In Brief

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 April, 2003, 12:00am

War takes its toll on Afghanistan's children

Kabul: Millions of Afghan women and children continue to face major health and nutrition problems, with maternal and infant mortality in the war-ravaged nation among the worst in the world, the United Nations Children's Fund said yesterday. 'Afghanistan ranks as the fourth-worst country in the world in terms of under-five mortality, with one in four children not surviving beyond their fifth birthday,' spokesman Edward Carwardine said in Kabul on the eve of World Health Day.



Perth: A 59-year-old Australian grandmother desperate for an organ transplant placed an advertisement in a newspaper saying 'Wanted: Your Spare Kidney''. The woman said she had been on a waiting list for a kidney transplant for a decade. She currently needs five three-hour dialysis sessions a week to survive. 'I'm taking this chance to see if anything will come of it. With this advertisement there is a glimmer of hope that things could change,' she said in a story published in Perth's the Sunday Times.