Agriculture & Nutrition

African AIDS crisis continues despite $15 billion US initiative

by Craig Timberg Washington Post February 20, 2008

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 19 -- Five years after President Bush vowed to "turn the tide against AIDS" in Africa, he is traveling across a continent where the government's $15 billion investment has extended the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and eased the sense of certain doom once experienced by...

Bush highlights malaria campaign

by BBC News February 19, 2008

President George W Bush has said the US will help provide 5.2 million mosquito nets as part of a broader campaign to tackle malaria in sub-Saharan Africa....

Widespread use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and state-of-the-art drugs succeeds in cutting malaria deaths in half in Rwanda and Ethiopia

by David Brown Washington Post February 1, 2008

Widespread use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and state-of-the-art drugs has succeeded in cutting malaria deaths in half in two countries most heavily affected by the disease, the World Health Organization is reporting today. ...

Worldwide measles eradication target unlikely to be reached–European nations major part of the problem

by BBC News January 7, 2008

The UK has been named as one of the worst countries in Europe for measles, with case levels dashing global hopes of eradicating the disease by 2010. The Lancet study says that in 2006-7 most of the 12,000 cases in Europe were found in the UK and four other nations...

Photo journal Charles Sako of Kenya: My life with HIV

by BBC News December 1, 2007

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Globally, deaths from measles drop sharply. Little-known campaign has boosted immunization rates in developing world

by David Brown Washington Post November 29, 2007

Worldwide deaths from measles have fallen by two-thirds since 2000, the result of stepped-up immunization efforts and the distribution of vitamin A capsules in developing countries, a partnership of five health organizations said yesterday....

UN to cut estimate of AIDS epidemic–population with virus overstated by millions

by Craig Timberg Washington Post November 15, 2007

JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 19 -- The United Nations' top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade, according to U.N. documents prepared for the announcement....

Rethinking AIDS strategy after a string of failures. In wake of canceled vaccine study, some experts are reemphasizing proven, low-tech prevention me...

by Craig Timberg Washington Post November 1, 2007

DURBAN, South Africa -- Few cases of AIDS have been as closely scrutinized as that of a former South African prostitute named Beauty. Scientists know when this 40-year-old woman became infected, how her body responded and what happened as her immune system collapsed....

“No one was hygienic or clean before,” says Fulbati. “We were all living in unclean conditions. Malaria, diarrhea, fever, vomiting; they were common. Now it’s not so bad.” Photo: BBC

Toilet conference opens in Delhi–40 countries take part

by Sanjoy Majumder BBC News October 31, 2007

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Most rural dwellers in the region live in extreme poverty. Photo: UNICEF
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