Rural Malawian women now have access to health advice by phone

Rural Malawian women now have access to health advice by phone

Lameck Masina for VOA – WNN Science and Health (WNN/VOA) Lilongwe, MALAWI, EASTERN AFRICA: Malawian mothers and guardians of young children who live in villages far from health facilities are heaving a sigh of relief, after the introduction of a hotline through which they can access medical advice. VillageReach, a non-profit NGO, is running a […]

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Rene Kiamba – WNN Science and Health (WNN/USAID) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: At the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, one thing was clear. In order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing infant mortality by two thirds before 2015, birth […]

The fight for pesticide free food crop ‘integrity’ in Africa

The fight for pesticide free food crop ‘integrity’ in Africa

WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies. They argue that GM and Green Revolution practices – those aimed at increasing developing countries’ crop yields […]

AFRICA: Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

AFRICA: Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

Lillian Banda – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, EASTERN AFRICA: If recent developments are anything to go by, the campaign to end child marriages is steadily gaining momentum in Zambia. Since its launch in April this year with Zambia’s First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba, the campaign has received a rising amount of support from key […]

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: In the absence of decisive action to significantly cut the emission of earth-warming greenhouse gases, most poor countries have resigned themselves to adapting to the effects of climate change. But as recent data show, the global concentration of carbon dioxide in […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Rise in addiction to recreational drugs is ruining lives

SOUTH AFRICA: Rise in addiction to recreational drugs is ruining lives

Obinna Anyadike for IRIN – WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In pink tracksuit and big sunglasses, Nomvula Mokonyane, premier of South Africa’s Gauteng Province, delivered a combative warning to the drug dealers of Eldorado Park that had the crowd buzzing: “Leave, your days are numbered!” But then a distraught mother, urged to […]

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