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IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96984/IDPs-African-IDP-Convention-comes-into-force
HEALTH: Breaking out of the cold chain
20 November 2012 (IRIN ), Health workers currently immunizing thousands of children and young adults against Meningitis A in Benin are currently doing so without having to spend days preparing ice packs and sourcing generators and fridges to load on trucks because the vaccine has now won approval for being kept at up to 40 degrees Celsius for as long as four days.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96827/HEALTH-Breaking-out-of-the-cold-chain
NIGER: Agencies scramble to repair schools after floods
26 September 2012 (IRIN ), The government of Niger and aid agencies are scrambling to clean and repair thousands of schools that were damaged in the flooding from rains in July and August, which displaced over 500,000 people and killed over 80, in an effort to return children to school as soon as possible.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96395/NIGER-Agencies-scramble-to-repair-schools-after-floods
GAMBIA: Stepping up pressure on human rights
20 September 2012 (IRIN ), Public, forceful international pressure on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to halt ongoing executions of death row prisoners was successful - at least temporarily - leading activists to call for governments, multinationals and human rights groups to exert more sustained pressure on the government to clean up its human rights act.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96354/GAMBIA-Stepping-up-pressure-on-human-rights
SENEGAL: Demining faces slow-down
12 July 2012 (IRIN ), Removing the landmines from villages, farms and plantations of Casamance in southern Senegal has taken several years to get up to speed, but now demining teams may be forced to step down, hampering the country’s ability to reach its Ottawa Treaty goal of eliminating anti-personnel mines by 2016.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95848/SENEGAL-Demining-faces-slow-down
AFRICA: Donor fatigue forces WFP to cut refugee rations
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has halved food rations to refugees living in camps in at least four African countries citing a funding shortfall.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95597/AFRICA-Donor-fatigue-forces-WFP-to-cut-refugee-rations
REFUGEES: Moving out of the shadows
31 May 2012 (IRIN ), When night falls in the Dadaab refugee complex in eastern Kenya, nearly half a million refugees are plunged into darkness. The lack of light robs schoolchildren of the possibility of studying and provides perfect cover for thieves and rapists.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95558/REFUGEES-Moving-out-of-the-shadows
GAMBIA: Small country with a big crisis
17 May 2012 (IRIN ), In 2011, the rains failed in the Central River region of The Gambia, where Mawdou Danso, a farmer, struggled to raise a crop big enough to tide him over to the next harvest. He invested in an early-maturing, high-yielding rice called Nerica (New Rice for Africa), which had recently became available and promised to fit in well with the erratic rainfall patterns.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95473/GAMBIA-Small-country-with-a-big-crisis
FOOD: Power to the people!
15 May 2012 (IRIN ), The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched its first Africa Human Development Report today, stressing food security as a means to a better quality of life for all.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95459/FOOD-Power-to-the-people
WEST AFRICA: Giant anti-polio drive threatened by insecurity
23 March 2012 (IRIN ), Health volunteers, aid agency and health authority staff are trying to immunize 111.1 million children under five across 20 countries in West and Central Africa against polio. The four-day campaign started today, but instability in some of the target countries could hamper the effort.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95145/WEST-AFRICA-Giant-anti-polio-drive-threatened-by-insecurity

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