Tanzania reports on successes in promoting maternal health

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maternal health program in Tanzania

Tanzania is determined to bring an end to maternal mortality, which robs as many as 23 families a day of their mothers. President Jakaya Kikwete told a press conference at the United Nations that women dying while giving birth is unacceptable. Tanzania and its health partners have been scaling up efforts to protect pregnant women and their babies. UN Radio's Dianne Penn reports.

Peruvian professor helps women beat malnutrition by improving Andean grains

Professor Luz Gomez Pando

Some ancient grains and cereals from the Andes could help solve modern day problems like malnutrition. For centuries, quinoa and amaranth have been cultivated in Peru and were even eaten by the Incas. Professor Luz Gomez Pando, a plant breeder at La Molina University in the capital, Lima, is using nuclear techniques to develop new varieties that have a higher yield and are more nutritious. The professor recently spoke at a meeting on Food for the Future held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, which is where Louise Potterton caught up with her.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan new Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Eliminating new HIV infections in children and keeping their mothers healthy are some of the global development goals the UN has set out to achieve. With three more years to go before the 2015 deadline, the organization has turned to global icon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for help. The Indian actress has been involved in humanitarian issues for many years and will now have a special focus on HIV.  Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Presenter:  Dianne Penn
Production Assistant:  Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

 

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