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CLIMATE CHANGE: Durban or bust - the Trans-African Caravan of Hope
2 December 2011 (IRIN ), Brandishing a plea for developed countries to make good their promises to reduce carbon emissions, 300 farmers, youths and activists took the scenic route to the COP17 conference in Durban, travelling more than 7,000km from Burundi in 17 days, through 10 eastern and southern African countries, aboard a convoy of buses draped in various national flags.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94372/CLIMATE-CHANGE-Durban-or-bust-the-Trans-African-Caravan-of-Hope
MADAGASCAR: Donors deliver despite sanctions
30 November 2011 (IRIN ), After more than two years of political crisis, Madagascar finally appears to be moving towards the restoration of democracy. A new prime minister has been appointed, and elections are planned for 2012. Donors who suspended aid to the impoverished island nation are watching these developments closely.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94351/MADAGASCAR-Donors-deliver-despite-sanctions
AFRICA: Sub-Saharan sanitation targets “two centuries away”
18 November 2011 (IRIN ), It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which calls on national leaders to commit 3.5 percent of their annual budget to the sector.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94241/AFRICA-Sub-Saharan-sanitation-targets-two-centuries-away
MADAGASCAR: Twins taboo splits a community
3 November 2011 (IRIN ), A centuries old practice of putting newborn twins up for adoption is dividing residents in the Madagascan coastal town of Mananjary as surely as the siblings are separated from their parents. It is said that twins bring bad luck and violence to parents and the community.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94124/MADAGASCAR-Twins-taboo-splits-a-community
FOOD: Rumpus over GM food aid
18 October 2011 (IRIN ), Genetically modified (GM) food aid bound for Africa has long been a bone of contention among governments, scientists, activists, consumers and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93991/FOOD-Rumpus-over-GM-food-aid
MADAGASCAR: Women tackle population growth
12 October 2011 (IRIN ), Daniel Soadava and Samoela Razafindramboho are known as "the mean women" in Antalaha, a small town on the east coast of Madagascar. "Men complain that we are always saying bad things about them," they laugh.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93946/MADAGASCAR-Women-tackle-population-growth
MADAGASCAR: Leprosy making a comeback
26 September 2011 (IRIN ), Mamysoa realized she had a problem after she stepped too close to the fire. “I burned my foot quite badly, but it hardly hurt at all,” she recalled. The 20-year-old housekeeper recently became one of five new cases of leprosy that Abdoul Zamandrahengo detects every month from his tiny public clinic in Antalaha, a small town on Madagascar’s east coast.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93824/MADAGASCAR-Leprosy-making-a-comeback
MADAGASCAR: Rice production slips again
9 September 2011 (IRIN ), Production of Madagascar’s staple, rice, is expected to be down 10 percent on last year and slip by 400,000 tons, according to preliminary findings by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93693/MADAGASCAR-Rice-production-slips-again
MADAGASCAR: Raw sewage kills
10 August 2011 (IRIN ), About a third of Madagascar’s 20 million people do not have access to water for washing and most of the rest share unsanitary toilet facilities, according to a July 2011 World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) report. The threat of diarrhoea and other diseases is particularly acute in some of the poorer suburbs of the capital Antananarivo.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93471/MADAGASCAR-Raw-sewage-kills
MADAGASCAR: Sex for school fees
1 August 2011 (IRIN ), The ambition of 16-year-old Madagascan schoolgirl Nadine* is to open a clothes boutique after completing a college course in textile design, but in the meantime, along with eight of her friends, she has turned to sex work to pay her tuition fees. Charging up to US$7 a time, she works in the poor Antananarivo suburb of 67 Hectares.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93390/MADAGASCAR-Sex-for-school-fees

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