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Bad credit adds to Zimbabwe’s food insecurity
11 December 2013 (IRIN ), The drying-up of credit lines to the Zimbabwe government, apparent donor fatigue and a determined stand against GM foods are pushing up the price of the staple grain, maize, by nearly a third in some drought-hit areas compared to a year ago, according to humanitarian organizations and economists.
Nelson Mandela's activism remembered at AIDS and STIs conference
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), AIDS conference opening ceremonies are usually a buzzing cacophony of noise, protest and activity. But the 17th International Conference on AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Africa, held in Cape Town, South Africa, has kicked off on a more sombre note. The death of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and noted AIDS activist, had speakers at the opening ceremony reflecting on his contribution to the global AIDS response.
Aid agencies struggle to reach all of CAR’s needy
6 December 2013 (IRIN ), Chaos following a coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) has left half the population of 4.6 million in need of assstance, some 400,000 people displaced and countless living in fear of increasingly brutal and sectarian violence.
Pregnant, positive and on HIV treatment for life
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), In theory, protecting babies from HIV infection has become relatively simple: a process involving drugs for the woman before she gives birth and then for the baby after birth. But not in Lesotho, where poor health and transport infrastructure have meant that HIV-positive people living in remote mountain regions are often the last to receive care and treatment; doctors and nurses are in short supply; and almost a quarter of the population lives with HIV.
Africa must be bolder in climate talks
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), Africa needs to assert itself at the UN climate talks, especially to source money to help its farmers adapt to a changing climate. This was the message from African scientists and policymakers, who met in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in October, a month ahead of the UN climate change conference in Warsaw.
Will private finance be available for climate adaptation?
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), A commitment to consistent and predictable sources of climate financing was one of the issues that kept negotiators working overtime at the recent UN climate talks in Warsaw, with poor countries insisting that money made available to help them adapt to a changing climate has to come from public sources.
Behind malaria prevalence in north Cameroon
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), Warmer weather, low bed nets use and heavy rains have been blamed for a recent upsurge in malaria in northern Cameroon, but public health in this region has also been undermined by weak medical services and widespread poverty.
Help the people, save the trees
3 December 2013 (IRIN ), Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is being described by many as the “Forest COP”.
Development work and the private sector - open for business?
3 December 2013 (IRIN ), The relationship between businesses and non-profits has traditionally been an adversarial one, with no shortage of mistrust between the two, who pursue seemingly contradictory goals: profits on the one hand and solving the world’s problems on the other. But many players in the health sector now see a shift in the way businesses, non-profits and governments are working together.
The politics of preventing genocide
3 December 2013 (IRIN ), A new book, Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action, edited by Adam Lupel and Ernesto Verdeja, argues that a lack of political will and an overly stringent definition of genocide are major challenges to preventing, intervening and stopping mass atrocities and genocide.

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