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Pakistani polio campaign under threat
4 March 2015 (IRIN ), As Pakistan arrests 470 parents for refusing to vaccinate their children from polio, aid workers are describing increasing hostility.
PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor
Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak
27 August 2014 (IRIN ), Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.”
Alert over spike in Middle East flu-like virus
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), Health authorities around the world are on high alert after a sudden spike in the incidence of a deadly Middle Eastern flu-like bug that began in Saudi Arabia but has now spread to Asia and the USA.
Asia braces for spill-over of new bird flu strain
8 April 2013 (IRIN ), Officials throughout Asia are implementing measures to protect people from a new strain of bird flu - H7N9 - that has so far infected 24 people in China, killing seven.
Swine flu kills 25 in OPT in past few weeks
29 January 2013 (IRIN ), Health officials in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) are calling on residents to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus (“swine flu”) after 25 deaths in recent weeks.
Cambodian bird flu deaths prompt awareness drive
28 January 2013 (IRIN ), Health authorities in Cambodia will bolster public awareness campaigns on H5N1 avian influenza after four people became infected in January, resulting in two fatalities.
Indonesian bird flu outbreak "has only infected ducks"
17 January 2013 (IRIN ), Indonesian health officials have downplayed concerns over a fresh outbreak of avian influenza which has killed some 160,000 reared ducks since September 2012.
In Brief: SARS-like virus in the Middle East
28 November 2012 (IRIN ), The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a global alert after six cases of a virus resembling the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were discovered in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
VIETNAM: Farmers brace for bird flu
16 August 2012 (IRIN ), Farmers in north and central Vietnam are bracing for a new wave of bird flu outbreaks as local authorities are urged to take precautions against the disease.
BANGLADESH: Poultry industry still reeling from bird flu
9 August 2012 (IRIN ), The poultry industry in Bangladesh has yet to rebound from an outbreak of bird flu in 2007 that closed two-thirds of the country’s 150,000 related businesses and left half of the five million people who earned their income from it unemployed.
HEALTH: Learning from Saudi experience on risks of mass gatherings
23 January 2012 (IRIN ), The world’s great mass gatherings - from religious pilgrimages like the annual Haj to Saudi Arabia and India’s huge Kumbh Mela, to major sporting events like the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup - present important health challenges to organizers and participants alike.
In Brief: Two bird flu cases confirmed in Egypt
28 April 2011 (IRIN ), The recent confirmation of two cases of avian influenza in Egypt has raised fresh fears of a possible spread of the disease when the government is still trying to stabilize following mass protests three months ago.
BANGLADESH: Bird flu outbreaks up sharply in 2011
9 March 2011 (IRIN ), Outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu among poultry in Bangladesh - already three times higher this year than the same period last year - have caused “serious concern” for the authorities.
EGYPT: Avian flu deadlier than swine flu
10 January 2011 (IRIN ), When Ibrahim Mohamed’s body temperature rose slightly, his father immediately took him to hospital to make sure the 10-year-old did not have the H1N1 virus, otherwise known as swine flu.
INDONESIA: Avian flu deadliest in the world
16 December 2010 (IRIN ), The number of deaths from avian flu in Indonesia is the highest worldwide, due to a slow response rate and surveillance challenges, say specialists.
AFRICA: New vaccines key to lowering child mortality
7 December 2010 (IRIN ), Burkina Faso has become the first country to introduce a meningitis vaccine designed specifically for the African continent, where up to 450 million people are at risk from the disease.
IRIN Talks: weekly podcast - previous bulletins
1 October 2010 (IRIN ), IRIN Talks is our weekly audio podcast, offering views and analysis of selected issues and developments in the humanitarian world. Each programme is less than 12 minutes long. You can subscribe using iTunes or your favourite podcast application.
MDGs: Banging a drum for the MDG summit
7 September 2010 (IRIN ), Activists are pulling out all the stops ahead of a development summit at UN headquarters on 20-22 September. Pro-aid and anti-poverty lobbyists are trying everything from giant letters to banging pans to raise awareness of the high-level event. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) suffer from a lack of widespread public recognition, not least in the summit's host country, the US. Mobilizing popular support and influencing delegates will demand a range of online and offline techniques, according to advocacy specialists, some more quirky than others.
Analysis: Did the Egyptian government overreact to H1N1?
18 July 2010 (IRIN ), While a review is underway of how the World Health Organization (WHO) and national authorities handled last year’s outbreak of the H1N1 virus, also referred to as swine flu, medical experts in Egypt have criticized their government for overreacting to the pandemic, provoking unjustified fear and wasting millions of dollars-worth of much-needed public funds.

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