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HEALTH: "Encouraging" drop in maternal deaths
16 September 2010 (IRIN ), The proportion of women in sub-Saharan Africa who died because of pregnancy fell by more than a quarter between 1990 and 2008, according to estimates released on 15 September.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90490/HEALTH-Encouraging-drop-in-maternal-deaths
GUINEA: Aid on the way after hail flattens crops
6 August 2010 (IRIN ), UN agencies on 7 August will deliver food, seeds, fertilizer and other relief supplies to Guinea’s Labé region, where hundreds of families lost maize and vegetable crops in a hail storm.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90095/GUINEA-Aid-on-the-way-after-hail-flattens-crops
WEST AFRICA: Hail storms, record rains
2 August 2010 (IRIN ), The 2010 rainy season in West Africa has opened with hail storms in Guinea and the heaviest rain in 50 years in northern Chad. Floods have killed at least 80 people and destroyed bridges, homes, septic tanks, livestock, crops and food stocks; dams have broken, and wells and latrines have been submerged.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90046/WEST-AFRICA-Hail-storms-record-rains
GUINEA: Climbing out of the donor funding gap
28 July 2010 (IRIN ), More than two million Guineans do not have enough to eat, basic health services are a shambles and the country is in a fragile transition from decades of military rule, yet most aid donors do not see Guinea as an "emergency".
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90001/GUINEA-Climbing-out-of-the-donor-funding-gap
HEALTH: It's how you spend the money that saves lives
28 July 2010 (IRIN ), Members of the African Union (AU) reaffirmed at the end of their meeting on 27 July in Kampala, Uganda, that they would strive to spend 15 percent of their national budgets on health, but at the end of the day it is about how "effectively and efficiently" you spend the money, not about how much.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90000/HEALTH-It-s-how-you-spend-the-money-that-saves-lives
FOOD: Political will can solve malnutrition
26 July 2010 (IRIN ), "Children don't vote," said Dr Robert Mwadime, of Uganda Action for Nutrition, at a session on the subject before the three-day African Union (AU) meeting opened in Kampala, Uganda. This means that political leaders in Africa often pay scant attention to the millions of children who die every year of malnutrition-related causes. Most of the audience nodded in agreement; many clapped.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/89970/FOOD-Political-will-can-solve-malnutrition
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

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