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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.
AFRICA: Digesting a "mouthful" of climate change
27 October 2009 (IRIN ), Disaster risk reduction as a tool for climate change adaptation is a "technical mouthful" said Rachel Shebesh, chair of the African Parliamentarian Initiative for Climate Risk Reduction.
AFRICA: IDP convention - now the hard work begins
26 October 2009 (IRIN ), Seventeen countries signed the African Union convention on internally displaced persons (IDPs) after years of preparation culminated in a week of meetings in the Ugandan capital but a lot more hard work remains before it becomes effective, according to observers.
AFRICA: Climate change could worsen displacement - UN
23 October 2009 (IRIN ), With increasing natural disasters, including floods, storms and droughts, hitting the continent, more people in Africa are likely to be displaced, creating a challenge for governments, the UN warns.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Life insurance for HIV-positive people, at a price
22 October 2009 (IRIN ), The availability of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and legislation prohibiting discrimination have helped turn HIV/AIDS into just another chronic disease, but an HIV-positive status can still be an obstacle to getting a loan or buying insurance.
AFRICA: Talking about forced displacement
22 October 2009 (IRIN ), Civil society and government officials are gathered in the Ugandan capital of Kampala to discuss the Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa and a declaration on refugees, returnees and IDPs.

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