Drugs pollute rivers, add to resistance crisis

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The Río de la Plata and the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A report has warned of the contamination of the world’s rivers by active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), especially in developing countries. Copyright: Dan DeLuca/Flickr(CC BY 2.0).


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  • Pharmaceutical pollution could contribute to antimicrobial resistance and affect human health
  • Rivers study finds highest concentrations in Africa, South Asia and South America
  • Mismanaged pharma waste puts UN goals on water quality at risk

By: Pablo Corso


Pharmaceutical pollution in the world’s rivers is threatening environmental and human health and the attainment of UN goals on water quality, with developing countries the worst affected, a global study warns.

Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) could be contributing to antimicrobial resistance in microorganisms, and may have unknown long-term effects on human health, as well as harming aquatic life, according to the report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

APIs – the chemicals used to make pharmaceutical drugs – can reach the natural environment during their manufacture, use and disposal, according to the study.

“Early results suggest that some of the more polluted mixes are extremely toxic to plants and invertebrates.”

Alistair Boxall, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, UK

Researchers say they monitored 1,052 sampling sites along 258 rivers in 104 countries, representing the “pharmaceutical fingerprint” of 471 million people linked to these areas.

The highest cumulative concentrations of APIs were seen in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South America, with the most contaminated sites found in low-to-middle income countries where waste water management infrastructure is often poor, the report says.

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Care at work: Greater investment in care could create almost 300 million jobs

ILO – News | 07 March 2022

Plugging existing, significant, gaps in care services could generate almost 300 million jobs and create a continuum of care that would help to alleviate poverty, encourage gender equality, and support care for children and the elderly, says new ILO report released ahead of International Women’s Day.

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GENEVA (ILO News) – Persistent and significant gaps in care services and policies have left hundreds of millions of workers with family responsibilities without adequate protection and support, yet meeting these needs could create almost 300 million jobs by 2035, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report.

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India’s ‘neutrality’ on the Ukraine conflict could hurt it in the long run

New Delhi has been silent on Russia’s actions in Ukraine so far.

thediplomat – By Sudha Ramachandran – February 25, 2022

India’s ‘Neutrality’ on the Ukraine Conflict Could Hurt It in the Long Run
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladirmir Putin during the summit in New Delhi, India on December 6, 2021.Credit: Facebook/ Ministry of External Affairs, India

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has put India in a particularly difficult spot. Since the conflict between Moscow and the U.S. over Ukraine began escalating late last year, India has avoided taking sides. But with Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, that cautious approach will become increasingly untenable for New Delhi. It could hurt India’s interests in the long-run.

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Why are there so many Indian students in Ukraine?

For over 30 years, Ukraine has been a popular destination for Indians to study medicine, dentistry, and nursing. Now many of them are left stranded in a war zone.

thediplomat – By Neeta Lal – March 04, 2022

Why Are There So Many Indian Students in Ukraine?
Activists of All India Democratic Students Organization shout slogans during a protest against the Russian invasion on Ukraine, in Kolkata, India, Thursday, March 3, 2022.Credit: AP Photo/Bikas Das

The tragic death of an Indian medical student, Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, in war-torn Ukraine, due to Russian shelling, has roiled India while spotlighting the desperation of thousands of Indians to rush to study in this east European nation every year.

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8/3 không phải ngày để đàn ông bù đắp hay chuộc lỗi

zingPhụ nữ nhận quà dịp 8/3 có thể nhắc nhở người đàn ông tặng rằng cử chỉ lịch lãm trong một ngày không thể cứu vãn được hành vi vô duyên suốt 364 ngày còn lại trong năm.

thuong mai hoa,  8/3 anh 2

thuong mai hoa,  8/3 anh 3
Cameron Shingleton, Giảng viên đại học, là tác giả cuốn sách “Những điều bạn chưa biết về trai Tây” (NXB Trẻ 2017) được viết bằng tiếng Việt. Sinh ở Melbourne, Australia, anh tốt nghiệp tiến sĩ ở Đại học Melbourne. Trong 5 năm sống ở TP.HCM, Cameron đã học tiếng Việt và tìm hiểu sự khác biệt trong văn hóa Đông – Tây.

Australia, nơi tôi sinh ra và lớn lên, không kỷ niệm Ngày Quốc tế Phụ nữ. Nhiều năm trước, khi lần đầu đến Việt Nam để học tiếng Việt, tôi mới có những trải nghiệm đầu đời về ngày 8/3. Lạ lẫm, bối rối nhưng thú vị và có ý nghĩa là những gì tôi cảm nhận được.

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