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GLOBAL: WHO snapshot of world health
10 July 2009 (IRIN ), A newborn in Africa in 2007 would have lived on average 52 years. That baby would have lived an additional 25 years if born in the Americas. Below are highlights from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Statistics 2009, which compiled the most recent data available from 193 countries. Unless otherwise noted, the below statistics are for 2007.
AFRICA: Militaries unite to fight HIV
9 July 2009 (IRIN ), Military forces from 20 countries in West and Central Africa have launched a regional HIV network to share information on combating HIV within their ranks and communities, following the example of other military-led efforts to fight the spread of HIV.
GLOBAL: Improved farming rather than more food aid?
9 July 2009 (IRIN ), President Barack Obama wants the United States, the world's largest provider of food aid, to focus on agricultural development in the countries it helps support, rather than having them remain recipients.
GLOBAL: Twelve countries on climate change hit-list
8 July 2009 (IRIN ), The World Bank has made a list of the five main threats arising from climate change: droughts, floods, storms, rising sea levels, and greater uncertainty in agriculture. Four of the world's poorest nations top the list of the 12 countries at the highest risk.
GHANA: Can Obama match past presidential promises?
8 July 2009 (IRIN ), As Ghanaians gear up for President Barack Obama’s arrival on 10 July - his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa - they are mixing high hopes with caution.
GLOBAL: UK donor policy stokes concern of overpromising
8 July 2009 (IRIN ), Aid analysts applaud the “courage” of the UK government’s just-released development policy paper (link), which detailed plans to allocate at least half of all new bilateral funding to fragile states, but question how the government can do the job well without shrinking other aid commitments.
GLOBAL: Aid worker, rate thyself
7 July 2009 (IRIN ), If you are an aid worker and have an opinion on how poorly funded your organization is, how competent your fellow aid workers are or how well the international humanitarian system works with local authorities, ALNAP needs you.
GLOBAL: Top 25 ECHO cash recipients
6 July 2009 (IRIN ), The European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (DG ECHO) released its annual report on 1 July. According to the 110-page financial report, overall spending in 2008 was 937 million euros (about US$1.302 billion) across 60 countries. Of that, about three-quarters went to the top 25 recipient non-profit agencies and an aviation contractor.
AFRICA: Eyeing the wealth of the Guinea Savannah
6 July 2009 (IRIN ), In the 1980s a group of farmers in the West African country of Burkina Faso decided to fight back against years of drought by resuscitating their barren rock-hard land to grow more food than only what they needed to survive.
GLOBAL: Rice production high but imports steady
3 July 2009 (IRIN ), Paddy rice production in Africa is forecast to be 25.6 million tons this year, virtually unchanged from the record harvest of 2008 (link). But despite the projections most countries are also expected to increase rice imports, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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