AFRICA/MADAGASCAR - Traditional midwives help save women in childbirth
Madagascar is facing a triple challenge: rapid population growth, increasing poverty and political instability.
MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives helping save mothers
Madagascar's traditional midwives, or 'matronnes', are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications.
MADAGASCAR: Cyclone preparations threatened
A US$6.1 million funding shortfall is jeopardizing the World Food Programme's practice of pre-positioning relief supplies in many areas vulnerable to cyclones.