Universal health coverage not only protects the majority of the population from experiencing catastrophic financial loss as a result of high out-of-pocket costs, but also promotes better quality of services and greater health equity.
Thousands of participants will converge in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March for the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to agree on a new global plan to make nations and communities more resilient to natural calamities.
The Asia Pacific region has scored many successes in its march to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a number of countries, starting with Thailand, Cambodia, and India. But the region still faces serious challenges with other countries like Pakistan, Philippines, and Indonesia reporting rising epidemic levels. Initial successes in scaling up treatment and prevention programs have left some political leaders and policymakers complacent.
Land is power – immutable and unyielding. It provides succor and sustenance. Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming gender gap in land ownership, reinforcing the gender discrimination women face in other spheres.
Children are generally more at risk than adults when environmental threats gradually grow, or when natural disaster suddenly strikes.
There is still long way to go to reach a final agreement for effective climate change action in 2015, but the COP20 in Lima was an important step forward.