SciDev.net includes a special feature on the challenges associated with meeting the nutritional and foodÂ needs of people around the world. Links to articles and commentary on the subject appear below: The challenge of improving nutrition: facts and figures (Shetty, 1/20). Can GM crops feed the hungry? (Campbell, 1/20). Nutritional security…
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At a meeting in Montreal, Canada, on Monday, international donors noted concerns, but agreed to a 10-year reconstruction plan to rebuild Haiti, the New York Times reports. “Given Haitiâ€™s long history of mismanagement of funds, international donors were hesitant to write a blank check. And foreign governments had concerns as well about the governmentâ€™s ability to direct a large reconstruction project after most government buildings were flattened or severely damaged in the Jan. 12 quake,” the newspaper writes (Lacey/Thompson, 1/25).
In his second annual letter, Bill Gates reflects on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work and the importance innovation will play in overcoming some of the world’s greatest challenges, including in global health and agriculture, the Associated Press/Wall Street Journal reports. “Gates says the foundation currently is backing 30 areas of innovation including online learning, teacher improvement, malaria vaccine development, HIV prevention, and genetically modified seeds,” according to the news service (1/25).
ICRC AppealsÂ For Attention To Yemen’s Growing Humanitarian Crisis The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday appealed to countries participating in an international conference on Yemen’s threat to global security this week in London to also discuss the deepening humanitarian crisis the country is facing, the Associated Press/Taiwan…
Malnutrition suffered during a woman’s childhood “can adversely affect the health of her children, Harvard researchers said Tuesday,” following the release of their study in developing countries, which “found that the shortest women were substantially more likely to have children who died at an early age, who were underweight or who failed to thrive, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical [Association]” (JAMA), the Los Angeles Times’ blog “Shots” reports.
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Demand For Drugs In Developing Countries Will Continue to Grow, Report Finds “Drug sales may grow at least 5 percent worldwide in each year through 2014 as increasing demand in developing countries offsets price drops tied to generic competition, according to [the research company] IMS Health Inc.,” Bloomberg/Business Week reports.…
Reuters reports on the recent efforts by India’s government to expand welfare programs throughout the country: “Since helping the Congress party win re-election last year, welfare has fast become the government’s knee-jerk answer to policy dilemmas as it tries to ease food inflation, help growth trickle down to the poor, and win hearts and minds in” the country, the news service writes.
The U.S. military will end its formal earthquake relief mission in Haiti on June 1, but some assistance will continue after that, Lieutenant General Ken Keen said on Monday, Reuters reports.
The Department of State on Wednesday announced it is opening a “new office on hunger and food security,” Politico’s Laura Rozen writes on her blog.
Also In Global Health News: Hunger In Niger; Angola Doctor Shortage; Malawi HIV Transmission Law; Guinea Worm; Infant Mortality In India
U.N. Needs $133M To Combat Hunger In Niger “The U.N. says it needs $133 million to fight hunger in Niger after poor rainfall and harvests have led to serious food shortages in the West African nation,” the Associated Press/Globe and Mail reports (4/7). According to Reuters, “The requested funds would…