• Zoo Orders Therapy For Stressed-Out Animals

    Sisi slowly browses through the yellow pages, looking not for a phone number but for peanuts and sunflower seeds hidden in the directory. Mali plays with a block of ice containing apples and oranges, crushing it with her feet to get at the fruit. Sisi, a 23-yearold orangutan, and Mali, a 33-year-old elephant, are two of the mammals and birds undergoing behavioral therapy at Manila zoo as part of a program to combat the stress and boredom of living in captivity.

  • Child survival gains in Tanzania: analysis of data from demographic and health surveys

    A recent national survey in Tanzania reported that mortality in children younger than 5 years dropped by 24% over the 5 years between 2000 and 2004. The researchers aimed to investigate yearly changes to identify what might have contributed to this reduction and to investigate the prospects for meeting the Millennium Development Goal for child survival (MDG 4).

  • A costly thirst

    Slum-dwellers in Dar es Salaam pay the equivalent of

  • Bush Touts Effort to Stop Malaria Deaths

    President Bush handed out hugs and bed nets in Tanzania's rural north on Monday, saying the United States is part of an international effort to provide enough netting to protect every child under five in the east African nation. ''The suffering caused by malaria is needless and every death caused by malaria is unacceptable,'' Bush said in an open air pavilion at Meru District Hospital. ''It is unacceptable to people in the United States who believe every human life has value, and that the power to save lives comes with the moral obligation to use it.'' Bush is on six-day trek through five African nations. The public mission of his travels is to improve health on an impoverished continent. The underlying one is to preserve his initiatives beyond his presidency and cement humanitarianism as a key part of his legacy. The president launched a plan in 2005 to dramatically reduce malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, the worst affected region in the world. More than 80 percent of malaria cases happen here; the disease kills at least 1 million infants and children under five every year. Congress so far has put $425 million toward Bush's $1.2 billion, five-year program, which has helped more than 25 million people. In Tanzania alone, malaria kills roughly 100,000 people a year. Bush said the tremendous loss will not be tolerated. ''It is unacceptable to people here in Africa, who see their families devastated and their economies crippled,'' he said in the northern highlands of Arusha, an area known as a cradle of African safari adventure. Bush announced that the U.S. and Tanzania, in partnership with the World Bank and the Global Fund, plan to distribute 5.2 million free bed nets in Tanzania in six months. That's enough, he said, to provide a net for every child between ages one and five in Tanzania. Bush landed here, in sight of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, and was greeted by Maasai women dancers who wore purple robes and white discs around their necks. The president joined their line and enjoyed himself, but held off on dancing. As Bush's motorcade made the long drive from the airport to the hospital, it passed through several villages where hundreds of locals lined the road. At one point, flowers had been strewn in the street before the car of the president, who is popular here for the help his administration is providing to battle disease. In every part of the hospital he toured, women spontaneously hugged the president. He visited with pregnant women receiving vouchers for bed nets and children waiting to be diagnosed and treated for malaria. He shook hands as mothers quieted fussy children. After his remarks, the president and his wife, first lady Laura Bush, distributed several U.S.-funded bed nets treated with insecticide to women waiting quietly on benches. While Bush was visiting the hospital, a textile factory where the bed nets are made and a girls school, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was headed north from Tanzania into Kenya to try to help push forward deadlocked peace talks. A disputed presidential election there led to a wave of violence just ahead of Bush's trip. Tanzania is one of 15 countries that benefit through the distribution of live-saving medicines, insecticide spraying and bed nets that keep mosquitoes away at night. Those bed nets, which cost about $10, have long-lasting insecticide. The Bushes are touring a plant where nets are woven, hung on hooks for inspection and bagged for shipment. The U.S. drive to spend money on the health of Africans, including a much larger effort on HIV/AIDS, is appreciated here. In a recent Pew Research Center report, African countries held more favorable views of the U.S. than any others in the world. And Bush, the face of the U.S. superpower, is showered with praise wherever he goes. It seems a world away from the sentiment at home, where his public approval is at 30 percent. ------ Associated Press Writer Ben Feller reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

  • Key determinants of conflict between people and wildlife, particularly large carnivores, around Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

    <p>Human-wildlife conflict, particularly human-carnivore conflict, is a growing problem in today&rsquo;s crowded world, and can have significant impacts on both human and wildlife populations.

  • Local communities and wildlife management reform in Tanzania

    During the past 20 years, community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) has become a central element of efforts to support rural livelihoods and sustain natural resources worldwide, including in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Poverty and water: exploration of the reciprocal relationship

    This book provides global spread of case studies to illustrate that water is not simply an issue of physical scarcity, but rather a complex and politically-driven issue with profound future implications, both in the developing world and outside it. The book argues that for the international community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, governments must step in to protect the rights of the poor.

  • Update

    The Tanzania government has put Tata Chemicals's soda ash plant around Lake Natron on hold. National Environmental Management Council (NEMC), the country's environmental watchdog, has recommended a

  • Exterminate! Exterminate!

    New malaria vaccines

  • Ashden awards for sustainable development

    Ashden awards for sustainable development

    Renewable energy pioneers from Bangladesh, China, India, Laos and Tanzania were among the winners of this year's Ashden Awards for Sustainable Development. Kerala-based ngo Biotech was adjudged the

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