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Flooding prompts health concerns in Philippines

MANILA, 21 August 2013 (IRIN) – Philippine health officials have expressed concern over the risk of diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases following days of extensive flooding – and at least 15 deaths – in the north of the country. “These are the usual complaints we receive when we hold consultations in evacuation centres,” Philippine Health … Continue reading

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

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

North Kivu braces for potential UN-armed group clashes

GENEVA, 2 August 2013 (IRIN) – A UN ultimatum for armed groups around Goma, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) North Kivu Province, to disarm, expired on 1 August and a security zone has been set up around the city. Goma is calm, but civilians, aid agencies and NGOs wait nervously as the … Continue reading

Among Syria’s children, anger, lost hope and sometimes newfound happiness

SHATILA CAMP, LEBANON, 30 July 2013 (IRIN) – The conflict in Syria has killed more than 6,500 children, turned nearly one million into refugees, and left three million inside Syria in need of aid. Some have been disabled, mutilated, sexually abused, tortured in government detention and recruited by armed groups, at as young as age … 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

African governments still underfunding health

NAIROBI, 23 July 2013 (IRIN) – Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at … Continue reading