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MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga kabataang maagang nabubuntis sa bansa.
Batay sa 2011 report ng United Nations (UN) Population Fund-Philippines, tumaas ng 70 porsyento ang antas ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa sa loob lamang ng 10 taon.
Noong 1999, umabot sa 114,205 ang naitalang kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa, subalit pagsapit ng 2009 ay umakyat pa ito sa 195,662 kaso.
“Adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it is a development issue, it is deeply rooted on poverty, gender inequality, violence, child and force marriage,” pahayag ni Dr. Reena Dona ng United Nation Population Fund – Philippines.
Sa ulat naman ng Commission on Population noong taong 2010, nakapagtala ng 168 maternal death sa mga kabataang may edad 15 pataas.
“When they get pregnant di nila alam how to take care of themselves, nahihiya pumunta sa mga clinic. Sometimes they keep it na lang,” pahayag ni Eleonor Cura, Regional Director ng Commission on Population.
Kabilang sa mga panganib na maaaring idulot ng maagang pagbubuntis ay ang pagkakaroon ng kumplikasyon na madalas nauuwi sa kamatayan.
Kaugnay nito, nananawagan ang ilang grupo sa pamahalaan na bigyan ng atensyon ang dumaraming kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa pamamagitan ng pagpapasa ng batas na makatutulong sa maayos na komunikasyon at samahan ng isang pamilya.
“Yung values education, yun yung foremost role ng family they have to give them real value,” pahayag pa ni Cura. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Diphtheria kills 48, infects more than 500 in Yemen – WHO
At least 514 people in Yemen are believed to have been infected with diphtheria, with the disease killing 48 of them since the outbreak began in mid-august, as reported by the World Health 0rganization (WHO) on Tuesday.
“We need to highlight that the age group that has been hit most is the young adults particularly the age group between five and 15 years of age and children under five years of age,” said Dr. Nevio Zagaria.
Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, is embroiled in a proxy war between the Houthi armed movement, allied with Iran, and a U.S.-backed military coalition headed by Saudi Arabia.
The United Nations calls Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 8 million people on the brink of famine and a failing health system.
WHO Representative Dr. Nevio Zagaria warned that the spread of diphtheria was significantly more dangerous than the already widespread cholera because of its higher fatality rate.
“Cholera is also a very serious disease. We expect a maximum of case fatality rate of below one percent of the [cholera] cases. But just to give a comparison of how much serious is the disease and more difficult to treat the disease. The expected case fatality rate of diphtheria is between five and 10 percent of the cases,” said Zagaria.
Almost 100 districts in Yemen have reported at least one diphtheria case with a heavy concentration in the province of Ibb, which reported approximately 50 percent of the total infections across the country. — Reuters
US threatens to cut financial aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote
FILE PHOTO: Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim countries on the controversial U.S. decision over Jerusalem.
For this reason, U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatens to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution against his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” said President Donald Trump.
But Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday dismissed the U.S. warning.
“The notion of I am powerful, therefore I am right has changed. Now the world is rising against the unfair. No honorable state will bow to such pressure,” said Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognized internationally, and all countries currently maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. However, President Trump has told the US state department to start work on moving the US embassy. — Reuters
Canada to deploy more women to its peacekeeping efforts around the world
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday unveiled measures to increase the number of women deployed in UN peace operations around the world.
“Women bring a unique and valuable perspective to conflict resolution. They look beyond the interests of warring parties. They bring the wider community to the table and they focus on root causes. Including women and girls and peace operations is a smart, practical pathway to lasting peace,” Trudeau.
At a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, Trudeau announced the launch of the Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations that will provide incentives and assist UN missions in deploying more women in peacekeeping operations.
Canada will use the Elsie Initiative as an opportunity to work with the United Nations, other member states, and troop-contributing countries to develop and test new ways to recruit train and promote more women in UN peace operations,” said the Canadian prime minister.
Specifically, the initiative will offer personnel to train un peacekeeping countries; a quick-response military force with tactical airlift support, and support for countries that want to boost the number of women they deploy.
For our part, Canada is working hard to increase the number of women who serve in our armed forces and we are equally committed to increasing the number of women we deploy as a part of UN peace operations,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau clarified that Canada is not looking to send its military and policemen and women into violent conflict zones where their lives are at risk in endless missions where there is no peace to keep.
Instead, Canadian military trainers are likely to go into un peacekeeping training centers established in Uganda, Kenya or Ghana, and Canadian trainers could accompany other forces on their deployments to monitor progress.
But it will take many months yet before the liberal government decides how Canadian troops might be sent to support UN peace missions.
Trudeau declared that the strategy marked Canada’s re-engagement in UN peace operations. — Reuters