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GLOBAL: We can save more babies, say researchers
20 November 2008 (IRIN ), A ground-breaking South African study has provided the first hard evidence that treating HIV-positive babies with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines from as early as six weeks dramatically improves their chances of survival.
BURKINA FASO: Finding new ways to feed HIV-positive people
19 November 2008 (IRIN ), High food prices and cuts in food aid to HIV-positive people are forcing relief organisations in Burkina Faso to take another look at local foods to keep people healthy.
GLOBAL: Juggling emergency aid and long-term development
19 November 2008 (IRIN ), As the global recession bites, analysts are asking if emergencies such as natural disasters will continue to receive funding (on 19 November, a record appeal for US$7 billion was launched for crises) while development aid, which could save many more lives long-term, such as agricultural investment in Africa, is left to languish.
GLOBAL: Tight belts, tough choices for charities
13 November 2008 (IRIN ), Humanitarian organisations face tough choices if the global financial crisis affects their income, as some analysts predict. Although it is too soon to predict the full impact of the crisis on funding, some agencies told IRIN they were reviewing possible cutbacks and some have started tightening their belts.
GLOBAL: Emergency education gains ground
13 November 2008 (IRIN ), Humanitarian policy-makers have endorsed internationally-agreed standards on rebuilding education sectors shattered by crises, in a move experts say shows that education is increasingly being regarded as life-saving.
GLOBAL: G20 "must stand by aid pledges"
11 November 2008 (IRIN ), Leaders of the top 20 industrial and big emerging-market countries will be asked to reaffirm their commitments to development assistance at the emergency summit on 15 November convened by President George W Bush to address the global financial crisis.
WEST AFRICA: Remittances set to fall in 2009
11 November 2008 (IRIN ), For the first time in over a decade remittances to sub-Saharan Africa are set to fall in 2009, increasing people’s vulnerability to poverty, officials at the World Bank say. Remittance income in developing countries is expected to decline by about 1 percent from 2008 to 2009.
GLOBAL: New “business model” for humanitarian aid – top UN official
10 November 2008 (IRIN ), John Holmes, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, has been in Dubai attending the inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda held by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with the government of Dubai (7-9 November).
GLOBAL: Falling foul of the Fund
4 November 2008 (IRIN ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was formed in 2001 for the purpose of setting up an innovative approach to providing finance to combat the three diseases that kill more than six million people worldwide every year.
AFRICA: Investment key to doubling rice production
3 November 2008 (IRIN ), Greater investment to double rice production in Africa is needed to reduce food insecurity as well as improve livelihoods, specialists urged.

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