In Conflict

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Recommitting to Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict Recognizing the International Day to Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 19, Betty Bernstein-Zabza, senior adviser and director of operations of the secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department, writes, “Today, we renew our commitment to combat sexual violence…More


At Least 750K Children In Eastern Ukraine At Risk Of Losing Access To Safe Drinking Water After…

U.N. News Centre: Ukraine: 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns U.N. “With the recent escalation of hostilities damaging vital water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, at least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned [Friday]…” (6/16).


Reuters Investigation Examines WHO Cancer Agency’s Review Of Glyphosate

Reuters: Cancer agency left in the dark over glyphosate evidence “The World Health Organization’s cancer agency says a common weedkiller is ‘probably carcinogenic.’ The scientist leading that review knew of fresh data showing no cancer link — but he never mentioned it and the agency did not take it into account…” (Kelland, 6/14).


Proposed NIH Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Medical Innovation, Research

STAT: Cutting the NIH budget is bad for health and business Kenneth C. Anderson, president of the American Society of Hematology and a hematologic oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute “…Basic scientific research conducted at the NIH and through grants awarded to academic institutions creates the basis for the transformative medicines that industry brings to millions…More


11 Cost-Effective Uses of Drones in ICT for Agriculture

In February CRS, in collaboration with NetHope, flew a drone, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), over cashew farms in central Benin. Just from a first look at the images we could see immediately that there were several issues the farmers needed to address. We could see where there is space available to plant more trees and how many could be planted, where trees needed to be thinned out, where there had been burning, and areas for follow-up due to invasive weeds or other problems. Register now for ICTforAg 2017 to learn more about drones in agriculture Since then, we have found software that automatically tells us: tree counts, crop stress, and gradient changes that can show where water goes. These are hard to detect with the human eye, yet with this information, the field agent can use his limited and expensive time to pinpoint areas that need an in-person visit.


Financial Times Special Report Examines Access To Health Care

Financial Times: FT Health: Access to Healthcare “Growing and aging populations around the world are creating stronger demand for health care. Yet limited money and out of date infrastructure mean policymakers in rich and poor countries alike are faced with the challenge of making sure their citizens have access to the resources they need…” (Multiple…More


The secret, hidden pricetag on your cola bottle

0000-0002-1767-4576The line at the convenience store is three people deep. Standing in front of me is a 40-something man with a bottle of cola and a newspaper. In front of him, a mother paying her utility bill accompanied by her young daughter. The mum and child leave, and the man moves forward to pay. “Two dollars?” I overhear him exclaim with surprise… “I remember when a bottle of cola was one!” As he pays and heads for the door, I too grab a newspaper and cannot help but notice the story on the front cover: the mounting crisis of costs from an obesity epidemic gripping not just the nation, but the planet – the economic and health systems already struggling to keep pace.


‘Little Short Of A Revolution’ Needed To Improve Mental Health Care Worldwide, U.N. Expert…

U.N. News Centre: Nothing short of a ‘sea change’ will end years of gross neglect in mental health care — U.N. expert “Citing decades of neglect in mental health care, a United Nations human rights expert [Tuesday] denounced ‘biomedical gatekeepers’ who perpetuate stigma and urged States and psychiatrists to act with courage to reform a…More


Meet Arogya World Staff: Rajat Gupta

Arogya World Fellow Mallika Rao interviewed Rajat Gupta. Rajat Gupta knows a thing or two about business development. With several top positions under his belt, Gupta became an independent consultant in 2009, and now works with Arogya World to develop and execute fundraising strategies. He talked about his experience with Arogya and his personal connection to the organization’s mission. Tell me about your role in Arogya World and how you got involved.


Estimated 100K Children Threatened By Violence In Mosul, UNICEF Warns

Associated Press: UNICEF: 100,000 children in dangerous conditions in Mosul “Mosul’s children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fight between U.S.-backed government forces and the Islamic State group in the city’s western half, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Monday…” (Salaheddin, 6/5). Deutsche Welle: UNICEF reports 100,000 children trapped in extreme danger in…More


U.S. Sens. Van Hollen, Sullivan Ask Secretary Of State Tillerson For Briefing On State…

The Hill: Senators press Tillerson on potential State Department cuts “A bipartisan pair of senators is pressing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the nascent plans to reorganize the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), warning of the potential for damaging reductions to foreign assistance. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and…More


Governments Need To Change Mindset About Non-Communicable Diseases, ‘Modest Actions’ Can…

Bloomberg View: Small Steps Can Save Millions of Lives Michael R. Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News “For the first time in human history, more people around the world are dying from noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease and cancer,…More


What the U.S. resistance can’t imagine

Grassroots activists and organizations led by people in the Global South are already creating the future we can’t yet see.


Three Clinicians Bring Pioneering Mental Health Services to Remote Villages in Liberia

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthA view inside the mental health office at J.J. Dossen hospital in southeast Liberia. A village healer warned that if she crossed the river, then bad things would happen, but in Regina’s* youth there was no need to worry. She grew up, helped around the house, and married


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