A Week in the News #10

By alicia hosking
19 Sep 2011
Here is another helpful snapshot of this week in the news. Awareness is good. It's where helping starts. 

One of the major battles faced by soldiers after they return from conflict zones is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Issues relating to PTSD range from alcohol and substance abuse, depression and anxiety to nightmares, unemployment, feelings of isolation and suicide. This report focuses on the increasing number of women returning from service on the front line who are affected by PTSD. Read more >>

Europe, where around 20 percent of adults are inclined towards binge drinking, has been named as the heaviest drinking region in the world by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Describing the issue as "a priority public health concern", the WHO's European region announced a plan to reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol by 2020 and suggests governments consider regulating pricing, targeting drink-driving and restricting marketing to combat the issue. Read more >> 

More than 40,000 senior citizens living in New Zealand are suffering from chronic loneliness. Many of them are living alone, have lost contact with their families and haven't developed social support networks and, according to Age Concern, their local communities don't seem to care. Read more >> 

London's rough sleepers are being targeted by gangs and forced into modern day slavery, according to UK homelessness charity Thames Reach. Many of the victims are from other European countries and have struggled to find work, so have been targeted by gangs at soup kitchens and day centres and lured with false promises of paid work in other UK cities. They're then held against their will, often assaulted and forced to work in factories, only to have their wages withheld. Read more >> 

On average, for every person around the world who starts to receive antiretroviral medication for the treatment of HIV, two others get infected. This statistic shows the importance of awareness and prevention in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Last week 18 social workers from 12 developing countries gathered in Brighton, UK to receive specialised training on how to integrate football and HIV and AIDS programmes as part of the Football Fighting Back Against HIV initiative. It aims to inspire sustainable sport-induced social change around the world by teaching participants to run sport-based HIV awareness and support campaigns. Read more >> 

The World Health Organisation released a report last week documenting health trends in its 193 member countries. It revealed that four major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes - kill three in five people worldwide. It also showed that people in poorer countries are three times more likely to die prematurely of NCDs before the age of 60 than people in high-income countries. Click through to view your country's health trend profile. Read more >>

High levels of crime, chronic insecurity and entrenched inequality are impeding social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). International crime syndicates and gangs are held responsible for making Latin America one of the most violent regions in the world, with an average of 25 murders per 100,000 people. According to the UNDP, more coordination is required between nations in matters of intelligence, security and policing in order to combat the gangs. Read more >>

The United Nations Foundation have launched a new smart phone app that helps users around the world keep up to date with the latest information on UN initiatives and ways in which they can contribute to positive change. From improving children's health care to combating climate change, users can support a variety of UN causes by adding their voice, contributing financially or just by raising awareness. The app also provides daily photos, videos, games and breaking news. Read more >> 


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Re: A Week in the News #10

Just for sharing; Please allow me suggest something; Click on "read more" of each topic and go through it. It´s amazing how much we learn here. Headlines are good to give us a bit of "insight" but in order to raise awareness is required to go a bit futher on the news and actually get informed. x

24 Sep 2011 by Greice Moura

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