Agriculture & Nutrition

Ethiopia: Too many deaths in childbirth

by The Guardian May 5, 2012

In Ethiopia, a lack of awareness of the importance of skilled hospital deliveries, cultural beliefs and transport challenges in rural areas are causing a high number of deaths during childbirth, say officials. Only 10% of deliveries take place within health facilities, according to the Ethiopia's la...

US lags in global measure of premature births

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times May 2, 2012

Fifteen million babies are born prematurely each year, and the United States fared badly in the first country-by-country global comparison of premature births, which was released Wednesday by the World Health Organization and other agencies....

In Haiti, global failures on a cholera epidemic

by Deborah Sontag New York Times March 31, 2012

MIREBALAIS, Haiti — Jean Salgadeau Pelette, handsome when medicated and groomed, often roamed this central Haitian town in a disheveled state, wild-eyed and naked. He was a familiar figure here, the lanky scion of a prominent family who suffered from a mental illness....

India plans big increase in health-care spending to catch up to rivals

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post March 9, 2012

In recent years, India has watched with alarm as countries such as China, Egypt, Mexico and Brazil raced ahead, and as its performance on child health and infant mortality was overtaken even by much of sub-Saharan Africa. ...

Fund halts new grants for AIDS, TB and malaria treatment in poor countries as developed country contributions drop

by David Brown Washington Post November 23, 2011

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which underwrites AIDS treatment for about half the people getting it in developing countries, announced Wednesday that it will make no new grants for the next two years because of the worldwide economic downturn....

Report cites dramatic drop in AIDS deaths worldwide

by David Brown Washington Post November 21, 2011

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Malaria accounts for 20% of childhood deaths in Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Malaria deaths fall over 20% worldwide in last decade

by BBC News October 18, 2011

There has been a fall of just over 20% in the number of deaths from malaria worldwide in the past decade, the World Health Organization says....

Fall in funding raises question mark over future of global fight against Aids: International financing for HIV programs in developing nations worldwid...

by Claire Provost Poverty Matters Blog August 19, 2011

International funding for Aids programmes in developing countries across the world dropped by 10% in 2010, according to a new report, raising concern that funding for the global fight against HIV and Aids may be on a long-term downward trend....

A special child (opinion)

by Dan Shaughnessy World Hunger Education Service August 3, 2011

August 3, 2011 Demographers tell us that sometime in September or October, probably in Central India, a very special child will be born. The exact time and place will never be precisely known, and this Special Child’s first tiny cry will not heard beyond a hut or a village, but the event will b...

The delivery room of a hospital in Arua, Uganda. The 400-bed hospital has a shortage of doctors and midwives and lacks many basic medical supplies. Photo: Tadej Znidarcic/New York Times   More Photos

Maternal deaths focus harsh light on Uganda

by Celia W. Dugger New York Times July 29, 2011

ARUA, Uganda — Jennifer Anguko was slowly bleeding to death right in the maternity ward of a major public hospital. Only a lone midwife was on duty, the hospital later admitted, and no doctor examined her for 12 hours. An obstetrician who investigated the case said Ms. Anguko, the mother of three ...

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