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Placing women at the centre of the food system

Marc Van Ameringen | “Each year International Women’s Day shines a spotlight on women, putting them at the centre of development and equality efforts. For Read More

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Nutritional Supplements’ Effects on Health Systems: The Case of Nutributter in Nicaragua

  Plumpy’nut, Medika Mamba, Nutributter—many of us have heard of these peanut-butter based nutritional supplements, which have, in many ways, revolutionized childhood nutrition interventions in Read More

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Investment In Child Nutrition Could Provide Future Economic Benefits, Study Shows

Wall Street Journal: Study Ties Children’s Nutrition to Indonesia’s Future “…In a paper released [Tuesday], a team of economists commissioned by a think tank called the Copenhagen Consensus Center looks at where money can be invested in development to ensure the biggest impact. It finds that every dollar invested in better nutrition in Indonesia could…More

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U.S. ‘Should Lead The Way’ To Increase Quality, Quantity Of World’s Food Supply

Huffington Post: Stopping Malnutrition’s Assault on Our Health and Economy Doug Bereuter, president emeritus of the Asia Foundation, and Dan Glickman, former secretary of agriculture, both co-chairs of a task force on food and nutrition launched by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs “…It is time to use the biggest tool at our disposal —…More


World Must Consider Links Between Human Health, Environment To Prevent Irreversible Damage

Forbes: Where Health And Environment Converge Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands “…Global ecosystem degradation has a major impact on health that we often overlook. It can result in the spread of disease, malnutrition, and contaminated drinking water. … We must come to view the human relationship…More


Sharp Increase In Malnutrition Levels Expected In Yemen As Conflict Continues, UNICEF…

International Business Times: Yemen: UNICEF expects ‘upsurge in malnutrition’ in coming weeks “Already high malnutrition levels are expected to sharply increase throughout Yemen, a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative said in Geneva on 9 April…” (Justice, 4/10).


Ending Hunger, Malnutrition Requires Sustained Momentum, Strong Partnerships

Huffington Post: U.S. Leadership on Global Food and Nutrition Security: We are Making Serious Progress Katie Lee, policy manager at InterAction “…The United States government is a crucial partner to the broad coalition of organizations supporting food and nutrition security. … ‘We can be proud of the progress we have made together in reducing hunger.…More


Signs Of Malnourishment In Kenya Include Different Health Conditions, From Stunting To Obesity

VOA News: Malnutrition in Africa Wears Two Faces “In a health clinic in Mathare, one of Nairobi’s roughest slums, families fill the waiting room. Here, the charity German Doctors runs a feeding program for malnourished children. … But in the slums, obesity can be a sign not of overeating but of malnutrition, says Elizabeth Kimani,…More


Placing women at the centre of the food system

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Marc Van Ameringen | “Each year International Women’s Day shines a spotlight on women, putting them at the centre of development and equality efforts. For Read More


Better Coordination, Adequate Resources Needed To Accelerate Progress Against Malnutrition

Inter Press Service: Opinion: The World Sees Progress Against Undernutrition, but it’s Uneven Jomo Kwame Sundaram, coordinator for economic and social development at the Food and Agriculture Organization “…Overall progress [against malnutrition] has been highly uneven. … In countries where low undernourishment coexists with high malnutrition, specially designed nutrition-enhancing interventions may be crucial to address…More


Nutritional Supplements’ Effects on Health Systems: The Case of Nutributter in Nicaragua

Photo credit Nicole Henretty.

  Plumpy’nut, Medika Mamba, Nutributter—many of us have heard of these peanut-butter based nutritional supplements, which have, in many ways, revolutionized childhood nutrition interventions in Read More


Malnutrition Close-up: Reflections from the Field

In our first couple of weeks with Gardens for Health International (GHI) in Rwanda, we were fortunate enough to visit a few of the families that had graduated GHI’s program so we would better understand the need for and the impact of our fight against childhood malnutrition. We were driven deep into the countryside and dropped off individually with different families that spoke very little or no English. I was introduced to my family in front of their mud and stick home, which they were waiting to expand when the rainy season returned and mud was easily available. The mother of the family, Clementine, greeted us at the road with her child on her back. Her husband was off doing some work nearby in the village


The Tiniest Ebola Patients

Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In HealthPartners In Health clinicians and chlorine-solution sprayers receive patients in the triage area during the night shift Jan. 14, 2015, at the Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. As a family of three leaves the ambulance, nurse Tim Cunningham swaddles the baby in a wrap. Inserting IVs into tiny veins, persuading sick children to eat, discerning the presence of other diseases, comforting children who are separated from their parents—the challenges of treating the youngest Ebola patients have proved medically difficult and emotionally brutal for Partners In Health clinicians and their colleagues in West Africa.


Local Nurseries Network Lowers Rates Of Child Malnutrition, Improves Maternal Health In India

NPR: How ‘Flower Beds’ Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies “…In 2012, a group of tribal leaders worked with nonprofits and the government to launch the Fulwaris, which literally means ‘flower beds’ in Hindi. Fulwaris are a network of nurseries run entirely by moms in the community who take turns feeding and caring…More


Nutrient-Rich Foods, Supplements Can Reduce Child Malnutrition, Food Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Food supplements crucial to reduce child malnutrition “The addition of highly nutritious foods and supplements to the diets of poor mothers could help reduce child mortality and malnutrition in Africa and South Asia, food experts said on Thursday…” (Guilbert, 2/26).


Small-Scale, Indigenous Food Systems Should Be Included In Sustainable Development Plans

Inter Press Service: Indigenous Food Systems Should Be on the Development Menu “Overcoming hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century no longer means simply increasing the quantity of available food but also the quality. … Organized to reflect on this, among other issues, the second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, held at the…More


WHO To Integrate Food Safety Into Global Agenda Against Food Insecurity, Malnutrition

Devex: How to fight foodborne diseases: The hidden side of food insecurity “…Chemical substances, viruses, parasites, and bacteria in food pose serious health risks, which may not only lead to acute and chronic infections, but also increase nutrient deficiencies and reduce nutrient absorption. … WHO, which will dedicate 2015 World Health Day to food safety,…More


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