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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
The psychological strain of living in Tin Can Town
30 October 2012 (IRIN ), A recent academic study has identified a range of mental health disorders suffered by shack dwellers in South Africa's Western Cape Province, from chronic insomnia to low self-esteem.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96656/The-psychological-strain-of-living-in-Tin-Can-Town
FOOD: The state of African wheat research
24 October 2012 (IRIN ), Researchers in Africa are identifying ways to improve domestic wheat production in the face of sub-optimal conditions and stiff international competition.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96622/FOOD-The-state-of-African-wheat-research
SOUTH AFRICA: Two women unlock possible key to HIV vaccine
23 October 2012 (IRIN ), Two South African women may have helped unlock the key to a vaccine to rid the world of one its deadliest epidemics, according to new research released by South African HIV experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96613/SOUTH-AFRICA-Two-women-unlock-possible-key-to-HIV-vaccine
SECURITY: Is Africa's maritime strategy all at sea?
22 October 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union’s (AU) deadline for securing the continent’s territorial waters - the world’s last major geographical region without a maritime strategy - has been set at 2050, a target that may prove untenable.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96608/SECURITY-Is-Africa-s-maritime-strategy-all-at-sea
SOUTH AFRICA: Foreigners still at risk
19 October 2012 (IRIN ), After a wave of violent attacks on foreigners swept South Africa in May 2008, leaving 63 dead and tens of thousands displaced, both government and civil society pledged ‘never again’. Yet measures implemented in the past four years have failed to defuse continuing resentment of foreigners or to ensure justice for victims of xenophobic violence.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96589/SOUTH-AFRICA-Foreigners-still-at-risk
FOOD: African wheat - balancing consumer and farmer demands
15 October 2012 (IRIN ), Whether Africa can scale-up wheat production to meet growing demand will depend on governments’ support of local producers. A key test is whether they are willing to take on wheat import subsidies, which keep bread prices low and urban consumers happy, said experts at a recent five-day conference on African wheat production.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96546/FOOD-African-wheat-balancing-consumer-and-farmer-demands
SOUTH AFRICA: Straight talk with Fareed Abdullah, head of the South African AIDS council
11 October 2012 (IRIN ), Tasked with leading the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) through its most ambitious and far-reaching reform yet, Fareed Abdullah has his work cut out for him.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96512/SOUTH-AFRICA-Straight-talk-with-Fareed-Abdullah-head-of-the-South-African-AIDS-council

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