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HEALTH: Most paediatric fevers not caused by malaria
6 July 2010 (IRIN ), More than half the paediatric fevers treated in public health clinics in Africa are caused by diseases other than malaria, according to a study by Oxford University and other research groups, whose authors caution against the "continued indiscriminate use of anti-malarials for all fevers across Africa."
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89756/HEALTH-Most-paediatric-fevers-not-caused-by-malaria
In Brief: Fish nets join mosquito nets against malaria
2 July 2010 (IRIN ), New drugs to fight malaria may well lie at the bottom of the ocean, according to researchers studying over 2,500 samples from marine organisms collected at depths of over 900 metres. They have already found 300 that contain substances that can kill the parasite.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89701/In-Brief-Fish-nets-join-mosquito-nets-against-malaria
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89716/FOOD-Help-out-small-farmers-report-urges
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).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89662/In-Brief-Sleeping-sickness-hits-new-low
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).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89660/HEALTH-Diabetes-cases-to-double-by-2030
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89445/AFRICA-Go-ahead-for-IDP-convention
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89201/WEST-AND-CENTRAL-AFRICA-Ending-the-silence-on-violence-in-schools
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89137/AFRICA-Plugging-the-technology-gap-with-help-from-India
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89053/PHOTOGALLERY-Haiti-Focus-on-the-elderly
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

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