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Global: An anatomy of cholera
28 January 2009 (IRIN ), Cholera is a waterborne disease that has surfaced in almost all parts of the world, and the mere mention of its name is often enough to induce panic in communities. IRIN answers frequently asked questions about the disease that has killed nearly 3,000 people in its latest large-scale outbreak in Zimbabwe since August 2008.
AFRICA: Pastoralists grapple with climate change
28 January 2009 (IRIN ), As many as 250 million people in Africa may not have enough water to meet their basic needs by 2020 because of climate change, a specialist in poverty, environment and climate change said on 27 January.
GLOBAL: Calls to reform Food Aid Convention
26 January 2009 (IRIN ), Calls for reforming a treaty that makes donor countries commit to providing food aid in cash as well as in kind were reiterated as a high-level two-day meeting to discuss the global food crisis began in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
WEST AFRICA: Yellow fever outbreaks on the rise
26 January 2009 (IRIN ), As international agencies respond to the emergence of the deadly yellow fever virus in Guinea, experts say they are increasingly concerned about a rise in outbreaks across Africa.
GLOBAL: Splitting the food bill in Madrid
24 January 2009 (IRIN ), As food inflation shot to almost 60 percent in Ethiopia in 2008, the beneficiaries of a safety net programme offering cash to build resilience to face shocks opted for food.
GLOBAL: A new and improved PEPFAR under Obama?
21 January 2009 (IRIN ), Hopes are high that the change promised by incoming US President Barack Obama will extend to his foreign policy, but for more than two million people living with HIV, mainly in Africa, the changing of the guard at the White House may elicit mixed feelings.
GLOBAL: How to handle the food price crisis
20 January 2009 (IRIN ), Food price inflation has sparked a debate between aid agencies who want to return to food transfers rather than providing cash transfers, and those in favour of index-linking the cash payments to the price of food, says a new paper that provides tools and ideas on how to deal with the food price crisis.
GLOBAL: New tool to measure resilience
16 January 2009 (IRIN ), A new analysis tool that measures how resilient a household is under severe stress will help humanitarian agencies design aid for beneficiaries based on the extent of their vulnerability.
GLOBAL: Saving lives does not cost much
15 January 2009 (IRIN ), When a mother dies in a village in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, community members sit down with the health workers to analyse the events leading up to her death, said Tesfaye Shiferaw, UNICEF's regional advisor on child survival and development. "Then they try to fix it."
AFRICA: Soil scientists join efforts to boost food security
13 January 2009 (IRIN ), A digital soil-health surveillance system, launched on 13 January in Nairobi, will enable soil scientists to map areas at risk of soil degradation and facilitate appropriate interventions that could help to curb food insecurity across the continent.

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