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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.
ANGOLA: HIV-positive couple live happily ever after
30 November 2009 (IRIN ), The story of Epalanga, a poor farm boy, and his love for Belita, the daughter of a prosperous village merchant, captured the hearts of Angolans when the national broadcaster started airing the soap opera, "Camatondo", in 2004.
GLOBAL: A Nobel Laureate looks back on the first 10 years of the Mine Ban Treaty
26 November 2009 (IRIN ), The ground-breaking Mine Ban Treaty (MBT), which came into force 10 years ago, will hold its second five-year review conference from 29 November to 4 December in the port city of Cartagena in northern Columbia.
ANGOLA: Esperança Mutamba, "I'm living this double life"
16 November 2009 (IRIN ), Esperança Mutamba (not her real name), who has been living with the virus for 10 years and works as HIV/AIDS counsellor in the Angolan capital, Luanda, is still not ready to publicly disclose her HIV status.ça-Mutamba-I-m-living-this-double-life
AFRICA: Turning to traditional medicines in fight against malaria
4 November 2009 (IRIN ), Encouraging the use of traditional African herbal medicines could prevent some of the one million malarial deaths on the continent, according to specialists attending a conference in Nairobi. Many poor communities, especially in rural settings, cannot afford modern malarial drugs and many people die due to inaccessibility of treatment.
In Brief: UN to airlift tents for expulsees
29 October 2009 (IRIN ), The UN is preparing to airlift tents and emergency response equipment to assist 60,000 Angolans expelled from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past few months, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in New York on 28 October.
AFRICA: AU pushes the envelope on "climate migrants"
29 October 2009 (IRIN ), An African international agreement has opened the door to a debate on the rights and protection of people displaced by natural disasters, with a nod to migration as a result of climate change.
Analysis: African IDP convention fills a void in humanitarian law
27 October 2009 (IRIN ), The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa is a comprehensive document that will, if ratified, fill a void in international humanitarian law, say experts.
AFRICA: Electronic records can streamline health care
27 October 2009 (IRIN ), Replacing manual data with electronic health records would significantly improve the quality of care and enable African HIV treatment programmes to be scaled up more efficiently, say the authors of a new article on the subject.

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