Agriculture & Nutrition

Key ways in which current farming practices harm the earth include loss of biodiversity, overuse of chemicals and pesticides, and loss of plant and animal habitat due to the expansion of farming. The loss of biodiversity as a result of current farming practices includes an estimated loss of  three-quarters of the genetic diversity in agricultural crops over the last century. Photo: Jane Some/IRIN

Feeding the world without harming it

by IRIN November 3, 2009

Countries with growing populations can boost food production without punishing the environment if they are willing to experiment with less harmful farming practices, experts at a recent conference on biodiversity suggested. ...

Groundbreaking birth control bill that would make family planning services more widely available to poor people has powerful enemies in the Philippine...

by Carlos H. Conde New York Times October 25, 2009

MANILA — Gina Judilla already had three children the first time she tried to terminate a pregnancy. “I jumped down the stairs, hoping that would cause a miscarriage,” she said. The fetus survived and is now an 8-year-old boy....

Food experts worry as population and hunger grow

by Neil MacFarquhar New York Times October 21, 2009

ROME — Scientists and development experts across the globe are racing to increase food production by 50 percent over the next two decades to feed the world’s growing population, yet many doubt their chances despite a broad consensus that enough land, water and expertise exist....

Health clinics may be free, but they are also very popular. The implementation of the much-acclaimed scheme has been dogged by lack of preparation – both in medical facilities and personnel. Photo: BBC

Burundi’s struggle to provide free healthcare

by Prime Ndikumageng BBC News September 23, 2009

As international donors announce more funding for a campaign to build free health-care systems in the developing world, the BBC's Prime Ndikumagenge reflects on the experience of Burundi, which has already benefited from the scheme....

Rosaria Chimwaza, a health survey assistant, weighs a baby girl in a Malawi village as her 18-year-old mother looks on. The rate of decline in child mortality for Malawi and six other countries with the highest rates has been much steeper than the global average, according to an analysis by demographers. Perhaps Malawi’s most powerful weapon against child mortality has been its ranks of more than 10,000 high-school-educated village health workers.  Photo: Moises Saman/New York Times

Child mortality rate declines globally

by Celia W. Dugger New York Times September 9, 2009

MPATA, Malawi — The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays each year has fallen below nine million for the first time on record, a significant milestone in the global effort to improve children’s chances of survival, particularly in the developing world, according to data that Uni...

Patients waited at a clinic in Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town. South Africa has one of the world’s worst H.I.V. and tuberculosis epidemics. Photo: Joao Silva/New York Times

South African government embraces study very critical of its health policy

by Celia W. Dugger New York Times August 24, 2009

JOHANNESBURG — Leading South African scientists challenged the governing party on Monday to break with its deeply flawed record on AIDS and public health, spurring the country’s new health minister to say that he and his party shared their diagnosis of systemic problems and were determined to re...

WHO warns swine flu is unstoppable

by BBC News July 3, 2009

World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit. The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided....

WHO declares swine flu pandemic

by BBC News June 11, 2009

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting. It means the swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile....

Mexico has ramped up its containment efforts.  Photo: BBC

Mexico flu sparks global action

by BBC News April 23, 2009

The international community is better prepared than ever to deal with the threatened spread of a new swine flu virus, a top UN health chief has said. As the UN warned the outbreak might become a pandemic, Dr Keiji Fukuda said years of preparing for bird flu had boosted world stocks of anti-virals....

Burkina Faso: largest measles outbreak in more than 10 years

by IRIN News April 9, 2009

While health officials undertake vaccination campaigns across West Africa to control meningitis and polio epidemics, measles has overtaken both diseases in Burkina Faso in the biggest outbreak the country has seen in more than a decade, according to the Ministry of Health. ...

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