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Meningitis vaccine out of the cold
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), A pilot meningitis A immunization campaign targeting more than 155,000 people in Benin with a vaccine that does not require constant refrigeration has demonstrated clear benefits, enabling wider reach, more efficient administration and potential cost reduction, researchers say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99678/Meningitis-vaccine-out-of-the-cold
Brute force fails to break Boko Haram
19 February 2014 (IRIN ), Hoping to snuff out Boko Haram, Nigerian forces launched a crackdown in May 2013, swooping into towns, rounding up hundreds of youths and strafing suspected hideouts of the militia, who, despite being pushed back, continue to torment civilians and target security forces.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99672/Brute-force-fails-to-break-Boko-Haram
Mali's Kidal still waits for resolution
17 February 2014 (IRIN ), Despite international efforts to restore peace in Mali, the northern region of Kidal remains an MNLA stronghold. While the rest of Mali slowly recovers from the rebel takeover and Islamist occupation, officials worry the distrust and enmity lingering in Kidal could destabilize the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99649/Mali-s-Kidal-still-waits-for-resolution
Mauritania fertile ground for Arab donors
17 February 2014 (IRIN ), Drought-prone, chronically hungry Mauritania, with the help of the UN, is reaching out to Arab donors, encouraging them to reach beyond their customary role in development and engage in humanitarian response.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99656/Mauritania-fertile-ground-for-Arab-donors
Five challenges for Somalia’s economic reconstruction
14 February 2014 (IRIN ), Somalia’s economy has managed to survive state collapse, maintaining reasonable levels of output throughout the country’s two-decade-long civil war. Now, with political recovery and transition slowly underway, the country’s economy faces new hurdles.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99647/Five-challenges-for-Somalia-s-economic-reconstruction
When will the donor floodgates open for Madagascar?
13 February 2014 (IRIN ), The ups and downs of Madagascar’s political fortunes and crises have been reflected in the often uncertain livelihood and prospects of Vonjiniaina Eliane Rafanomezantsoa, 33.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99637/When-will-the-donor-floodgates-open-for-Madagascar
South Sudan’s crisis ripples across region
13 February 2014 (IRIN ), A cessation of hostilities agreement signed by parties to the conflict in South Sudan has led to a considerable reduction in violence, although some fighting has taken place recently in Unity and Lakes states.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99642/South-Sudan-s-crisis-ripples-across-region
Cameroon and Nigeria take on task of laying down a border
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), Twelve years after an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling demarcated the Cameroon-Nigeria border, the UN and the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria are making headway in physically laying down the border and helping develop the long-marginalized oil-rich Bakassi region. But while many positive lessons can be drawn from the Nigeria-Cameroon demarcation process, when it comes to development, there remains much work to do, say Bakassi residents.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99628/Cameroon-and-Nigeria-take-on-task-of-laying-down-a-border
Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment, poverty
10 February 2014 (IRIN ), Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99620/Breaking-the-cycle-of-youth-unemployment-poverty
Crop-eating pests plague southern African farmers
7 February 2014 (IRIN ), The rainy season, always welcome in often dry southern Africa, has brought with it favourable breeding conditions for army worms and red locusts. The crop-eating pests are contributing to the woes of subsistence farmers already struggling to recover from setbacks in the last farming cycle.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99607/Crop-eating-pests-plague-southern-African-farmers

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