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Public health and epidemics

By Jan Lundius STOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 30 2020 (IPS) – For some time Wuhan in China and Lombardy in Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 virus, something that has changed when the contagion is spreading fast in the US. A Lombardy in the grip of a deadly epidemic might among several Italians give rise to memories of their school ... Read More »

Valuing life differently: migrants and the coronavirus crisis

by Felix Bender and Magdalena Ulceluse on 1st May 2020 @FEHBender The coronavirus crisis has led many to revalue human life. But not, it seems, when the lives are of migrants. A lot has been said and written on the trade-off between health and economic performance during the lockdown. The idea of sacrificing the health of the population so the ... Read More »

Unions’ responses to the Covid-19 crisis in Europe

by Chiara Benassi on 1st May 2020 @chiarabenax On International Workers’ Day, it is important to recall the crucial role played by unions in protecting the workforce, especially at times of crisis. The Covid-19 crisis is having a huge impact on the world of work. The International Labour Organization forecasts that the working-hours equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs will ... Read More »

2020: Corona in an Age of Transition

By Junaid S. Ahmad It is obvious that the coronavirus pandemic will be front-page news for a good part of 2020. And for good reason, since its human toll and social dislocation has been devastating. Though not theorized in this way, this crisis can also be understood as yet another significant marker of our ‘Age of Transition.’ The world system ... Read More »

Post-pandemic mental health epidemic

By Sonia Awale Apr 26 2020 (IPS) – The number of Nepalis suffering from mental health issues is increasing with the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, and the lack of treatment and counselling means the country may be facing an epidemic of psychosocial disorders. Read More »

WHO and China: A case of geo-political misdirection

By Hassanal Noor Rashid WHO IS AT FAULT? The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real roller-coaster ride as far as geopolitics is concerned. Through the chaos and the barrage of information and updates on the on-going pandemic, there are still those, especially among the political elite who have moved ahead of the pandemic management curve and have begun investing time ... Read More »

Covid-19 stimulus steps must save lives, livelihoods, nature

By Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondizio and Peter Daszak Apr 27 2020 (IPS) – There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic – us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity – particularly our global financial and economic systems, based on a limited paradigm that prizes ... Read More »

Post-Pandemic Cities

By Patricia Viel MILAN – Our cities will not be the same after COVID-19. Nor should they be. In Italy, as elsewhere, the public-health crisis has put us on the defensive. Our hospitals have been inadequate. And our cities, having been planned to meet our needs at a particular moment that looks nothing like the present, have fueled contagion. Read More »

Multilateralism thru PPPs key to flattening Covid-19 curve

By Paul Polman, Myriam Sidibe and Siddharth Chatterjee NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 2020 (IPS) – The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that now is “a defining moment for modern society. History will judge the efficacy of the response not by the actions of any single set of government actors taken in isolation, but by the degree to which the ... Read More »

23 restaurants giving their communities back with free meals

Danielle Nierenberg As I’ve been hunkering down at home with my family, practicing social distancing during COVID-19, we’ve done more cooking—but we’ve also tried to support local restaurants. Some restaurants in our community are offering takeout and delivery, but unfortunately, restaurants near us and around the U.S. have been forced to close during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More »

Covid-19 crisis, crime, poverty: Need for social security

By Hassanal Noor Rashid Global inequality and injustice have been heated topics and of deep social concern throughout human history. In January 2020, OXFAM (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief), a reputable confederation of charitable organisations, declared in a widely circulated report “2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population”. Read More »

Access to affordable biologics in the context of Covid-19

Chetali Rao & K M Gopakumar New Delhi, India – COVID-19 has posed unique challenges for healthcare providers across the globe, as the world has been grappling with the pandemic with no approved treatments or vaccines for the disease. Researchers are searching everywhere for drugs that may help treat or prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Read More »

WIMN calls for new social compact in Covid-19 crisis

‘An inclusive, intersectional feminist approach is the only way out of the COVID crisis’ As the world roils with the human and economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: this is no time for business as usual. Without bold action, the crisis will compound global injustices and inequalities, further marginalizing women, people of color, migrants, informal ... Read More »

The World Must Not Forget Climate Change

by Dirk Messner, Nick Nuttall DESSAU-ROßLAU – If the current coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it is that our interconnected, globalized economies and societies are highly vulnerable to sudden shocks. The COVID-19 outbreak, and the horrendous scale of its impact, was an unforeseeable “black swan” event. Right now, the imperative is to fast-track packages and policies that help to ... Read More »