A push to train local health workers is an important element behind the campaign's success
By Inna Lazareva
LONDON, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A pledge by health and development experts to tackle neglected diseases that blind, disable and disfigure millions of the world's poorest people has spurred tremendous progress in five years, a report said on Thursday.
by Heba Kanso | @hebakanso | Reuters
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:14 GMT
By Heba Kanso
BEIRUT, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yemen, ravaged by war, hunger and disease, is seeing a spike in diphtheria cases that will inevitably erupt into a larger, deadly outbreak because so few people have been immunized, aid officials said on Wednesday.
At highest risk are children, who account for many of the more than 280 suspected diphtheria cases and 33 associated deaths reported as of Tuesday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Upgrading outdated weather services could help ease losses from weather and climate disasters, backers say
By Maina Waruru
NAIROBI, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After five years of poor rains, Mcharo Mwanyumba, a farmer in southeast Kenya, was looking forward to a bumper harvest of maize and millet from his 6-acre (2.4-hectare) plot this August.
But then heavy rains pounded the area four days in a row for hours on end. His crop was submerged and destroyed, and his family of six displaced.
Dwindling resources had made it increasingly difficult to maintain its operations in Ukraine
By Umberto Bacchi
KIEV, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nation's food agency said on Tuesday it will stop providing food aid to conflict-affected people in the eastern part of Ukraine at the end of February due to a lack of funding, despite a rising number of people going hungry.
By Sophie Hares
TEPIC, Mexico, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of Caribbean nations, many devastated by recent hurricanes, will work with companies, development banks and other organisations to curb damage from climate change and grow cleanly, under an action plan launched this week.