Archive for November 12th, 2020

12/11/2020

Coronavirus Could Push More People to Move out of Necessity as Hunger Surges among Migrant and Displaced Communities – New UN Report

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Geneva/Rome, 11 November 2020 (IOM)*  – A new report has found global hunger and population displacement  – both already at record levels when COVID-19 struck – could surge as people on the move and those reliant on a dwindling flow of remittances desperately seek work to support their families.

somalia_2_1Internally displaced persons arrive to a camp in Doloow, Somalia, where droughts in recent years have led to increased displacement and food shortages.  Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed 

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12/11/2020

Diabetes – Key Facts

12 November 2020 (WHO)*

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  • The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
  • The global prevalence of diabetes* among adults over 18 years of age rose from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014 (1).
  • Between 2000 and 2016, there was a 5% increase in premature mortality from diabetes.
  • Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.

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12/11/2020

“The Nurse and Diabetes” – World Diabetes Day

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Raghad lives in a refugee camp in Jordan. She suffers from type 1 diabetes. PHOTO:WHO/Tania Habjouqa

12 November 2020 (United Nations)* — Globally, an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980.

The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese.

Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.

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12/11/2020

People with Diabetes Have a Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19 Disease and Death, and Many Have Difficulty Accessing the Treatment

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World Diabetes Day 2020 (14 November) Introducing the Global Diabetes Compact

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12 November 2020 (WHO)* – This year’s World Diabetes Day falls during a global pandemic which has already taken the lives of well over a million people. People with diabetes are paying a particularly high price. Not only do they have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease and death when infected, but many are having difficulty accessing the treatment they need due to disruptions to essential health services.

12/11/2020

Social Media-Based Trafficking in Women and Girls on the Rise During Coronavirus Pandemic

11 November 2020 (UN News)*A UN rights committee has called on social media platforms to use big data and artificial intelligence to help eliminate trafficking in women and girls, amid an increase in online traps designed to recruit potential victims during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UNICEF/Adriana Zehbrauskas | Three girls in Progreso, Yoro, Honduras, ages 13 to 14, who are friends and victims of harassment at their school, for the purpose of sex trafficking. The person behind it is a 15 year-old student that works with a network that co-opts young girls.
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The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said on Wednesday [11 November 2020] that women and girls continue to be the most common victims of trafficking across the world.

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12/11/2020

‘Take Bold and Swift Action to Eradicate Statelessness by 2024’ – UN Refugees Agency Chief Urges World Leaders

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11 November 2020 (UN News)* — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called on world leaders to take bold and swift action to eradicate statelessness by 2024.

UN Women/Allison Joyce | A woman holds her child in Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh.
Marking the sixth anniversary of the #IBelong Campaign, aimed at ending statelessness by 2024, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi urged redoubling of efforts to “resolve this affront to humanity in the 21st century.”

The need is all the more pressing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which is worsening the plight of millions of stateless people around the world, he warned.

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