Protecting Plants Will Protect People and the Planet
By Barbara WellsROME, Jul 26 2021 (IPS) Back-to-back droughts followed by plagues of locusts have pushed over a million people in southern Madagascar to the brink of starvation in recent months. In the worst famine in half a century, villagers have sold their possessions and are eating the locusts, raw cactus fruits, and wild leaves to survive. Barbara WellsInstead of bringing relief, this year’s rains were accompanied by warm temperatures that created the ideal conditions for infestations of fall armyworm, which destroys mainly maize, one of the main food crops of sub-Saharan Africa. Drought and famine are not stranger...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Barbara Wells Tags: Africa Biodiversity Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Re Source Type: news

How Deadly Flooding in Germany and Belgium Exposed Europe ’s Climate Change Hubris
Gaping holes of muddy brown water where manicured streets used to be. Huge piles of abandoned belongings set on fire because there’s nowhere else to put the trash. Army tanks rolling through once picturesque villages now turned to rubble. Northwestern Europeans—accustomed to a mild climate rarely troubled by the extremes of weather they see on the news—were not prepared for the scenes they saw this week after the worst flooding to hit the region in at least 80 years. “People kept saying it was worse than the war,” says Arne Piepke, from the DOCKS photography collective, which captured the scen...
Source: TIME: Science - July 19, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change Londontime Source Type: news

Madagascar: MSF Steps up Response to Nutrition Crisis in Grand Sud
[MSF] People in southern Madagascar are experiencing an exceptionally acute food and nutrition crisis that is leaving thousands of children severely ill and pushing entire families into extreme poverty. Since March 2021, MSF emergency teams have been setting up more and more mobile clinics to deliver humanitarian and medical assistance in several districts across the region. They have now begun distributing food and recently opened an inpatient therapeutic feeding centre in the hospital in the town of Ambovombe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Water: A Matter of Survival in the World of Pandemics
A woman in Madagascar walks for up to 14km a day to find clean water. Credit: UNICEF/Safidy AndrianantenainBy Guillaume Baggio, Manzoor Qadir and Vladimir SmakhtinHAMILTON, Ontario, Canada, Jul 1 2021 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably amplified the existing vulnerabilities of billions of people worldwide. Marginalized communities in developing countries were excluded from social protection and support. Long-standing economic and social inequalities have deepened with the poor getting poorer. A sharp divide in the distribution of vaccines has revealed major issues in the global health sector. Economic stimulus pac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guillaume Baggio - Manzoor Qadir - Vladimir Smakhtin Tags: Climate Change Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Evaluating the impact of a road safety education project in Madagascar schools [conference abstract] - Perego P, Biassoni F, Silva AL, Clark S, Randrianarisoa J.
Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase 2021 - Abstract Book - # 8A.007 Context Road crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 worldwide. Education is an important part of a safe systems approach to ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

UN: Madagascar droughts push 400,000 toward starvation
The U.N. World Food Program says southern Madagascar is in the throes of back-to-back droughts that are pushing 400,000 people toward starvation (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Alasdair Harris: How Can Coastal Conservation Save Marine Life And Fishing Practices?
In 1998, Alasdair Harris went to Madagascar to research coral reefs. He's worked there ever since. He explains the true meaning of conservation he learned from the island's Indigenous communities.(Image credit: Courtesy of TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Manoush Zomorodi Source Type: news

Madagascar ’s hungry ‘holding on for dear life’, WFP chief warns
Thousands of families in southern Madagascar are on the edge of starvation, and “holding on for dear life”, the UN food agency chief said on Wednesday - after bearing witness to the suffering firsthand - urging the world to step-up and take action.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Madagascar: Famine a Brewing Human Rights Catastrophe
[CAJ News] Antananarivo -- MADAGASCAR'S worst drought in 40 years has left more than 1 million people facing hunger and the island country on the brink of a human rights crisis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: GAC Audit Report Reveals How U.S.$71K Was Spent for Madagascar Covid-19 Herb
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- When the controversial COVID Organic herbal oil arrived in a small box on a charter flight last May, President George Weah who himself along with a host of government officials, were present to receive the package, told reporters that the Malagasy herb was a gesture from his "friend" the President of Guinea Bissau, Mr. Umaro Sissoco Embal ó, had called him two days earlier to inform him he was sending coronavirus preventive and cure medicine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Madagascar: As Famine Looms in Southern Madagascar, MSF Appeals for Massive Increase in Emergency Food Aid
[MSF] An immediate and massive increase in food aid is urgently needed for people in southern Madagascar, affected by an exceptionally severe malnutrition crisis which in some places borders on famine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Madagascar: Malnutrition Crisis in Madagascar - 'Every Day We Pray for Rain'
[MSF] A unique combination of factors including a historic drought, sandstorms caused by deforestation, and the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged southern Madagascar into the region's worst nutrition crisis in decades. Some 74,000 children are acutely malnourished, according to figures released by Madagascar's nutrition surveillance system, United Nations agencies, and similar organizations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How widespread is lemur and fossa meat consumption?
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A new WCS study looks at the prevalence of human consumption of lemur and fossa (Madagascar's largest predator) in villages within and around Makira Natural Park, northeastern Madagascar, providing up-to-date estimates of the percentage of households who eat meat from these protected species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 13, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

A new pelomedusoid turtle from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar discovered
(Denver Museum of Nature& Science) We here describe a new species of pelomedusoid turtle from a geological formation in Madagascar otherwise known for its exquisitely preserved fossil birds, dinosaurs, and crocodilians. The new turtle possesses an unusually flattened skull combined with a particularly gracile lower jaw and enlarged tongue bones, which not only must have given it a frog-like appearance, but also suggests that it was a specialized suction feeder that fed on small-bodied living prey using quick strikes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 5, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Madagascar: Looming Madagascar Famine Sparks Nutrition Emergency
[VOA] Geneva -- Famine is looming in southern Madagascar and emergency food aid is needed for hundreds of thousands of people to head off a humanitarian disaster on the African island nation, the U.N. World Food Program warned. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news