The Guardian

The Guardian 9 Dec 2019

My homeless brother died on the streets of Glasgow. Who will be next?

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Mark Starr died on the streets of Glasgow earlier this year; his family found out five weeks later on social media. As part of the Guardian's empty doorway series we retraced his final steps alongside his brother Tony. Did Mark have friends? Did anyone give him support? And how hard is it to be homeless in Glasgow?


All around the world, cities are under quarantine, and the streets are empty as people stay locked in their homes. But where there was once foot traffic there's now hoof traffic! In Paris, wild pigs are walking the boulevards, while goats roam free in the streets of Wales with no one there to shoo them away. The phenomenon is world-wide. In Thailand, an intersection is overtaken by screaming monkeys, and in New Orleans, rats swarm the famous bar-lined Bourbon Street.
Forbes Senior Editor Zack O'Malley Greenburg talks with Wilmer Valderrama on the importance of storytelling during the pandemic.

Forbes 'Ask The Expert' is a 10-20 minute talk show streamed on Instagram Live every weekday at 12:00 PM EST. Forbes editors will discuss the latest issues surrounding fears, myths, challenges and opportunities our world is facing from this pandemic and offer knowledgeable solutions and commentary. There will be a variety of guests with varying areas of expertise, and our community will be given the chance to engage via Q+A towards the end of the call. In addition to Youtube, these videos will also be distributed across Forbes' social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on the Launch of the Policy Brief on Older Persons

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world.
The fatality rate for older people is higher overall, and for those over 80, it is five times the global average.
Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. It is likely to have a particularly devastating impact on older people in developing countries.
As an older person myself, with responsibility for an even older mother, I am deeply concerned about the pandemic on a personal level, and about its effects on our communities and societies.
Today we are launching a policy brief that provides analysis and recommendations to address these challenges. Our response to COVID-19 must respect the rights and dignity of older people.
There are four main messages.

First, no person, young or old, is expendable. Older people have the same rights to life and health as everyone else.
Difficult decisions around life-saving medical care must respect the human rights and dignity of all.

Second, while physical distancing is crucial, let's not forget we are one community and we all belong to each other. We need improved social support and smarter efforts to reach older people through digital technology.
That is vital to older people who may face great suffering and isolation under lockdowns and other restrictions.

Third, all social, economic and humanitarian responses must take the needs of older people fully into account, from universal health coverage to social protection, decent work and pensions.
The majority of older people are women, who are more likely to enter this period of their lives in poverty and without access to healthcare. Policies must be targeted at meeting their needs.

And fourth, let's not treat older people as invisible or powerless.
Many older people depend on an income and are fully engaged in work, in family life, in teaching and learning, and in looking after others. Their voices and leadership count.

To get through this pandemic together, we need a surge in global and national solidarity and the contributions of all members of society, including older people.
As we look to recover better, we will need ambition and vision to build more inclusive, sustainable and age-friendly societies that are fit for the future.
Forbes CEO Mike Federle interviews medical anthropologist Paul Farmer at the eighth annual Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York City in 2019. In the one-on-one conversation before an audience of CEOs, scientists, doctors, patients and venture capitalists, Farmer reflected on the work of Partners In Health, which began in 1987 in Haiti. Last year the organization's clinics, now established in ten countries, conducted a million women's health checkups, among other services. More than 90% of maternal deaths occur in developing nations.

"If you look at any of the places where we've been lucky enough to work," Farmer said, "in every instance mortality has decreased and well-being has gone up...You need more than the government and established institutions to get these things to people who live in extreme poverty. We can't do our work without private philanthropy."

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