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AFRICA: Donors spend more for health, governments less
8 April 2010 (IRIN ), In Africa government spending on health care, as a percentage of national expenses, rose just 0.3 percent from 2001 to 2007, while donor funding of the sector during the same period increased from 15.3 to 20.1 percent, according to a review of 52 African countries’ health spending by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
AFRICA: Rice is nice but not for long
25 March 2010 (IRIN ), The organizers of a week-long African Rice Congress in Bamako, capital of Mali, say African countries can decrease hunger and save millions of dollars if they wean themselves off rice imports and increase local production, but experts favour a "drastic" move away from rice to native grains.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Preparing for the worst
1 March 2010 (IRIN ), When a crisis strikes, access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can be among the first casualties, particularly in countries where many people are on treatment.
AFRICA: Finding the food crops of the future
24 February 2010 (IRIN ), Temperatures seem set to soar to perilously high levels because of climate change. In another 40 years, would maize still be the staple food in Kenya, already hit by five failed rainy seasons? If not, what could people grow and eat? And if you could grow maize, how much water and fertilizer would it need?
In Brief: How to end natural resource-fuelled conflict?
1 February 2010 (IRIN ), The international community should draw up a comprehensive strategy to tackle conflicts fuelled by natural resources especially in fragile African states, US campaign group Global Witness says.
AFRICA: Rotavirus data must propel immunization - experts
27 January 2010 (IRIN ), Health experts hope the release of data showing the success of rotavirus vaccine will help compel policymakers to ensure all children will be immunized.
AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer
19 January 2010 (IRIN ), More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.
ANGOLA: The evolution of the conflict: 1885 - 2003
12 January 2010 (IRIN ), Cabinda becomes a protectorate of Portugal under the Treaty of Simulanbuco
AFRICA: Vaccination key to stemming rotavirus, say experts
8 December 2009 (IRIN ), African health experts are calling on governments to vaccinate all children against rotavirus, to end an “unacceptable” yet preventable situation in which the virus kills some 1,400 children in developing countries daily.
GLOBAL: Mine Ban Treaty has "profound humanitarian impact"
1 December 2009 (IRIN ), It has taken just 10 years, but the effects of the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) have brought about a sea change in the use of antipersonnel mines, ensuring that the use of these bombs is becoming increasingly rare, and even offering the hope that these indiscriminate weapons will one day be consigned to the dustbin of history.

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