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In Brief: Fish nets join mosquito nets against malaria
2 July 2010 (IRIN ), New drugs to fight malaria may well lie at the bottom of the ocean, according to researchers studying over 2,500 samples from marine organisms collected at depths of over 900 metres. They have already found 300 that contain substances that can kill the parasite.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Measles back with a vengeance
28 June 2010 (IRIN ), "Out of sight, out of mind" explains why Southern Africa has been grappling with one of the biggest outbreaks of measles, a highly contagious viral disease, since 2009.
HEALTH: Diabetes cases to double by 2030
28 June 2010 (IRIN ), Without a major breakthrough in preventing and treating diabetes, the number of cases in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to double, reaching 24 million by 2030, according to the Brussels-based International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
FOOD: Africa not spending enough
21 June 2010 (IRIN ), "Africa is now facing the same type of long-term food deficit problem that India faced in the early 1960s", says a paper by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a US-based think-tank.
AFRICA: Go-ahead for IDP convention
11 June 2010 (IRIN ), African Union members have adopted plans to implement the Kampala convention on the protection of internally displaced people, including increasing their contributions to refugee and IDP funding and accelerating the convention’s ratification, signature and domestication, the AU said.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV testing and treatment to prevent TB
19 May 2010 (IRIN ), Diagnosing HIV early and starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment could be the most important weapons in the battle against HIV-associated tuberculosis, but this would need a huge injection of resources in southern Africa, where the dual epidemics of TB and HIV claim the most lives.
ANGOLA: Putting a dent in the maternal death rate
14 May 2010 (IRIN ), After more than a decade of volunteer work in Angola's rural Matala district in the southern province of Huila, a Finnish doctor is seeing maternal mortality rates gradually come down in a country where about one in every 70 women dies in childbirth.
AFRICA: Plugging the technology gap with help from India
14 May 2010 (IRIN ), Investment in information technology can help Africa to improve governance, overcome poverty and deal with critical infrastructure gaps, taking India as an example, the co-chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2010 (WEF) said.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Same problems, less funding
4 May 2010 (IRIN ), Without adequate funding, barriers to HIV treatment are likely to remain unchanged in spite of growing demand, a new report has warned.
ANGOLA: The death of one man does not end a war
26 April 2010 (IRIN ), The final chapter in the long-running separatist war in Angola's Cabinda Province will not be decided by a military showdown in dense jungle terrain, but by the imminent death of a "sick old man" on a distant continent.

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