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NIGERIA: Bone marrow register an “important milestone”
27 April 2012 (IRIN ), Only a fraction of the millions of people worldwide with blood and autoimmune disorders survive - especially those in poorer countries - partly due to the lack of bone marrow stem cell transplants. A recently established Nigerian bone marrow registry hopes to boost matches between donors and patients, and survival chances.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95359/NIGERIA-Bone-marrow-register-an-important-milestone
MALAWI: Without land reform, small farmers become "trespassers"
26 April 2012 (IRIN ), Dorothy Dyton, her husband and seven children used to make a living farming just over a hectare near the town of Bangula in southern Malawi’s Chikhwawa District.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95363/MALAWI-Without-land-reform-small-farmers-become-trespassers
SOUTH AFRICA: No HIV and TB workplace policy, no mining licence
26 March 2012 (IRIN ), Regulators are increasingly scrutinizing HIV and TB responses in South Africa’s mining sector, which could lead to the industry being hit where it hurts - the bottom line.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95169/SOUTH-AFRICA-No-HIV-and-TB-workplace-policy-no-mining-licence
SOUTH AFRICA: Children with TB below the health radar
23 March 2012 (IRIN ), To a casual observer the two dozen children running round in the grassy schoolyard look like ordinary kids playing, but the surrounding buildings are the wards of the Brooklyn Chest Hospital (BCH), which specializes in treating severe cases of tuberculosis (TB), a disease rarely associated with children.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95132/SOUTH-AFRICA-Children-with-TB-below-the-health-radar
SOUTHERN AFRICA: TB preventative therapy scorecard
23 March 2012 (IRIN ), Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading killer of HIV-positive people globally. Almost 15 years ago the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS recommended that people living with HIV be given isoniazid preventative TB therapy (IPT), to prevent active TB, but national implementation of IPT has been slow.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95141/SOUTHERN-AFRICA-TB-preventative-therapy-scorecard
AFRICA: Reverse migration slowing urbanization rates
15 March 2012 (IRIN ), Twenty years ago, South Africa’s cities were braced for a massive influx of rural migrants following the scrapping of apartheid-era pass laws which had restricted black people’s movements. Cities such as Johannesburg and Durban have indeed grown, but not at the phenomenal rates projected and others have hardly grown at all.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95085/AFRICA-Reverse-migration-slowing-urbanization-rates
SOUTH AFRICA: What the world's largest preventative TB study taught us
13 March 2012 (IRIN ), Even though the world's largest study of preventative tuberculosis therapy indicated that community-wide isoniazid preventative TB therapy (IPT) failed to lower community TB levels among 27,000 South African gold miners, that was not Thibela’s only result. We review some of the others over its seven years:
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95064/SOUTH-AFRICA-What-the-world-s-largest-preventative-TB-study-taught-us
SOUTH AFRICA: Preventative TB trial disappoints
9 March 2012 (IRIN ), After seven years of research, the world's largest study of preventative tuberculosis (TB) therapy has found that untargeted, community-wide distribution of TB prevention drugs did not improve TB control on South African gold mines.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95042/SOUTH-AFRICA-Preventative-TB-trial-disappoints
SOUTH AFRICA: New reports chart progress - and costs - in HIV fight
27 February 2012 (IRIN ), Mothers, babies and newly diagnosed HIV patients are receiving more of the services they need but progress comes at a cost, according to a new report that predicts a funding shortfall for HIV treatment in South Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94968/SOUTH-AFRICA-New-reports-chart-progress-and-costs-in-HIV-fight
SOUTH AFRICA: Global Fund monies finally released
22 February 2012 (IRIN ), More than seven months overdue, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant will finally be released to key South African AIDS organizations that have been struggling to survive. Some were on the verge of shutting down.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94927/SOUTH-AFRICA-Global-Fund-monies-finally-released

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