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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.
AFRICA: Africa's IDP situation at a glance
15 October 2009 (IRIN ), Africa hosts at least 11 million of the world's 25 million conflict-affected IDPs. Millions more are displaced annually by natural disasters.
AFRICA: The objectives of the IDP Convention
15 October 2009 (IRIN ), The objectives of the Convention
AFRICA: Africa's IDPs in numbers
15 October 2009 (IRIN ), Most IDPs in Africa have been forced out of their homes by conflict, either between government forces and armed opponents or between communities.
AFRICA: Shining the spotlight on the displaced
15 October 2009 (IRIN ), Forty years after the rights of Africa’s refugees were enshrined in a landmark convention, the continent’s leaders are due to make legal history again by adopting a new instrument to assist people displaced within the borders of their own country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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