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U.N. humanitarian chief urges Security Council action on Syria

by Adriana Brasileiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the measures she proposed to address the current humanitarian challenges in Syria are ambitious and she hopes the Security Council will take an equally bold approach at implementing some of them as soon as possible. “We haven’t been … Continue reading

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

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

Assam cooks up ways for schools to cope with extreme heat

by Amarjyoti Borah GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in the northeast Indian state of Assam are mulling measures to deal with the impact of extreme heat in schools, after temperatures in June shot up several degrees higher than normal, and stayed there. The state experienced a record-high temperature of 39 degrees Celsius on … Continue reading

Egyptian rescue workers in the line of fire

CAIRO, 15 August 2013 (IRIN) – The killing and bloodshed was already well under way when Salma Bahgat, a Red Crescent volunteer, arrived at Rabaa Al Adawia, one of two sites of support for ousted president Mohamed Morsi raided by the Egyptian authorities yesterday. “I wormed my way through dead bodies and the screams of … Continue reading

“I’m Mad as Hell…”: Brazilian Protests in Comparative Perspective

By Peter Kingstone Pope Francis’ visit to Brazil has come and gone largely without incident. By most accounts, it was a tremendous success and the new pontiff’s modesty and positive message was well received both in Brazil and abroad. Security officials expressed concern about the Pope’s desire to move openly and worried about the risks … 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