Agriculture & Nutrition

Few resources, little hope, for those with HIV in Myanmar (Photo essay)

by New York Times March 31, 2009

Medecins Sans Frontieres estimates that 240,000 people are currently infected with H.I.V. in Myanmar and that 76,000 are in urgent need of antiretroviral drugs. At left, a 29-year-old man sits in his home. He learned that he was HIV-positive when he was tested for tuberculosis. His wife and their so...

A 49-year-old man in the advanced stages of HIV has not told friends about his situation because of the social stigma attached to the disease. “The worst thing for me is the loneliness,” he said. Two weeks after this photograph was taken, he died. For many people infected with HIV  in developing countries,  lack of nutritious food frequently speeds death, or, when anti-retroviral treatment for HIV is available, reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. Photo: International Herald Tribune

Dying, and alone, in Myanmar

by Seth Mydans New York Times March 31, 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...

Investing in the future: Rice and the global financial crisis

by Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 1 March 30, 2009

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Zimbabwe diary: Fighting cholera

by BBC News February 6, 2009

More than 3,300 people have died from the worst outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe's history, which has infected nearly 66,000 people.The epidemic has been fuelled by the country's economic meltdown, which has led to the collapse of the country's water, health and sanitation systems....

Access to maternity care helps save lives. Photo BBC

Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, UNICEF warns

by BBC News January 15, 2009

Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, Unicef warns. The lifetime risk in the poorest countries was one in 24, compared with one in 8,000 in richer countries....

Number of children immunized has been inflated for years

by David Brown Washington Post December 9, 2008

Many of the world's poorest countries have for decades routinely exaggerated the number of children being immunized against disease, apparently driven by political pressure and, more recently, financial incentives....

The infection culminates in worms, such as the one shown here, emerging from the sufferer’s skin. Photo: Associated Press

Guinea worm ‘almost eradicated’

by BBC News December 6, 2008

Guinea worm disease may be eliminated within two years, former US president and anti-disease campaigner Jimmy Carter has said....

Baby Drupta weighs only 5.5 lbs and coughs incessantly.  Photo: BBC

Ignoring India’s malnourished

by Soutik Biswas BBC News November 25, 2008

The BBC's Soutik Biswas travels to the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, one of six states holding key elections, and asks why malnutrition has not been a major issue with politicians....

Premier says China to ensure safe food

by Henry Sanderson Associated Press October 26, 2008

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Jemelleh Saccoh gets a glimpse of her new son. A short time later, she had died of complications — the fate of 1 in 8 women during childbirth in Sierra Leone. Photo: Carol Guzy/Washington Post

A mother’s final look at life. In impoverished Sierra Leone, childbirth kills one in eight women.

by Kevin Sullivan Washington Post October 12, 2008

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Fatmata Jalloh's body lay on a rusting metal gurney in a damp hospital ward, a scrap of paper with her name and "R.I.P." taped to her stomach. In the soft light of a single candle -- the power was out again in one of Africa's poorest cities -- Jalloh looked like a sleeping ...

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