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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

Nigeria says ‘go home’, but is it safe from Boko Haram?

MAIDUGURI/YOLA, 17 November 2015 (IRIN) - The Nigerian government plans to start closing camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict by the end of December, forcing thousands of people to return to the very places they fled. With much of northeastern Nigeria still very insecure and infrastructure lacking, many are scared. Is it too soon? full report

The Quiet Americans

NAIROBI, 9 November 2015 (IRIN) - Kitting out a Nigerien army unit is not what most humanitarians would consider the best response to Boko Haram. But for the NGO Spirit of America, it is precisely the sort of muscular aid – along with more traditional wealth-generating development projects – that’s needed to tackle the militants. full report

Crude awakening: can oil benefit the people of the Niger Delta?

PORT HARCOURT, 4 November 2015 (IRIN) - The thick, acrid smoke billowing above the tree line is the telltale sign of local refining of stolen crude oil in Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta, but environmentalists are looking to find less environmentally damaging ways for communities to benefit from the oil. full report

Fleeing Boko Haram: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

KADUNA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 2 November 2015 (IRIN) - The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed more than 25,000 lives in the past six years. Since 2014, it has escalated and splintered across a wider swathe of West and Central Africa, uprooting millions of people in the process. Where should they go? This special feature examines the bleak options and explores what the future holds. full report

Forced evictions leave Nigerian slum dwellers homeless

LAGOS, 21 October 2015 (IRIN) - More than 15,000 people were forced from their homes last month, as authorities demolished one of Nigeria's largest slums in Lagos. Many families are still living on the streets. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'

LONDON, 9 October 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

Since you've been gone: the families migrants leave behind

AMANKWU, 8 October 2015 (IRIN) - Every migrant who sets out on a journey leaves behind a family. Our natural focus is on the odyssey, and the crisis that drives people from their homes. But migration is much more than just about people fleeing conflict or seeking asylum. It affects many more people than those actually on the move and navigating hostile borders. Those left behind, out of the media spotlight, also carry a burden – both financial and emotional – in supporting loved ones on their journey. This special report focuses on two such families. full report

The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram

ABUJA, 1 October 2015 (IRIN) - Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work. full report

Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza

KADUNA, 28 September 2015 (IRIN) - Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences. full report

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