Table of contents


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Beyond the hype of 'climate wars'
  2. KENYA: Sand harvesting threatens to displace thousands
  3. CLIMATE CHANGE: Mapping the health connection
  4. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Victims cry foul over Uganda’s LRA strategy
  5. UGANDA: Nodding syndrome symptoms controlled, hunt for cure continues
  6. KENYA: Pastoralists, too, can be displaced
  7. FOOD: Nutrition getting the attention it deserves?
  8. Analysis: Why dead body management matters
  9. KENYA: Disquiet over Lamu port project
  10. UGANDA: Funding, health system constraints impede Marburg control


CLIMATE CHANGE: Beyond the hype of 'climate wars'
JOHANNESBURG، 29/10/2012 (IRIN) - A new study set in East Africa, one of the most detailed yet to examine the links between conflict and climate change, calls for a more balanced view on the issue - beyond the widely hyped “climate wars” said to be erupting over dwindling natural resources. The study’s authors are among a chorus of emerging voices warning against viewing climate change exclusively through the lens of security. full report
KENYA: Sand harvesting threatens to displace thousands
KISUMU، 29/10/2012 (IRIN) - Every day, 180 trucks chug their way to the banks of a river near Lake Victoria and leave laden with sand. Their cargo fuels Kenya’s construction boom and the local labour market, but the extraction could spell disaster for the village of Nyadorera. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: Mapping the health connection
JOHANNESBURG، 30/10/2012 (IRIN) - Countries could save countless lives and greatly reduce health costs if forewarned about climate-sensitive infectious disease outbreaks months in advance: and that is becoming a possibility, according to the Atlas of Health and Climate, a report mapping the links between climate and diseases like cholera, malaria, dengue fever and diarrhoea. full report
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Victims cry foul over Uganda’s LRA strategy
BANGUI، 30/10/2012 (IRIN) - Uganda’s practice of pardoning and then integrating into its military captured or surrendered members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), getting them to hunt down their former comrades-in-arms, has come in for criticism by civilians affected by the rebel group in the Central African Republic (CAR). full report
UGANDA: Nodding syndrome symptoms controlled, hunt for cure continues
KAMPALA، 30/10/2012 (IRIN) - Their conditions improving, nearly all of the children admitted to health centres for nodding syndrome have now been released, according to Uganda’s Ministry of Health; less severely affected patients have also started treatment. full report
KENYA: Pastoralists, too, can be displaced
ISIOLO، 31/10/2012 (IRIN) - Can pastoralists, who spend much of their lives itinerant, in search of pasture, become displaced? They can, and up to 400,000 pastoralists in northern Kenya are currently internally displaced persons [IDPs], according to a new report. full report
FOOD: Nutrition getting the attention it deserves?
JOHANNESBURG، 31/10/2012 (IRIN) - Two years after the launch of a global effort to mobilize countries in the use of scientific approaches to improve nutrition, the movement seems to be gaining momentum. More than 30 countries have signed up with the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, better known by its acronym SUN. full report
Analysis: Why dead body management matters
BANGKOK، 31/10/2012 (IRIN) - Dead body management is a key element of disaster response: How corpses are dealt with can have a profound impact and long-lasting effect on the mental health of survivors and communities, say experts. full report
KENYA: Disquiet over Lamu port project
LAMU، 31/10/2012 (IRIN) - A fledgling project to build a huge new port, oil refinery and transport hub on Kenya's northern coastline promises to deliver thousands of jobs and is a pillar of the government's long-term development agenda. But critics fear the project will displace tens of thousands of people in Lamu District, exacerbate decades of marginalization, degrade marine environments essential to local livelihoods and increase the risk of conflict as the country gears up for elections in March 2013. full report
UGANDA: Funding, health system constraints impede Marburg control
KAMPALA، 31/10/2012 (IRIN) - Uganda's Ministry of Health is facing serious financial and health system constraints as it battles to contain an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever that has killed eight people in the country's southwest. full report