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GLOBAL: Lessons in urbanizing from BRICS
10 January 2013 (IRIN ), In another four decades, urban residents will account for 66 percent of the population in developing countries, says the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97211/GLOBAL-Lessons-in-urbanizing-from-BRICS
South Africa bolsters its troops in the Central African Republic
8 January 2013 (IRIN ), South Africa has deployed 200 troops in the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), which some see not simply as an effort to assist CAR’s army but also as a move to counter French military influence in the region.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97194/South-Africa-bolsters-its-troops-in-the-Central-African-Republic
Urban water woes
2 January 2013 (IRIN ), In Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare (population 3,000,000), a man relieves himself in the dirt next to his tin shack, holding his nose to ward off the stench of a nearby overflowing latrine. In Ramallah (population 300,000) in the occupied Palestinian territory a 14-year-old girl wakes with menstrual cramps - and skips class because her school lacks a washroom where she can clean herself in private. In Bangladesh’s mega-capital (population 12 million), a monsoon-season flash flood leaves thousands with cholera.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97161/Urban-water-woes
IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96984/IDPs-African-IDP-Convention-comes-into-force
SOUTH AFRICA: New ARV tender drops prices, changes treatment
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), The South African government has negotiated savings of about US$250 million in its latest antiretroviral (ARV) tender, which is the first to include a three-in-one tablet. This triple fixed-dose combination ARV will now allow the country to move to new, simpler HIV treatment and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) guidelines in April 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96930/SOUTH-AFRICA-New-ARV-tender-drops-prices-changes-treatment
SOUTH AFRICA: Treatment programme by numbers
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa has recently made huge strides in HIV treatment, scaling-up the number of people on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs while also improving its national treatment guidelines.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96935/SOUTH-AFRICA-Treatment-programme-by-numbers
HIV/AIDS: Despite progress, HIV efforts fall short
20 November 2012 (IRIN ), Record progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections and lowering the numbers of people dying from AIDS-related causes indicate that the end of AIDS is "entirely feasible". But the epidemic is not over in any part of the world, and is gaining pace in some.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96830/HIV-AIDS-Despite-progress-HIV-efforts-fall-short
SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape farmworkers join strikes
16 November 2012 (IRIN ), Farm labourers are the latest group to join a wave of strikes across South Africa in recent months as food price increases outstrip the official inflation rate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96805/SOUTH-AFRICA-Western-Cape-farmworkers-join-strikes
Easy patents cost patients*
5 November 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa grants almost every patent application it receives, making its patent regime one of the world’s most lenient. While pharmaceutical companies cash in, patients face staggering healthcare costs, and medicines like cancer treatments, third-line antiretrovirals (ARVs) and treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are often priced out of reach.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96712/Easy-patents-cost-patients
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Governments failing to address cervical cancer
31 October 2012 (IRIN ), Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in southern Africa, but new research reveals that governments’ attempts to address the disease have been inadequate. Access to cervical cancer screening services is minimal, few countries in the region have policies on the disease, and treatment remains a major challenge.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96676/SOUTHERN-AFRICA-Governments-failing-to-address-cervical-cancer

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