About 32,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan since the start of the year, with tens of thousands more expected to arrive fleeing a famine in their country, the UN refugee agency said. South Sudan declared famine in some regions, saying 100,000 people faced starvation and another million were on the brink of famine.
The World Health Organization released what is a essentially a ‘most wanted list’ of the 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to our health. WHO officials hope that this list we will spur research and development of new antibiotics. Many of the bacteria listed are already resistant to multiple antibiotics.
Guatemala is the latest of a handful of countries to resist Women on Waves, a Dutch nonprofit that provides medical abortions to women in countries where the procedure is banned.
An extreme weather phenomenon in Mongolia that is expected to occur only about once a decade is now threatening the lives and livelihoods of herders for the second winter in a row. The a severe winter following a summer drought – called dzud – has created “an unfolding humanitarian crisis,” according the latest U.N. update, with more than 157,000 people affected across 17 out of 21 provinces.
The Trump administration is considering pulling the United States out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that has been accused of being biased against Israel and criticized for including abusive governments, according to two sources in regular contact with former and current U.S. officials. (Politico)
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Ichiro Kawachi, a physician and epidemiologist at Harvard University about how growing wealth inequality is making us sicker.
Having a stroke, one of the world’s leading causes of death and disability, can be debilitating even with access to the best health-care systems. It’s even more devastating in poor, remote areas of the developing world, but with the clever use of basic and ubiquitous technologies like cell phones, a Peruvian researcher says, it doesn’t need to be.
The Trump administration is expected to repeal a hotly debated rule forcing U.S. companies to ensure that they do not source minerals from conflict regions. A leaked draft of an executive order suspends Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act citing the financial burden of sourcing minerals on U.S. companies.
South African officials will inspect workplaces to see if firms are employing undocumented foreigners, the home affairs minister says. Malusi Gigaba added that more than 60 employees of retail chain Spar “without documentation” had been arrested. Gigaba warned that firms would be “penalized” if they breached the law, and said they should not fuel tensions by “playing locals against foreigners.”
The amount of money sent home by migrants and refugees from developing countries exceeds foreign aid – making migration a powerful anti-poverty, too. Despite this overwhelming evidence, countries are shutting their doors to foreigners. The effort by Western governments to limit the entry of migrants and refugees is fueled by nationalism and rising inequality … and a fair amount of misinformation.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo vowed to fight inequality as his top priority for 2017. But Widodo has a massive gap to close, according to a new report by Oxfam today: Just four men own more wealth than the poorest 40 percent of the country – about 100 million people.
The Mexican government publicly apologized to three indigenous women who were wrongly imprisoned for nearly four years, but the women say it doesn’t remedy the systemic discrimination that perpetuates the marginalization and poverty among Mexico’s indigenous people.
Conflict in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region, along with increasingly authoritarian behavior by governments, has caused a rapid decline in human rights in countries across the region, a new report says. While authoritarianism appears on the rise in parts of the Western world as well, Amnesty International says this trend in Eastern Africa is particularly worrying.