Timor-Leste’s mobile courts promote access to justice

download (2) (IRIN) – Taking judicial proceedings to rural areas of Timor-Leste with “mobile courts” is increasing citizens’ access to justice as the young country builds its government from the ground up, experts and practitioners say.   “Before mobile courts, Timor-Leste was dealing with a very formal and new system of law, and a population that had only a small taste of how that system worked, and even less access to it,” Pedro Raposo de Figueiredo, a judge in a mobile court unit based in Suai, a town on the southern coast of Timor Leste, told IRIN. Continue reading

Mozambique: world’s highest risk of cervical cancer

  31 2014 (IPS) – Mozambique is reeling under the twin burden of HIV images (5)and cervical cancer. Eleven women die of cervical cancer every day, or 4,000 a year. Yet this cancer is preventable and treatable, if caught early. Mozambique has the highest cervical cancer cumulative risk and mortality – seven out of 100 newborn girls will develop this cancer and five will die from it. Continue reading

Le virus Ebola continue de frapper sans relâche en Afrique de l’Ouest

Freetown (AFP) – 22.10.2014  Rod MAC JOHNSON: Le virus Ebola943532ba015fddf011592849ee9f1c597b9b27bc continue de frapper sans relâche en Afrique de l’Ouest, où il se déplace géographiquement à l’intérieur des pays touchés, tandis que les risques de propagation en dehors de cette région paraissaient mercredi refluer. Les efforts pour élaborer un vaccin progressaient, avec l’arrivée en Suisse de premiers lots de vaccins expérimentaux pour être testés par l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé. Mais ils ne devraient pas être opérationnels avant l’année prochaine, alors que la fièvre hémorragique Ebola a déjà fait 4.555 morts sur 9.216 cas enregistrés.

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West African LDCs sign $152 loan and grant agreements with African development bank to fight Ebola

Devex, 1 October 2014 The President of the African Development Bank Group and 3783196_370representatives from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire on October 1, 2014 in Abidjan signed loan and grant agreements worth US $152 million to fight back the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Continue reading

Women most vulnerable to ebola and other crises

zhFpphvfApg-R5iOg0jDiGyOzmJ9u1cuZefghpRvRv3yHRIgpMpms1ZicpAUWSBE-syHi_n2U3NFUNFMcaSXGPelwGX6_kuco5IwdxUvA1sdezF611UgyC4qCNY6q53XiQSept 21 2014, Sahar Alnouri Mercy corps/Devex:  Up to three out of four people who contract the deadly Ebola virus are women. Nearly two out of three people who died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami were female. And women in Mali are widely seen as bearing the greatest burden during times of hardship and crisis. Continue reading

La méfiance envers les gouvernements favorise la propagation d’Ebola

downloadNAIROBI, 4 septembre 2014 (IRIN) – Au Liberia, des décennies de corruption, une méfiance envers les gouvernements profondément ancrée et la médiocrité des services publics ont accéléré la propagation du virus Ebola. Selon les groupes de la société civile et les analystes, des efforts bien plus grands doivent être fournis pour combler le manque de communication entre le gouvernement et les citoyens. Continue reading

Population and development to be discussed at special UNGA end September

thAWD6VK9VA new report to be discussed at the meeting outlines the changes in population worldwide. When 179 Governments met in Cairo at the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994, 5.7 billion people were living on the planet. Today, the world’s population has reached 7.2 billion people. Despite slowing population growth, UN projections suggest that world population could reach 9.6 billion by 2050, with most of the increase concentrated in the poorest countries. Continue reading

The Gambia’s Democratic Space ‘Constricted, Restricted and Shrinking’ Ahead of 2016 Polls

rallygambia-629x472BANJUL, Aug 28 2014 (IPS) – With the approach of the Gambia’s 2016 presidential elections, which will see President Yahya Jammeh seek re-election for a fifth, five-year tenure, more than a dozen opposition activists have been arrested, detained and prosecuted in the past eight months. The leader of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainou Darboe, told IPS, “the democratic space, instead of being expanded is constricted, restricted and shrinking.” Continue reading

Bangladesh: Rights groups call for justice and redistribution of wealth

imageDhaka, July 21 (UNB) – Sixteen rights groups on Monday urged the government to focus on justice and redistribution of wealth for the common people as the United Nation set the post 2015 Development goals. The organizations held a human chain outside National Press Club to highlight their points. Continue reading