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/ 11 May 2008

Battling to take death out of birth in Africa

Lying on a sagging mattress and wincing slightly, Anna Lado laughs at the idea that she should have been afraid of giving birth to her first child, now lying in a crib near her in a hospital in south Sudan. ”It’s natural,” she smiles. But in fact, she received a life-saving caesarean in the capital’s teaching hospital.

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/ 17 March 2008

Problems loom ahead of Sudan census

Cash-flow problems and logistic headaches are blighting preparations for Sudan’s census, a cornerstone of the fragile peace ending a devastating civil war and paving the way for key elections. The largest civic exercise in national history will go ahead from April 15 to 30 despite complaints about disorganisation.