Friday, May 4, 2012

IPS: Interesting articles on food supply, and other issues.

New Projects Dispel Myths and Spread the Truth About Vaccines
Stephen Leahy
UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 3 - In northern Pakistan, one in ten children dies before the age of five from diseases such as polio, measles or hepatitis, despite the availability of vaccines. And while health workers feared visiting this region, which includes the mountainous Swat district controlled by the Taliban until 2009, local people also fear the potentially life-saving vaccines.

Epidemic of Premature Births in Rich and Poor Nations Alike
Charundi Panagoda and Stephanie Parker*
WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, May 3 - Fifteen million babies, or more than one in 10 infants, are born prematurely each year. Over one million die soon after birth, or survive to face a lifetime of health complications, says a new report by the World Health Organisation and co- sponsors.

Urban Farming Takes Root in Brazil’s Favelas
Fabiana Frayssinet
NOVA IGUAçU, Brazil, May 2 - Women in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of this city 40 km north of Rio de Janeiro no longer have to spend money on vegetables, because they have learned to grow their own, as organic urban gardening takes off in Brazil.

Chinese Miners Dig Deep for Death
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
BEIJING, May 2 - China is notorious for containing some of the world’s deadliest mines - a reputation that has been corroborated in recent months by a series of fatal accidents. China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of coal. But the mining industry is beset by illegal operations, dangerous working conditions, local corruption and cover-ups of fatalities.

Q&A: Restructuring the Planet's Food System
Charundi Panagoda interviews DANIELLE NIERENBERG of Worldwatch Institute
WASHINGTON, May 1 - Thirty percent of food is wasted globally, while one billion people go hungry and another billion are obese.

Q&A: Ghana's Youth Are "The Future of the Nation"
Aline Jenckel interviews SAMUEL KISSI, executive coordinator of Curious Minds, a youth advocacy organisation in Ghana
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 - With a whopping 40 percent of Ghana's population under the age of 24, the government's ability to foster their development and include them in the country's development are critical to the country's future.

Q&A: How to Empower Youths to Take Charge of Their Health and Sexuality
Mathilde Bagneres interviews ORIANA LOPEZ URIBE, youth activist for sexual and reproductive health services and information
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 - Young people aged 15-24 make up a quarter of sexually active individuals, yet they comprise half of new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) infections each year.

AGRICULTURE: Farm Animals Join Rio+20 Agenda
Johanna Treblin
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 - Human development and biodiversity will not be the only focus of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June, for which representatives of hundreds of states and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) will gather to discuss sustainable development.

India Serves Up Costly Cocktail of Vaccines
Ranjit Devraj
NEW DELHI, Apr 27 - Ignoring widespread concern over the safety, efficacy and cost of pentavalent vaccines, India’s central health ministry has, this month, approved inclusion of the prophylactic cocktail in the universal immunisation programme in seven of its provinces.

Malaria Adds to Myanmar’s Woes
Marwaan Macan-Markar
BANGKOK, Apr 27 - Political reforms unfolding in Myanmar (or Burma) are giving health workers a chance to address a resurgence of drug-resistant falciparum malaria in the war-torn ethnic minority enclaves along the country’s eastern borders.

Wiping the Iron Dust Off Their Feet in Small Brazilian Town
Fabíola Ortiz
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 26 - The 380 families living in Piquiá de Baixo, a small town in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhão, are fed up with having to endure high levels of pollution from nearby steelworks in their water, air and soil.

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