African countries need more air quality data

The harm that air pollution is doing on the African continent seems to be growing. Estimates of premature mortality attributed to air pollution have increased from about 570,000 in 1990 to over 700,000 in 2013. In the same period, premature deaths from unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and childhood malnutrition have decreased across Africa.

Many challenges also remain for the continent to reach the Sustainable Development Goals related to air quality.

But these estimates have high levels of uncertainty, because of the shortage of air quality data they’re based on. So while it appears that the scale of the problem is large and increasing, it’s difficult to quantify it accurately. What’s needed is monitoring on the spot.

Current assessments rely heavily on a limited number of terrestrial measurements of air pollution. They use air quality models and information from satellites to fill in the gaps. In areas where there’s less information

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Global Health Products Market 2020 Growth Opportunities, Market Shares, Future Estimations and Key Countries by 2025

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Sep 15, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) — has presented an updated research report titled Global Health Products Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 which is generated with the expertise and innovation of a team of researchers, forecasters, analysts, and managers. The report offers insights on key aspects and the fundamental verticals of the global Health Products market. The report offers imperative details about major happenings in the market which is possible only with the excellent market document like this one. The research aims to educate buyers on the crucial impactful factors like drivers, challenges, and opportunities for the market players, and risks. Market segmentation is carried out in terms of markets covered, geographic scope, years considered for the study, currency, and pricing.

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The study assesses factors such as segmentation,

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Nobel Peace Prize Shows the Link Between Hunger and Conflict | Best Countries

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations World Food Program for its efforts to combat hunger, foster conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war. This choice starkly underscores growing concern about increasing global food insecurity and the clear connections between hunger and conflict.

Today, more than 820 million people – about 1 in 9 worldwide – do not have enough to eat. They suffer from food insecurity, or not having consistent access to the right foods to keep their bodies and brains healthy.

Humans need a varied diet that includes a range of critical nutrients. Food insecurity is especially important to young children and unborn babies because improper nutrition can permanently stunt brain development and growth.

Hunger has many causes. It can be a weapon of war; the result of a global pandemic like COVID-19

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For years the CIA sought intel on the health of world leaders. Now foreign countries are likely spying on Trump.

WASHINGTON — In the 1980s, as the health of Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos deteriorated amid unrest in the country, a team of CIA officers collected biological samples of his urine and feces without his knowledge, two former case officers told Yahoo News. 

Sometimes, seeking biological samples involves creativity and a willingness to literally get your hands dirty. One of the former officers recalled that when Marcos was visiting the U.S., the CIA was able to obtain a sample using toilets that flushed “to a special repository on a Navy ship.” 

Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. (Andy Hernandez/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. (Andy Hernandez/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. (Andy Hernandez/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

This was no exception. The CIA has long tracked health information about both allies and adversaries and their leaders, according to former CIA officers who spoke with Yahoo News. These included former case officers who recruited sources to report medical information back to the United States and those involved

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Coronavirus disrupting mental health services in most countries: WHO

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted “critical” mental health services in the majority of countries around the world at a time when citizens may need it the most, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.

Access to these services has either been disrupted or halted in 93% of countries worldwide, according to a recent survey by WHO.

The survey indicated that over 60% of countries reported disruptions to mental health services for vulnerable people, including children and adolescents (72%), older adults (70%) and women who require antenatal or postnatal services (61%).

Although 70% of countries reported adopting telemedicine or teletherapy in replace of in-person services, “there are significant disparities in the uptake of these interventions,” WHO said.


While more than 80% of high-income countries deployed telemedicine and teletherapy, less than 50% of low-income countries did so, the survey shows.

The results underscore

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Why a Global Coronavirus Vaccine for All Countries Is Needed

There is a global effort to distribute vaccines to poorer countries, but some of the world’s largest countries, including the U.S., Russia and China, do not intend to support the effort.

That lack of backing could have devastating consequences for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. and many poor countries around the world. That is because the U.S. will not have access to vaccines secured by the initiative, called COVAX. Also, COVAX may lack the funding it needs to help poor countries control their epidemics, enabling the virus to continue to circle the globe.

I am an ethicist at Binghamton University and am interested in COVAX because I work on global health and justice.

What is the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility?

COVAX, formally known as The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, is a global collaboration for speeding up the development, manufacture and equitable distribution of new vaccines.

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Poorer Countries to Get 120 Million $5 Coronavirus Tests, WHO Says | World News

By Emma Farge and Kate Kelland

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – Some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus will be made available to low- and middle-income countries at a maximum of $5 each, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

The wider availability of quick, reliable and inexpensive testing will help 133 countries to track infections and contain the spread, closing the gap with wealthy ones, it said.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the manufacturers Abbott

and SD Biosensor had agreed with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “make 120 million of these new, highly portable and easy-to-use rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests available over a period of six months”.

He told a news conference in Geneva the tests were currently priced at a maximum of $5 each but were expected to become cheaper.

“This will enable the expansion of testing, particularly in hard-to-reach areas that do not

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Bio-Based Food Ingredients to Witness High Demand in Developed Countries on the back of Rising Health Concerns During 2020-2027

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Sep 29, 2020 (AB Digital via COMTEX) —
Research Nester released a report titled “Bio-Based Food Ingredients Market: Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2028” which delivers detailed overview of the global bio-based food ingredients market in terms of market segmentation by product, by application and by region.

Further, for the in-depth analysis, the report encompasses the industry growth drivers, restraints, supply and demand risk, market attractiveness, BPS analysis and Porter’s five force model.

The bio-based food ingredients market is anticipated to record a CAGR of around 5.93% over the forecast period, i.e., 2020-2027. The market is projected to attain a significantly high market value of USD 2,986.99 million by the end of 2027. Bio-based food ingredients are derived from natural sources which are used to add a higher value of flavor as well as fragrance to

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Halal Food Market Report 2020 : Rising Impressive Business Opportunities Analysis with Top Countries Data Forecast By 2026

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Sep 29, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
Halal Food Market” is valued at 1244.8 million USD in 2020 is expected to reach 1676.9 million USD by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% during 2021-2026, According to New Research Study. 360 Research Reports provides key analysis on the global market in a report, titled “Halal Food Market by Types (Fresh Products, Frozen Salty Products, Processed Products, Others), Applications (Restaurant, Hotel, Home, Others) and Region – Global Forecast to 2026” Browse Market data Tables and Figures spread through 135 Pages and in-depth TOC on Halal Food Market.

COVID-19 can affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets.

Final Report will add the

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Global partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests for low- and middle-income countries

  • A full access package includes WHO policy guidance on the use of antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests, manufacturer volume guarantees for low and middle-income countries,  catalytic funding to assist governments to deploy the tests and an initial US$50 million procurement fund
  • Several rapid, point-of-care antigen tests are being assessed by WHO for Emergency Use Listing (EUL)
  • Agreements between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and test manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor make available innovative tests priced at a maximum of US$5 for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
  • The Global Fund commits an initial US$50 million to enable countries to purchase the new tests, with the first orders expected to be placed this week
  • Expedited market introduction of these tests in multiple LMICs is being supported through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Unitaid, FIND, CHAI, and their partners
  • This is the latest move from the Access to
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