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Africa’s meningitis A vaccine: how partnership replaced ‘Big Pharma’
17 November 2015 (IRIN ), For years, the unwillingness of big pharmaceutical companies to invest in treatments for diseases that primarily affect the poor has hampered epidemic management in the developing world. But now an experimental partnership working without the support of 'Big Pharma' has delivered an incredible success: a vaccine that has all but wiped out meningitis A across Africa in less than four years. Is this the future of medical research and development in lower-income countries? Elizabeth Blunt reports:
Central African Republic goes back to square one
6 October 2015 (IRIN ), Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast.
IRIN's Top Picks: Aid bureaucracy, bombing Yemen and a bungled Ebola response
25 September 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
Vote limbo for Central African refugees
14 September 2015 (IRIN ), Nearly 200,000 refugees who fled the Central African Republic are still waiting to see if they will be able to cast their ballots in next month's presidential elections.
Rape, stigma, poverty: The lot of urban refugees in Cameroon
24 August 2015 (IRIN ), Despite efforts to help refugees who settle in urban areas, many still face stigma, poverty and sexual assault.
Refugee relations turn sour in Cameroon
11 August 2015 (IRIN ), Relations between many of the more than 250,000 refugees from the Central African Republic who fled into Cameroon and local host populations are becoming increasingly strained.
A tough homecoming in Central African Republic
23 July 2015 (IRIN ), Thousands of people have been returning to their homes in the Central African Republic more than a year after fleeing a violent and complex political crisis, in many cases to neighbouring countries. While security may have improved in some areas, resuming any semblance of a normal life is proving a major challenge for many returnees.
The week in numbers
26 June 2015 (IRIN ), A new weekly feature rounding up the key figures in crisis and humanitarian reporting.
How goes the hunt for Joseph Kony and the LRA?
23 June 2015 (IRIN ), US special forces joined the hunt for Joseph Kony and the leaders of his Lord’s Resistance Army almost four years ago. So, what progress has been made, are they any closer to catching him, and what else can be done?
Forgive and forget? Amnesty dilemma haunts Uganda
12 June 2015 (IRIN ), Should rebels who turn themselves in be allowed to escape justice for potentially heinous crimes if it might foster peace, or must they be prosecuted even at the risk of discouraging reconciliation? The renewal of Uganda’s amnesty law has reopened old wounds and highlighted this enduring dilemma.
BRIEFING: Can new pact bring peace to the CAR?
15 May 2015 (IRIN ), Can the Central African Republic finally turn the page on decades of instability and conflict? Rebel groups and militias have signed a new peace pact aimed at putting the horrific violence of the past few years behind them. But will it work?
Ex-rebels in CAR live in fear and rotting barracks
1 May 2015 (IRIN ), Ex-Séléka rebels in the Central African Republic are living in a terrible state in overgrown and disused army barracks in the capital Bangui. Too scared to venture out, even when they are sick, the former fighters await an uncertain fate as a special court prepares investigate widespread abuses.
Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?
15 April 2015 (IRIN ), In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work.
Hear it from the people: What's wrong in the Central African Republic?
8 April 2015 (IRIN ), The ordinary people of the Central African Republic are finally having their say after years of conflict. Grassroots 'consultations' have been acting as a prelude to a reconciliation forum aimed at forging lasting peace
What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?
7 April 2015 (IRIN ), Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there?
Killing us softly
27 March 2015 (IRIN ), Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases.
Working to keep the peace: The impact of job schemes on ex-rebels
27 February 2015 (IRIN ), Job-creation schemes are the traditional way to tackle the post-conflict problem of unemployed ex-fighters and to reduce the threat they can pose to peace and stability in fragile states.
Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief
24 February 2015 (IRIN ), WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak.
A map of hunger in 2015 - where to watch
17 February 2015 (IRIN ), An interactive map of countries that are likely to face major food shortages in 2015.
Life after combat in CAR
17 February 2015 (IRIN ), Helping thousands of fighters in the Central African Republic return to civilian life presents a dilemma for aid workers: offer too many incentives and risk rewarding violence; offer too few and potentially fail to stem it

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