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FOOD: Another strain of deadly wheat fungus in South Africa

FOOD: Another strain of deadly wheat fungus in South Africa

September 3, 2012 0

JOHANNESBURG 03 September 2012 (IRIN) - As the world’s supply of staple grains grows tight, scientists are learning about the discovery in South Africa of yet another deadly variant of Ug99 stem rust,

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GUINEA-SIERRA LEONE: Cholera – rising with the downpours

GUINEA-SIERRA LEONE: Cholera – rising with the downpours

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 31, 2012 0

FREETOWN 31 August 2012 (IRIN) - Heavy rainfall is accelerating the spread of cholera in Sierra Leone and Guinea, where existing health risks such as poor hygiene practices, unsafe water sources and improper

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BURKINA FASO: Gold rush hits education

BURKINA FASO: Gold rush hits education

dan.rafter@hrc.org August 30, 2012 0

OUAGADOUGOU 30 August 2012 (IRIN) - A boom in Burkina Faso’s gold mining over the past three years has made the country one of Africa’s leading producers, but it is also luring children

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GUINEA: Deadlock over parliamentary elections

GUINEA: Deadlock over parliamentary elections

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 29, 2012 0

CONAKRY 29 August 2012 (IRIN) - Political battles have intensified in Guinea after the government thwarted an opposition rally to demand free parliamentary elections, raising fears that a return to stability and development

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How to: Predict vaccine coverage by modelling

How to: Predict vaccine coverage by modelling

August 22, 2012 0

LONDON 22 August 2012 (IRIN) - Researchers in Canada are combining mathematics with “social learning” to predict how epidemics are affected by fears - usually unfounded - that a vaccine can harm, so

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WEST AFRICA: Cleaner toilets to save slums from cholera

WEST AFRICA: Cleaner toilets to save slums from cholera

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 16, 2012 0

FREETOWN/CONAKRY/ACCRA/DAKAR 16 August 2012 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are scrambling to treat thousands of cholera patients in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, where the number of infections is mounting by over 250 per day.

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SAHEL: Education in crisis

SAHEL: Education in crisis

dan.rafter@hrc.org August 16, 2012 0

OUAGADOUGOU/ABIDJAN 16 August 2012 (IRIN) - In times of severe drought such as in the Sahel or East Africa, food funding often takes priority over other needs like education, yet children who miss

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GUINEA-BISSAU: Falling cashew exports raise hardship

GUINEA-BISSAU: Falling cashew exports raise hardship

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 15, 2012 0

BISSAU 15 August 2012 (IRIN) - Cashew nut farmers and traders in Guinea Bissau have been left holding tonnes of produce after India slashed imports, and the low prices being offered are increasing

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BURKINA FASO: Food for refugees will run out in September

BURKINA FASO: Food for refugees will run out in September

dan.rafter@hrc.org August 14, 2012 0

OUAGADOUGOU 14 August 2012 (IRIN) - Agencies cannot cope with the scale of refugee needs in camps across Mali, as their funding shortfalls are too great: 36 percent at the World Food Programme

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HEALTH: Increasing obesity in sub-Saharan Africa threatens child survival

HEALTH: Increasing obesity in sub-Saharan Africa threatens child survival

dan.rafter@hrc.org August 10, 2012 0

LONDON 10 August 2012 (IRIN) - Making sure expectant mothers eat enough remains the main concern of health workers, especially in poorer rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, but this concentration has masked the

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