Development Health Advice 

More than one million sexually transmitted infections occur every day: WHO

Highlighting the “concerning lack of progress” by countries in stopping the spread of these and other STIs, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that if left untreated, they can have a profound impact on the health of teens, adults and unborn children. “This is a wake-up call for a concerted effort to ensure everyone, everywhere can access the services they need to prevent and treat these debilitating diseases”, said Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course at WHO. Negative effects of the four curable STIs…

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Pedal power makes ‘positive impact on climate’, urges UN on World Bicycle Day

Taking to two wheels fosters “sustainable consumption and production”, and has a “positive impact on climate”, according to the UN. Moreover, biking enhances access to education, health care and sport; and the synergy between the bicycle and the cyclist raises a more intimate and immediate awareness of the local environment. According to the UN Environment Programme, even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can “save lives, help protect the environment and support poverty reduction”, the mobility needs of people who walk and cycle, mostly urban dwellers, “continue…

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‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

In a new report highlighting how few of the world’s poorest pregnant women have a doctor, nurse of midwife at their side when they need them most, the UN Children’s Fund said that more than 800 women die every day from complications, while many more mothers live with “debilitating” outcomes. At least 7,000 stillbirths also occur every day – half being babies who were alive when labour began – while 7,000 babies also die in the first month of life, UNICEF said. For far too many families, the sheer costs…

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A major win for transgender rights: UN health agency drops ‘gender identity disorder’, as official diagnosis

The update to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) has reclassified gender identity disorder, or identifying as transgender, in terms of sexuality, not a “mental disorder”. It is time for the world to recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of human nature – UN experts Classified now as “gender incongruence”, Lale Say, the Coordinator of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, explained that the move came about because the UN health agency now had a “better understanding that it was not actually a mental health condition”. On 25 May, WHO…

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: #NoTobacco Day, China’s economy, family farming, #ClimateAction

Don’t let smoking steal life’s breathtaking moments, urges UN health agency Tobacco use continues to claim around eight million lives a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, in a call for faster action from governments to tackle smoking and the “enormous” health, social, environmental and economic costs it entails. Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, marked on Friday, 31 May, WHO’s Dr Vinayak Prasad, acting Director, Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, highlighted the damage that tobacco causes to the lungs of smokers and non-smokers alike.…

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Don’t let smoking steal life’s breathtaking moments, urges UN health agency

Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, marked on Friday, 31 May, WHO’s Dr Vinayak Prasad, acting Director, Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, highlighted the damage that tobacco causes to the lungs of smokers and non-smokers alike. Why waste your breath on 🚬 when there are far greater things in life that should take your breath away? Nature 🏝 ⛰Music 🥁🎤Art 🎨🎭Family 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👪Sport ⛹️‍♀️🤽🏽‍♂️Love 👩‍❤️‍👩💑👨‍❤️‍👨 Show the 🌍what is taking your breath away! Upload a selfie 📽️ or 🖼️ 👉 https://t.co/Z7MV7trKbS pic.twitter.com/1bxXK2Z5Hm — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May…

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: violence surges in Nigeria, anti-Semitism on the march, taxing pollution to tackle climate crisis, and more

Violent attacks in Nigeria drive thousands of refugees into Niger An upsurge in violence in areas of north-west Nigeria beyond the reach of humanitarians, has forced thousands of people to flee to neighbouring Niger, UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. Warning that some 20,000 people have been uprooted from their homes since April in Nigeria’s Sokoto and Zamfara states, the agency’s Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva that UNHCR is working with authorities in Niger to help the new arrivals. Today, Niger hosts more than 380,000 refugees and asylum seekers from…

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Southern. Africa Tourism 

Eswatini Tourism: Umhlanga Reed Dance 2

This is Eswatini’s (Swaziland’s) best known cultural event, and has a more open feel than the Incwala. In this eight-day ceremony, young girls cut reeds, present them to the Queen Mother (Indlovukazi) – ostensibly to repair the windbreak around her royal residence – and then dance in celebration. Up to 40,000 girls take part, dressed up in brightly coloured attired – making it one of the biggest and most spectacular cultural events in Africa. The proper festivities kick off on day six, when dancing gets under way in the afternoon.…

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End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief

Marking the International Day on 23 May to end the almost entirely preventable condition, the head of the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, said that sufferers continue to “face devastating social stigma”.   “Shame, isolation and segregation are among the indignities faced by the hundreds of thousands of women and girls worldwide who suffer from obstetric fistula”, said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director, in a statement issued on Thursday.   Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious injuries that can occur during childbirth, leaving a hole between the…

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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction

‘Time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging more support for Sahel force The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa’s Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeeping official said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the strife-torn region’s myriad challenges. Dubbed the ‘G-5 Sahel’ after the group of countries that comprise it (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) the Joint Force, proposed by the African…

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