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GUINEA: Uncertainty over toxic chemicals in Conakry
17 November 2009 (IRIN ), The recent upheaval in Guinea has delayed the disposal of toxic chemicals discovered earlier this year at several sites throughout the capital Conakry, according to UN experts.
GUINEA: Madame Diallo, "The children ask about him"
16 November 2009 (IRIN ), The Diallo family in the Guinean capital, Conakry, has found no trace of Thierno Abdoulaye Diallo, 20, a student, since he set off on 28 September for a football stadium in the city.
GUINEA: Humanitarian update
12 November 2009 (IRIN ), Six weeks after the deadly military crackdown on civilians in Guinea, families are still searching for loved ones, the wounded continue to need medical care and aid agencies are assisting state health workers cope with the aftermath, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Guinea.
GUINEA: Political crisis only sharpens daily hardship
6 November 2009 (IRIN ), Even when Guinea is not facing political crisis and reeling from a massacre, daily life is gruelling for many and instability is never far away. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a September 2009 report says Guinea is “volatile” due to a combination of sharp economic decline; widespread and chronic poverty; limited access to basic services like health, water and sanitation; and persistent political instability.
AFRICA: Turning to traditional medicines in fight against malaria
4 November 2009 (IRIN ), Encouraging the use of traditional African herbal medicines could prevent some of the one million malarial deaths on the continent, according to specialists attending a conference in Nairobi. Many poor communities, especially in rural settings, cannot afford modern malarial drugs and many people die due to inaccessibility of treatment.
GUINEA: Caravans and kola nuts - keeping a lid on communal tensions
30 October 2009 (IRIN ), Local civil society activists say Guinea's latest political crisis has taken on an ethnic dimension in N’zérékoré - junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara’s home region - which has an ethnically mixed population and has experienced communal clashes before.
AFRICA: AU pushes the envelope on "climate migrants"
29 October 2009 (IRIN ), An African international agreement has opened the door to a debate on the rights and protection of people displaced by natural disasters, with a nod to migration as a result of climate change.
GUINEA: Youths on hunger strike for "dialogue", "justice"
28 October 2009 (IRIN ), Youths in the Guinea capital Conakry went on hunger strike on 28 October - one month after the deadly military attack on civilians - to call for political dialogue, an end to violence and the arrest of those who attacked demonstrators.
AFRICA: Electronic records can streamline health care
27 October 2009 (IRIN ), Replacing manual data with electronic health records would significantly improve the quality of care and enable African HIV treatment programmes to be scaled up more efficiently, say the authors of a new article on the subject.
AFRICA: Digesting a "mouthful" of climate change
27 October 2009 (IRIN ), Disaster risk reduction as a tool for climate change adaptation is a "technical mouthful" said Rachel Shebesh, chair of the African Parliamentarian Initiative for Climate Risk Reduction.

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