Garment workers operate sewing machines in a supplied photo taken inside a factory of Dony Garment Co. Ltd. in Vietnam. According to Anh, partnerships with U.S. firms boast certain leg-ups in terms of buying power and commerce feasibility compared to those of other markets — from transnational logistics, shipping to payment. … [Read more...] about 25 years of Vietnam-US diplomatic relations – Part 1: Cooperation to tackle COVID-19 pandemic
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This is just the current snapshot; the future of what we call the "shadow pandemic" could be much worse. UNFPA projects that Covid-19 will slash by at least one third global progress towards ending preventable maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls in this decade. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights.
Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic. Somali's sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation's controversial dog meat trade. Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. Somali -- who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital -- started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago. Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat. The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often … [Read more...] about Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril
We can also expect up to 31 million additional cases of gender-based violence for every six months of movement restriction measures. Many women are trapped with abusers at a time of heightened household tensions and reduced prevention and protection efforts, social services and care. In Việt Nam, reports of gender-based violence have jumped by 20 per cent this year in the UNFPA-supported hotline services. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights
“From the first day of the pandemic, there have been so many private companies and individuals here in Vietnam [that] reached out to the U.S. Embassy, offering donations of medical supplies as American frontline workers were facing the threat from COVID-19,” he stressed. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese businesses donate 1.4 million medical supply units to US