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Food security alarm for east, central Africa
13 August 2014 (IRIN ), Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100482/Food-security-alarm-for-east-central-Africa
Interview with outgoing Africa Great Lakes Special Envoy Mary Robinson
4 August 2014 (IRIN ), In mid-June UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reassigned the special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, to special envoy for climate change. IRIN spoke to her about her time working on the Great Lakes region.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100444/Interview-with-outgoing-Africa-Great-Lakes-Special-Envoy-Mary-Robinson
Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities
29 July 2014 (IRIN ), Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100414/Heightened-HIV-risk-for-people-with-disabilities
Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100399/Uganda-teen-pregnancies-plan-under-fire
DRC refugees and the limits of durable solutions
9 July 2014 (IRIN ), With around 365,000 DRC nationals dispersed across several countries in the Great Lakes region, many of them for almost two decades, the traditional triad of “durable solutions” - going home, integrating for good locally, or moving to a third country - remain “largely elusive”, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100323/DRC-refugees-and-the-limits-of-durable-solutions
New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa
7 July 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100314/New-thinking-needed-on-food-aid-for-refugees-in-Africa
Analysis: Should Uganda withdraw from South Sudan?
30 June 2014 (IRIN ), As South Sudan’s peace process stalls, questions are being raised about Uganda’s military involvement, with some analysts saying it is impeding regional efforts to broker a peace deal.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100285/Analysis-Should-Uganda-withdraw-from-South-Sudan
Refugee economies - the Ugandan model
30 June 2014 (IRIN ), When a team from Oxford University's Humanitarian Innovation Project set out to explore what work refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda had managed to find, they were struck by the breadth and scale of businesses they were engaged in - from being café owners to vegetable sellers, to farmers growing maize on a commercial scale, millers, restaurateurs, transporters and traders in fabrics and jewellery.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100284/Refugee-economies-the-Ugandan-model
Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100260/Flat-funding-harsh-laws-could-hurt-Uganda-s-battle-against-HIV
Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100142/Genome-breakthrough-could-help-fight-against-sleeping-sickness

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