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Pregnant women are more prone to becoming infected with malaria than other adults. In their case, the parasite tends to hide in the placenta, unnoticed but damaging to the host and her unborn child. An EU-funded project has set out to improve the antenatal care as well as the malaria diagnosis and treatment available to expectant mothers in endemic areas.
Published: 9 November 2015
The nutritional value of staple foods in Africa is being boosted to raise consumption of essential micronutrients. Kenya has made iron fortification mandatory in commercially produced flour, while Nigeria's farmers are being encouraged to grow high-vitamin-A cassava strains. Both moves result from the EU-funded INSTAPA project, which continues to inform efforts to step up public nutrition through improving foods.
Published: 19 October 2015
Akpan, bissap, jujube fruit and monkey bread are part of Africa's rich food heritage, but are relatively unknown to European palates. Thanks to the EU-funded AFTER project these exciting flavours, and others, could soon be available here, boosting the competitiveness of small food manufacturers on both continents.
Published: 4 June 2015
Malarial infections during pregnancy can be a particular problem in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a widespread hazard to human health. Such infections can bring serious complications during pregnancy, including stillbirth, premature birth and low birth-weight, as well as severe risks to the mother's health.
Published: 24 June 2014
In a part of southern Kenya where malnutrition is rife, Stanley is an active three year old boy. Along with hundreds of other Kenyan youngsters, he is part of a research project aimed at fighting child malnutrition in Africa. The findings so far have surprised researchers.
Published: 6 May 2014
In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of the energy intake of the local diet is based on everyday foods such as cassava, maize, millet, or sorghum, but those staple foods do not provide sufficient nutrition. One of the consequences is high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children, which affects not only their health but also their cognitive development. Scientists are convinced that the right doses of micronutrients added to certain basic foods can fight malnutrition.
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Published: 25 June 2013