Agriculture & Nutrition

Global vaccination campaign cuts measles deaths

by BBC News January 19, 2007

Child deaths from measles have fallen by 60% following a massive global vaccination campaign. A study in The Lancet confirms that hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved since 1999, surpassing a target of halving deaths by 2005....

3.5 million children die every year because of lack of food or poor quality food

by BBC News January 17, 2007

A third of child deaths globally are caused by poor nutrition, experts warn. Around 3.5 million children die every year because of lack of food or poor quality food, a problem which starts in the womb, studies show....

A malnourished child at a health center in India.  Photo: BBC

HIV epidemic ‘is getting worse’

by BBC News November 21, 2006

Sub-Saharan Africa is still bearing the brunt of the HIV/Aids epidemic, a UNAids report has revealed. Almost three-quarters of deaths from Aids in 2006 occurred there and two-thirds of those living with HIV are in that area....

ZIMBABWE: Five year plan to battle HIV/AIDS on farms launched

by IRIN News November 16, 2006

Mali’s largest union sent a shot across the government’s bows on Monday by making good on a promise to hold a 24-hour strike, describing it as a “warning” and vowing to press on until its demands were met....

Why children die for lack of a toilet

by United Nations Development Program November 9, 2006

(Cape Town, November 9, 2006) Simply installing a flush toilet in the home increases by almost 60 percent a Peruvian child’s chances of surviving to her first birthday, according to data in the 2006 Human Development Report documenting the often-fatal consequences of inadequate sanitation in devel...

In South Africa, a dramatic shift on AIDS–treatment, prevention get new emphasis

by Craig Timberg Washington Post October 27, 2006

JOHANNESBURG -- The South African government is seeking to shake off years of international denunciation for its handling of the AIDS epidemic -- including a fixation on the supposed protective powers of beets and lemons -- while expanding treatment, testing and prevention programs, officials and ac...

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. ...

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  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
    • Promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.
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