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Curbing Guinea’s other outbreaks
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), With health authorities and medical personnel battling Guinea’s first outbreak of Ebola, there have inevitably been concerns about finding the human and physical resources to combat other diseases. Unlike Ebola, measles and meningitis are well known to Guinea and require a major, coordinated response from both the state and NGOs. Despite the ‘Ebola factor’, health organizations say they have maintained their operations and are combating measles and meningitis effectively.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100201/Curbing-Guinea-s-other-outbreaks
A fresh start for climate change refugees
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), Firmly attached to her home region and long used to the harshness of her living conditions, Amina Aliyu would probably not see herself as a potential “climate change refugee”. But there is a strong probability that in 10 or 15 years the place where she lives will no longer be fit for human habitation and migration to another region, or even another country, will be the only option.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100206/A-fresh-start-for-climate-change-refugees
Aid agencies scramble to support Iraq displaced
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), Cash-strapped aid agencies are scrambling to respond to an escalating humanitarian crisis after Islamist militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, forcing an estimated half a million people to flee towards the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the space of days.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100209/Aid-agencies-scramble-to-support-Iraq-displaced
Fear and ignorance aid spread of Ebola
11 June 2014 (IRIN ), An Ebola outbreak in West Africa that appeared to be winding down has flared up again, with officials blaming the resurgence on ignorance and a lack of experience in handling the virus.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100195/Fear-and-ignorance-aid-spread-of-Ebola
Unusual suspects – women and gangs in South Africa*
11 June 2014 (IRIN ), Gangsterism has a long tradition in South Africa’s Cape Flats. But the popular image of swaggering, macho young men is incomplete: women have always had a role, albeit overlooked, in that history.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100200/Unusual-suspects-women-and-gangs-in-South-Africa
Better child TB diagnosis on the horizon
5 June 2014 (IRIN ), Accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis among children is notoriously difficult because the bacteria causing the disease tend to be detectable in the sputum only of adults, and because the clinical symptoms used to diagnose TB in children are also present in other conditions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100174/Better-child-TB-diagnosis-on-the-horizon
Spare the rod - the biology of poverty and violence
30 May 2014 (IRIN ), Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100153/Spare-the-rod-the-biology-of-poverty-and-violence
Understanding the surge in migrant boat crossings to Europe
29 May 2014 (IRIN ), Italian newspapers have recently been full of reports of countless rickety boats conveying thousands of desperate migrants to its shores.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100149/Understanding-the-surge-in-migrant-boat-crossings-to-Europe
Shortages, clan rivalries weaken Somalia's new army
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Acting governor of Baidoa and Sector 3 commander of the Somali National Army (SNA) Brig-Gen Ibrahim Yaro breaks into a broad grin, bordering on a chuckle, when asked whether his forces have any of their own helicopters.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100141/Shortages-clan-rivalries-weaken-Somalia-s-new-army
Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100142/Genome-breakthrough-could-help-fight-against-sleeping-sickness

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