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GUINEA: Timeline to elections
25 June 2010 (IRIN ), Guineans will vote in a presidential election on 27 June seen as the mineral-rich West African country’s first chance at elected civilian rule since independence in 1958.
GUINEA: Conakry vox pop ahead of 27 June presidential election
25 June 2010 (IRIN ), More than 100 international observers are preparing for the 27 June presidential poll in Guinea, which analysts are signalling as a potential volte-face in the country’s half-century of dictatorial rule. Since independence in 1958, the country has had two leaders and 24 years of military rule. Voters in the capital, Conakry, told IRIN some of their expectations.
GUINEA: Election raises hope for change
23 June 2010 (IRIN ), When several people in southeastern Guinea were hurt in road accidents during recent election campaigning, a regional public hospital treating eight of the injured ran out of emergency medical supplies.
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).
WEST AFRICA: Polio campaign kicks off
26 April 2010 (IRIN ), The second three-day round of a synchronized campaign to vaccinate 77 million children against polio in 16 West African countries is now underway.
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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