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How Janssen vaccine and COVAX help build a fairer and healthier world

The gripping impact of COVID-19 is greatly felt by every country in the world. The pandemic has also revealed the stark difference in access to quality healthcare in various regions. In line with yesterday’s World Health Day theme ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’ we were inspired to highlight this poignant issue. Making adequate healthcare accessible for everyone can only be realised through international partnerships. The COVAX roll out of the Janssen vaccine is an example of how this could be achieved.

AI breast cancer diagnoses may reduce disparity in women’s mortality

Each year, over half a million women worldwide die from breast cancer.  In 2020, 2.3 million women were diagnosed across the globe with the disease, which makes up 11.7 percent of all cancer diagnoses. This places female breast cancer mortality higher than lung cancer and makes it the most commonly diagnosed and deadly cancer. Early diagnosis and screening significantly increase survival rates. A recent independent study reveals that Artificial Intelligence (AI) mammogram assessment systems can increase efficiency and accuracy, potentially saving thousands of lives.

Netherlands raises a #WhiteCard for peace and sustainable development

Today, on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April), we celebrate not just athleticism, team building, or the many benefits of playing sports. We also put the #WhiteCard initiative in the spotlight. As opposed to the red card which signifies a major sporting offence and exclusion from sports, the #WhiteCard symbolises inclusion, tolerance and peace in sports and beyond. It is a sign of commitment to peace efforts worldwide.

Flying Swans: developing a cool logistics network in East Africa

With an ever-growing world population, achieving food security is one of our main challenges in years to come. As food waste accounts for around one-third of all food produced for human consumption globally, reducing food loss can contribute significantly to reaching food security. In Ethiopia and Djibouti, the Flying Swans consortium is creating a cool logistics network together with local partners. This network aims to reduce post-harvest loss substantially and create economic opportunities for both countries.

Celebrating 20th anniversary of same sex marriages

Today marked the 20th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages worldwide, which took place in Amsterdam. Since then, 20,000 same-sex marriages are registered in the Netherlands. And 30 countries have passed national laws, enabling gay and lesbian couples to wed.

The Ocean Cleanup and Coldplay make waves in clearing plastic soup

Coldplay is widely known for their music, but fans who look beyond the stage are also aware of their continued philanthropic efforts. The most recent initiative they have undertaken is investing in Dutch non-profit, The Ocean Cleanup. Together they are tackling the global challenge of removing plastic from our oceans.

Rejuvenating Romania’s urban areas with green landscapes

Today, cities are home to over 50 per cent of the world’s population, and that number will only rise in the future. How do we keep a growing urban population healthy and happy? Green spaces promote healthy living and working environments, reduce stress and increase happiness. Nature improves air quality and water management, reduces heat and boosts creativity, vitality and a sense of community. With these in mind, Urban Landscapes Romania (ULR) develops green concepts that support the healthy lifestyle of Romania’s urban population.