Saturday , December 14th , 2019  

AUDIO: If We Are to Achieve Zero-leprosy by 2030, This Is the Best Time and Opportunity

By Stella PaulDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 13 2019 – Dr Rahat Chawdhury is the Deputy Program Manager at the National Leprosy Program of Bangladesh. His is the umbrella organization of hundreds of doctors, technical experts, counsellors, strategists, health advocates, field workers and thousands of leprosy-affected people as the beneficiaries. In Dhaka, the past two days, Chowdhury has been busy...

AUDIO: “We Cannot Achieve Zero-Leprosy by 2030 Without a Vaccine” – WHO Team Leader

By Stella PaulDHAKA, Dec 13 2019 – Dr Erwin Cooreman is the Team Leader of WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme. This week, he is in Dhaka to attend the National Conference on Leprosy, which was inaugurated by the prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. In her speech, she reiterated her commitment to make the country Zero-Leprosy by 2030. On the sidelines of the conference, IPS interviewed...

Haiti’s Cry for Help as Climate Change is Compared to an Act of Violence against the Island Nation

Haiti’s Environment Minister Joseph Jouthe says that “climate change is a very big terror in Haiti”, and without funds the Caribbean island nation is unable to adapt and mitigate against it. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Desmond BrownMADRID, Dec 13 2019 – Haiti’s Environment Minister Joseph Jouthe has compared the climate emergency to a violent act and appealed to the international community...

How Climate Change is Fuelling Insurgency of Nigeria’s Militant Boko Haram

Industrial Energy Efficiency is a Climate Solution

Staff from MCI Santé Animale, one of the 18 companies that have participated in energy management training organized by UNIDO´s Industrial Energy Accelerator in partnership with the Moroccan government, at work, as the country moves to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel imports. Credit: UNIDO By Tareq EmtariahVIENNA, Dec 13 2019 – At a time when the world is battling unprecedented drought,...

COP 25: ‘Africa’s future depends on solidarity’ Leaders and development partners rally around climate change goals

Credit: AFDB By PRESS RELEASEMADRID, Spain, Dec 13 2019 (IPS-Partners) There was standing room only as ministers, diplomats, activists and journalists gathered at the IFEMA conference centre in Madrid to mark Africa Day at the COP 25 climate meeting. Speakers called for a united front to tackle the challenges of climate change in Africa. In the opening statement for Africa Day on Tuesday, Yasmin...

The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

International Court of Justice in The Hague. Credit: United Nations By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 2019 – Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya...

Commonwealth: Commit to Limit Global Warming or Face Irreversible Impacts

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland said there is urgent need for higher climate ambition to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 ° Celsius – or risk severe and irreversible impacts. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Desmond BrownMADRID, Dec 12 2019 – Commonwealth countries, including those in the Caribbean, continue to push for more ambition, following reports that a...

Sasakawa Vows to Continue Support for Fighting Leprosy in Bangladesh

Chairman of the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation in Japan Yohey Sasakawa speaking at the Conference of Organizations of Persons Affected by Leprosy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS By Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 2019 – Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa, has assured Bangladesh of continuing support for...

Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh

Feroza Begum, Leprosy activist. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS By Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 2019 – When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the deep-seated prejudice in her society that the disease is a curse from Allah (God). “ I was affected with leprosy disease, nobody accepted me (in the past)....