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GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (IRIN ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82853/GLOBAL-Optimistic-UNAIDS-sets-ambitious-goals
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (IRIN ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82836/GLOBAL-A-glimmer-of-hope-for-microbicide-research
In Brief: Financial speculators and the food crisis
8 February 2009 (IRIN ), A food security expert has said that the involvement of financial markets in basic food commodities was the biggest factor in the worldwide food price hikes over the past couple of years.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82811/In-Brief-Financial-speculators-and-the-food-crisis
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (IRIN ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82791/GLOBAL-Global-Fund-facing-shortfall
GLOBAL: World conference of humanitarian studies
5 February 2009 (IRIN ), Academics, humanitarian analysts, practitioners and students are gathered in the Netherlands this week at the first conference of its kind. The World Conference of Humanitarian Studies is hosted by the University of Groningen and features over 60 panels and dozens of papers on a very broad range of humanitarian topics.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82764/GLOBAL-World-conference-of-humanitarian-studies
GLOBAL: Buzzwords in climate change
5 February 2009 (IRIN ), If you don't know your "Ecoflation" from inflation and think "Greenwashing" might be a new detergent, and that "Global weirding" has probably crept in from sci-fi, read on.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82756/GLOBAL-Buzzwords-in-climate-change
AFRICA: Need to focus on maternal, child health - top AU official
4 February 2009 (IRIN ), Countries in Africa should promote maternal, infant and child health and report on progress, in order to curb high deaths rates on the continent, a senior African Union (AU) official has said.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82741/AFRICA-Need-to-focus-on-maternal-child-health-top-AU-official
WEST AFRICA: When there is no village doctor
4 February 2009 (IRIN ), An international financial recession threatens to worsen the “severe medical workforce crisis” faced by almost 60 African and Asian countries, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The fewer health workers there are, the less chance a woman has to survive childbirth and a child his or her infancy, according to WHO.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82755/WEST-AFRICA-When-there-is-no-village-doctor
GLOBAL: As NGOs cut jobs, “this is no time to lose talent”
30 January 2009 (IRIN ), As NGOs scale back staff in the bleak economic climate, human resource experts say managers should focus as much on developing skilled staff for the long term as they have on cutting back.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82661/GLOBAL-As-NGOs-cut-jobs-this-is-no-time-to-lose-talent
GLOBAL: Food aid must change to suit children
30 January 2009 (IRIN ), The response to global food price rises is failing small children, which could have a long-term impact on the economic growth of poor countries, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/82665/GLOBAL-Food-aid-must-change-to-suit-children

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