Agriculture & Nutrition

Beyond 7 billion: The coming wave of population growth will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countrie...

by Kenneth R Weiss Los Angeles Times August 14, 2012

Global birthrates are falling. But with many in their fertile years and political and cultural forces against contraception, the population explosion is far from over....

After 14 years, Philippines moves forward with bill to improve contraceptive access

by Floyd Whaley New York Times August 6, 2012

MANILA — Despite opposition from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, a bill that would mandate sex education in schools and subsidize contraceptives moved ahead on Monday after being stalled in the Philippine Congress for 14 years....

Breaking the cycle of HIV, hunger and poverty

by World Food Program July 24, 2012

Hunger and malnutrition are significant obstacles to the global fight against the HIV virus. A growing consensus of experts at the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC (AIDS 2012) agreed that helping patients with HIV meet their nutritional needs can make the difference between life and de...

Everything’s different (almost) since last international AIDS conference in US

by David Brown Washington Post July 21, 2012

AIDS has killed 35 million people. It’s caused physical pain and mental anguish for many who live with it. It’s created a generation of African orphans. It’s drained untold trillions of dollars from national economies and people’s pockets....

Family planning summit focuses on mother and child survival

by IRIN News July 13, 2012

By focusing on health and mother and child survival, and sidestepping some of the more contentious issues, the 11 July London Summit on Family Planning led to financial pledges of an extra US$4.6 billion for family planning services in developing countries over the next eight years....

Study says meeting contraceptive needs could cut maternal deaths by a third

by Sabrena Tavernise New York Times July 9, 2012

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that fulfilling unmet contraception demand by women in developing countries could reduce global maternal mortality by nearly a third, a potentially great improvement for one of the world’s most vulnerable populations....

Global mortality among children younger than five years declined by 26 percent between 2000 and 2010 – meaning that the lives of some two million children were saved – but this is still not enough for many countries to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths in this age group by two-thirds by 2015. Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN

Child survival up, but not enough

by IRIN News May 11, 2012

Global mortality among children younger than five years declined by 26 percent between 2000 and 2010 - meaning that the lives of some two million children were saved - but this is still not enough for many countries to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths in this age group by two-...

Ethiopia: Too many deaths in childbirth

by The Guardian May 5, 2012

In Ethiopia, a lack of awareness of the importance of skilled hospital deliveries, cultural beliefs and transport challenges in rural areas are causing a high number of deaths during childbirth, say officials. Only 10% of deliveries take place within health facilities, according to the Ethiopia's la...

US lags in global measure of premature births

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times May 2, 2012

Fifteen million babies are born prematurely each year, and the United States fared badly in the first country-by-country global comparison of premature births, which was released Wednesday by the World Health Organization and other agencies....

In Haiti, global failures on a cholera epidemic

by Deborah Sontag New York Times March 31, 2012

MIREBALAIS, Haiti — Jean Salgadeau Pelette, handsome when medicated and groomed, often roamed this central Haitian town in a disheveled state, wild-eyed and naked. He was a familiar figure here, the lanky scion of a prominent family who suffered from a mental illness....

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