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Burmese family planning left behind
7 January 2014 (IRIN ), Despite donor funding to advance Myanmar’s healthcare system, experts say more work is needed in life-saving family planning services, which have yet to receive the support they need.
Why identifying Typhoon Haiyan's dead matters to the living
7 January 2014 (IRIN ), The authorities in Tacloban City, capital of Leyte Province in central Philippines, have concluded a mass burial of unidentified bodies retrieved from the debris left by Typhoon Haiyan. In a report published on 7 January, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimated that the category 5 storm had killed more than 6,100 people, and another 1,700 are registered as missing. Some 5,000 deaths occurred in Leyte Province.
Chin migrants face bleak prospects in India
6 January 2014 (IRIN ), Before a car accident injured him, 45-year-old Vanlathanga worked as a labourer cutting timber in the mountains of northeast India’s Mizoram State. Like many migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, he had left the grinding poverty of his village in Chin State and crossed the border to India, attracted by the prospect of earning some money.
Analysis: The plight of Myanmar’s Chins in India
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), Recent political reforms have not improved conditions in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, but life in neighbouring India - where many Chin people continue to seek asylum and livelihoods - often means surviving without legal protection and encountering tensions with host communities, experts say
Fighting food insecurity in Afghanistan
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), A network of critical emergency grain reserves across Afghanistan is set to boost food security and help strengthen resilience in a country that struggles to grow enough food to feed its 31 million people.
Philippine fishermen need support after Typhoon Haiyan
2 January 2014 (IRIN ), Authorities in the Philippines want to accelerate rehabilitation efforts for fishermen hit by Typhoon Haiyan to get the industry up and running as soon as possible. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) says 146,748 fishermen and 21 of the country’s 72 fishing provinces were affected by the storm.
Analysis: Confidence-building key to Kachin ceasefire
31 December 2013 (IRIN ), Confidence-building is key to a genuine ceasefire in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, where more than 100,000 people are still displaced, experts and analysts say
Analysis: Nepal’s successful refugee resettlement operation
30 December 2013 (IRIN ), Six years into the resettlement of tens of thousands of Bhutanese refugees to third countries from camps in Nepal, experts say there are lessons from the operation that can inform similar efforts around the world
Concern over rising HIV infections among youth
26 December 2013 (IRIN ), Sri Lankan health officials have called for a greater focus on youth in the battle against HIV as they become more sexually active and the percentage of young people contracting the virus rises.
Typhoon survivors celebrate uncertain Christmas
24 December 2013 (IRIN ), Typhoon survivors in the Guiuan area will celebrate an uncertain Christmas as aid workers and authorities struggle to provide shelter and livelihood assistance more than one month after Typhoon Haiyan made first landfall here, in Guiuan Eastern Samar Province in the Philippines.

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