Agriculture & Nutrition

Clinics like this one in Tumbu have been jammed since Sierra Leone ended some fees in 2010 Photo: Sven Torfinn/New York Times

Sierra Leone government eliminates medical fees for children and pregnant women, resulting in huge increase in patients

by Adam Nossiter New York Times July 17, 2011

WATERLOO, Sierra Leone — The paramedic’s eyes were bloodshot, his features drawn. Pregnant women jammed into the darkened concrete bunker, just as they had yesterday and would tomorrow. The increase in patients had been fivefold, or tenfold. The exhausted paramedic had lost count in a blur of un...

Breastfeeding babies is vital, say experts.”Some of the [Nestle] marketing strategy presents formula as better than breastfeeding,” Laurence Gray, World Vision’s Asia-Pacific advocacy director, told IRIN. However, in developing countries, formula is frequently prepared in unhygienic circumstances with unsafe water and misunderstood instructions, with bad results for babies. “In poor nations, formula-fed infants are four to six times more likely to die of infectious disease than breastfed babies,” said Gray. “The problem is not with the formula, but with the preparation,” he added.   Photo: UNICEF

Laos: NGOs flay Nestlé’s infant formula marketing, some of which presents infant formula as better than breastfeeding

by IRIN News June 23, 2011

"Some of the marketing strategy presents formula as better than breastfeeding,” Laurence Gray, World Vision’s Asia-Pacific advocacy director, told IRIN. “It doesn’t take into account the circumstances needed to prepare the formula.” ...

Lambo, 3, with his grandmother and mother, Samina Tahiaritsoa, at the Centre for Treatment of Acute Malnutrition with Complications (CRENI) in the town of Amboasary Sud. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), two out of three Malagasy live in poverty and 50 percent of children younger than five have stunted growth due to malnutrition.  “Above all, it’s the poverty that’s causing this,” said CRENI’s head doctor, Samuel Rasaivaonirina, adding that most wage earners support an average household of 10 people on just $10 a month.  Photo: Hannah McNeish/IRIN

Madagascar: Poverty and malnutrition on sisal plantations

by IRIN News June 23, 2011

At the Centre for Treatment of Acute Malnutrition with Complications (CRENI) in the town of Amboasary Sud in the Anosy region of southeastern Madagascar, Samina Tahiaritsoa, 20, cradles her son, Lambo, 3, who still weighs less than six kilograms after 10 days at the centre....

Congo: Measles kills 32, infects hundreds

by IRIN News June 21, 2011

At least 32 people have died and 800 others have been infected following an outbreak of measles in the southern Pointe Noire and Kouilou regions of the Republic of Congo, say health officials. ...

Recent infections have made Chad the country with the highest number of polio cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two drops of oral polio vaccine, shown being administered to a child, given several times at a young age can protect a child for life. Weak coordination, supervision and monitoring; a defective cold-chain; and poor communications are some of the “main problems” with polio immunizations in Chad, according to a new Chad government plan to improve coverage. Photo: UNICEF Chad/2011/Esteve

Chad: Children unprotected as polio spreads

by IRIN News June 21, 2011

As polio strikes more and more people in Chad - 68 cases so far this year - tens of thousands of children are unprotected largely due to flaws in how vaccination campaigns are run....

Planting for the future

by Carrie Madren The Interpreter May 16, 2011

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Garbage floating on stagnant water, a situation that promotes disease.  A new government study indicates that the water was unsafe to drink in 82 percent of water sources tested in districts across all four of Pakistan’s provinces. Photo: Kamila Hyat/IRIN

Pakistan: Unsafe water kills 250,000 children a year

by IRIN News April 19, 2011

After several weeks of severe sickness, with unrelenting diarrhoea and high fever, Shamshad Ali, aged five, from a village near the town of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, finally feels strong enough to venture out of his house again....

Global stillbirths: 2.6 million a year, overlooked and often preventable

by David Brown Washington Post April 13, 2011

About 2.6 million babies are born dead each year, a largely ignored and silently grieved loss of life, about half of which could be prevented....

Rene Le Berre helped prevent many people from contracting the vicious but largely preventable condition, which mainly affects the poor. Photo: World Bank

Rene Le Berre, 78: Entomologist saved millions of Africans from river blindness

by Emma Brown Washington Post December 15, 2010

Rene Le Berre helped prevent many people from contracting the vicious but largely preventable condition, which mainly affects the poor.Rene Le Berre helped prevent many people from contracting the vicious but largely preventable condition, which mainly affects the poor. (International Bank For Recon...

Vitamin A program deficiency highlights primary care needs

by Paula Smith-Vanderslice Hunger Notes November 26, 2010

“The great Vitamin A fiasco,” by Michael Latham in World Nutrition, the Journal of the World Public Health Nutrition Association (www.wphna.org), Volume 1, Number 1, May, 2010 In his commentary, Michael Latham addresses the evolution since the 1970s of vitamin A capsule administration in publ...

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