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2005-07-30 08:42:13

By Matthew Green TAHOUA, Niger (Reuters) - Malaria and diarrhoea pose a growing threat to Niger's starving children, aid workers said on Saturday, some infants looking desperately weak as they lay in an emergency feeding tent in the northern town of Tahoua. Slumped with their heads in their mothers' laps or wailing with pain, tiny children brought into the tent look close to death even before illness takes hold of their skeletal frames. Doctors administer oxygen to some while mothers try...

2005-06-29 13:38:34

By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Rich countries' governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) must push for quick moves to ensure that the latest AIDS drugs can reach poorer nations at low cost, the MSF medical charity said on Wednesday. MSF, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, said action - such as compelling big pharmaceutical companies to license manufacture of key medicines by firms in developing countries - was vital to head off a looming supply and cost crisis. "Access to newer...

2005-07-03 02:10:09

By Matthew Green GUIDAN ROUMDJI, Niger (Reuters) - Women cradling starvingchildren at a clinic in Niger this week let slip their solemnexpressions and burst into laughter. The joke: the idea that they might be able to eat meat. "It's hard enough for us to find millet," said HabibaAbdulsalam, 30, waiting like the other women for help for herhungry, diarrhea-stricken baby. "We can only dream of eatingmeat," she said, darkly amused at the very idea. Yet not far from the clinic in the...

2005-06-27 12:48:56

By Matthew Green PALIANG, Sudan (Reuters) - Sprawled on the ground with hisface pressed into the earth, the boy looked like he mightalready be dead. Naked but for a pair of bangles on his ankles and whitedust caking his skin, the four-year-old had collapsed a fewsteps from a group of starving children sheltering under atree. It was as if he had been discarded. Working as a reporter in Africa, it's not uncommon to seepeople dying. For it to be a child, in a village in southernSudan, during...

2005-06-27 11:32:37

By Matthew Green PALIANG, Sudan (Reuters) - Sprawled on the ground with hisface pressed into the earth, the boy looked like he mightalready be dead. Naked but for a pair of bangles on his ankles and whitedust caking his skin, the four-year-old had collapsed a fewsteps from a group of starving children sheltering under atree. It was as if he had been discarded. Working as a reporter in Africa, it's not uncommon to seepeople dying. For it to be a child, in a village in southernSudan, during...

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2005-06-08 12:18:57

LONDON -- Sixteen Nobel laureates as well as doctors, scientists and charities called on Wednesday for a global plan to develop drugs to treat neglected diseases that are killing millions of the world's poorest people. Asking for a fund of $3 billion a year, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative said major drug firms did not put enough effort into potential cures for mega killdrs like malaria and tuberculosis because medicines to fight them make no money. "This is not a luxury. It is...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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