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15 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An international meeting focusing on research and best practices in family planning opened here on Sunday, which is seen as a crucial factor in achieving United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for developing countries.

Janet Museveni, Uganda's First Lady, said while opening the conference at Munyonyo Commonwealth resort located in the Kampala suburb that the increasing number of maternal and infant death was affecting the economic development on many countries.

"Globally we lose over 15 billion U.S.

02 Nov 2009 description
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NAIROBI, Nov 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- By Daniel Ooko

World's largest malaria conference kicked off in Nairobi late Sunday with a call for substantial and sustained support for research to guide evidence-based policies and the development of new malaria tools, which together could save countless lives.

The fifth Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Conference brings together 2,000 researchers, health workers, public health officials, policymakers and activists from across Africa and around the world.

"The theme of this year's conference is …

12 Jun 2009 description
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HONG KONG, Jun 12, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A study conducted by University of Hong Kong (HKU) Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine showed that the initial transmission of A/H1N1 flu virus to humans may take place in early 2009, months before the outbreak was detected.

In a press release on Friday, the HKU said their study used evolutionary analysis to estimate the timescale of the origins and the early development of the swine-origin influenza A/H1N1 virus ( S-OIV) epidemic.

04 Jun 2009 description
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LUSAKA, Jun 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Writethru: WFP says hunger kills more than AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis combined Writethru: WFP says hunger kills more than AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis combined

Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said in a release to Xinhua on Thursday.

According to relative researches, WFP said in the release that there are 25,000 people, both of adults and children, die a day from hunger and related causes, in which one child is dying every six seconds from hunger …

05 May 2009 description
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BEIJING, May 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China will sponsor a UN program to promote its self-developed hybridized rice planting in countries facing food shortages, the United Nations Asian and Pacific Center for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery (UNAPCAEM) said at a conference on Food Security in the Asia Pacific here on Monday.

The program is aimed at helping relatively underdeveloped countries in the region to enhance grain production at a time of financial crisis, according to the UNAPCAEM, the project executor.

The program is expected to start in August without specific …

15 Apr 2009 description
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By Xinhua Writer Jin Jing, Han Bing

BEIJING, Apr 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- As many citizens of the world's wealthy countries grieve over slashed bonuses or possible job cuts, many of their counterparts in poorer nations are going to bed with an empty stomach due to a widening food shortage.

The deadly dilemma, which has been deepening during the ongoing economic downturn, can't afford to be ignored or overshadowed by the raging financial storm.

Olivier de Schutter, the U.N.'s food security expert, says that about one billion people worldwide are near the brink of …

06 Feb 2009 description
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China will live up to its promise on providing assistance to African countries by the end of this year, a senior Foreign Ministry official said in Beijing on Friday.

Zhai Jun, assistant vice minister of foreign affairs, told reporters that China is fully confident to implement the eight-point policy package announced by Chinese President Hu Jintao to strengthen practical cooperation with and support the development of African countries at the China-Africa summit in Beijing in November, 2006.

Heads of state and government from more than 40 African countries attended the Beijing …