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Slow progress in Myanmar’s leprosy fight
9 May 2014 (IRIN ), More than a decade after Myanmar achieved an important public health benchmark by declaring leprosy “eliminated”, progress in the fight against the disease and the disabilities it causes is patchy, experts warn.
Six months on, Philippines typhoon survivors lack adequate shelter
8 May 2014 (IRIN ), As the Philippines braces for a new season of cyclones, many in the centre of the country are still feeling the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large parts of the area six months ago.
Safety fears as people drawn to Afghan mudslide site
7 May 2014 (IRIN ), Government officials and aid workers are worried about the safety of people drawn to the site of a catastrophic mudslide in northeastern Afghanistan in search of aid handouts; they warn of the risk of further landslides and flooding.
Myanmar storm warnings get better
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), Six years after Cyclone Nargis devastated large parts of southern Myanmar, experts say the country is making progress in improving its storm early warning system.
Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), When Mary, aged 45, got sick, residents in her remote highland village in Papua New Guinea (PNG) did not take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer believed to have magical powers.
Reducing the volcano risk in Indonesia
1 May 2014 (IRIN ), Millions of Indonesians who live near the country’s more than 130 active volcanoes are constantly having to decide whether to evacuate or not. Supporting “volcano cultures” with up-to-date evidence and strong leaders is one way to save more lives, say experts.
Mental health woes for southern Thai women
30 April 2014 (IRIN ), Activists and academics in southern Thailand are calling for improved assistance, including mental health services, for women affected by the decade-long armed conflict between government forces and Muslims seeking greater autonomy.
Combating food insecurity and displacement in drought-hit parts of Afghanistan
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), Ghor is one of the Afghan provinces most severely affected by consecutive droughts over the past few decades, creating alarming food shortages and displacement. Authorities admit the government’s weakness has prevented the implementation of large-scale, long-term responses like water management projects. Instead, aid workers have turned to small-scale projects, which they admit cannot solve all the community's problems, but have had some positive impact.
Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill
18 April 2014 (IRIN ), Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.
Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe
15 April 2014 (IRIN ), Human rights activists and academics in Sri Lanka remain divided over how best to proceed in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the final days of the country's decades-long civil war.

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