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AFRICA: Detecting stealth sleeping sickness
14 July 2009 (IRIN ), Tens of thousands of people in Africa who are infected with trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, go undiagnosed because the only way to detect the deadly infection is through blood exams and a painful expensive lower back puncture, according to the Geneva-based Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).
GLOBAL: Chance to develop climate change hub
13 July 2009 (IRIN ), If you live in a coastal region of Bangladesh and want to find out how to adapt to rising sea levels, or you are designing climate-resilient programmes for the South African government, help could be at hand.
GLOBAL: Trade in small arms growing
13 July 2009 (IRIN ), Trade in small arms and light weapons has been on the rise globally, fuelling violence in post-conflict regions, according to a new report.
GLOBAL: Urban poor and hungry burgeoning unnoticed
13 July 2009 (IRIN ), The number of poor and food-insecure people in developing countries is increasing more quickly in urban areas than in rural areas, and could be dropping off the policy radar, says new research by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
GLOBAL: G8's historic shift needs applause
13 July 2009 (IRIN ), The announcement by President Barack Obama and the other G8 leaders of a US$20 billion three-year investment in developing-country agriculture marks a historic shift that merits widespread applause.
GLOBAL: Falling family planning funding threatens poverty fight
10 July 2009 (IRIN ), A dramatic plunge in international donor funding for family planning is threatening to undermine other humanitarian goals such as fighting poverty and hunger, as well as efforts to counter global warming, according to the UN and other specialists.
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.
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.

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