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Africa’s meningitis A vaccine: how partnership replaced ‘Big Pharma’
17 November 2015 (IRIN ), For years, the unwillingness of big pharmaceutical companies to invest in treatments for diseases that primarily affect the poor has hampered epidemic management in the developing world. But now an experimental partnership working without the support of 'Big Pharma' has delivered an incredible success: a vaccine that has all but wiped out meningitis A across Africa in less than four years. Is this the future of medical research and development in lower-income countries? Elizabeth Blunt reports:
Nigeria says ‘go home’, but is it safe from Boko Haram?
17 November 2015 (IRIN ), The Nigerian government plans to start closing camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict by the end of December, forcing thousands of people to return to the very places they fled. With much of northeastern Nigeria still very insecure and infrastructure lacking, many are scared. Is it too soon?
The Quiet Americans
9 November 2015 (IRIN ), Kitting out a Nigerien army unit is not what most humanitarians would consider the best response to Boko Haram. But for the NGO Spirit of America, it is precisely the sort of muscular aid – along with more traditional wealth-generating development projects – that’s needed to tackle the militants.
Crude awakening: can oil benefit the people of the Niger Delta?
4 November 2015 (IRIN ), The thick, acrid smoke billowing above the tree line is the telltale sign of local refining of stolen crude oil in Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta, but environmentalists are looking to find less environmentally damaging ways for communities to benefit from the oil.
Fleeing Boko Haram: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
2 November 2015 (IRIN ), The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed more than 25,000 lives in the past six years. Since 2014, it has escalated and splintered across a wider swathe of West and Central Africa, uprooting millions of people in the process. Where should they go? This special feature examines the bleak options and explores what the future holds.
Forced evictions leave Nigerian slum dwellers homeless
21 October 2015 (IRIN ), More than 15,000 people were forced from their homes last month, as authorities demolished one of Nigeria's largest slums in Lagos. Many families are still living on the streets.
IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'
9 October 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs, and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
Since you've been gone: the families migrants leave behind
8 October 2015 (IRIN ), Every migrant who sets out on a journey leaves behind a family. Our natural focus is on the odyssey, and the crisis that drives people from their homes. But migration is much more than just about people fleeing conflict or seeking asylum. It affects many more people than those actually on the move and navigating hostile borders. Those left behind, out of the media spotlight, also carry a burden – both financial and emotional – in supporting loved ones on their journey. This special report focuses on two such families.
The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram
1 October 2015 (IRIN ), Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work.
Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza
28 September 2015 (IRIN ), Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences.
No aftercare for Boko Haram bomb victims
23 September 2015 (IRIN ), Countless Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram suicide bombings since 2009. Many more have survived, but their difficulties are far from over.
Millions going hungry because of Boko Haram
11 September 2015 (IRIN ), Ongoing attacks by Boko Haram have left millions of people in Western and Central Africa without enough food to eat.
Freedom brings stigma and fresh fears for Boko Haram 'wives'
1 September 2015 (IRIN ), Hundreds of women and girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram have since escaped or been rescued, but their struggles are far from over.
Nigerians who fled Boko Haram forced home
21 August 2015 (IRIN ), As many as 15,000 people who took refuge in northern Cameroon after fleeing violence in Nigeria are now being sent back home, over fears they could have ties to Boko Haram.
Refugees pour into Cameroon fearing Boko Haram
10 August 2015 (IRIN ), Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and along the Cameroonian border have caused a surge of refugees in recent weeks, most of them trying to flee further into Cameroon. The only camp near the border, at Minawao, is overcrowded and some people have taken to living rough in the bush:
Cameroon pays high price for joining Boko Haram fight
31 July 2015 (IRIN ), New security measures across much of Cameroon, which are meant to prevent more attacks by Boko Haram, are having a negative impact on people's livelihoods.
Niger: Boko Haram's neglected crisis
29 June 2015 (IRIN ), Nigerian families first began seeking refuge in Niger in 2013, but Boko Haram-related violence in the region has spiked in recent months, causing the number of refugees to balloon and leading to a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that is garnering little international media attention:
Avian flu threatens West Africa poultry farmers
23 June 2015 (IRIN ), The loss, since January, of more than 1.7 million birds across five countries in West Africa is threatening the livelihoods of poultry farmers across the region.
Beyond Boko Haram: Nigeria’s hidden crisis
5 June 2015 (IRIN ), The Nigerian government’s focus on its war against the Boko Haram insurgency is obscuring a growing humanitarian emergency.
Nigerians demand end to military impunity
3 June 2015 (IRIN ), An Amnesty International report accusing the Nigerian military of the murder of thousands, and demanding the investigation of senior commanders for war crimes, has been welcomed by Nigerian pro-democracy activists.

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