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“Utter destitution” for north Mali displaced: ICRC
11 February 2013 (IRIN ), Some 6,500 Malians forced to flee to a remote area near the border with Algeria following the French-led military intervention against Islamist fighters are surviving under trees and in wrecked vehicles without sufficient food, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
With increased security, healthcare improves in Somalia
5 February 2013 (IRIN ), With security improved following the retreat of Al-Shabab insurgents from urban areas of south and central Somalia, aid agencies have increased health services and expanded emergency healthcare, reaching previously inaccessible areas.
Uganda's immunization programme needs a shot in the arm
5 February 2013 (IRIN ), Inadequate funding, a shortage of health staff and poor adherence to vaccination schedules are some of the reasons for declining immunization levels in Uganda, which experts say threatens efforts to reduce preventable deaths among children.
Schools reopen in Mali’s Timbuktu
4 February 2013 (IRIN ), Children returned to school in Timbuktu in northern Mali on 1 February, a week after Islamist groups fled.
Why civil registration matters in Asia
1 February 2013 (IRIN ), Stronger civil registration systems are needed in Asia, home to 60 percent of the world’s population, to ensure the legal and human rights of all, and facilitate health planning, experts say.
Landmine danger persists in Somalia
1 February 2013 (IRIN ), Thousands of landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) scattered in parts of Somalia over past decades of conflict are emerging as a threat to the relative security now being enjoyed there, with inadequate demining expertise posing a challenge, say officials.
Analysis: Tackling Ethiopia’s maternal deaths
31 January 2013 (IRIN ), Ethiopia has made progress in lowering maternal mortality rates, but a weak health system means many women are still succumbing to preventable complications before, during and after childbirth.
Growing demand for family planning in Malawi
31 January 2013 (IRIN ), The waiting area of a clinic in northern Malawi’s Nkhata Bay resembles a kindergarten, with dozens of children running around or tugging on their mothers’ skirts. On average, each woman at the clinic has four small children with her.
Killings, disappearances in Mali’s climate of suspicion
31 January 2013 (IRIN ), Seyo Sangho's husband was arrested by Malian army soldiers at the central market in Konna in central Mali, 900km north of Bamako, after getting into an argument with another man. “I haven’t seen him since,” she says. “That was 10 days ago.”
In Swaziland, child marriage still a grey area
29 January 2013 (IRIN ), The relief felt by health officials and activists several months ago at the apparent outlawing of child marriages now appears to have been premature, with Swaziland’s traditional leadership recently declaring that such unions are acceptable under customary law.

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