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Polio cases surge in Pakistan
29 September 2014 (IRIN ), Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100669/Polio-cases-surge-in-Pakistan
Left behind in North Waziristan
25 September 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarian attention during the ongoing Pakistan army offensive against militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has focused on the roughly one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled. But a less accessible group of people exist: those who stayed behind.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100658/Left-behind-in-North-Waziristan
Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock
23 September 2014 (IRIN ), The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100651/Pakistani-refugees-welcome-end-to-Afghan-political-deadlock
Intimidation, uncertainty mar aid work in Myanmar's Rakhine State
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar's Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100634/Intimidation-uncertainty-mar-aid-work-in-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-State
Pakistan floods affect 2.3 million
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the flood emergency deepens in Pakistan, now affecting nearly 2.3 million people, humanitarian teams have mobilized to work alongside local government authorities to assess needs in the worst-affected areas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100626/Pakistan-floods-affect-2-3-million
Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100609/Briefing-Myanmar-s-Rohingya-what-s-in-a-name
“Super-flood” risk Pakistan
11 September 2014 (IRIN ), Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a “super-flood” moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100596/Super-flood-risk-Pakistan
Military operations in NW Pakistan disrupt education
10 September 2014 (IRIN ), Continuing military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district are disrupting the education of more than 85,000 students in state-run schools.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100594/Military-operations-in-NW-Pakistan-disrupt-education
Analysis: Challenges around aid access in Afghanistan
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), Few issues get more attention nowadays in Afghanistan’s aid circles than insecurity-engendered restrictions on humanitarian access.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100585/Analysis-Challenges-around-aid-access-in-Afghanistan
Philippines Zamboanga siege survivors feel forgotten
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), One year after a violent siege terrified the southern Philippines city of Zamboanga, tens of thousands of displaced survivors feel they have been forgotten.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100588/Philippines-Zamboanga-siege-survivors-feel-forgotten
Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar
4 September 2014 (IRIN ), Bangladesh announced this week that it will send back over 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, stoking concerns about the prospect of returning them to an increasingly dire situation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100574/Concern-over-Bangladesh-move-to-repatriate-Rohingyas-to-Myanmar
Bangladesh floods test disaster response improvements
2 September 2014 (IRIN ), Floods triggered by two weeks of intense rain have affected two million people in northern Bangladesh and left up to half a million homeless. While the country’s disaster response capacity has been enhanced in recent years, experts argue that with people displaced and crops destroyed the flooding is testing response mechanisms.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100564/Bangladesh-floods-test-disaster-response-improvements
"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border
29 August 2014 (IRIN ), Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100549/Third-wave-of-malaria-resistance-lurks-on-Thai-Cambodia-border
Sri Lanka suggests moves to investigate war-time missing
29 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100550/Sri-Lanka-suggests-moves-to-investigate-war-time-missing
Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100548/Afghan-mining-law-could-strengthen-armed-groups
Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100523/Record-harvest-loss-food-shortages-hit-dry-Sri-Lanka
Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners
20 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100518/Call-for-action-to-curb-attacks-on-environmental-campaigners
Analysis: Why child marriage persists in Nepal
15 August 2014 (IRIN ), At age 33, Rami Biswokarma has been married for 20 years. Her village of Kateghari in Nepal’s western Surkhet District has seen multiple campaigns against child marriage, but she says little has changed.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100492/Analysis-Why-child-marriage-persists-in-Nepal
Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100483/Drug-control-efforts-go-local-in-Myanmar-s-Kachin-State
Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters
12 August 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100479/Pakistan-s-glaciers-Data-sharing-needed-to-mitigate-disasters

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