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KYRGYZSTAN: Health officials seek to contain malaria
17 July 2007 (IRIN ), Kyrgyzstan is seeking to contain a malaria outbreak which has seen over 40 people infected so far this year. However, health officials point to a 40 percent drop in cases compared to the same period last year as a promising sign they are making progress in the fight against malaria.
AFGHANISTAN: Civilians paying the price in Taliban conflict
16 July 2007 (IRIN ), The nascent national Afghani army has struggled to provide protection to civilians living under strict Taliban rule in many towns and villages in the south, which have a long history of resistance to occupation forces. Traditional village schools, or madrassas, are the primary source of new Taliban fighters.
PAKISTAN: Over 30,000 displaced by Sindh, Balochistan floods
16 July 2007 (IRIN ), Since floods hit at least 6,000 villages across the southern provinces of Sindh and Balochistan earlier this month, the misery of thousands of people has grown, villagers said. Heavy rains have aggravated damage caused by a cyclone that hit the coastal areas of the two provinces at the end of June, and the scale of the damage became clear only over the weeks that followed.
TURKMENISTAN: Country joins regional efforts to combat drugs
16 July 2007 (IRIN ), Turkmenistan has signed up to regional efforts to coordinate the fight against the drug trade, Turkmen media say. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has signed an agreement with several regional states to set up a body to coordinate efforts to combat transnational crime, including the fight against drugs.
AFGHANISTAN: War and lack of commitment hinder transitional justice
15 July 2007 (IRIN ), More than 18 months after its adoption in The Hague, the Netherlands, and seven months after its formal launch, the Action Plan for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation (APTJR) in war-torn Afghanistan has been hindered by lack of political commitment and armed conflict, UN and Afghan officials told IRIN.
NEPAL: Rescue teams struggle to bring aid to landslide victims
15 July 2007 (IRIN ), Rescue teams have been struggling to access villages hit by landslides in the remote hill areas of western Nepal, according to government and Red Cross officials. Torrential rainfall since 14 July was particularly heavy in Baglung and Bajura districts, killing at least 26 people, destroying many houses and displacing a large number of villagers, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.
SRI LANKA: NGOs face difficulties accessing resettlement areas in east
13 July 2007 (IRIN ), Two months after a massive government-sponsored resettlement programme started in eastern Sri Lanka’s Batticaloa District, non-governmental organisations working in the area have yet to gain continuous access to some resettlement communities, particularly in Batticaloa West.
PAKISTAN: Contaminated water a threat to millions in Punjab
12 July 2007 (IRIN ), Urban water quality in Pakistan has deteriorated dangerously over the past decade and the country’s most heavily populated province, the Punjab, is at risk, say specialists. In Lahore, capital of the Punjab, east Pakistan, leaking sewage pipes are allowing dirty water to seep into drinking water pipes, causing an increase in water-borne diseases.
KAZAKHSTAN: Alarm raised over deteriorating health of men
12 July 2007 (IRIN ), Health experts in Kazakhstan have raised the alarm over deteriorating health among men, calling for action to address the social, economic and demographic consequences of rising male mortality rates and declining male life expectancy.
SRI LANKA: Disabled veterans battle high cost of prosthetics, unemployment
12 July 2007 (IRIN ), Sri Lankan government forces have been embroiled in a prolonged war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for over three decades during which an estimated 65,000 civilians and combatants have been killed. The army says up to the end of 2006 there were some 11,154 officers and soldiers “with some form of permanent disability".

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