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New TB diagnostic tool could lower costs
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Early results from a clinical trial indicate that an enzyme based TB detection method could diagnose the disease in 30 minutes and further lower the cost of diagnosis by up to 40 percent, according to authors of a new study.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100366/New-TB-diagnostic-tool-could-lower-costs
Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process
17 July 2014 (IRIN ), Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100361/Burundi-s-troubled-peace-and-reconciliation-process
Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100348/Statelessness-invisibility-in-West-Africa
Fighting Ebola “by the grace of God”
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), Panicked and shocked Liberian health workers who have seen their colleagues die of Ebola, which has killed more than 500 people in West Africa since January, are abandoning their work stations, hoping to resume only when the disease subsides.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100350/Fighting-Ebola-by-the-grace-of-God
A deadly Ramadan in Somalia
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), Militant group Al-Shabab has lived up to its promise to step up attacks in Somalia, mainly against government installations and personnel, during the holy month of Ramadan, which began on 29 June. Over 30 people have been killed in Mogadishu alone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100353/A-deadly-Ramadan-in-Somalia
Little help for CAR rape survivors
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), The presence of armed groups and continued fighting causing displacement across the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to an escalation of insecurity leaving women and girls vulnerable to forced marriage and extreme violence, including rape.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100354/Little-help-for-CAR-rape-survivors
Hundreds of foreigners holed up in South Sudan camps
14 July 2014 (IRIN ), Among the 100,000 civilians holed up in UN bases in South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December 2013 between supporters and opponents of President Salva Kiir are several hundred citizens from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100343/Hundreds-of-foreigners-holed-up-in-South-Sudan-camps
Analysis: Adversity in northern Mali*
10 July 2014 (IRIN ), Only just recovering from a brutal Islamist occupation, residents of northern Mali are facing further devastation following recent clashes between separatist rebel forces and government troops. The violence has heightened insecurity, throttled an already difficult aid operation and driven up hunger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100329/Analysis-Adversity-in-northern-Mali
TB drug resistance signifies failure
9 July 2014 (IRIN ), Tuberculosis control programmes are among the oldest public health campaigns (dating back 125 years) but are not nearly as successful as they should be. Despite effective drugs having been available for over 50 years, TB still kills a million people a year, making it the world's single deadliest infectious disease after AIDS.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100321/TB-drug-resistance-signifies-failure
John Kayihula, Congolese refugee in Rwanda: I focus on sport so as to forget my life
9 July 2014 (IRIN ), Few of the 14,700 Congolese refugees in Rwanda’s Gihembe camp envisage returning home any time soon. As with Rwanda’s total caseload of 75,000 Congolese refugees, most are Tutsis who arrived between 1995 and 1997 from Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, a province which still has a plethora of armed groups, making it too dangerous for the UN to organize refugee returns.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/100322/John-Kayihula-Congolese-refugee-in-Rwanda-I-focus-on-sport-so-as-to-forget-my-life

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