Agriculture & Nutrition

A father along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan waits to have his son vaccinated against polio. The virus remains endemic in both countries. Photo: Nima Abid/WHO

Afghanistan-Pakistan: cross border polio campaign targets 40 million children

by IRIN August 7, 2007

The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan - in collaboration with their partners at the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) - have launched parallel campaigns aimed at vaccinating over 40 million children in both countries against polio. ...

Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste may contain diethylene glycol (DEG), normally used in anti-freeze. The Mozambique authorities have banned the sale of the toothpaste.  Photo: AP

Maputo seizes ‘toxic toothpaste’

by BBC News August 6, 2007

The Mozambique authorities have seized thousands of boxes of counterfeit toothpaste, which they fear may contain a potentially deadly chemical. The seizures follow a ban on all sales of Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection toothpaste issued last week....

Nigeria: conquering polio’s last frontier

by Ania Lichtarowicz BBC News August 1, 2007

Nigeria could be polio free by the end of this year, according to health officials.Following massive vaccination campaigns, the country that almost caused the global eradication programme to collapse may soon be finally be clear of the deadly virus....

Rwanda recognized the seriousness of the AIDS epidemic early on.  Photo: AFP

Parts of Africa see slowing in AIDS epidemic

by BBC News June 14, 2007

The spread of Aids is slowing down in some parts of Africa, a World Bank report has suggested.Urban areas in Rwanda, Zambia and Ethiopia were singled out as places where infection rates were lowering.The World Bank's Miriam Schneidman told the BBC that Rwanda had done an "exceptional job" in recogni...

The lives of women I have known who became infected by HIV

by Salma Maoulidi June 9, 2007

(Tanzania, June 2006) Tanzania has a national HIV/AIDS policy and is in the process of finalizing legislation on HIV/AIDS. The expectation is that once the policy and legal framework is set, people living with HIV/AIDS and their families will be afforded greater protection. But will a legal framewor...

Medecines sans Frontieres: Lack of nurses ‘killing Africans’

by BBC News May 24, 2007

A critical shortage of doctors and nurses means people are dying unnecessarily from HIV/Aids in southern Africa, according to a report. In some areas, drugs are available but there is nobody to administer them, the Medecins sans Frontieres report says....

Readout from a UN debate on how to end hunger

by Tom Marchione May 15, 2007

By Tom Marchione (May 15, 2007) The theme of “working together” dominated this year’s session of the Standing Committee on Nutrition, held in Rome in early March of 2007 at the headquarters of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The session was jointly sponsored by FAO, UNICEF,...

Brazil to break AIDS drug patent

by BBC News May 4, 2007

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59 percent of the thousands of children that die in Niger every year die because of problems related to malnutrition, according to UNICEF Photo: Nicholas Reader/IRIN

Sahel: strategic shift in battle against region’s high death toll

by IRIN News April 26, 2007

Every year in the Sahel region of West Africa, hundreds of thousands of children die, and malnutrition means millions of others will live on with permanent mental disability and physical stunting....

TB patients are counseled before taking their drugs at a clinic in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Photo: Siegfried/IRIN

Mosquito nets cut birth problems from malaria

by Jill McGivering BBC News April 19, 2007

Pregnant women in Africa can reduce their risk of miscarriage or still birth by up to a third by sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets. The UK scientific research is likely to bolster calls for treated mosquito nets to be made more widely available to pregnant women and children in Africa....

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