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Reaching out to men who have sex with men in Myanmar
7 March 2014 (IRIN ), A colonial-era law criminalizing "unnatural" sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar "hidden, silenced and shamed", hindering efforts to contain HIV/AIDS among this highly at-risk group, AIDS experts and activists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99752/Reaching-out-to-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-Myanmar
Mystery kidney disease spreads in Sri Lanka
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), Increasing incidence of a chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu) is quickly turning into Sri Lanka’s latest health crisis, with hospitals in the country’s most affected province linking 80 percent of patients’ deaths to renal failure. The disease some refer to as an “unknown plague” has triggered internal migration, particularly among youths living in disease-prone areas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99747/Mystery-kidney-disease-spreads-in-Sri-Lanka
Cross border movements threaten Afghan polio eradication efforts
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), While Afghanistan is seeing fewer polio cases than Pakistan, the country faces an uphill struggle because of large unvaccinated populations just over the border in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99751/Cross-border-movements-threaten-Afghan-polio-eradication-efforts
Laos’s urban-rural WASH divide
5 March 2014 (IRIN ), Laos has been growing at 8 percent a year over the past decade but rural areas, where most people still live, are being left behind in terms of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, health experts warn.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99743/Laos-s-urban-rural-WASH-divide
Myanmar still talking tough over MSF expulsion from Rakhine
3 March 2014 (IRIN ), Authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State say they are ready to take over the health programmes Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - Holland has been implementing in the conflict-hit state for the past 20 years, after the government ordered their closure.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99736/Myanmar-still-talking-tough-over-MSF-expulsion-from-Rakhine
“Hell is real for the Rohingyas in Thailand”
28 February 2014 (IRIN ), Abdul Kalam, 53, a Rohingya from Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, arrived in Thailand more than 30 years ago, after escaping forced labour in his home village of Nalywah. “I know I am not safe here. I worry a lot about it. I have seen too many people die in detention or in human trafficking camps,” said Kalam.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99717/Hell-is-real-for-the-Rohingyas-in-Thailand
Little help for UXO victims in Laos
27 February 2014 (IRIN ), Around 25 percent of villages in Laos are contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXOs), mainly from US bombing missions between 1964 and 1973, according to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme, and while UXO casualties have fallen sharply in recent years there is little support for UXO victims, whose injuries can drastically affect their families.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99711/Little-help-for-UXO-victims-in-Laos
Sri Lanka’s northern house-funding gap
25 February 2014 (IRIN ), More than US$300 million is needed for the construction of over 60,000 new homes in Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected north, say aid officials.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99703/Sri-Lanka-s-northern-house-funding-gap
Indonesia’s lagging volcano preparedness
21 February 2014 (IRIN ), As Indonesia deals with the aftermath of two volcanic eruptions, experts question whether the country is well-equipped to face the threats from dozens of volcanoes that dot the archipelago.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99681/Indonesia-s-lagging-volcano-preparedness
Stepping up the fight against drug-resistant malaria in SE Asia
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), Efforts are being scaled up to stem a further spread of drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. “The emergence of resistance… threatens worldwide malaria control and treatment since there is no alternative to this drug if its efficacy decreases further and the resistance spreads outside the region,” wrote the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is providing some US$150 million for malaria prevention and elimination programmes in the Greater Mekong sub-region within the next two years.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99673/Stepping-up-the-fight-against-drug-resistant-malaria-in-SE-Asia

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