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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
AFRICA: Snake oil salesmen and dodgy HIV "cures"
19 January 2012 (IRIN ), Uganda's National Drug Authority recently arrested sales representatives of a company selling a drug that purports to cure HIV; the firm's owners are not licensed to sell medicine and are being sought by the police.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94679/AFRICA-Snake-oil-salesmen-and-dodgy-HIV-cures
FOOD: Rumpus over GM food aid
18 October 2011 (IRIN ), Genetically modified (GM) food aid bound for Africa has long been a bone of contention among governments, scientists, activists, consumers and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93991/FOOD-Rumpus-over-GM-food-aid
GAMBIA: Climate of fear ahead of presidential poll
31 August 2011 (IRIN ), Human rights advocates watching Gambia are worried that abuses against perceived dissenters will rise as the November presidential election nears, killing any chance of a free and fair poll. Already the official campaign period - the only time opposition parties are given access to the media and allowed to actively campaign - has been shrunk to 11 days from four weeks, sparking concern among political leaders.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93620/GAMBIA-Climate-of-fear-ahead-of-presidential-poll
In Brief: Civil society studies West Africa "counter-terrorism plan"
9 August 2011 (IRIN ), Journalists and civil society members in West Africa analysed a “counter-terrorism plan” drawn up by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) at a 4-5 August meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93458/In-Brief-Civil-society-studies-West-Africa-counter-terrorism-plan
GLOBAL: Stillbirths could be halved
27 April 2011 (IRIN ), Preventing stillbirths can cost just US$2.32 per mother if governments, the private sector and international institutions adopt a package of 10 health interventions, rather than allowing stillbirths to be an almost invisible problem.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/92590/GLOBAL-Stillbirths-could-be-halved
FOOD: Home-grown nutrition research for Africa
21 April 2011 (IRIN ), A group of international academic institutions and an NGO backed by the European Union (EU) have launched Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come, or SUNRAY, to develop a nutrition agenda for Africa, with specific emphasis on the 34 sub-Saharan countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/92550/FOOD-Home-grown-nutrition-research-for-Africa
AFRICA: Opposition building to Great Green Wall
8 April 2011 (IRIN ), What’s green, controversial, 15km wide, 7,775km long, cuts across 11 African countries and is designed to reduce livestock deaths and boost food security for millions of people? Nothing yet, but the Great Green Wall project, a pipe-dream for decades, was recently endorsed by a swathe of African states stretching from Senegal to Djibouti.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/92422/AFRICA-Opposition-building-to-Great-Green-Wall
SAHEL: Meningitis - the role of dust
14 February 2011 (IRIN ), Researchers are analysing dust from the Sahel to study its role in the spread of bacterial meningitis in this region hardest hit by the debilitating and often fatal disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/91916/SAHEL-Meningitis-the-role-of-dust

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