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Displacement, violence likely cause of Iraq’s first polio case in 14 years
24 March 2014 (IRIN ), Health officials in Iraq are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance following the first confirmed case of the virus in the country in 14 years.
UAE aid - a top 20 donor plans to get bigger
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), Atop a tall metal pole some 80km north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, a giant United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag flaps near the entrance to a Syrian refugee camp.
Arab Spring complicates shifting demands in health sector
30 January 2014 (IRIN ), Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty.
Iraq fighting complicates aid to the displaced
8 January 2014 (IRIN ), The UN is warning of a “critical humanitarian situation” that is only “likely to worsen” following sustained fighting among Islamic insurgents, tribal groups and government forces in the Iraqi province of Anbar that has displaced at least 5,000 families.
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries.
Syria Diary: Beggar at the door
19 November 2013 (IRIN ), The writer is a recent graduate of the University of Damascus from a well-to-do family belonging to a Syrian minority. For security reasons, he prefers to stay anonymous. In this fifth diary entry, he shares the signs he sees around him of an increasingly malnourished and desperate people.
Syrian aid in the tech age
14 November 2013 (IRIN ), Innovative use of technologies like satellite imagery, QR codes, tablets and biometric identification is helping aid workers deliver a better, more dignified response to Syrians in need.
Helping host communities help Syrian refugees
8 November 2013 (IRIN ), Syrian refugees living in urban and peri-urban areas in Jordan and elsewhere in the region are placing an increasing burden on the local communities hosting them. As the Syrian crisis drags on, aid agencies and donors are looking to shift away from strictly humanitarian aid for refugees to a longer-term development approach that also benefits affected national populations and governments.
Hosting Syrian refugees - the cost conundrum
8 November 2013 (IRIN ), Syria’s neighbours say they have collectively spent billions of dollars hosting Syrian refugees. What are the actual costs? And can there also be economic benefits to refugee influxes?
Planning for winter in Jordan’s Za’atari camp
4 November 2013 (IRIN ), As the first rains of the season hit Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, aid agencies are trying to ensure refugees are better protected against winter storms than they were last year.

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