Remco Van de Pas is currently for a research assignment in Guinea, one of three countries in West Africa affected by Ebola. Together with the national research center for training and promotion of rural health (CNFRSR) of Maférinyah, Conakry, the Institute of Tropical Medicine will explore policies and possibilities to strengthen the public health system in Guinea during the ongoing Ebola outbreak and afterwards. During his visit, Remco keeps a journal. Below you find the second episode (12/1/2015).
Manilakbayan (Journey to Manila) is a long march from the island of Mindanao to the Manila, the country's capital, by more than 300 people belonging to various progressive and indigenous peoples' groups who are clamoring for the stop of large-scale mining in the island and the worsening human rights violations committed by the military which was tasked to protect the interest of mining instead of that of the people who have been displaced by mining operations.
A newly formed network to tackle the impacts of climate change aims to contribute to efforts to reduce climate-related vulnerabilities and provide opportunities for exchange of experiences among similarly-tasked organizations
Health workers, professionals, employees and students belonging to various health organizations in the Philippines decried the administration of President Aquino for the worsening human rights situation in the country. In a conference to commemorate International Human Rights Day, they declared that human rights remain as an urgent issue in the Philippines.
People in Negros island, Philippines are stepping up their campaigns against large-scale mining by big local and transnational companies. They are blaming large-scale mining for the massive environmental damages in the island and economic dislocation of rural folks.
One of the highlights of Philippine President Benigno Aquino's European tour was the Public-Private Partnership Conference held in Brussel where he trumpeted his administration's PPP gains. This was aimed at attracting greater trade relations and investment deals with European investors. But back at home, Filipinos are bearing the brunt of the adverse effects of public-private partnership projects in infrastructure, public utilities and social services.