Cheaper vaccines and universal health care are needed to curb pneumonia, a scourge that kills 1 million people a year—more than malaria, diarrhea and measles combined, concludes Save the Children.   Amoxicillin treats pneumonia cheaply, but less than 60% of health…

Food scarcity in drought-stricken Central America is at the root of mass migrations to the US, a report released by several global aid groups said this week.   About half of families surveyed in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala faced food insecurity—when supplies are…

The drought in Kenya that has left 2.6 million people in need of food has had another horrific effect: girls are being sent to cities by desperate families to make money as prostitutes.

6 years ago, widespread drought in Somalia caused a devastating famine that killed 250,000. Today, an even worse drought could bring famine back.   In an IRIN news commentary, 10 humanitarian leaders warn that food security, nutrition and health are dwindling, especially in…

In what international aid officials are calling one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II, famines are unfolding in 4 countries—Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen—putting 20 million lives at stake. The simultaneous crises—driven by drought and armed…

Malnutrition, thirst, and hunger are severe problems in Colombia’s La Guajira province. Between 2009 and 2013, malnutrition killed 278 children, according to Colombia's national statistics agency, a shocking 99% of them from the country's largest indigenous tribe, the Wayuu…

A devastating drought in Colombia’s La Guajira province has brought hunger, malnutrition and illness to the Wayúu, the country’s most populous indigenous nation. The Colombian government points to weather patterns and climate change, while critics are blasting the mining…

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and infections continue to affect Somalia’s 10.6 million people amidst conflict and political instability. Factors that have exacerbated NTDs include the country’s high percentage of people living in severe poverty, which is about 60%, and…

Home to nearly half of some 40 armed conflicts ongoing globally, Africa is also hardest hit by the consequences of growing climate change. Addressing this are two key related events: the Africa Drought Conference underway this week in Windhoek, Namibia; and World…

To meet the hunger for electricity in the Mekong river region, Laos has been building dams at a steady pace. The goal is development while using clean power and minimizing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, with an eye to climate change—a real and immediate threat to…