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Africa’s meningitis A vaccine: how partnership replaced ‘Big Pharma’

London, 17 November 2015 (IRIN) - For years, the unwillingness of big pharmaceutical companies to invest in treatments for diseases that primarily affect the poor has hampered epidemic management in the developing world. But now an experimental partnership working without the support of 'Big Pharma' has delivered an incredible success: a vaccine that has all but wiped out meningitis A across Africa in less than four years. Is this the future of medical research and development in lower-income countries? Elizabeth Blunt reports: full report

Central African Republic goes back to square one

BANGUI, 6 October 2015 (IRIN) - Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Aid bureaucracy, bombing Yemen and a bungled Ebola response

LONDON, 25 September 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Vote limbo for Central African refugees

BERTOUA/DAKAR, 14 September 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 200,000 refugees who fled the Central African Republic are still waiting to see if they will be able to cast their ballots in next month's presidential elections. full report

Rape, stigma, poverty: The lot of urban refugees in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Despite efforts to help refugees who settle in urban areas, many still face stigma, poverty and sexual assault. full report

Refugee relations turn sour in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 11 August 2015 (IRIN) - Relations between many of the more than 250,000 refugees from the Central African Republic who fled into Cameroon and local host populations are becoming increasingly strained. full report

A tough homecoming in Central African Republic

BANGUI, 23 July 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of people have been returning to their homes in the Central African Republic more than a year after fleeing a violent and complex political crisis, in many cases to neighbouring countries. While security may have improved in some areas, resuming any semblance of a normal life is proving a major challenge for many returnees. full report

The week in numbers

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - A new weekly feature rounding up the key figures in crisis and humanitarian reporting. full report

How goes the hunt for Joseph Kony and the LRA?

KAMPALA, 23 June 2015 (IRIN) - US special forces joined the hunt for Joseph Kony and the leaders of his Lord’s Resistance Army almost four years ago. So, what progress has been made, are they any closer to catching him, and what else can be done? full report

Forgive and forget? Amnesty dilemma haunts Uganda

KAMPALA, 12 June 2015 (IRIN) - Should rebels who turn themselves in be allowed to escape justice for potentially heinous crimes if it might foster peace, or must they be prosecuted even at the risk of discouraging reconciliation? The renewal of Uganda’s amnesty law has reopened old wounds and highlighted this enduring dilemma. full report

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