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Despite decade of innovation, much left to do on neglected tropical diseases
6 June 2013 (IRIN ), Ten years ago, the main treatment for kala azar - a disease that kills up to 40,000 people every year - was a 30-day course of injections, a difficult undertaking both for patients and for the poorly equipped health centres in the remote areas where many cases of the disease occur. Today, combination therapy has cut the treatment period to 17 days in some affected areas, but scientists and health officials continue to work towards developing a simple pill that would replace painful injections and further ease treatment.
Analysis: AU prepares its shock troops
31 May 2013 (IRIN ), A newly sanctioned African Union (AU) force for quick deployment in conflicts such as in Mali is being promoted as a stop-gap measure ahead of the planned formation of the “rapid deployment capability” (RDC) African Standby Force (ASF).
Rebel amnesty reinstated in Uganda
30 May 2013 (IRIN ), Civil society in northern Uganda has welcomed the reinstatement of legislation granting blanket amnesty to members of armed groups who surrender.
Digital jobs offer skills, promise to Africa's unemployed youth
28 May 2013 (IRIN ), Although Africa’s economy has expanded rapidly in recent years, it has not kept pace with the growth of its youth population or their need for jobs.
Pastoralism’s economic contributions are significant but overlooked
16 May 2013 (IRIN ), Pastoralism is often regarded as an antiquated practice ill-suited to the modern economy, yet trade between pastoral communities in Africa - much of it informal and illegal - generates an estimated US$1 billion each year, according to a new book published by the Futures Agriculture Consortium.
Uganda grapples with paediatric vaccine shortages
14 May 2013 (IRIN ), Ugandan children are going unimmunized as the country grapples with persistent and widespread vaccine shortages, the result of insufficient funds and inefficient procurement and supply systems, officials say.
Analysis: Sending the right message on mHealth
8 May 2013 (IRIN ), We’ve read the stories: From bedridden patients sending text messages to their health workers, to young people receiving HIV prevention messages via SMS, the mobile phone seems to have morphed from communications device to essential life-saver. But is the evidence there yet that mHealth is an effective health delivery intervention for the developing world?
Aiming for climate change-resilient coffee in Uganda
3 May 2013 (IRIN ), In Uganda, a new pilot project seeks to understand the threat climate change poses to coffee, which will enable growers to enhance the crop's resilience to extreme weather events.
Uganda pilots mobile courts for refugees
23 April 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda's government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched a pilot mobile court system to improve access to justice for victims of crimes in Nakivale, the country's oldest and largest refugee settlement.
In East Africa, heavy rains test emergency preparedness
11 April 2013 (IRIN ), Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure.

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