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Health and Environment
Governments Can't Do It Aloneips.org | 05 May 2012
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 5 (IPS) – African countries need more support from the private sector in order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015, which include important development targets like poverty reduction, and improved health and education.Governments cannot...
World: Asthma, allergies to surge with climate change - doctorsfeedproxy.google.com | 21 Mar 2012
Source: AlertNet By Samuel NotaLONDON (AlertNet) - The impacts of climate change won't only be apparent on the planet itself, but on human health as well, according to a group of doctors who warn that worldwide increases in climate change-related asthma, allergies and a range of other health problems are on the way.Read the full article on AlertNet.
Energy Solutions: Briquettes in UgandaEnvironment South Africa | 31 Jan 2012
In this report from Earth Focus, briquettes made from saw dust and agricultural waste help save forests and improve people's health. read full article
Réhabilitation de la source thermale d'El Machrouha (Souk Ahras) prochainementAlgérie Presse Service | 26 Jan 2012
Leau de cette source exploitée actuellement de manière traditionnelle contient du souffre et serait très bénéfique pour le traitement des maladies de la peau ce qui pourrait en faire, a estimé la même source, une station thermale de la même importance que celle de Hammam Guergour, dans la wilaya de Sétif, dautant quelle est située à proximité de la forêt de Machrouha.
AfDB promotes improved access to water, sanitation and health services in rural and urban UgandaAfrican Development Bank | 18 Jan 2012
The African Development Bank and the Government of Uganda signed two separate agreements on 12 January to finance projects to improve health services delivery and access to water and sanitation in both urban and rural areas of Uganda, with a total investment of USD 155.8 million. This double deal is expected to boost the countrys efforts to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals for health, water and sanitation.
Michel Camdessus: Accelerating the development of the water sector in AfricaAfrican Development Bank | 17 Jan 2012
n visite à la Banque, les 12 et 13 janvier 2012, dans le cadre de la mobilisation des ressources pour l'Initiative pour l'alimentation en eau et l'assainissement en milieu rural et la Facilité africaine de leau, Michel Camdessus, a déclaré : Nous devons passer à une stratégie dont lAfrique...
West African research programme to investigate Buruli ulcerSCIDEV.NET | 10 Jan 2012
African researchers have launched a multidisciplinary programme to find out how Buruli ulcer bacteria are transmitted.The programme, agreed at a workshop of Buruli ulcer experts in Ghana last year (7–9 November), will link agriculture, the environment and health.
Cameroun: Douala - 359 nouveaux cas de choléra registrés en 16 joursfr.allafrica.com | 28 Nov 2011
Nous avons déjà reçu 359 patients à ce jour (vendredi, 25 novembre) depuis notre implantation le 09 novembre 2011. Les premiers jours nous avons eu 64 admissions.Nous recevons actuellement entre 12 et 15 patients au quotidien, informe le responsable du projet Urgence choléra. Selon le Dr Claire Gutierrez, les districts de Deido, New Bell et Nylon sont les plus touchés. Le Ctc a une capacité d'accueil de 132 lits, pourtant, environ 90 d'entre eux ont déjà été utilisés...
Awards will go to scientists in Ghana, TanzaniaSCIDEV.NET | 09 Nov 2011
A scheme that provides three-year awards for collaborative research projects between UK and African researchers is to enter a second round.Phase one of the scheme saw 33 researchers in the priority fields of agriculture, water and sanitation, basic health research, biodiversity and energy receive...
Hold Shell accountable for Niger Delta pollution and human rights abusesAfricaFiles | 07 Nov 2011
A recent UNEP study reported on the degree of contamination in communities of Ogoniland after 50 years of oil operations. When not obvious above ground, underground reservoirs of water were severely contaminated; drinking water in one community faced 900 times the levels of benezene permitted by the World Health Organization. Clean-up could take 30 years. Let's hold those that put these commnunities and the environment at risk accountable for their actions. CJW
Brakpan water safe for drinkingEnvironment South Africa | 20 Oct 2011
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has assured Brakpan residents that the water quality in the area is safe for consumption. . This follows recent warnings on social media websites and emails circulating, saying that residents should not drink their tap water. This was after the area experienced water shortage on 9 October.
Twin Boost for TB Treatment in Swazilandips.org | 08 Apr 2011
The fight against tuberculosis in Swaziland will be reinforced on two fronts this month. A new tool for the quick and accurate diagnosis of TB will begin its roll out and a monthly stipend for treatment supporters will help ensure patients get through the lengthy and unpleasant course of TB drugs. Swaziland declared TB a national emergency on Mar. 24, World Tuberculosis Day. Swaziland has an estimated 11,000 TB patients, including 400 who have drug resistant strains of the disease.
KENYA: Risking TB in Nyanza's gold minesIRIN News | 07 Apr 2011
Timothy Omuya spends most days chipping away at stones in search of gold and inhaling fine particles of dust without protective gear in western Kenya's mines. It was not a huge surprise, therefore, when he tested positive for tuberculosis.
Experts discuss the need for health forecasts as Climate Change impacts persistfeedproxy.google.com | 07 Apr 2011
Addis Ababa, 06 April 2011 (ECA) - The second Pan-African Climate and Health workshop concluded Wednesday, April 6, in Addis Ababa as part of ongoing debates that will see Africa speaking with one voice on health at the December 2011 17th Conference of Parties (CoP 17) to take place in Durban, South Africa.
ZIMBABWE: Desperate measures in times of hungerIRIN News | 05 Apr 2011
A mother of four in Zimbabwes rural Midlands Province gave her husband custody of her children, after divorcing him three years ago, because the failing crops on her two-acre plot meant she would be unable to feed them. "I had no choice but to bring the children to their father [in the capital,...
Kenya: Weather Outlook for the March-May 2011 'Long-Rains' Seasonfeedproxy.google.com | 05 Apr 2011
The October-December "Short-Rains" 2010 rainfall was highly depressed over most parts of the country except the western highlands, parts of the central Rift Valley and Nairobi area where near average rainfall was recorded. This was mainly attributed to the prevailing La Nina conditions in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific Ocean which has an influence of weather over Kenya through tele-connections. Rainfall Outlook for the 2011 "Long Rains" (March to May) Season.
Malawian Cotton Farmers Ecstatic Over High Pricesips.org | 04 Apr 2011
An ardent listener to the radio, small-scale cotton farmer Mercy Kaduya from Chikhwawa in Nsanje in southern Malawi has just heard an item during the international news segment that cotton prices have hit a record high on the international market. I am very excited. I am looking forward to selling my cotton produce this year. I am also patting myself on the back for not giving up on the crop in 2009 when prices were bad, Kaduya told IPS.