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GLOBAL: Access to food a growing problem
17 June 2009 (IRIN ), There will be plenty of food available, but getting hold of it will become a long-term problem as the unfolding economic downturn hammers the incomes of the poorest, says one of the authors of a 10-year global agricultural forecast.
GLOBAL: New mortality risk index
16 June 2009 (IRIN ), Four big but also densely populated countries - Bangladesh, China, India and Indonesia – are deemed to be in the “extreme” category in terms of the average number of citizens at risk of tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods and landslides, according to a new Mortality Risk Index launched on 16 June by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
GLOBAL: Investment key to disaster preparedness
16 June 2009 (IRIN ), Natural disasters may be unavoidable, but human vulnerability to those disasters is not. "What kills, and what destroys, is the vulnerability of the population," said Margareta Wahlström, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.
AFRICA: Children speak up for right to survive
16 June 2009 (IRIN ), Thousands of children are participating in activities across Africa advocating for governments to boost child survival in commemoration of the Day of the African Child. Celebrated on 16 June, this is the same day hundreds of black school children were killed in Soweto, South Africa in 1976 protests for better education.
AFRICA: 28 days to save a life
16 June 2009 (IRIN ), More than 1,500 babies born on any given day in sub-Saharan Africa will die within 24 hours, according to a recent report by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-profit Save the Children, which measured African government’s progress on improving child health.
GLOBAL: Financial crisis could force more girls into work
12 June 2009 (IRIN ), The financial crisis could force more girls into work as financially squeezed families withdraw their daughters from school to seek jobs, warns the International Labour Organization in a report released on 12 June, World Day Against Child Labour.
GLOBAL: Swine flu declared a pandemic
11 June 2009 (IRIN ), In the space of three months, the world has watched what seemed to be a localized flu outbreak in Mexico spread to 74 countries, infect some 27,737 people and be declared pandemic on 11 June by the World Health Organization (WHO).
GLOBAL: Earlier ARV treatment saves lives
10 June 2009 (IRIN ), Findings from a clinical trial in Haiti bring the first conclusive evidence that HIV-positive people in developing countries have a significantly better chance of survival if they start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment earlier.
GLOBAL: How to measure vulnerability to climate change?
10 June 2009 (IRIN ), A complex but critical issue is being raised at the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany: finding a scale that determines how vulnerable developing countries are to climate change, which will help allocating funds to adapt fairly.
GLOBAL: HIV, the silent partner in emergencies
10 June 2009 (IRIN ), Food aid and plastic sheeting are the hallmarks of every disaster, but not always condoms and antiretrovirals, even though humanitarian agencies recognize the link between emergencies and the increased risk of HIV and AIDS.

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