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GLOBAL: Male circumcision does not reduce partner's HIV risk
17 July 2009 (IRIN ), New research suggests that circumcising HIV-positive men does not reduce the risk of their female partners becoming HIV-infected.
GLOBAL: Critical need for more viral load testing
16 July 2009 (IRIN ), New research has again confirmed the importance of viral load testing, which measures the amount of HI virus in the blood, to determine whether someone on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is experiencing treatment failure and needs to be switched to a second-line drug regimen.
AFRICA: Going into debt for health
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), One in four families living in the world's poorest countries borrows money or sells assets in order to afford health care, according to the most recent issue of the US medical journal "Health Affairs".
GLOBAL: Setting the aid bar higher
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), Since the Sphere Project first published in 2000 its handbook outlining minimum standards in disaster response, much has changed in the aid world. Climate change is the new disaster, humanitarian reforms have reorganized the aid system introducing cluster leads for emergency sectors, and millions more disaster-affected people live in towns rather than rural areas.
GLOBAL: Less money, less food, more hungry - analysis
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), If the global economy were to rebound in 2010, sub-Saharan Africa would still be one of the world's poorest and most vulnerable regions, and have more than half its food insecure people, says an examination of the impact of the economic slowdown on food security.
GLOBAL: As the money flows, so the world turns
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), The stats are in – 2008 was a bumper year for HIV/AIDS funding, according to a new report by UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on health. It is the kind of monitoring that may prove important as the global economic slowdown continues.
AFRICA: Military munitions storage increasingly unstable
14 July 2009 (IRIN ), The growing number of accidental explosions in military arms and ammunition storage facilities across Africa has highlighted the need for minimum standards in stockpile management in the continent, says a South Africa-based think-tank.
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: Not all Kumbaya and campfires
14 July 2009 (IRIN ), "Despite popular opinion that non-profits are all sitting around the campfire singing Kumbaya together, they do have to manage their resources, and any way they can reduce their expenses by managing those well, I think is an opportunity for them," said NGO representative Barbara Wallace of InterAction, one of 800 attendees at a trade fair involving more than 110 corporations, NGOs, UN agencies and government aid bodies in Washington DC last week.
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.

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