Agriculture & Nutrition

World Health Organization backs DDT for malaria control, reversing 30 year policy

by BBC News September 15, 2006

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reversed a 30-year policy by endorsing the use of DDT for malaria control.The chemical is sprayed inside houses to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes....

Africa gives ‘ABC’ mixed grades. AIDS abstinence plan raises awareness but has small effect on behavior.

by David Brown Washington Post August 15, 2006

TORONTO, Aug. 14 -- "ABC," the AIDS-prevention strategy widely promulgated both here and abroad, got a distinctly mixed report card as African countries reported their experiences to delegates at the 16th International AIDS Conference here....

Largess with clear limits: in Africa and elsewhere, Gates Foundation takes focused approach to giving.

by Craig Timberg Washington Post July 23, 2006

KHAYELITSHA, South Africa -- Bill and Melinda Gates came to the cramped tin shack of Nkosebaca Thingathinga one day this month to understand how the 61-year-old man had contracted tuberculosis -- a major focus of research for the couple's foundation -- an astounding four times. ...

U.N. group sets compromise on AIDS policy. Document sets no targets, cites risks to women.

by David Brown Washington Post June 5, 2006

UNITED NATIONS, June 2 -- Delegates to a United Nations conference on AIDS reached agreement Friday after difficult negotiations on a policy declaration that sets no targets for the number of people who should be treated and makes only indirect reference to high-risk groups such as homosexuals, pros...

Food or drugs? How famine and hunger compound Africa’s AIDS crisis.

by Karen Allen BBC News June 2, 2006

Delegates at the UN summit on Aids have been hammering out the finer details of a declaration to combat HIV/Aids.Meanwhile, 40 million people worldwide are living with the disease.In countries like Kenya, the prospect of getting anti-retroviral drugs is improving - there has been a six-fold increase...

AIDS vaccine testing goes overseas. U.S. funds $120 million trial despite misgivings of some researchers.

by Ariana Eunjung Cha Washington Post May 22, 2006

CHONBURI, Thailand -- Inside a ramshackle Buddhist temple here on the country's southeastern coast, curious villagers gathered last fall as part of the United States' biggest gamble yet on stopping the AIDS pandemic....

Cure for neglected diseases: funding. Large doses of donations will lead to new drugs, report says.

by Justin Gillis Washington Post April 17, 2006

Drug and biotechnology companies have launched more than 60 projects in recent years to discover new treatments for a wide array of neglected diseases, a report has found, and the result could be nine or 10 drugs by the end of this decade with the potential to improve the lives of the world's poores...

AFRICA: Health worker migration–can it be stemmed?

by IRIN April 7, 2006

Millions of people remain in abject poverty in Ethiopia as a result of the impact of the country's border dispute with Eritrea, a UN envoy to the region said on Friday....

BOTSWANA: Diarrhea epidemic kills 470 children

by IRIN April 5, 2006

Tens of people have died and thousands more are threatened with starvation in the Burundian provinces of Kirundo in the north and Muyinga in the northeast, according to local administrative officials....

UGANDA: Global Fund probe reveals massive graft

by IRIN April 3, 2006

An upbeat New Year's message by Prime Minister Themba Dlamini has been rebutted by Swaziland's pro-democracy groups, with labour unions calling for a general strike in January to protest lavish royal spending and a controversial draft constitution....

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