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Nov 23, 2011
This week, InterAction member Bread for the World released its annual hunger report. The 2012 edition, Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies, emphasizes the need to produce more nutritional foods at low cost so that all people, including the world’s poor, can have a healthy diet. In addition to the main focus on the effects of U.S...
Nov 21, 2011
InterAction member World Vision warns that the most recent failed harvest throughout the Sahel region of West Africa could lead to a food crisis in the next two to six months.  Their experts say that it could rival the current crisis in the Horn of Africa. According to Paul Sitnam, an emergency coordinator with World Vision, "The Sahel region of...
Nov 18, 2011
Tomorrow is World Toilet Day, and this year's theme is “Talk Sh*t for a Week.” Several InterAction members and partners have spent all week sharing stories using the Twitter hashtag #WorldToiletDay. Some incredible statistics have been published, the most startling from the World Toilet Organization: “At any given time, half of the world’s...
Oct 20, 2011
On Tuesday, USAID announced that it has partnered with InterAction member PATH in two projects to bring low-cost healthcare to the rural poor around the globe. The most common cause of maternal mortality is postpartum bleeding, and current technologies to stop this are prohibitively expensive for many women. PATH will develop an affordable “...
Aug 01, 2011
One of the challenges in diagnosing illnesses in the developing world is that many people live several hours’ journey from a clinic, and then they have to wait multiple days for blood test results to come back. A new invention called the mChip could make dramatic advances in medical diagnoses. The mChip is about the size of a credit card, and can...
Jul 20, 2011
Today, the UN declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle.  The UN has certain requirements to declare a famine: • More than 30 percent of children must be suffering from acute malnutrition;• Two adults or four children must be dying of hunger each day for every group of 10,000 people; and• The...
Jul 19, 2011
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new program to address one of the least appealing but most urgent needs in development: toilets. More than 40 percent of the world’s population has no access to toilets, leading those people to use unsanitary and unhealthy alternatives—open pits, by rivers—increasing the risk for diseases and...
Jul 18, 2011
A prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa region continues to push people from their homes in search of food and water, furthering the humanitarian crisis in the region. "The situation across the Horn of Africa this year has really deteriorated in terms of food security and that has caused a deterioration in nutritional security as well," said...
Jul 13, 2011
Amid recent concerns over trade agreements preventing the manufacture of cheap pharmaceuticals in India, two announcements this week bring hope to HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world. The Medicines Patent Pool, a project designed for drug makers to allow low-income countries to make low-cost generic versions of HIV medicines, has had its...
Jul 05, 2011
A free-trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and India could potentially lead to the deaths of millions of AIDS patients who depend on cheap generic drugs produced by India, according to Michel Sidibe, executive director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The agreement is likely to restrict India's...

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