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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.
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: Condoms - the hole truth
10 September 2009 (IRIN ), Having a condom split during sex is not much fun, but the idea that millions of condoms may be faulty before they are opened is the stuff nightmares are made of.
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.
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.
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.
AFRICA: Relax trade rules, US urged
5 August 2009 (IRIN ), The US should rethink subsidies for American farmers and relax stringent market rules, among other measures, to encourage trade in agricultural commodities from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), says an advocacy group.
AFRICA: Male circumcision slowly taking off
23 July 2009 (IRIN ), The World Health Organization endorsed male circumcision (MC) as an HIV-prevention measure two years ago, but implementation of large-scale male circumcision programmes has been relatively slow.
GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV
22 July 2009 (IRIN ), Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts.

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