Table of contents


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Snapshot of wins and losses at the Doha talks
  2. CLIMATE CHANGE: In the twilight zone
  3. MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives back in fashion
  4. FOOD: How to feed the future
  5. ZAMBIA: Housing the DRC refugees
  6. HEALTH: How we live and die


CLIMATE CHANGE: Snapshot of wins and losses at the Doha talks
JOHANNESBURG، 9/12/2012 (IRIN) - Like last year’s UN climate change talks, this year’s conference in Doha culminated in an all-night session to hammer out a deal on preventing further global warming and protecting people from the effects of climate change. While some promising compromises were made, the absence of a strong commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions and help vulnerable populations adapt to climate change was evident in the conference’s 39 decisions. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: In the twilight zone
DOHA، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - Covering the UN climate change talks is, in many ways, a surreal experience. This year’s talks - the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - were held in Doha’s futuristic Qatar National Convention Centre. The front of the centre is propped up by structures shaped like huge tree trunks, and the inside is bathed in an eerie blue and green light, with a giant spider guarding the main foyer. The fact that you are always deprived of sleep during the marathon talks lends to the sense of otherworldliness. full report
MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives back in fashion
BETRAKA، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - Madagascar’s traditional midwives, or ‘matronnes’, are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications. Yet they are now being recruited to a campaign to get women to deliver in clinics or hospitals, part of a move to lower maternal and newborn death rates. full report
FOOD: How to feed the future
LONDON، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - Scientists anticipate there will be nine billion people in the world to feed by 2050. As this number rises, so will the earth’s temperature, which is expected to increase four degrees Celsius by the end of the century, wreaking havoc on the world’s food production. full report
ZAMBIA: Housing the DRC refugees
JOHANNESBURG، 13/12/2012 (IRIN) - Over the past five weeks, almost 1,000 people have fled into Zambia to escape fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), forcing the Zambian government to consider re-opening a refugee camp it closed two years ago. full report
HEALTH: How we live and die
LONDON، 14/12/2012 (IRIN) - We all know we are going to die, but how and when it happens depends largely on who we are and where we live. We think we know the major risks - perhaps malaria or AIDS-related diseases in Africa, or stroke, cancer and heart disease in North America and Western Europe. But, in fact, patterns of mortality and morbidity are rapidly changing around the world. full report