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Handwashing campaign targets a billion people worldwide

Unilever and the UK government are funding an information campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of washing hands with soap regularly and disinfecting surfaces. This will include TV, radio, pr...

28 Mar | Handwashing | International

Latest violence in Tripoli (Libya) shuts 210 schools

More than 100,000 Libyan school children have education suspended by armed conflict in and around Tripoli. The Ain-Zara, Abu Salim and Soug al Juma'aa areas are particularly badly affected.

08 Jan | Child Welfare | Libya

Packaged food healthiest in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada

Packaged food sold in UK rated healthiest in a study undertaken by authors from 6 countries who compared the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages from 12 countries using data collected durin...

22 Aug '19 | Nutrition | International

Child undernutrition in Mali

The latest 'Cost of Hunger in Africa' report indicates the urgency of increasing efforts to end the distress and economic consequences of child undernutrition in the west African country of Mali. T...

05 Jul '18 | Malnutrition | Mali

Effects of fragmented landscapes on forest vertebrates

When areas of forest are divided into ever-smaller sections, more forest-dwelling species tend to live at the edges of forests and the deep core of the forest becomes an ever-smaller proportion of ...

03 Nov '17 | Environment

Responses to devastating floods and mudslide affecting parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone

After three days of exceptionally heavy rain, sweeping floods and a massive mudslide devastated a karge area of Regent, a mountain town approx. 15 miles east of Sierra Leone's capital city, Freetown.

17 Aug '17 | Mudslide | Sierra Leone

Violence putting children at risk in the Greater Kasai, DRC

Ongoing violence in the Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has lead to the closure of many health centers and schools, hampering humanitarian efforts to support the nutritiona...

Lassa Fever outbreak in Benin, West Africa

Benin is the latest country in West Africa to be affected by Lassa Fever. Since this recent outbreak there have been four confirmed and 52 suspected cases and 17 people have died. The authorities a...

11 Feb '16 | Lassa Fever | Benin

No significant benefit from routine use of antibiotics for malnourished children

According to a recent MSF study, routine use of antibiotics to treat severe acute malnutrition has only a very small effect on the prospect of recovery. This research, which was conducted in Niger,...

08 Feb '16 | Antibiotics and Malnutrition | Niger

Malawi increases actions to protect elephants

Malawi's 10 year National Elephant Action Plan is developing with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in Malawi taking strong action to further protect elephants from armed gangs of poachers

03 Mar '15 | Wildlife | Malawi

Humanitarian supplies reach remote areas of South Sudan

Food, vaccines, nutrition supplements and other vital supplies are finally being supplied to Akobo, Jonglei State (South Sudan), near the border with Ethiopia. Aid agencies have also set up emerge...

28 Mar '14 | Humanitarian Aid | South Sudan

Mosquito nets for Central African Republic

150,000 mosquito nets are being provided to displaced people in the Central African Republic, who have lost their homes because of the ongoing conflict in the country. The life-saving mosquito nets...

Women and children flee violence in Central African Republic

Ongoing violence in the Central African Republic has resulted in over 76,000 people so far, mainly women and children, fleeing north into neighbouring Chad. Many of the displaced people, particular...

04 Mar '14 | Humanitarian Crisis | Central African Republic

Fighting in South Sudan impacts on humanitarian efforts

continuing fighting between government and opposition forces in South Sudan is severely hampering humanitarian efforts. The effects of the conflict on children are horrifying - girls and boys have ...

03 Mar '14 | Humanitarian Crisis | South Sudan

Survey gives key insights into child nutrition and its effects (Sudan)

Data about child nutrition and its effects has been collected as part of the Sudan S3M survey, that took place across Sudan. This is providing valuable information about the difference in performan...

News from bird fossils from the Cretaceous Period (145-66 million years ago)

Research shows that the shortening of the bony tails of very early birds (over 100 million years ago) helped them develop versatile legs, an evolutionary advantage. Birds from the Cretaceous Period...

14 Aug '13 | Bird Fossils | Oxford (UK)

The Buddhist equivalent of Angels are devas or celestial beings. Different forms of Buddhism recognise different important devas.

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