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WEST AFRICA: Funding shortfall threatens measles campaign
26 April 2010 (IRIN ), Sixteen countries in West and Central Africa are short of around US$16 million to reach the $39 million needed to run measles prevention campaigns in all of them this year, say the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88934/WEST-AFRICA-Funding-shortfall-threatens-measles-campaign
GAMBIA: Urban centres under strain as farmers flee
23 April 2010 (IRIN ), Cash-strapped farmers in Gambia are flocking to towns and cities because of erratic rains in 2009 and the fact that a recently reformed system of extending loans to farmers is still not working, say NGOs and farmers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88914/GAMBIA-Urban-centres-under-strain-as-farmers-flee
SENEGAL: Koranic students kept in "slave-like" conditions - HRW
15 April 2010 (IRIN ), Hundreds of religious leaders running Koranic schools in Senegal are keeping their students in “slave-like” conditions, forcing them into exploitative labour through begging on the streets and keeping them in deplorable living conditions, says US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88828/SENEGAL-Koranic-students-kept-in-slave-like-conditions-HRW
AFRICA: Donors spend more for health, governments less
8 April 2010 (IRIN ), In Africa government spending on health care, as a percentage of national expenses, rose just 0.3 percent from 2001 to 2007, while donor funding of the sector during the same period increased from 15.3 to 20.1 percent, according to a review of 52 African countries’ health spending by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88735/AFRICA-Donors-spend-more-for-health-governments-less
GLOBAL: Hunt for sleeping sickness drug continues
1 April 2010 (IRIN ), Scientists from the UK and Canada have identified drug compounds to cure a fatal parasitic disease found in sub-Saharan Africa commonly known as sleeping sickness.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88644/GLOBAL-Hunt-for-sleeping-sickness-drug-continues
WEST AFRICA: Rice versus vegetables
1 April 2010 (IRIN ), Rice may still be a symbol of food security across Africa, but the cereal does little to boost nutrition, unlike vegetables, according to the India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88650/WEST-AFRICA-Rice-versus-vegetables
AFRICA: Rice is nice but not for long
25 March 2010 (IRIN ), The organizers of a week-long African Rice Congress in Bamako, capital of Mali, say African countries can decrease hunger and save millions of dollars if they wean themselves off rice imports and increase local production, but experts favour a "drastic" move away from rice to native grains.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88564/AFRICA-Rice-is-nice-but-not-for-long
WEST AFRICA: Fewer meningitis cases but more deadly
12 March 2010 (IRIN ), This year there are less than half the reported meningitis infections than in the same period in 2009, but more patients are dying - 13 percent in 2010 versus 8 percent in 2009 - according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Multi-Disease Surveillance Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which tracks 14 countries prone to meningitis outbreaks between Senegal and Ethiopia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88414/WEST-AFRICA-Fewer-meningitis-cases-but-more-deadly
AFRICA: Finding the food crops of the future
24 February 2010 (IRIN ), Temperatures seem set to soar to perilously high levels because of climate change. In another 40 years, would maize still be the staple food in Kenya, already hit by five failed rainy seasons? If not, what could people grow and eat? And if you could grow maize, how much water and fertilizer would it need?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88225/AFRICA-Finding-the-food-crops-of-the-future
AFRICA: Early arrival of meningitis "alarming"
22 February 2010 (IRIN ), A meningitis epidemic has struck earlier than usual and is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa's "meningitis belt" from Senegal to Ethiopia, according to health ministries in the region. The disease occurs during the dry season, with most cases reported in mid-April.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/88179/AFRICA-Early-arrival-of-meningitis-alarming

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