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MIGRATION: Human smugglers profit as tragedies multiply
11 July 2012 (IRIN ), When Abdo Giro*, a 55-year-old evangelist minister and political dissident from southern Ethiopia, paid smugglers 55,000 birr (US$3,095) to take him from the Kenyan border town of Moyale to Johannesburg in South Africa, he was completely unprepared for the ordeal that lay ahead.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95845/MIGRATION-Human-smugglers-profit-as-tragedies-multiply
SOUTH AFRICA: National Health Insurance falls short on health workers
11 July 2012 (IRIN ), As South Africa moves towards universal healthcare, health policy experts warn that the country has grossly underestimated the number of health workers it will need to ensure access to health services for everyone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95840/SOUTH-AFRICA-National-Health-Insurance-falls-short-on-health-workers
AFRICA: “Sexual refugees” struggle to access asylum
9 July 2012 (IRIN ), As a gay man living in Tanzania, Cassim Mustapha could have faced imprisonment, but prosecutions under the country's Sexual Offences Act are rare, and the bigger threat came from his own community. After one of his neighbours attacked him with an axe leaving a deep wound in his head, Mustapha fled and applied for asylum in Malawi, the first country he reached.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95829/AFRICA-Sexual-refugees-struggle-to-access-asylum
AFRICA: Donor fatigue forces WFP to cut refugee rations
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has halved food rations to refugees living in camps in at least four African countries citing a funding shortfall.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95597/AFRICA-Donor-fatigue-forces-WFP-to-cut-refugee-rations
SOUTH AFRICA: First nurses trained to initiate MDR-TB treatment
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa will increasingly move towards nurse-initiated treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the next five years, and a programme in KwaZulu-Natal Province, which has a high HIV/TB burden, is already training nurses to manage MDR-TB patients.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95681/SOUTH-AFRICA-First-nurses-trained-to-initiate-MDR-TB-treatment
SOUTH AFRICA: Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), Tuberculosis (TB) rates in South Africa's prisons could be cut by up to 94 percent if the country reduced overcrowded conditions in cells and implemented active TB case finding, according to research presented at the recent South African TB Conference.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95684/SOUTH-AFRICA-Overcrowding-fuels-TB-in-prisons
RIO+20: The "landscape approach"
18 June 2012 (IRIN ), A new and awkward term is doing the rounds at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is "landscape science/ agriculture/ approach", which now embraces "eco-agriculture", "forest landscape restoration", "territorial development", "model forests", "foodsheds", "participatory watershed management", "community-based natural resource management", "biological corridors", and many other connected concepts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95670/RIO-20-The-landscape-approach
SOUTH AFRICA: Busisiwe Beko, "I'm pregnant, I've got HIV and also TB"
15 June 2012 (IRIN ), In 2005, Busisiwe Beko realized she was pregnant. She also found out she was HIV-positive, and that she had active tuberculosis (TB). Then she developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and for the next year struggled to get proper, timely treatment for her and her baby daughter, who contracted MDR-TB.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/95653/SOUTH-AFRICA-Busisiwe-Beko-I-m-pregnant-I-ve-got-HIV-and-also-TB
HEALTH: The TB activist agenda
14 June 2012 (IRIN ), TB activists have a lot on their plates - whether it’s affordable access to the latest tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics, or pushing for more paediatric formulations. IRIN/PlusNews takes a look at the top three issues.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95650/HEALTH-The-TB-activist-agenda
SOUTH AFRICA: Decentralizing care and treatment for drug-resistant TB
14 June 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa’s move to decentralize the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) has given rise to a crop of nurses equipped not only to initiate patients on HIV treatment, but also to prescribe for and monitor drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) patients. However, experts and government officials say the need for specialist physicians and hospitals will continue, based on research presented at the South African TB conference in the port city of Durban.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95643/SOUTH-AFRICA-Decentralizing-care-and-treatment-for-drug-resistant-TB

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