Agriculture & Nutrition

Patients waited at a clinic in Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town. South Africa has one of the world’s worst H.I.V. and tuberculosis epidemics. Photo: Joao Silva/New York Times

South African government embraces study very critical of its health policy

by Celia W. Dugger New York Times August 24, 2009

JOHANNESBURG — Leading South African scientists challenged the governing party on Monday to break with its deeply flawed record on AIDS and public health, spurring the country’s new health minister to say that he and his party shared their diagnosis of systemic problems and were determined to re...

WHO warns swine flu is unstoppable

by BBC News July 3, 2009

World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit. The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided....

WHO declares swine flu pandemic

by BBC News June 11, 2009

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting. It means the swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile....

Mexico has ramped up its containment efforts.  Photo: BBC

Mexico flu sparks global action

by BBC News April 23, 2009

The international community is better prepared than ever to deal with the threatened spread of a new swine flu virus, a top UN health chief has said. As the UN warned the outbreak might become a pandemic, Dr Keiji Fukuda said years of preparing for bird flu had boosted world stocks of anti-virals....

Burkina Faso: largest measles outbreak in more than 10 years

by IRIN News April 9, 2009

While health officials undertake vaccination campaigns across West Africa to control meningitis and polio epidemics, measles has overtaken both diseases in Burkina Faso in the biggest outbreak the country has seen in more than a decade, according to the Ministry of Health. ...

Few resources, little hope, for those with HIV in Myanmar (Photo essay)

by New York Times March 31, 2009

Medecins Sans Frontieres estimates that 240,000 people are currently infected with H.I.V. in Myanmar and that 76,000 are in urgent need of antiretroviral drugs. At left, a 29-year-old man sits in his home. He learned that he was HIV-positive when he was tested for tuberculosis. His wife and their so...

A 49-year-old man in the advanced stages of HIV has not told friends about his situation because of the social stigma attached to the disease. “The worst thing for me is the loneliness,” he said. Two weeks after this photograph was taken, he died. For many people infected with HIV  in developing countries,  lack of nutritious food frequently speeds death, or, when anti-retroviral treatment for HIV is available, reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. Photo: International Herald Tribune

Dying, and alone, in Myanmar

by Seth Mydans New York Times March 31, 2009

JOHANNESBURG — Leading South African scientists challenged the governing party on Monday to break with its deeply flawed record on AIDS and public health, spurring the country’s new health minister to say that he and his party shared their diagnosis of systemic problems and were determined to re...

Investing in the future: Rice and the global financial crisis

by Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 1 March 30, 2009

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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....

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