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AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer
19 January 2010 (IRIN ), More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.
GLOBAL: UN gives $100 million to ‘neglected emergencies'
19 January 2010 (IRIN ), The UN on 18 January allotted US$100 million to 14 “neglected emergencies”, where significant humanitarian needs remain but funding is scarce.
WEST AFRICA: Learning how to stop children dying
14 January 2010 (IRIN ), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) “accelerated child survival programme” in 11 West African countries did not save significantly more lives than in areas that were not targeted, says an evaluation published in The Lancet this week - but analysts say this does not mean UNICEF was doing the wrong things.
GUINEA: Vaccine drive set as yellow fever strikes
8 January 2010 (IRIN ), Guinean health officials plan this month to vaccinate more than 250,000 people in the northeast against yellow fever after one confirmed and several suspected cases emerged in the region.
GUINEA: Funds needed to stem child malnutrition - WFP
6 January 2010 (IRIN ), The UN World Food Programme in Guinea is seeking funds to re-stock nutritional centres which are running out of essential fortified foods at a time of rising malnutrition.
GUINEA: Bracing for tomorrow, but what about today?
18 December 2009 (IRIN ), The recent unrest in Guinea has sharpened already dire living conditions, and this must be addressed if the current political crisis is not to trigger a humanitarian crisis, UN officials say.
GUINEA: September violence only underscores reign of impunity
17 December 2009 (IRIN ), The killing and rape of civilians in Guinea by soldiers breaking up an anti-junta rally on 28 September shocked a nation and the international community. But the assault only underlined the impunity of the security forces, which the population has endured for years, human rights researchers say.
GUINEA: Ripe for international “protection” force?
15 December 2009 (IRIN ), Diplomats and African leaders are calling for an international civil-military force in Guinea to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian assistance, but a junta official has warned such a deployment would be seen as a “declaration of war”.
GUINEA: Vaccination push as polio re-emerges
11 December 2009 (IRIN ), Health officials and aid agencies in Guinea will mount the fifth polio vaccination drive this year from 12 to 16 December. The once polio-free country has recorded 37 cases since April.
AFRICA: Vaccination key to stemming rotavirus, say experts
8 December 2009 (IRIN ), African health experts are calling on governments to vaccinate all children against rotavirus, to end an “unacceptable” yet preventable situation in which the virus kills some 1,400 children in developing countries daily.

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