Agriculture & Nutrition

India bans smoking in public. Health minister says habit may kill nearly 1 million this year

by Emily Wax Washington Post October 3, 2008

NEW DELHI, Oct. 2 -- India banned smoking in public places on Thursday, a move the government hopes will help curb the habit in a country that has one of the world's largest populations of smokers....

Malawi AIDS patient.  The relatively low survival rate of 66% of those on drugs appears to be principally due to two factors: patients starting the treatment late or not having access to proper nutrition. Photo: IRIN News

Anti-retroviral drugs reduce AIDS deaths in Malawi: one-third of those infected taking drugs, with 66% survival rate thus far

by BBC News August 26, 2008

Distributing anti-retroviral drugs in Malawi has led to a huge fall in Aids-related deaths, an official says. Mary Shawa told the Reuters news agency that 67% of those taking the ARV drugs are still alive....

As her t-shirt indicates, this Kenyan woman is taking anti-retroviral therapy.  US funding through PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) has supplied funding for 1.73 million people throughout the developing world, including Kenya. Photo: Waweru Mugo/IRIN

Progress and setbacks in AIDS battle

by Duncan Kennedy BBC News August 1, 2008

It is hard to believe that the world has been living with the Aids epidemic for a quarter of a century.As 20,000 delegates meet in Mexico City for the 17th International Aids Conference, there is much progress to report, but some setbacks, too....

AIDS deaths down 10% in 2007 with greater access to treatment key factor, UN report says

by Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times July 30, 2008

The number of AIDS deaths worldwide dropped 10% in 2007 because of increasing access to treatment, as did the number of new infections in children, the United Nations reported Tuesday.Condom use and prevention efforts increased in many countries and adolescent sexual intercourse declined in some of ...

AIDS funding binds longevity of millions to US

by David Brown Washington Post July 26, 2008

President Bush plans to sign a bill next week that commits the United States to spending about $40 billion over the next five years to fight AIDS overseas, a major expansion of what many consider his most successful foreign policy initiative....

AIDS drugs reaching more people in developing world, UN says

by Colum Lynch Washington Post June 10, 2008

UNITED NATIONS, June 9 -- About 3 million people infected with the AIDS virus in the developing world received life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs last year, a 42 percent increase over 2006 in the number with access to the medicines, a U.N. report said Monday....

In Sri Lanka, local government workers, like this man from the Colombo Municipal Council, are regularly deployed to spray insecticide in homes, gardens and along roadways islandwide. Photo: Christine Jayasinghe/IRIN

Eradicating malaria worldwide seen as a distant goal, at best

by David Brown Washington Post April 26, 2008

A generation after the first attempt failed, people are once more talking seriously about eradicating malaria. ...

Sri Lanka: on track to eliminate malaria

by IRIN April 24, 2008

Sri Lanka, once among Asia’s worst affected nations for malaria, is now close to eliminating it. The sharp drop in the number of reported cases to 196 in 2007 - with no deaths - demonstrates that the national malaria control programme has been effective even in the traditionally disease-prone nort...

Children orphaned by AIDS and aged between 11 and 18, living in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, were given cameras to document their lives. Irenio, 18, took this photo of his brother looking outside their home. Irenio and his 16-year-old sister Saquina have headed their family since March, when they lost their mother to AIDS.  Photo: BBC See more pictures

Administration and House leaders agree on bill authorizing a tripling of AIDS funding; money must still be appropriated

by David Brown Washington Post February 28, 2008

House leaders from both parties and the White House yesterday reached agreement on a bill that would more than triple funding for the Bush administration's global AIDS program, already the largest foreign aid initiative aimed at fighting a single disease in U.S. history....

Drug resistant TB ‘at new high’

by BBC News February 26, 2008

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