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Cholera resurgent in Guinea-Bissau

DAKAR, 16 August 2013 (IRIN) – More than 700 people have been sickened by cholera in Guinea-Bissau, the highest number of cases so far this year in West Africa, which has nonetheless seen a significant drop in cases this year compared to 2012. Isolated health centres, insufficient medical personnel and detrimental traditional beliefs have contributed … Continue reading

E.Africa experts hope better water data will promote sharing

by Maina Waruru   NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A row broke out among small farmers in central Kenya’s upper Tana water catchment area around four years ago, with accusations and counter-accusations flying, tempers rising and fighting not far off. Water experts say better management is needed and hope such disputes will dwindle once an … Continue reading

Central African Republic on brink of collapse -U.N.

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The Central African Republic is on the brink of collapse and the crisis is threatening to spread beyond its borders, senior U.N. officials said on Wednesday as they urged the Security Council to help fund and support an African Union peacekeeping force. The landlocked former French … Continue reading

Drought response lags behind need in southern Angola

ONDJIVA, 14 August 2013 (IRIN) – At a traditional homestead in Chiede commune, in southern Angola’s drought-stricken Cunene Province, four tired, dusty children rest in the shade of a thatched hut. They have just returned from a journey to fetch water that has taken them most of the morning; the task will have to be … Continue reading

Study links hygiene and height

BANGKOK, 1 August 2013 (IRIN) – Soap and clean water for effective handwashing can help boost a young child’s growth, according to the first large-scale scientific review to link hygiene to height – one measure of child nutrition. While medical studies have amply proven how improved hygiene can reduce outbreaks of diarrhoea – a leading … Continue reading

Mozambique to upgrade flood protection system

By Charles Mangwiro, CHOKWE, Mozambique (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The road from Xai Xai to Chókwè, in southern Mozambique’s Gaza Province, is still scarred by January’s floods, which left more than 70 people dead and hundreds of others homeless and impoverished. The worst flooding in 13 years washed away bridges, as well as top soil, … Continue reading

Africa and West at odds over disputed Zimbabwe election

By Cris Chinaka HARARE, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election, in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote. African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the election but Mugabe’s main rival, Movement for Democratic Change … Continue reading

Millions of girls in Africa to gain access to family planning – UNFPA

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Eight African countries will get support to improve access to reproductive health education and services for millions of adolescent girls, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Friday.   Over the next three years, the agency will work with the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, … Continue reading

Half a million children face malnutrition in forgotten crisis in northern Nigeria

by Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than half a million children in northern Nigeria face severe malnutrition this year in a humanitarian crisis that has largely gone unnoticed because of ongoing conflict in the region, aid agencies say. Violent clashes between insurgents and Nigeria’s security forces in 11 northern states have forced thousands … Continue reading

Zimbabwe’s elections may be peaceful – but fair?

HARARE, 30 July 2013 (IRIN) – Though civil society has reported isolated cases of intimidation and violence, particularly in rural areas, the general consensus is that Zimbabwe’s general elections, to be held tomorrow, on 31 July, will take place in relative peace.   “These will probably be the most peaceful elections in Zimbabwe in decades… … Continue reading