Tag Archives: diseases

Malnutrition, disease and food insecurity – a perfect recipe for disaster for Somalia’s children

Since the beginning of the year, outbreaks of cholera and later measles have been spreading across Somalia. The severe and prolonged drought has also caused high malnutrition among children. Unicef estimates that 1.4-million children …

Investment in local enterprise crucial to tackling poor sanitation

Over the last two days I have been startled by Uganda sanitation statistics and how the country loses a lot of money and time to treatment of diseases, which are preventable. One person suggested that …

Climate Change Triggers Disease Risk in Tanzania

Residents in low-lying areas in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, are potentially at risk of contracting waterborne diseases as heavy rains, which started last week, continue to pound the city. Early this month, the …

Urgent action ‘needed for clean cooking, heating fuels’

Nairobi – Urgent measures are needed to reduce exposure to smoke from traditional cooking and heating methods such as using solid fuels, which contribute to more than four million deaths a year globally, a conference …

Panama’s sloths harbour potential drugs

Rio De Janeiro – Sloths may be slow, apparently boring animals, but their hair is fast becoming an intriguing avenue for scientists seeking new drugs, including antibiotics and cancer-fighting compounds. A paper published in PLOS …

Study links poverty to higher rates of malaria in kids

Children from extremely poor families are about twice as likely to contract malaria in endemic regions as their least poor counterparts, according to a review. Malaria experts have long considered the disease to be affected …