MIDDLE EAST: Arab aid to Pakistan in numbers

DUBAI 20 August 2010 (IRIN) – Donations to Pakistan continue to trickle in amid international calls for more contributions. The Organization of the Islamic Conference on 18 August urged the “international community in general and the Islamic world in particular, at the level of individuals and states, to provide urgent material and financial aid to Pakistan”.

HIV/AIDS: New HIV report turns up some surprises

DUBAI 30 June 2010 (IRIN) – Statistics on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Middle East are hard to come by but a new study launched on 28 June in the United Arab Emirates has attempted to gather all existing data into one place and add some analysis and action points for policymakers.