Agriculture & Nutrition

Brazil to break AIDS drug patent

by BBC News May 4, 2007

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59 percent of the thousands of children that die in Niger every year die because of problems related to malnutrition, according to UNICEF Photo: Nicholas Reader/IRIN

Sahel: strategic shift in battle against region’s high death toll

by IRIN News April 26, 2007

Every year in the Sahel region of West Africa, hundreds of thousands of children die, and malnutrition means millions of others will live on with permanent mental disability and physical stunting....

TB patients are counseled before taking their drugs at a clinic in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Photo: Siegfried/IRIN

Mosquito nets cut birth problems from malaria

by Jill McGivering BBC News April 19, 2007

Pregnant women in Africa can reduce their risk of miscarriage or still birth by up to a third by sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets. The UK scientific research is likely to bolster calls for treated mosquito nets to be made more widely available to pregnant women and children in Africa....

East Africa: TB control programs inadequate – WHO

by IRIN News March 23, 2007

Several countries in eastern Africa have a high incidence of tuberculosis but have yet to develop effective national strategies to curtail the disease, the United Nations World Health Organization said in its 2007 global TB report, ‘Global tuberculosis control - surveillance, planning, financing...

Custodio Julio, 16, and his sister Edita, 5. Every day is a scramble for food. Photo:  ©Alfredo Mueche/IRIN

Mozambique: ‘I am in the darkness’ — AIDS orphan

by IRIN News March 15, 2007

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Faruk Maunge, 36, a high school counselor in Francistown, Botswana, points out one of several friends who died of complications from AIDS.

Speeding HIV’s deadly spread: multiple, concurrent partners drive disease in Southern Africa

by Craig Timberg Washington Post March 2, 2007

FRANCISTOWN, Botswana -- The young and hip at ground zero of the AIDS epidemic meet, drink and pair off under the knowing gaze of bartender Brian Khumalo. Sometimes they first buy a three-pack of condoms from the box he keeps by the liquor, sometimes not....

A study of Guatemalan babies provided the basis for the research. The findings, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, were based on a three-decade study of Guatemalan males from birth. Those who had been well-fed soon after they were born earned almost 50% more than those who had not. Photo: BBC

Giving babies nutritious food could significantly increase their earning power as adults, new research suggests

by Mark Doyle BBC News February 1, 2007

Giving babies nutritious food could significantly increase their earning power as adults, new research suggests.The findings, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, were based on a three-decade study of Guatemalan males from birth....

Global vaccination campaign cuts measles deaths

by BBC News January 19, 2007

Child deaths from measles have fallen by 60% following a massive global vaccination campaign. A study in The Lancet confirms that hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved since 1999, surpassing a target of halving deaths by 2005....

3.5 million children die every year because of lack of food or poor quality food

by BBC News January 17, 2007

A third of child deaths globally are caused by poor nutrition, experts warn. Around 3.5 million children die every year because of lack of food or poor quality food, a problem which starts in the womb, studies show....

A malnourished child at a health center in India.  Photo: BBC
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