Archive for April 7th, 2021

07/04/2021

Mexico Looks to the Heavens for a Solution to Its Water Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

MEXICO CITY, Apr 5 2021 (IPS)* – In neighbourhoods like Tehuixtitla in southern Mexico City, rain brings joy, because it provides water for showering, washing dishes and clothes, and cooking, by means of rainwater harvesting systems (RHS).

Gabino Martínez cleans the “Tláloc”, the tank that filters dust from the rainwater collection system in his home in the Tehuixtitla neighborhood in the Xochimilco district in southern Mexico City. During the May to November rainy season local residents collect the water they use for washing, bathing and cooking, due to the lack of access to piped water. CREDIT: Emilio Godoy/IPS

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07/04/2021

The Vast Majority of Vaccine Doses Administered So Far, Have Been Confined to “a Few Wealthy Countries”

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The COVID crisis “has revealed how unequal our societies are” said the UN chief in his message for World Health Day released on 5 April 2021.

© UNICEF/Seyba Keïta | Mali begins its vaccination programme against COVID-19 with Fanta Siby, Minister for Health, the first to be inoculated.

Highlighting the inequalities and injustices that have been apparent throughout the pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the day to be marked on Wednesday, that the vast majority of vaccine doses administered so far, have been confined to “a few wealthy countries” or those producing the shots cleared for distribution.

“Within countries, illness and death from COVID-19 has been higher among people and communities that contend with poverty, unfavourable living and working conditions, discrimination and social exclusion”, said Mr. Guterres.

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07/04/2021

World Health Day: Five Calls for Urgent Action to Improve Health for All People

© UNICEF/Seyba Keïta | Mali begins its vaccination programme against COVID-19 with Fanta Siby, Minister for Health, the first to be inoculated.

Geneva, Switzerland, 7 April 2021 (WHO)* —  COVID-19 has unfairly impacted some people more harshly than others, exacerbating existing inequities in health and welfare within and between countries. For World Health Day, 7 April 2021, WHO is therefore issuing five calls for urgent action to improve health for all people.

Within countries, illness and death from COVID-19 have been higher among groups who face discrimination, poverty, social exclusion, and adverse daily living and working conditions – including humanitarian crises. The pandemic is estimated to have driven between 119 and 124 million more people into extreme poverty last year.

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07/04/2021

‘One Health’ Approach Critical to Tackle Health Inequality and Emerging Diseases

7 April 2021 (UNEP)* — Aside from the myriad new challenges it introduced, the wide and rapid spread of COVID-19 also revealed long-standing global health inequalities. And while the pandemic may be the most widely publicized example, it is hardly the only case in which those who are already vulnerable bear the brunt of the impact.

Moritz Thibaud/ABACA via Reuters / 06 Apr 2021

Recently, snake bite was re-declared as a neglected tropical diseaseAccording to the World Health Organization, about 5.4 million snake bites occur each year – even though most of their harmful consequences could be prevented by making safe and effective antivenoms more widely available and accessible.

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07/04/2021

‘Staggering’ Scale of Acute Hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Levels of hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are at a “staggering” record high, now affecting one-in-three people, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday [6 April 2021]

© FAO/Junior D. Kannah | A farmer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where 1 in 3 people suffer from acute hunger.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), 27.3 million people face “acute” food insecurity – some seven million of whom are suffering “emergency” levels of acute hunger. 

This means that the central African country is home to the highest number of people in the world, who are in urgent need of food security assistance, according to the latest Integrated Phase Classification analysis

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