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AFRICA: No A (H1N1) cases - reality or poor lab facilities?
8 May 2009 (IRIN ), No Influenza A (H1N1)cases have yet been confirmed in Africa, causing medical experts to question whether this is due to good luck or the continent’s lack of fully-equipped influenza testing facilities.
GLOBAL: Obama expands health agenda, but not funding
8 May 2009 (IRIN ), At a time when many Americans are preoccupied with the economic crisis on their doorsteps, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve US$63 billion for global health over the next six years.
AFRICA: Disaster preparedness “woefully inadequate”
6 May 2009 (IRIN ), Ineffective disaster management systems, poor funding and lack of relevant data for planning risk-reduction activities have taken their toll on sub-Saharan African countries, specialists said.
GLOBAL: Shortage of midwives “deadly”
5 May 2009 (IRIN ), The number of midwives worldwide would have to more than double to meet Millennium Development Goals of reducing maternal and infant deaths by 2015, according to the International Confederation of Midwives and World Health Organization on International Midwife Day.
GLOBAL: New growth measures help fight infant mortality
29 April 2009 (IRIN ), New World Health Organization (WHO) growth standards will help to detect which infants are at risk of malnutrition much more quickly, allowing for faster and less costly intervention, say aid workers.
GLOBAL: “Barcoding” DNA to identify menacing mosquitoes
29 April 2009 (IRIN ), For years scientists have examined DNA fragments of animals and insects for biodiversity preservation, but researchers from the University of Ghana for the first time are using DNA “barcoding” – examining a small fraction of an organism’s DNA sequence – for disease control.
GLOBAL: Economic downturn puts treatment of millions at risk
29 April 2009 (IRIN ), After months of speculation about how the global economic downturn might affect HIV/AIDS programmes, a new World Bank report details the projected aftermath of the crisis and how it could place the treatment of more than 1.7 million at risk by year's end.
GLOBAL: When malaria rapid tests fail
25 April 2009 (IRIN ), World Health Organization (WHO) and the non-profit Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) have released the largest, independent laboratory evaluation of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for World Malaria Day, which shows that while some tests accurately detect even slight traces of malaria in tropical temperatures, others give false results, missing potentially life-saving diagnoses.
GLOBAL: Less money for more work – the NGO double whammy
21 April 2009 (IRIN ), Non-profit organisations and NGOs are laying off staff and cutting back aid programmes as the global recession bites, and the prospects for 2010 also look bleak.
AFRICA: Migrants and meningitis – a moving threat
21 April 2009 (IRIN ), Health workers in northern Niger, a popular crossing for sub-Saharan migrants travelling to northern Africa and beyond, have reported an increase in migrants hospitalised for meningitis at the state’s regional hospital.

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