Friday , January 15th , 2021  

Tuberculosis Kills As Many People Each Year As COVID-19. It’s Time We Found a Better Vaccine

A TB patient at the Srinagar-based Chest Diseases Hospital in the Indian state of Kashmir. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPS By External SourceJan 15 2021 – In July 1921, a French infant became the first person to receive an experimental vaccine against tuberculosis (TB), after the mother had died from the disease. The vaccine, known as Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), is the same one still used today. This...

Legally Speaking, Is Digital Money Really Money?

Can mobile money be categorized as digital money? IOM helped Mohammed Ahmed to set up a shop in Omduram market, near Khartoum, Sudan. The initiative involves the use of mobile money to buy goods. Credit: International Organization for Migration / Yasir Elbakri By Catalina Margulis and Arthur RossiWASHINGTON DC, Jan 15 2021 – Countries are moving fast toward creating digital currencies. Or,...

Q&A: China Accused of Intimidating, Detaining Citizens Critical of COVID-19 Linked Abuses

Social distancing in a Macau Hospital waiting room. Human Rights Watch has expressed concern about human rights abuses being carried out under the guise of COVID-19 public health lockdowns in China. Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash By Alison KentishUNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 2021 – China must end its campaign against individuals seeking redress for COVID-19 linked abuses and the human rights...

America’s Descent into Depths of Disastrous Trumpism

President Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak By H.L.D. MahindapalaCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan 14 2021 – Democracy is fragile. It is more fragile that the window panes of the Congress that were smashed by the mob unleashed by President Donald Trump. It is the ultimate symbol of the desecration of American democracy. The world watched in horror as the misinformed,...

Open Society Foundations Announce 2020 Puerto Rico Youth Fellows

San Juan, Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Puerto Rico Youth Fellowships, which support young Puerto Rican leaders working to elevate justice, promote human rights, and help underserved communities in Puerto Rico. The fellowship program, now in its second year, recognizes 10 recipients from all over the island""from...

Sabin Vaccine Institute Funds Researchers to Investigate COVID-19 Misinformation, Design Solutions to Increase Vaccine Acceptance

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) announced today that it has awarded grants to research teams in four countries to explore the social drivers of COVID–19 misinformation, and its impact on routine immunization acceptance and the acceptance of a COVID–19 vaccine. The grants are part of Sabin's Social and Behavioral Interventions...

Can the World Tackle the Food Insecurity Crisis in 2021?

Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS. By Esther NgumbiJan 13 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity and disrupted food systems and food supply chains in developed and developing countries alike. In the United States, millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table. Around the world, according to the United Nations over 270 million are hungry, and this is expected to continue...

Africa’s Free Trade Area Opens for Business

Dignity factory workers producing garments for overseas clients, in Accra, Ghana. Credit: Africa Renewal, United Nations By Franck KuwonuUNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 2021 – African countries opened their markets on 1st January under the continental free trade agreement and duty-free trading of goods and services across borders is now underway despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other teething problems. The...

Renewable Energy Transition Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

A wind energy generation plant located in Loiyangalani in northwestern Kenya. The plant is set to be the biggest in Africa, generating 300 MW. This renewable energy project was supported by the African Development Bank. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS By Nalisha AdamsBONN, Germany, Jan 13 2021 – 2021 is going to be critical, not only for curbing the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, but also...

For Heavily Indebted Small Islands, Resilience-Building is the Best Antidote

Small island nations are taking on water in the form of a vicious debt trap which damages their productivity and ability to recover from disasters and other structural constraints. UNCTAD warns the situation is unsustainable and requires urgent global attention. By External SourceGENEVA, Jan 12 2021 – In December 2020, Fiji was pounded by Pacific Cyclone Yasa, the years’ second category 5...