Agriculture & Nutrition

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...

Corruption has diverted funds from already under-funded health facilities. Photo: Laura Lopez Gonzalez/IRIN

Government corruption “cripples” Malawi’s health sector

by IRIN News October 24, 2013

Extensive looting of public funds by government officials in Malawi has dangerously undermined the country’s public health sector, with hundreds of public health workers striking in recent weeks to protest late payments of their September salaries....

Violence against women worldwide is epidemic. More than one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, WHO says

by BBC News June 20, 2013

More than one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, a report by the World Health Organization and other groups says.It says 38% of all women murdered were killed by their partners, and such violence is a major contributor to depression and other health problems. WHO...

Does a child die of hunger every 10 seconds?

by Ruth Alexander BBC News June 17, 2013

Every 15 seconds a child dies of hunger, says a campaign by charities urging G8 leaders to pledge more aid for the world's poorest families - or every 10 seconds, according to the latest version of the slogan. But does this paint an accurate picture?...

Maternal health in India: Where we are today

by Aparajita Gogoi and Renuka Motihar Huff Post June 6, 2013

Sunita, a young woman in her fourth month of pregnancy in rural Odisha, suddenly discovered that she was bleeding profusely. It took her a while to understand that the situation was serious and called her husband Ramesh. He rushed home from work. They realized they needed to go to a hospital, but di...

Nutrition ‘must be a global priority’, say researchers as malnutrition is implicated in 45 percent of child deaths

by Helen Briggs BBC News June 5, 2013

Malnutrition is responsible for 45% of the global deaths of children under the age of five, research published in the Lancet medical journal suggests. Poor nutrition leads to the deaths of about 3.1 million under-fives annually, it says....