Archive for June 13th, 2015

13/06/2015

400 Million People Do Not Have Access to Health Services

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 400 million people do not have access to health services and 6 per cent of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of the high cost of health spending, according to a report released on 12 June 2015 by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank Group.

Accurate and timely health data are the foundation to improving public health, says Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. Illustration: The World Bank Photo: WHO/S. Cumberland

Accurate and timely health data are the foundation to improving public health, says Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. Illustration: The World Bank Photo: WHO/S. Cumberlan

“The world’s most disadvantaged people are missing out on even the most basic services,” Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, said in a joint WHO/World Bank press release.*

“A commitment to equity is at the heart of universal health coverage,” continued Dr. Kieny. 

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13/06/2015

On World Day, 168 Million Victims of Child Labour Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment – a scourge that consumes over one hundred million children worldwide.

Child labour in Myanmar. Photo: ILO/Marcel Crozet

Child labour in Myanmar. Photo: ILO/Marcel Crozet

According to data from the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 168 million children around the world between the ages of five and 14 work, many full-time and more than half in conditions deemed hazardous to their health, keeping them out of school and ensuring that their hopes for a more prosperous future remain unrealized.

“As things stand, the aspirations of many parents for their children and of children themselves for a decent education will remain unfulfilled dreams,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder confirmed in his statement for the Day.

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13/06/2015

How to Lift Hundreds of Millions of Workers Out of Informal Economy – New Global Standard

Human Wrongs Watch

A new global standard aimed at lifting hundreds of millions of workers out of the informal economy and into regularized employment was adopted on 12 June 2015 in a move the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has labelled as “historic.”

Informal traders at the Wynberg Taxi rank in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: World Bank/John Hogg

The Recommendation – the first ever international labour standard designed to tackle the informal economy – was passed by 484 votes in favor and received “outstanding support” from the ILO’s so-called tripartite constituents, according to the UN agency, which added that the document acknowledges that most people enter the informal economy “not by choice but due to a lack of opportunities.”*

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