New plastic law in Spain is criticized by marine biologist

The Spanish seas have a high concentration of so-called hotspots for biodiversity, which makes ecosystems extra vulnerable to external influences. Photo: Furious Germans. Source: Flickr.

Of: Jonna Erdös

Studies show alarming levels of plastic in the deep sea areas around the Spanish coast. New Spanish legislation will be implemented to reduce the use of plastic, but it is criticized for being misdirected and insufficient.

January 7, 2022, FUF-correspondents, Interview

The pandemic increases the need for midwives

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

Of: Jonna Erdös

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

Week 16: New climate goals, Navalny's state of health and the issue of development aid color this week's debate

Of: Jasmine Askne and Jonna Erdös

The EU and the US have this week announced new climate goals, something that has been received on the leadership pages with both cheers and skepticism. Swedish development assistance has also aroused commitment in connection with the global vaccination against covid-19. The imprisonment of the Russian opinion leader Alexei Navalny has continued to be a hot topic and several debaters are demanding that the outside world mark.

April 26, 2021, Current debate

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 Erdös

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

April 1, 2021, News