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Nutrition, Health and Population

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There are a number of key health issues for developing countries, especially in Africa.  They include malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and avian flu. This page provides current developments on these issues as well as background. 

Nutrition 

Other diseases and health concerns

Nutrition

The first 1000 days Elizabeth Whelan Myanmar Times June 22, 2015  (Whelan is a former WHES board member.) 

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

UNICEF warns lack of toilets in Pakistan tied to stunting  Associated Press March 30, 2015

Mothers and newborns at a hospital in Gurgaon, India. A greater percentage of Indian mothers are underweight than are mothers in far poorer countries. Photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Mothers and newborns at a hospital in Gurgaon, India. A greater percentage of Indian mothers are underweight than are mothers in far poorer countries. Photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Study says pregnant women in India are dangerously underweight Gardiner Harris New York Times March 3, 2015

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet Maria Cheng  Associated Press/Myway March 4, 2015  

Death by chocolate: the sugar-fueled diabetes surge in South Asia Gerald Denis The Guardian March 2, 2015

Every dollar spent on childhood nutrition can save up to $166, new study finds  Bjorn Lomborg The Guardian November 28, 2014

Cover of Food and Nutrition in Numbers by the FAO

FAO releases "Food and Nutrition in Numbers"  FAO November 17, 2014.  See full report (249 page PDF) See video Nutrition: A public issue See more nutrition stories

Baby being fed baby food. Photo: Paul Sakuma/AP Photo

What you eat in the first year of your life can affect what you crave for the rest of it. Photo: Paul Sakuma/AP Photo

The stark difference between what poor babies and rich babies eat: Poor children often are fed foods that help establish long-lasting, unhealthful eating patterns Roberto A Ferdman Washington Post November 4, 2014

Two women, each with one chlild,  and a man in an African agricultural field. Photo: FIAN International

Women play an important role in guaranteeing sufficient food supply for their families. They are among the stakeholders whose voice needs to be heard in the debate on nutrition. Photo: FIAN International

Democratizing the fight against malnutrition Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Inter Press Service November 27, 2014 See more nutrition stories

Cover of Food and Nutrition in Numbers by the FAO

FAO releases "Food and Nutrition in Numbers"  FAO November 17, 2014.  See full report (249 page PDF) See video Nutrition: A public issue See more nutrition stories

Other diseases and health concerns

"For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?" - Jeremiah 8:21-22  

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria seeks input into 2017-21 strategy Hunger Notes May 25, 2015  

A tragic choice: Fight malaria or starve Ben C. Solomon New York Times January 24 2015 (video)

 2014 Nutrition, Health and Population    Hunger Notes Home Page