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FOOD: Help out small farmers, report urges
2 July 2010 (IRIN ), Small-holder farmers, who make up almost all of Africa’s agriculture sector, need more support to reduce over-dependence on increasingly costly food imports, states a new report.
In Brief: Sleeping sickness hits new low
29 June 2010 (IRIN ), For the first time in half a century, the number of new diagnosed cases of human African trypanosomiasis – also known as sleeping sickness - has dropped below 10,000 thanks to partnerships with drug companies and improved screening, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
HEALTH: Diabetes cases to double by 2030
28 June 2010 (IRIN ), Without a major breakthrough in preventing and treating diabetes, the number of cases in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to double, reaching 24 million by 2030, according to the Brussels-based International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
AFRICA: Go-ahead for IDP convention
11 June 2010 (IRIN ), African Union members have adopted plans to implement the Kampala convention on the protection of internally displaced people, including increasing their contributions to refugee and IDP funding and accelerating the convention’s ratification, signature and domestication, the AU said.
WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA: Ending the silence on violence in schools
20 May 2010 (IRIN ), Bullying, sexual violence and corporal punishment are still rife in West and Central African schools, according to an 18 May report which calls on governments to harmonize laws on child protection and education, and impose stricter standards on schools to reduce violence.
AFRICA: Plugging the technology gap with help from India
14 May 2010 (IRIN ), Investment in information technology can help Africa to improve governance, overcome poverty and deal with critical infrastructure gaps, taking India as an example, the co-chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2010 (WEF) said.
PHOTOGALLERY: Haiti - Focus on the elderly
7 May 2010 (IRIN ), More than three months after the earthquake, aid workers say elderly people in Haiti are not receiving the attention they need. HelpAge International says special attention must be paid to older people - not just to their health needs but also to the unique contribution they could make to the relief effort and society.
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).
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.
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.

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