Agriculture & Nutrition

Zimbabwe diary: Fighting cholera

by BBC News February 6, 2009

More than 3,300 people have died from the worst outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe's history, which has infected nearly 66,000 people.The epidemic has been fuelled by the country's economic meltdown, which has led to the collapse of the country's water, health and sanitation systems....

Access to maternity care helps save lives. Photo BBC

Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, UNICEF warns

by BBC News January 15, 2009

Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, Unicef warns. The lifetime risk in the poorest countries was one in 24, compared with one in 8,000 in richer countries....

Number of children immunized has been inflated for years

by David Brown Washington Post December 9, 2008

Many of the world's poorest countries have for decades routinely exaggerated the number of children being immunized against disease, apparently driven by political pressure and, more recently, financial incentives....

The infection culminates in worms, such as the one shown here, emerging from the sufferer’s skin. Photo: Associated Press

Guinea worm ‘almost eradicated’

by BBC News December 6, 2008

Guinea worm disease may be eliminated within two years, former US president and anti-disease campaigner Jimmy Carter has said....

Baby Drupta weighs only 5.5 lbs and coughs incessantly.  Photo: BBC

Ignoring India’s malnourished

by Soutik Biswas BBC News November 25, 2008

The BBC's Soutik Biswas travels to the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, one of six states holding key elections, and asks why malnutrition has not been a major issue with politicians....

Premier says China to ensure safe food

by Henry Sanderson Associated Press October 26, 2008

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Jemelleh Saccoh gets a glimpse of her new son. A short time later, she had died of complications — the fate of 1 in 8 women during childbirth in Sierra Leone. Photo: Carol Guzy/Washington Post

A mother’s final look at life. In impoverished Sierra Leone, childbirth kills one in eight women.

by Kevin Sullivan Washington Post October 12, 2008

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Fatmata Jalloh's body lay on a rusting metal gurney in a damp hospital ward, a scrap of paper with her name and "R.I.P." taped to her stomach. In the soft light of a single candle -- the power was out again in one of Africa's poorest cities -- Jalloh looked like a sleeping ...

India bans smoking in public. Health minister says habit may kill nearly 1 million this year

by Emily Wax Washington Post October 3, 2008

NEW DELHI, Oct. 2 -- India banned smoking in public places on Thursday, a move the government hopes will help curb the habit in a country that has one of the world's largest populations of smokers....

Malawi AIDS patient.  The relatively low survival rate of 66% of those on drugs appears to be principally due to two factors: patients starting the treatment late or not having access to proper nutrition. Photo: IRIN News

Anti-retroviral drugs reduce AIDS deaths in Malawi: one-third of those infected taking drugs, with 66% survival rate thus far

by BBC News August 26, 2008

Distributing anti-retroviral drugs in Malawi has led to a huge fall in Aids-related deaths, an official says. Mary Shawa told the Reuters news agency that 67% of those taking the ARV drugs are still alive....

As her t-shirt indicates, this Kenyan woman is taking anti-retroviral therapy.  US funding through PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) has supplied funding for 1.73 million people throughout the developing world, including Kenya. Photo: Waweru Mugo/IRIN

Progress and setbacks in AIDS battle

by Duncan Kennedy BBC News August 1, 2008

It is hard to believe that the world has been living with the Aids epidemic for a quarter of a century.As 20,000 delegates meet in Mexico City for the 17th International Aids Conference, there is much progress to report, but some setbacks, too....

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