Pollution and Health

16 Mar 2009

Filmed on location in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Deep Divide explores the reality of environmental justice in South Asia -- home to 500 million people living in absolute poverty, or 40% of the world's total poor. Everywhere, it finds environmental injustice. This investigative film builds on the work by three local journalists, who act as our guides to understanding the complexities and nuances of development amidst poverty and social disparities.

16 Mar 2009

November 21, 2007 presentation by Gary Schoolnik for the Stanford School of Medicine Medcast lecture series.

Gary Schoolnik, MD, professor of medicine, discusses how the use of chemical fertilizers and other environmental disturbances are driving the genetic transformation of cholera in Bangladesh and in turn spawning new epidemics of the disease in South Asia.

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16 Mar 2009

Haiti is a tiny island country in the Caribbean and the poorest in the Western hemisphere with 49 percent of its people live in absolute poverty.

Worldfocus special correspondent Benno Schmidt and producer Ara Ayer visited there recently and report that in their struggle to survive, Haitians are destroying the very elements of their environment that sustain them.

16 Mar 2009

Scientists have totaled up the cost of damage to the world's environment during the past 40 years. The study shows that the world's poorest countries have been stuck with more than their share of the bill.

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13 Mar 2009

As of late 1999, Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) have been introduced as a key instrument for a country's relationship with the donor community. After completion of a Joint World Bank and IMF Staff Assessment, the Boards of the World Bank and the IMF review PRSs as they relate to the respective institution's mandate, presented in the form of a PRS Paper (PRSP). In this context, the purpose of this review is to systematically assess the degree of mainstreaming in PRSPs, and to identify a selection of good practice that can lead the way for further improvements.