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New law a setback for Uganda’s HIV response
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), A draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Uganda’s parliament will deliver a major blow to the response to HIV/AIDS if it is enacted by President Yoweri Museveni, activists have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99380/New-law-a-setback-for-Uganda-s-HIV-response
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99381/Life-saving-hepatitis-C-drug-approved-but-cost-is-high
How to empower local NGO partners
20 December 2013 (IRIN ), UN agencies and international NGOs (INGOs) are increasingly stressing the need to reach out to new partners, including local NGOs, to build their capacity to respond to humanitarian crises. Yet agencies are still said to “arrive, set the agenda, do their activities and leave,” said Sayadi Sani, head of the local Nigerien nutrition NGO Befen. How can aid agencies better empower local NGOs?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99369/How-to-empower-local-NGO-partners
Plague in Madagascar
20 December 2013 (IRIN ), The bubonic plague season arrived in Madagascar earlier than usual in 2013, and with it an apparently greater prevalence of a more deadly strain of the disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99370/Plague-in-Madagascar
Looking beyond food for causes of Cameroon’s malnutrition
18 December 2013 (IRIN ), Mairam Umaru’s year-old son had suffered vomiting and fever on and off for a month before she sought medical help. “I thought it was my milk affecting him, or that he was teething,” said the 17-year-old mother at the referral hospital in Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s Far North Region, where her son was being treated for severe acute malnutrition and other complications.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99347/Looking-beyond-food-for-causes-of-Cameroon-s-malnutrition
Food and the city
18 December 2013 (IRIN ), With the vast majority of population growth taking place in towns and cities, according to the UN, aid agencies are adapting their food security responses to better fit into urban contexts. An increasing number of tools and innovations are becoming available to help with this effort, but humanitarians have yet to undertake the shift required for large-scale systematic urban response, say aid experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99348/Food-and-the-city
Cattle in poor countries produce more earth-warming gases
16 December 2013 (IRIN ), Cattle bred for meat and dairy in some poor countries can emit 100 times more earth-warming carbon dioxide than those in rich countries for each kilogramme of protein (milk, meat) produced, says a new study.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99343/Cattle-in-poor-countries-produce-more-earth-warming-gases
Find the child, treat them early: message from Mali
13 December 2013 (IRIN ), The mortality rate among children under age five living in Yirimadjo, Mali, southeast of the capital, Bamako, decreased by nearly tenfold over three years after the Malian Ministry of Health and NGOs Tostan and Muso introduced a new healthcare model: proactively seeking out patients and treating them early.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99322/Find-the-child-treat-them-early-message-from-Mali
Analysis: Stopping disease swaps between humans and animals
13 December 2013 (IRIN ), With more than half of all human infections originating in animals, experts say a multi-sectoral, global response to zoonoses - diseases passing between animals and humans - is urgently needed. IRIN talked to a panel of experts to learn just how deadly humans and animals can be to one another, and ultimately how each can save the other.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99323/Analysis-Stopping-disease-swaps-between-humans-and-animals
Finding new ways to make viral load testing cheaper
13 December 2013 (IRIN ), Are you taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and want to know how well you're doing? If you live in a wealthy country, chances are that your progress is regularly checked using the "gold standard" - a viral load test. If you're in a developing country, where more people are on ARV medication and the need is greater, the expensive and complex test is hard to find, making it even more difficult to monitor whether your treatment is failing and you need to change your medication.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99326/Finding-new-ways-to-make-viral-load-testing-cheaper

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