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Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt
2 July 2014 (IRIN ), The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost than they can afford - driving some of them further into poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100295/Stark-choice-for-many-Afghans-sickness-or-debt
Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap
1 July 2014 (IRIN ), Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100286/Text-and-voice-messages-help-close-Bangladesh-health-gap
Afghanistan becomes unlikely safe haven for Pakistani refugees
1 July 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly half a million people have been forced out of North Waziristan Agency by an ongoing Pakistani military operation there, including nearly 80,000 that have made their way to Afghanistan, a largely unprecedented movement.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100288/Afghanistan-becomes-unlikely-safe-haven-for-Pakistani-refugees
Lingering trauma impact of Timor-Leste’s violent past
30 June 2014 (IRIN ), Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste’s recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100281/Lingering-trauma-impact-of-Timor-Leste-s-violent-past
Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate
26 June 2014 (IRIN ), Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100265/Proposed-bill-inflames-Myanmar-s-religious-rights-debate
Australian immigration policy piles pressure on Indonesia
24 June 2014 (IRIN ), The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened - potentially sparking unrest - as migrant arrivals continue and Australia’s maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100255/Australian-immigration-policy-piles-pressure-on-Indonesia
Alarm over post-Haiyan evacuation centre shortage
23 June 2014 (IRIN ), A shortage of viable evacuation centres in areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) has humanitarians and officials in the Philippines concerned that survivors will not have alternative accommodation in case of another one. The typhoon season usually lasts from June to November.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100247/Alarm-over-post-Haiyan-evacuation-centre-shortage
Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots signal deeper malaise
23 June 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka’s government should take action to prosecute acts of communal violence and promote peace, say observers, following the worst clashes in five years that left at least two dead and over 80 injured.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100248/Sri-Lanka-s-anti-Muslim-riots-signal-deeper-malaise
Rethinking Nepal’s uterine prolapse treatment
20 June 2014 (IRIN ), The Nepal government’s commitment to treat uterine prolapse, a debilitating life-long gynaecological condition, sparked an uptick in hysterectomies, but a new, less drastic low-cost intervention could spell hope for the thousands of Nepali women in need of treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100238/Rethinking-Nepal-s-uterine-prolapse-treatment
Bangladesh-Myanmar border tensions pinch desperate Rohingya
19 June 2014 (IRIN ), Tensions are rising as the deteriorating humanitarian situation and limited access to livelihoods for Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar’s largely Buddhist Rakhine State lead to accusations that some are smuggling drugs across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100232/Bangladesh-Myanmar-border-tensions-pinch-desperate-Rohingya

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