Agriculture & Nutrition

Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million within 4 months, CDC estimates

by Denise Grady New York Times September 23, 2014

Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling....

Biography of WHES board member Margie Ferris Morris

by Margie Ferris-Morris June 7, 2014

Margie Ferris-Morris, a native of Ithaca, New York, holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Nutrition Sciences. She has her own firm (Ferris-Morris Associates, LLC.) and is a free-lance consultant in the areas of conflict mitigation, food security, maternal and child health, and hunger and nutrition with over...

With Ebola crippling the health system, Liberians die of routine medical problems

by Lenny Bernstein Washington Post September 20, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — While the terrifying spread of Ebola has captured the world’s attention, it also has produced a lesser-known crisis: the near-collapse of the already fragile health-care system here, a development that may be as dangerous — for now — as the virus for the average Liberian....

The “unfinished business” of lowering child mortality

by IRIN News September 12, 2014

In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can...

Ebola is taking a second toll, on economies

by Adam Nossiter New York Times September 5, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Airlines have canceled their flights to the countries most affected. Prices of staple goods are going up, and food supplies are dwindling. Border posts are being closed, foreign workers are going home and national growth rates are projected to plummet....

CIA: No more vaccination campaigns in spy operations

by Lena H Sun Washington Post May 19, 2014

Three years after the CIA used an immunization survey as a cover in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, the White House has promised that the agency will never again use a vaccination campaign in its operations, an official said Monday....

Disease of Pakistan’s poor now worries the affluent

by Saba Imtiaz and Declan Walsh New York Times May 10, 2014

KARACHI, Pakistan — Until recently, polio was considered a poor man’s problem in Pakistan — a crippling virus that festered in the mountainous tribal belt, traversed the country on interprovincial buses, and spread via infected children who played in the open sewers of sprawling slums....

Polio’s return after near eradication prompts global health warning

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times May 5, 2014

Alarmed by the spread of polio to several fragile countries, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Monday for only the second time since regulations permitting it to do so were adopted in 2007....

A new toilet for girl students at a school in Murshidabad district in the eastern Indian state West Bengal. Photo: Sulabh International/IPS.

When not to go to school

by Ranjita Biswas Inter Press Service April 19, 2014

KOLKATA, Apr 19 2014 (IPS) - In large parts of rural India, the absence of separate toilets for growing girls is taking a toll on their education. Many are unable to attend school during their menstrual cycle. According to the country’s Annual Status of Education Report in 2011, lack of access to ...

Hindu devotees bathed in the polluted waters of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Millions of pilgrims bathe along Varanasi’s ancient riverfront, but a stream of human waste flows directly into the river just above the bathing ghats, steps leading down to the river. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

Poor sanitation in India may affect well-fed children with malnutrition

by Gardiner Harris New York Times July 13, 2014

SHEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition....