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WEST AFRICA: Stopping cholera emergencies
15 October 2009 (IRIN ), Cholera outbreaks in West Africa generally trigger extra hand-washings in households and panic-buying of bleach for treating water. But beating the deadly – but easily preventable – illness requires that such hygiene practices become routine, health experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86596/WEST-AFRICA-Stopping-cholera-emergencies
AFRICA: Fighting the "double whammy" of obesity and hunger
8 October 2009 (IRIN ), Africa faces a double burden of obesity and hunger as millions take up increasingly sedentary lives in cities and the global financial crisis hits rural populations’ food security, nutritionists warn.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86490/AFRICA-Fighting-the-double-whammy-of-obesity-and-hunger
In Brief: Liberia fares better in governance index
5 October 2009 (IRIN ), West Africa ranks third after Southern Africa and North Africa on the 2009 Mo Ibrahim index of African governance assessing governance across the continent's five regions, spanning 53 countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86450/In-Brief-Liberia-fares-better-in-governance-index
AFRICA: Why family is best for orphans
30 September 2009 (IRIN ), Africa's orphans will experience a richer, more wholesome childhood if they are raised within a family rather than in a childcare institution, according to speakers at a conference on family-based care for children in Nairobi.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86363/AFRICA-Why-family-is-best-for-orphans
Analysis: Scrapping user fees "just the first step"
24 September 2009 (IRIN ), Donor-backed user fees for health services were supposed to decentralise primary healthcare and provide revenue for essential drugs: instead, advocacy groups charge, they have ended up killing the poor in the developing world.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86281/Analysis-Scrapping-user-fees-just-the-first-step
AFRICA: Trying to work from the same weather page
8 September 2009 (IRIN ), Climate scientists describe Africa as an information "black hole". The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) notes that there are only 744 weather stations, but only a quarter of them are of international standard; at least 3,000, evenly spaced across the continent, are needed, with another 1,000 in densely populated areas; ideally, Africa should have at least 10,000 stations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86055/AFRICA-Trying-to-work-from-the-same-weather-page
HEALTH: Climate change - burden or opportunity?
8 September 2009 (IRIN ), Despite an international resolution to avoid environmental health hazards, the medical community - already overburdened with health challenges - has remained largely outside the climate change dialogue, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) climate change specialist.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86062/HEALTH-Climate-change-burden-or-opportunity
WEST AFRICA: Seasonal rains, seasonal misery
31 August 2009 (IRIN ), Across West Africa residents are crossing streets in canoes, carrying babies overhead in suitcases and navigating waist-high water to find shelter as seasonal rains bring severe flooding throughout the region.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85942/WEST-AFRICA-Seasonal-rains-seasonal-misery
AFRICA: Trees "vital for food security"
28 August 2009 (IRIN ), Countries tackling food insecurity and climate change adaptation can greatly benefit from agroforestry - integrating fleshy plants and trees into their farming systems, environmental specialists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85898/AFRICA-Trees-vital-for-food-security
WEST AFRICA: Babies force-fed to free time for fields
7 August 2009 (IRIN ), With limited access to time-saving agricultural tools and technologies, rural women in West Africa are forced to cut down on the time they spend breastfeeding, in some cases over-feeding their newborns into slumber to free time for the fields.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85625/WEST-AFRICA-Babies-force-fed-to-free-time-for-fields

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