Agriculture & Nutrition

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....

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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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 ...

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....

AIDS deaths down 10% in 2007 with greater access to treatment key factor, UN report says

by Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times July 30, 2008

The number of AIDS deaths worldwide dropped 10% in 2007 because of increasing access to treatment, as did the number of new infections in children, the United Nations reported Tuesday.Condom use and prevention efforts increased in many countries and adolescent sexual intercourse declined in some of ...

AIDS funding binds longevity of millions to US

by David Brown Washington Post July 26, 2008

President Bush plans to sign a bill next week that commits the United States to spending about $40 billion over the next five years to fight AIDS overseas, a major expansion of what many consider his most successful foreign policy initiative....

AIDS drugs reaching more people in developing world, UN says

by Colum Lynch Washington Post June 10, 2008

UNITED NATIONS, June 9 -- About 3 million people infected with the AIDS virus in the developing world received life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs last year, a 42 percent increase over 2006 in the number with access to the medicines, a U.N. report said Monday....

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