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Philippines’ reproductive health law here - now what?
20 March 2013 (IRIN ), After a publicly contentious 14-year battle, legislators quietly signed the Philippines’ first reproductive health law in late December. It was expected to take effect by the end of March, but on 21 March the Supreme Court halted its implementation, issuing a 120-day status quo ante to review court challenges.
Abandoned munitions endanger lives in Mali
19 March 2013 (IRIN ), Air and ground battles have left Mali’s central and northern regions littered with unexploded ordnance (UXO), seriously endangering the lives of children and the return of displaced people.
SLIDESHOW: Children break rocks to pay for school in Sierra Leone
18 March 2013 (IRIN ), Thousands of children in Sierra Leone are paying for their own education or helping their families make ends meet by working as rock-breakers for the country’s construction industry.
Call to end neglect of emergency education in Mali
15 March 2013 (IRIN ), Aid workers and experts are calling for more attention to education in Mali, where 200,000 children are out of school due to the crisis but where money for emergency education has yet to come forward.
Smartphones used to detect parasitic worms
13 March 2013 (IRIN ), A smartphone, a strip of double-sided tape and a simple glass lens could have a significant impact on the diagnosis of intestinal parasites that affect millions in remote, rural parts of the world, where even the most basic medical testing is hard to come by.
Vaccine suspicion aggravates measles outbreak in Nigeria
13 March 2013 (IRIN ), An ongoing measles outbreak, which killed 36 children and infected over 4,000 in northern Nigeria between 16 February and 9 March, has been linked to a drop-off in immunizations due to vaccine shortages in regional health clinics and widespread suspicion of the vaccine, say government health officials.
Afghan women navigate a challenging judicial landscape
12 March 2013 (IRIN ), Sadaf Ahmadi*, 18, from the northern Afghan province of Badakshan, has arrived battered and bruised at a women’s refuge centre in Faizabad. It is her fifth such visit.
South Sudan's gender gap still too wide
8 March 2013 (IRIN ), Years after the end of South Sudan’s war with Sudan, the country’s women still find themselves on the front line - this time, battling abuse, child marriage, and a dowry system that commodifies them from birth.
Analysis: Furore over Australian detention of immigrant children
5 March 2013 (IRIN ), Australia is failing in its international obligations to protect the rights of close to 2,000 children now in immigration detention, say rights groups and legal experts.
In Brief: Measles epidemic affects thousands in DRC
27 February 2013 (IRIN ), A measles epidemic has affected tens of thousands of children in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), overwhelming health facilities, says medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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