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Yellow mine waste water is seen at the entrance to the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colorado, in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taken August 5, 2015.  REUTERS/EPA/Handout

19 Apr 2017

Brazil moves to provide sewage services to one of Rio’s biggest favelas

By Chris Arsenault | April 19 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Brazilian authorities have taken the first step towards providing basic sanitation to more than 80,000 people in one of Rio de […]

A child who received fake medication from a drug-making ring is revaccinated by government health care workers at a clinic in East Jakarta, Indonesia July 18, 2016.REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

19 Apr 2017

Fight against neglected tropical diseases needs Big Pharma push – WHO

By Gareth Jones | April 19 2017 (Reuters) Progress has been made in tackling diseases that blind, disable and disfigure millions of poor in tropical areas each year, but drug […]

A Malawian trader sells maize near the capital Lilongwe, February 1, 2016. Late rains in Malawi threaten the staple maize crop and have pushed prices to record highs. About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

19 Apr 2017

INTERVIEW-World must aid famine-threatened Nigeria to avoid ‘mass exodus’

By Kieran Guilbert | April 19 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The devastation wrought by Boko Haram, which has left millions of people in northeast Nigeria on the brink of famine, could […]

A Haitian girl with cholera symptoms is doused with water at an improvised clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince

17 Apr 2017

Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay | April 17 2017 (Reuters) More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and the deadly epidemic should double […]

Subsistence farmer Joice Chimedza harvests maize on her small plot in Norton, a farming area outside Zimbabwe's capital Harare, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo. - RTX2DNC6

13 Apr 2017

As Kenya farmers chop maize for cattle feed, food security worries grow

By Caroline Wambui | April 13 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Dressed in a green hat and black mud boots, Gilbert Gitonga is busy tending his 3-acre (1.2-hectare) farm in Kenya’s […]

A Malawian trader sells maize near the capital Lilongwe, February 1, 2016. Late rains in Malawi threaten the staple maize crop and have pushed prices to record highs. About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

7 Apr 2017

Protect small farms to meet growing global food needs, study says

By Chris Arsenault | April 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) As the world moves towards large-scale plantation agriculture, it’s crucial poor countries protect small farmers to meet the food needs of […]

A nurse prepares a H1N1 flu vaccine shot at a hospital in Budapest, Hungary, in this November 20, 2009 file photo.  REUTERS/Karoly Arvai/Files

29 Mar 2017

Polio vaccine campaign targets 100 mln African children to stop Nigeria outbreak spreading

By Kieran Guilbert | March 29 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Health workers are preparing to vaccinate more than 116 million children against polio across West and Central Africa in a drive […]

Do hotels need to green up, make their guests happy and healthy?REUTERS/Fred Licht

23 Mar 2017

Skin powered by the sun? Energy-saving prosthetic limbs get better feeling

By J.D. Capelouto | March 23 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Amputees with prosthetic limbs may soon have much a better sense of touch, temperature and texture, thanks to the energy-saving power […]

Women collect water at the Chaquelane resettlement camp near the flood hit town of Chokwe, in southern Mozambique. REUTERS

21 Mar 2017

West African urban polls find clean water top priority

By Nellie Peyton | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Rapid urbanisation has caused so many problems in the Senegalese town of Tivaouane-Peulh that the government and aid providers don’t know […]

A farmer plants rice saplings in a paddy field in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

21 Mar 2017

INTERVIEW – UN pushes ‘smart crops’ as rice alternative to tackle hunger in Asia

By Beh Lih Yi | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Asia needs to make extra efforts to defeat hunger after progress has slowed in the last five years, including promoting […]

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