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Open defecation raises risk in typhoon-hit areas
19 December 2013 (IRIN ), Health officials and aid workers have expressed concern over increased levels of open defecation and a higher risk of disease in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines, where water and sewage systems were destroyed and access to sanitation facilities is often difficult.
Poor conditions in Indonesian immigration detention centres fuel violence
17 December 2013 (IRIN ), Dire conditions in Indonesia’s immigration detention system fuel outbreaks of violence, human rights activists claim. Many facilities are located in remote parts of the country, sometimes as much as 2,000km from the capital, Jakarta.
Typhoon Haiyan heightens protection concerns
16 December 2013 (IRIN ), Women and girls in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan face an increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking, say experts, since the storm struck the central Philippines more than five weeks ago, leaving over 6,000 dead and more than 4 million displaced.
Tackling domestic violence in Indonesia’s Papua Province
13 December 2013 (IRIN ), Indonesian Papua is taking steps to combat violence against women and children as concerns grow about the level of domestic abuse. According the National Commission on Violence against Women, Papua Province recorded 1,360 cases of gender-based violence per 10,000 women in 2012.
Nepal’s post-conflict mental health needs neglected
12 December 2013 (IRIN ), Seven years after Nepal emerged from a decade of conflict that killed some 18,000 people, according to the government, there is scant access to mental healthcare even in cities, a situation mirrored in the region’s other countries where violent change has taken place.
Anti-venom shortage hurts Myanmar’s snake awareness campaign
11 December 2013 (IRIN ), Public education about snakebites in Myanmar has been largely successful in shifting people away from dangerous traditional practices to clinical treatment, but the inability to produce enough anti-venom is stalling progress in one of the world’s most snakebite-affected countries.
Vietnam’s foray into social marketing of nutrition
10 December 2013 (IRIN ), The Vietnamese government and international donors are looking for new ways to fight malnutrition by shifting costs to the community, including “social marketing”, to see how private-sector strategies can be used to improve health.
Typhoon-affected schools slowly reopen
10 December 2013 (IRIN ), Schools in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines are slowly reopening and thousands are resuming classes one month after the category 5 storm struck, giving these children a much needed sense of normalcy. Millions of pupils have had their education disrupted due to schools being severely damaged or used as shelter.
Analysis: How to get aid to remote Philippine typhoon survivors
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Efforts are intensifying to improve access to much needed humanitarian assistance to remote Philippine islands, one month after the category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) barrelled into the archipelago. The typhoon made landfall six times, battering the central islands and leaving a path of almost total destruction in nine of the country’s 17 regions.
Analysis: Pakistan's judges and military clash over rule of law
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Mohabat Shah has stood silently before the bench at Pakistan's Supreme Court nearly every day last week. Shah's four-year search for his son, Yasin, has come down to a handful of court hearings that are testing the power of Pakistan's civilian government over its military.

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