TOGO: Focus on hepatitis

LOME 13 December 2012 (IRIN) – The spread of viral hepatitis in Togo, where there is little awareness of the disease and most people discover by chance that they are infected, is causing concern, says the Save Africa from Hepatitis Society (ASADH), whi…

WEST AFRICA: Defining piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

LONDON 10 December 2012 (IRIN) – In July last year President Boni Yayi of Benin sent a worried letter to the UN secretary-general. His country was being threatened by the activities of pirates, who were scaring shipping away from the ports on which his country’s revenues depend. He wanted international help of the kind which had been deployed against piracy off the coast of Somalia.

IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force

NAIROBI 06 December 2012 (IRIN) – The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries.