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.”
Kenya’s hospitals have almost ground to a halt, with millions facing a third month in a row without healthcare as doctors strike over low pay and poor working conditions. (Guardian)
In developing countries, teenage girls have the best chance of succeeding later in life if they avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Both directly impact the health of girls and force them out of school. A new working paper from Cameroon shows evidence that simply talking about HIV can reduce teen pregnancy.
Venezuela’s worsening economic and humanitarian crises are driving away a growing number of its citizens, who are, for the first time, leading asylum requests in the United States.
Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven people killed in a gun battle in Kashmir Sunday, a police spokesman said. It is the latest sign of increasing tension in the Himalayan region disputed by nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan.
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we are talking with Peru’s Minister of Health Patty Garcia and the need for systemic change in how we seek to improve health around the world. Garcia says health care and the global health community have been successful at targeting specific diseases and, in rich countries, advancing treatments. But what we need now, she says, is a comprehensive system that emphasizes prevention and access for all to basic services.
A Malaysian ship docked in Yangon, Myanmar, yesterday to drop off 2,300 metric tons of humanitarian aid for Muslim Rohingya in northern Rakhine state and Bangladesh. Amid protests, accusations of political expediency and initial resistance from Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Muslim-majority nation is standing by its call to end the Rohingya crisis.
Humanitarian groups struggling to keep up with growing humanitarian needs are turning to cash as a way to make every dollar count. Faced with funding shortfalls, U.N. agencies are using more cash-based programs.
Less than a month after President Donald Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, banning federal funding for international organizations that provide or offer information about abortion, eight countries around the world are attempting to replace hundreds of millions in lost funding for reproductive health.
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, unanimously rejecting the administration’s claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and concluding that the order was unlikely to survive legal challenges.
The Kenyan high court has declared plans to close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 300,000 refugees to war-torn Somalia as “unlawful.”
The return of rain following the end of El Niño should be good news for farmers in Southern Africa. But a pest from the Americas is ruining everything. Countries recovering from the two-year long drought that caused widespread food insecurity now face a rapidly spreading crop killer. The invasive fall armyworm is destroying maize across the region and spreading quickly from country to country serving a “blow to prospects of recovery” for the region, says the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Nepal’s government had hoped to tackle a monumental health crisis by 2017: smoky kitchens. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, smoke from open cooking fires kills 4.6 million people globally and nearly 23,000 just in Nepal every year. Although Nepal’s target will not be met this year – though not for lack of trying – a new report suggests that a women-led market-driven approach may make it achievable by 2022.