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Malnutrition needs to be history, says Ugandan activist

20 Nov 2014

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School feeding program in Uganda. © Nicholas Young/IRIN

• Malnutrition should be a problem of the past according to the coordinator of the Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling Up Nutrition. People with the condition either do not get enough food or the right sort of food. In Uganda, 33 per cent of children under five are stunted, which means they are drastically smaller than they should be for their age.

Survivors of Ebola get food aid from UN agency

Ebola health care workers in Sierra Leone. (UNifeed video capture)

• More than 800 people who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and recovered are receiving food assistance when they are discharged from treatment centres in Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are now over 14,000 cases of Ebola and more than 5,000 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The agency says there is some evidence that the case incidence is no longer increasing in Guinea and Liberia but steep increases persist in Sierra Leone.

 African swine fever spreading in Sub-Saharan Africa

Pigs vie with people to scavenge food at the Dandora dumpsite, Nairobi, Kenya. © David Gough/IRIN

• Small-scale pig farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa are losing their livelihoods due to the African swine fever virus, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). While humans are not susceptible to this disease, the IAEA says that it is having a devastating impact on farmers’ valuable source of protein and cash. The agency, through its Joint Division with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, is taking steps to strengthen the diagnostic capacity of veterinary services. It supports local labs such as LAVANET in Cameroon which monitors and responds to cases of animal disease all over the country.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewitt
Duration: 10’00”