Mother or baby die in child birth every 11 seconds: UN report

Mother or baby die in child birth every 11 seconds: UN reportTwo reports by several United Nations’ agencies showed clear global progress in reducing the number of pregnant women or new mothers and young children who die each year, pointing to improved access to affordable, quality health services. “In countries that provide everyone with safe, affordable, high-quality health services, women and babies survive and thrive,” World […]

Microplastics in water not harmful to humans, says WHO report

Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its first report on the issue, the WHO found that larger particles, and most smaller ones, pass through the body without being absorbed. But it said the findings were based on ‘limited information’ as it called for greater research on the issue

Microplastics in water not harmful to humans, says WHO reportMicroplastics are increasingly found in drinking water, but there is no evidence so far that this poses a risk to humans, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization. However, the United Nations body warned against complacency because more research is needed to fully understand how plastic spreads into the environment and works […]

Supriya Sule urges PM Modi to vote in favour of LGBT rights at the UN

The member of Parliament from Baramati has signed a petition in favour of the LGBT community and has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to vote on renewal of the Mandate of the Expert on Violence & Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) at the United Nations

Supriya Sule urges PM Modi to vote in favour of LGBT rights at the UNIndia’s judiciary has shown that it does not discriminate with its two most important judgements. The NALSA judgement in 2014 made us rethink of gender and demolish the binaries in which gender identity is conceived and discussed. Further the verdict on Section 377 decriminalized homosexuality, thus paving a way for an Inclusive Society that is […]

Virginity test is just a myth without any scientific basis

Experts say that there is no physical examination that can prove whether a girl or woman has had sex or not. The appearance of girl’s or woman’s hymen cannot prove whether they are sexually active or not

Virginity test is just a myth without any scientific basisVirginity testing which involves inspecting the hymen is often referred to as hymen, ‘two-finger test’ or per vaginal examination, it is an inspection of female genitalia designed to determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse. A virginity test is the practice and process of determining whether a person, usually a female, is a […]

NITI Aayog and UN in India sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022

The agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

NITI Aayog and UN in India sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022The Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022 was signed by the CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev, at a special signing ceremony presided over by Vice Chairperson, NITI Aayog, Dr Rajiv Kumar. Members of NITI Aayog and Heads of UN agencies in India […]

J P Nadda addresses meeting on tuberculosis at 73rd session of UNGA

Our goal continues to be to achieve the vision of universal access to quality diagnosis and treatment for TB, stated Union Health Minister, J P Nadda

J P Nadda addresses meeting on tuberculosis at 73rd session of UNGA“Our goal continues to be to achieve the vision of universal access to quality diagnosis and treatment for TB and address the social determinants of TB through a multi-sectoral response,” said JP Nadda. This union minister of health and family welfare spoke about this during his address at the ‘high level meeting on tuberculosis at […]

A child dies every five seconds, and most are preventable deaths, states UN report

For children everywhere, the most precarious time is the first month of life. In 2017, 2.5 million newborns died in their first month, and a baby born in sub-Saharan Africa or in Southern Asia was nine times more likely to die in the first month than one born in a high-income country

A child dies every five seconds, and most are preventable deaths, states UN reportAn estimated 6.3 million children died before their 15th birthdays in 2017, or one every five seconds, mostly due to a lack of water, sanitation, nutrition and basic healthcare, according to report by United Nations agencies on Tuesday. The vast majority of these deaths – 5.4 million – occur in the first five years of […]

Global hunger increasing due to climate change, warns UN

The annual UN report found that climate variability affecting rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, and climate extremes such as droughts and floods, are among the key drivers behind the rise in hunger, together with conflict and economic slowdowns

Global hunger increasing due to climate change, warns UNThe number of people suffering from hunger has increased during the past three years, after years of decline, a UN report suggests. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 – about one person in every nine. And nearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have their […]

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF study

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization and Unicef recommend babies should be breastfed within an hour of their birth and fed only by breastfeeding until they are six months old

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF studyAlmost 60% of babies around the world are not breastfed within the first hour after their birth, putting them at risk of sickness and even death, a new report has revealed. Breastfeeding offers both mothers and babies a host of benefits. It reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, while the first breast milk […]

World Population Day theme: ‘Family planning is a human right’

Population Control fortnight programmes have been organised across the country, along with the world, India will be marking World Population Day on July 11. This year’s theme, given by United Nations (UN), is, ‘family planning is a human right’

World Population Day theme: ‘Family planning is a human right’World population has reached around 7.6 billion in 2018, and there are 18% of this consists of Indians. While the increasing world population has also brought many socio-economic issues, it has also contributed to several health-related complex problems. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning […]