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KENYA: Integration of PMTCT and maternal and child health gets results
19 December 2012 (IRIN ), Health programmes integrating services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV into regular maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) clinics, rather than operating PMTCT services as stand-along programmes, are showing positive results in Kenya, experts say.
AID POLICY: Integrating menstrual hygiene management into aid programming
19 December 2012 (IRIN ), Menstrual hygiene issues should be integrated into programmes and policies across sectors, including water, sanitation and hygiene, reproductive health, emergency management, and education, notes a new report. Currently, taboos surrounding menstruation leave many girls and women in low- and middle-income countries without access to sanitation facilities and excluded from school and opportunities.
AID POLICY: Communication technologies transform relief and development
18 December 2012 (IRIN ), Since Africa's first mobile phone network went live in 1994, mobile phone penetration has shot up to 65 percent; access to the internet is also increasing rapidly. Today, information and communications technology (ICT) plays a central role in promoting development and humanitarian assistance.
In Brief: Attack halts polio drive in Pakistani province
18 December 2012 (IRIN ), The government of Sindh Province in Pakistan has called off its polio vaccination campaign after unidentified militants carried out coordinated attacks today on vaccination teams in three different parts of Karachi, killing four women and injuring two men.
IRAQ: No future for al-Qaeda’s children
18 December 2012 (IRIN ), Near a swamp of sewage in a slum in eastern Iraq, six-year-old Amir plays soccer with friends, unaware of a fact that may continue to affect him for the rest of his life: His father - killed four months before he was born - was a senior leader within al-Qaeda.
MALAWI-ANGOLA: Food crises and response
17 December 2012 (IRIN ), Prolonged dry spells have driven almost four million people to food insecurity in Malawi and oil-rich Angola, in Southern Africa. Humanitarian aid agencies have been trying to shine a spotlight on crises in the region, even as the situations in Syria and the Sahel continue to dominate headlines.
JORDAN: Syrian child refugees who work - culture or coping mechanism?
17 December 2012 (IRIN ), Selling packets of crisps under the sun between wind-blown tents at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan, Samir* recalls the days he was able to attend school back in Syria.
MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives back in fashion
12 December 2012 (IRIN ), Madagascar’s traditional midwives, or ‘matronnes’, are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications. Yet they are now being recruited to a campaign to get women to deliver in clinics or hospitals, part of a move to lower maternal and newborn death rates.
SIERRA LEONE: Diamonds lure children out of school
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Sierra Leone’s diamonds fuelled the 1991-2002 civil war, and are now boosting economic growth, but at the same time they are keeping thousands of children out of school.
SOUTH SUDAN: Women and children bear brunt of Jonglei violence
5 December 2012 (IRIN ), Women and children are increasingly being caught up in violent attacks related to cattle rustling and inter-communal rivalries in South Sudan’s Jonglei State, say officials.

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