More and more people are suffering from obesity - in both high- and low-income countries

More and more countries in the world are faced with non-communicable diseases such as obesity - which is a contributing factor to, among other things, heart problems, diabetes and osteoarthritis. Pictured: A night market in Vietnam. Photo: Image by Sang Hyun Cho. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Frida Lindberg

More and more people in developing countries are suffering from obesity, which is fatal. The causes of the problem are poverty, unequal societies and dietary changes with increasing amounts of sugar, salt and fat. This leads to the so-called "double burden", where countries are allowed to work on two fronts - both against communicable and non-communicable diseases.  

June 23, 2022, Analysis

The pandemic increases the need for midwives

Studies show that access to a midwife during pregnancy and childbirth saves lives. Photo: Flickr.

Of: Jonna Erdos

Several bodies report that maternity care as well as other bodies for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) have suffered in the crisis. Sweden has a long tradition of promoting the role of the midwife. The serious international situation requires further efforts to meet the global need for 900 more midwives, reports UNFPA.

June 22, 2021, Report

Mutated coronavirus creates challenges for vaccine coordination in southern Africa

The low susceptibility of the South African virus variant to vaccines creates problems in southern Africa. Photo: Global Panorama, flickr

Of: Jonna Erdos

Escalating spread of a mutated, more infectious variant of the coronavirus increases the need for rapid and effective vaccine distribution in southern Africa. This at the same time as uncertainty surrounding the effectiveness of Astra Zeneca's vaccine against the mutated virus version is testing healthcare and coordination projects.

April 1, 2021, News

Global oxygen crisis in the pandemic

International efforts are now needed to stifle the global oxygen crisis. Photo: Id Irwan & Samuel Ramos, Unsplash

Of: Wintana Abraham

With the covid-19 pandemic, the sharply increased demand for oxygen has exceeded supply, especially in many low- and middle-income countries around the world. The situation is now critical for healthcare in these regions and the need for global support measures is urgent.

March 25, 2021, News

More vaccines need to be manufactured - lift the patent

Of: Håkan Svenneling

The hunt for vaccines has not escaped anyone. First, the hunt was about inventing vaccines; now it's about making it. International solidarity is put to the test when patents ensure that pharmaceutical companies take precedence over human life and health, while at the same time exposing and exacerbating global inequality. It writes Håkan Svenneling, foreign policy spokesman, Left Party.

March 11, 2021, Debate

Famine as a weapon in Yemen: A report on the world's biggest neglected Humanitarian Crisis

Peter Biro (European Union 2019) / Flickr

Peter Biro (European Union 2019) / Flickr

Of: Leni Lindemann and Sofu's Malte Rønberg

Political conflict is driving Yemen into the world's biggest humanitarian crisis. Over half of the Yemeni population is acutely food insecure due to the deliberate targeting of food supply and infrastructure. In order to end hunger and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, international attention on the political nature of the crisis is required.

December 16, 2020, Paper, English, Shops, Report