Agriculture & Nutrition

Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda

by IRIN News April 2, 2014

Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on healthcare services, particularly for HIV/AIDS patients....

Religious leaders in Senegal stymie birth control: In the majority-Muslim society, many men have multiple wives and large numbers of children. Religious leaders, who wield great influence, reject family planning as interfering with the divine order, and family planning advocates are under suspicion because of foreign funding.  Photo: Washington Post

Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders

by Allyn Gaestel Washington Post March 15, 2014

From the corner of his family’s bustling courtyard, El Hadji Fally Diallo looked out approvingly at his large extended family. Several women with babies on their hips prepared the massive midday meal, and children studying the Koran mumbled verses to themselves....

Niger’s “remarkable” progress in reducing child deaths

by IRIN News February 27, 2014

Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth and low government capacity are...

South Sudan: ‘One of the most dangerous places to give birth’ (video)

by BBC News February 25, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes due to continuing violence in South Sudan. Many are in need of urgent health care, with pregnant women at great risk. South Sudan is one of the most dangerous nations on earth to give birth, according to a report from the charity Save the C...

Obesity rate for young children plummets 43 percent in a decade

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times February 25, 2014

Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke....

Home-grown solutions are cheap and effective: Children in Namibia eat a meal made from products sourced from their field. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

Call for shakeup in Africa nutrition research

by IRIN News February 24, 2014

Rwanda has achieved remarkable success in reducing child hunger, and nutrition experts believe there may be lessons here for other countries in Africa....

Residents of Clara Town, a low-income neighbourhood of Monrovia, Liberia, face sanitation challenges with the onset of the rainy season. Photo: Travis Lupick/IPS

UN focuses on faltering goals: water, sanitation, energy

by Thalif Deen Inter Press Service February 19, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 2014 (IPS) - When the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their deadline in 2015, there will still be a critical setback: millions of people in the developing world without full access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation and electricity in their homes. Con...

Obesity found to gain its hold in earliest years

by Gina Kolata New York Times January 29, 2014

For many obese adults, the die was cast by the time they were 5 years old. A major new study of more than 7,000 children has found that a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade. And almost every child who was very obese remained that way....

Polio drive to target millions in Horn of Africa

by IRIN News November 18, 2013

Efforts to stop the spread of polio in the Horn of Africa region are being ramped up with major immunization campaigns underway, targeting millions of vulnerable children. ...

20 milion in Mideast to get polio vaccine

by Donald G. McNeill Jr New York Times November 11, 2013

Health officials will try to get polio vaccines to more than 20 million children across the Middle East to contain a major outbreak there, the World Health Organization and Unicef announced last week. The region was polio-free for 10 years, until a Pakistani strain was detected in sewers in Egypt in...

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