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MADAGASCAR: Small steps towards treating hydrocephalus
19 July 2011 (IRIN ), The bandage covering Olida Soanirina’s eye does not disguise the ravages of hydrocephalus as the three-month-old recovers from an operation at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital (HJRA) in the capital Antananarivo.
MADAGASCAR: Poverty and malnutrition on sisal plantations
23 June 2011 (IRIN ), At the Centre for Treatment of Acute Malnutrition with Complications (CRENI) in the town of Amboasary Sud in the Anosy region of southeastern Madagascar, Samina Tahiaritsoa, 20, cradles her son, Lambo, 3, who still weighs less than six kilograms after 10 days at the centre.
MADAGASCAR: Health care by hovercraft
17 June 2011 (IRIN ), Ankavandra is a one-car town in western Madagascar, so when the all-terrain 4x4 vehicle arrived recently it did a lap of honour around the sports field, watched by scores of applauding residents.
MADAGASCAR: Vaccination efforts pay off
9 June 2011 (IRIN ), Tahiri and her baby daughter have joined a courtyard full of women sheltering their babies from the midday sun at a health centre in Ankareira, near Madagascar's southern tip.
MADAGASCAR: Schoolgirls catch gold fever
9 June 2011 (IRIN ), There is a touch of gold fever in the small western Madagascan town of Ankavandra and schoolgirls are being affected.
MADAGASCAR: Cancer treatment for the lucky few
30 May 2011 (IRIN ), Hospital patients in Madagascar are used to paying for everything from surgeon’s gloves and gauze to drips and syringes, but a protracted political and economic crisis has further weakened the public health sector and put cancer treatment out of reach for all but the lucky few.
MADAGASCAR: New climate change and adaptation films
10 May 2011 (IRIN ), IRIN Films is pleased to announce the launch of two more chapters of The Gathering Storm, our award-winning series of short films highlighting the human cost of climate change.
GLOBAL: Stillbirths could be halved
27 April 2011 (IRIN ), Preventing stillbirths can cost just US$2.32 per mother if governments, the private sector and international institutions adopt a package of 10 health interventions, rather than allowing stillbirths to be an almost invisible problem.
FOOD: Home-grown nutrition research for Africa
21 April 2011 (IRIN ), A group of international academic institutions and an NGO backed by the European Union (EU) have launched Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come, or SUNRAY, to develop a nutrition agenda for Africa, with specific emphasis on the 34 sub-Saharan countries.
AFRICA: Opposition building to Great Green Wall
8 April 2011 (IRIN ), What’s green, controversial, 15km wide, 7,775km long, cuts across 11 African countries and is designed to reduce livestock deaths and boost food security for millions of people? Nothing yet, but the Great Green Wall project, a pipe-dream for decades, was recently endorsed by a swathe of African states stretching from Senegal to Djibouti.

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