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From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland
21 October 2014 (IRIN ), Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100742/From-wife-beaters-to-peace-preachers-tackling-domestic-abuse-in-Zimbabwe-s-hinterland
Ebola hits West Africa food security
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100738/Ebola-hits-West-Africa-food-security
Tanzania’s new citizens to get land, voting rights
17 October 2014 (IRIN ), Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100725/Tanzania-s-new-citizens-to-get-land-voting-rights
Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control
16 October 2014 (IRIN ), Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100721/Limited-support-for-key-populations-undermines-Ugandan-HIV-control
Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?
16 October 2014 (IRIN ), On the return trip to Freetown from Kenema a couple of days later we meet Laventa Konneh in Moyambo town, the only person allowed to leave her house because the town is in lockdown and she is a contact tracer.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100722/Is-Freetown-fighting-a-losing-battle-against-Ebola
Ebola workers urge safety, solidarity
14 October 2014 (IRIN ), Hanna Majanen summed it up best: "It is the things you do automatically that are difficult. People will touch their face, rub their eyes and bite their fingernails. These are the things you forget.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100714/Ebola-workers-urge-safety-solidarity
Day in the life of a Kenema Ebola treatment centre
14 October 2014 (IRIN ), We’re heading to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Ebola treatment centre 15km out of Kenema town in eastern Sierra Leone. It’s known locally as the “Ebola camp” because it’s made up of a dozen or so white tented structures set up outside. It is surrounded by lush green forest and mountains loom in the distance.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100716/Day-in-the-life-of-a-Kenema-Ebola-treatment-centre
No justice, no peace for northern Mali
13 October 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. People in the north were exposed to forced disappearances, torture, summary executions and sexual abuse, with most of the offences committed after March 2012 when Islamist extremists occupied large parts of territory.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100707/No-justice-no-peace-for-northern-Mali
Uproar over Harare demolitions
13 October 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100709/Uproar-over-Harare-demolitions
Gains and gaps in Ugandan HIV treatment
10 October 2014 (IRIN ), Over the past three years Uganda has succeeded in more than doubling the number of eligible children receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Paediatric HIV infections, meanwhile, have plummeted. But almost six out of every 10 children who need ART are still not receiving the treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100704/Gains-and-gaps-in-Ugandan-HIV-treatment
Uganda's flagging male circumcision drive
8 October 2014 (IRIN ), Limited funding and personnel, as well as misconceptions and cultural beliefs, are some of the challenges hindering Uganda's goal of circumcising at least 4.2 million men by 2015 in a bid to lower the country's HIV/AIDS incidence.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100701/Uganda-s-flagging-male-circumcision-drive
Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality
8 October 2014 (IRIN ), Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100698/Ebola-effect-reverses-gains-in-maternal-child-mortality
Dire conditions for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon
6 October 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of Nigerians who have fled attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram are crowded into Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon’s Far North Region, living in increasingly squalid conditions and at risk of contracting measles and other diseases, according to relief agencies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100689/Dire-conditions-for-Nigerian-refugees-in-Cameroon
Analysis: South Sudan at a crossroads
2 October 2014 (IRIN ), The failure of peace talks and the end of South Sudan’s wet season could unleash fresh fighting between government forces and rebel factions, propelling millions of people in the world’s youngest nation back towards a man-made famine, analysts and humanitarian workers warn.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100681/Analysis-South-Sudan-at-a-crossroads
Ebola and Sierra Leone – money is the easy bit
2 October 2014 (IRIN ), In the incongruously sumptuous setting of London's historic Lancaster House, representatives of governments and humanitarian organizations listened in silence as a British nurse, Will Pooley, recently recovered from Ebola, evoked the squalor of the Ebola wards in Kenema where he had worked, and told of the painful deaths of two Sierra Leonean children he had befriended, a young brother and sister.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100682/Ebola-and-Sierra-Leone-money-is-the-easy-bit
Ebola and the media – Nigeria’s good news story
30 September 2014 (IRIN ), When an Internet message announcing a salt water solution for Ebola went viral in July, many Nigerians were quick to take heed. Twenty people were hospitalized and two died, reportedly from an excessive intake of salt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100674/Ebola-and-the-media-Nigeria-s-good-news-story
Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline
29 September 2014 (IRIN ), The Tonga tribe, who make up the majority of the estimated 200,000 people living in rural Binga District in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North Province, has for generations depended on fishing for food and an income. But unaffordable government levies are making their lives increasingly difficult.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100670/Zimbabwe-s-Tonga-fishermen-cut-off-from-Zambezi-lifeline
South Sudan's Bentiu camp still a draw for IDPs
24 September 2014 (IRIN ), The 47,000 people who have fled to the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan, lack most things. In some parts of the camp, 158 people are forced to share one latrine. Women and children swelter for hours waiting for their turn at a borehole. August downpours destroyed mattresses and clothes and replacements are virtually impossible to come by.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100654/South-Sudan-s-Bentiu-camp-still-a-draw-for-IDPs
West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread
22 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100645/West-Africa-gears-up-to-contain-Ebola-spread
Briefing: Ebola lessons from Uganda
22 September 2014 (IRIN ), There have been five Ebola outbreaks in Uganda over the past 14 years; these have been quickly contained thanks to a combination of epidemiological luck and a well-coordinated response system operating at several levels of the health service.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100649/Briefing-Ebola-lessons-from-Uganda

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