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Urban water woes
2 January 2013 (IRIN ), In Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare (population 3,000,000), a man relieves himself in the dirt next to his tin shack, holding his nose to ward off the stench of a nearby overflowing latrine. In Ramallah (population 300,000) in the occupied Palestinian territory a 14-year-old girl wakes with menstrual cramps - and skips class because her school lacks a washroom where she can clean herself in private. In Bangladesh’s mega-capital (population 12 million), a monsoon-season flash flood leaves thousands with cholera.
DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll
7 December 2012 (IRIN ), In southwestern Bangladesh, recent large-scale water-logging - stagnant flood water that fails to recede - threatens agriculture and public health for years to come. It is a crisis in the making, highlighting the risks slow-onset natural disasters pose to poor countries, and how ill-prepared officials are to respond - even with ample early warning.
Analysis: Assessing Southeast Asia’s aid coordination during crises
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Governments and aid groups in Southeast Asia, the most natural-disaster prone region in the world, say more coordination is needed to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
THAILAND: Question marks over new approach to drug-users
23 November 2012 (IRIN ), In September 2011, the government of Thailand moved to try and decrease the number of drug-users by 80 percent by adopting a more “softly, softly” approach, rather than sending people straight to jail. Progress on drug addiction is being made, say experts, but challenges remain.
In Brief: Malaria summit opens in Sydney
31 October 2012 (IRIN ), More than 200 health experts have gathered in Sydney for a three-day conference to bolster political commitment to tackle the spread of malaria.
In Brief: Southeast Asia wasting too much food
9 October 2012 (IRIN ), Food losses in Asia due to disasters or poor storage, packing and delivery are set to worsen, and governments are ill-prepared to stem the wastage, according experts recently convened by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies in Singapore.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Human Rights Watch’s Jan Egeland calls for faster progress
9 October 2012 (IRIN ), On the sidelines of a recent presentation he made in Bangkok on disaster prevention and preparedness, IRIN spoke to Jan Egeland, deputy director of Human Rights Watch, about progress on the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
CLIMATE CHANGE: Tackling the information void
9 October 2012 (IRIN ), Services to inform communities about the climate are available in higher-income countries, but are not reaching the people most in need of them in developing countries due to lack of government investment and a disconnect between experts and communities facing extreme weather.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: Burmese migrant workers risk deportation
20 September 2012 (IRIN ), Several hundred thousand Burmese migrant workers in Thailand could face deportation if they fail to register under the government’s National Verification Programme (NVP) before a 14 December deadline.
THAILAND: Activists call for greater refugee protection
13 September 2012 (IRIN ), Thailand's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is inadequate, with those outside designated refugee camps risking deportation, say activists and rights groups.

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