Agriculture & Nutrition

Congo: Measles kills 32, infects hundreds

by IRIN News June 21, 2011

At least 32 people have died and 800 others have been infected following an outbreak of measles in the southern Pointe Noire and Kouilou regions of the Republic of Congo, say health officials. ...

Recent infections have made Chad the country with the highest number of polio cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two drops of oral polio vaccine, shown being administered to a child, given several times at a young age can protect a child for life. Weak coordination, supervision and monitoring; a defective cold-chain; and poor communications are some of the “main problems” with polio immunizations in Chad, according to a new Chad government plan to improve coverage. Photo: UNICEF Chad/2011/Esteve

Chad: Children unprotected as polio spreads

by IRIN News June 21, 2011

As polio strikes more and more people in Chad - 68 cases so far this year - tens of thousands of children are unprotected largely due to flaws in how vaccination campaigns are run....

Planting for the future

by Carrie Madren The Interpreter May 16, 2011

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Garbage floating on stagnant water, a situation that promotes disease.  A new government study indicates that the water was unsafe to drink in 82 percent of water sources tested in districts across all four of Pakistan’s provinces. Photo: Kamila Hyat/IRIN

Pakistan: Unsafe water kills 250,000 children a year

by IRIN News April 19, 2011

After several weeks of severe sickness, with unrelenting diarrhoea and high fever, Shamshad Ali, aged five, from a village near the town of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, finally feels strong enough to venture out of his house again....

Global stillbirths: 2.6 million a year, overlooked and often preventable

by David Brown Washington Post April 13, 2011

About 2.6 million babies are born dead each year, a largely ignored and silently grieved loss of life, about half of which could be prevented....

Rene Le Berre helped prevent many people from contracting the vicious but largely preventable condition, which mainly affects the poor. Photo: World Bank

Rene Le Berre, 78: Entomologist saved millions of Africans from river blindness

by Emma Brown Washington Post December 15, 2010

Rene Le Berre helped prevent many people from contracting the vicious but largely preventable condition, which mainly affects the poor.Rene Le Berre helped prevent many people from contracting the vicious but largely preventable condition, which mainly affects the poor. (International Bank For Recon...

Vitamin A program deficiency highlights primary care needs

by Paula Smith-Vanderslice Hunger Notes November 26, 2010

“The great Vitamin A fiasco,” by Michael Latham in World Nutrition, the Journal of the World Public Health Nutrition Association (www.wphna.org), Volume 1, Number 1, May, 2010 In his commentary, Michael Latham addresses the evolution since the 1970s of vitamin A capsule administration in publ...

UNAIDS reports progress against HIV: New infections have fallen and more people have access to treatment, although two-thirds of those infected still...

by Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times November 23, 2010

More than 1.2 million people began taking anti- HIV therapy in 2009, a 30% increase that brings the worldwide total to 5.2 million, UNAIDS said Monday in its annual report, but that still leaves 10 million people in the developing world in need of access to the lifesaving drugs....

Young boys bathing in a river in Nigeria known to be infected with the parasite that causes river blindness. Some 27 million people in Nigeria need treatment for river blindness, also known as onchocerciasis.  The disease is spread through the bite of a black fly that breeds in fast-flowing water. However, if at-risk people take the drug ivermectin, also known as Mectizan, annually for 15-17 years, the infection cycle is broken for life.  Photo: IRIN

River blindness in Nigeria: photo essay

by IRIN News October 8, 2010

Some 27 million people in Nigeria need treatment for river blindness, also known as onchocerciasis, according to NGO Sight Savers. The disease is spread through the bite of a black simulium fly, which breeds in fast-flowing water. However, if at-risk people take the drug ivermectin, also known as Me...

World hunger dips, but not by much

by IRIN News September 14, 2010

Higher incomes in Asian countries have lowered the number of hungry in 2010, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), but economists warn that volatile wheat prices are affecting other staple grains such as maize and rice, and could lead to setbacks....

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