The Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, a solar-powered hospital situated on the Central Plateau of Haiti, shines as a beacon of hope in this country devastated by years of poverty and malnutrition, ravaged for decades by AIDS, demolished by an earthquake and suffering from cholera.
The World Food Program’s (WPG’s) video game Food Force invites children, and people of all ages, to complete six virtual missions that reflect real-life obstacles faced by WFP in its emergency responses both to the tsunami and other hunger crises around the world.
The drought and famine once again blighting the Horn of Africa brings with it an unwelcome reminder that for all of mankind’s achievements we are yet to eradicate the scourge of poverty or to provide clean water, sanitation or basic health care for the world’s most desperate people.
Nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications have unveiled the Healthy Eating Plate, a visual guide that provides a blueprint for eating a healthy meal.
"This shouldn't have to exist," Barrientos told IPS at the Los Piletones soup kitchen, which she runs. "What there should be is decent work, so that every man and woman could go out and earn a living. But until that is possible, we'll have to keep this going."
Twelve months after its launch, the world’s first humanitarian video game about hunger is being celebrated as an unprecedented success story.
On Sunday 21 May, more than 760.000 people in 118 countries and 420 locations, across 24 time zones, participated in “Fight Hunger: Walk the World.” People came out in force to deliver a message: child hunger has no place in this world and citizens working together can root it out.
Drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 5 years have compounded an already fragile food situation in Niger, threatening up to 3.5 million people, more than a third of the total population.
Rapid population growth and crippling economic problems in many African countries have reduced living standards and adversely affected eating habits, causing widespread malnutrition. In Nigeria, a faltering economy has led to declining imports of costly protein-rich food. Moreover, currency devaluations in other countries have resulted in drastically reduced imports of oil and animal feed.