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AFGHANISTAN: Traditional ecological sanitation system under pressure
12 August 2007 (IRIN ), Traditional dry vault toilet systems have been around for centuries in Central Asia and parts of China where nutrients for agriculture are scarce. However, some analysts say they are inappropriate for urban areas, as they pose a threat to public health.
PAKISTAN: Malaria risk heightens in flood-hit south
9 August 2007 (IRIN ), Health experts warn of an increased risk of malaria in flood-affected southern Pakistan, as flood-waters triggered by cyclone Yemyin at the end of June recede further, providing fertile ground for mosquitoes to breed.
AFGHANISTAN: Health services under increasing strain in Helmand Province
9 August 2007 (IRIN ), Health problems have been increased compared to last year, in insurgency-hit Helmand Province. According to provincial health officials, daily up to 300 patients refer to Bhust central hospital in Lashkargah city. Last year, 25 to 30 patients were given beds at the hospital, now the number has gone up to 80-100 patients. People say current health services are inadequate and unsatisfying. IRIN's Abdullah Shaheen reports from provincial capital Lashkargah…
SRI LANKA: UN official says Sri Lanka pledges to improve security, access for aid workers
9 August 2007 (IRIN ), At the end of a four-day mission to Sri Lanka, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said the Colombo government had pledged to ensure more security for humanitarian workers but said he would wait to see how well the commitment is kept.
AFGHANISTAN: Health services under increasing strain in Helmand Province
9 August 2007 (IRIN ), The number of patients and other people in need of medical assistance has tripled in insurgency-hit Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, in the last three years, provincial health officials told IRIN.
NEPAL: Muslim women battle ex-husbands through the courts
8 August 2007 (IRIN ), Women in Nepal’s minority Muslim community are increasingly contesting through the courts the divorce settlements imposed on them by their husbands. The women say they are the victims of an abuse of Islamic law by their husbands.
AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: Une campagne transfrontalière de lutte contre la polio cible 40 millions d’enfants
8 August 2007 (IRIN ), Les gouvernements pakistanais et afghan – en collaboration avec leurs partenaires du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance et de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé – ont lancé des campagnes parallèles, visant à vacciner plus de 40 millions d’enfants contre la polio dans les deux pays.ère-de-lutte-contre-la-polio-cible-40-millions
AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: Cross border polio campaign targets 40 million children
7 August 2007 (IRIN ), The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan - in collaboration with their partners at the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) - have launched parallel campaigns aimed at vaccinating over 40 million children in both countries against polio.
NEPAL: Flood victims complain of lack of aid, slow delivery
7 August 2007 (IRIN ), Thousands of families displaced by floods in southwestern Nepal are gradually returning to their homes in remote villages but government aid is still negligible, flood victims told IRIN on 7 August.
AFGHANISTAN: Killing of de-miners suggests change in Taliban tactics
7 August 2007 (IRIN ), The bullet-riddled bodies of three de-miners shot dead on 5 July in Panjwai District in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar were brought to Kabul on a UN flight on 7 August, officials told IRIN. Abdul Hassib, Mirwais and Meva Gul, who had been working for Mine Detection and Dog Centre (MDC), were abducted on 4 August and reportedly sentenced to death by a Taliban court.

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