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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.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Analysis: Guineans to choose leader "for the first time ever"
25 June 2010 (IRIN ), “Democracy has begun in Guinea,” said Mamadou Diallo, 47, who is regaining the use of his hand severed in the September 2009 bloody military crackdown many say was the turning point that paved the way for the unprecedented presidential election set for 27 June.
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: 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.

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