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The high cost of hunger in Uganda
20 June 2013 (IRIN ), Malnutrition costs Uganda an estimated US$899 million annually - as much as 5.6 percent of its GDP - according to findings of a new report.
Maternal and paediatric tuberculosis still overlooked
18 June 2013 (IRIN ), The global target of a 50 percent reduction in tuberculosis (TB) by 2015 may already have been achieved, but TB remains a neglected disease among women and young children, say health experts.
Growing HIV/AIDS awareness in Indonesia’s Papua region
18 June 2013 (IRIN ), Efforts to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Indonesian provinces of Papua, which has among the country’s highest rates of infection, and West Papua are making steady though slow progress, say aid workers and government officials.
Making a dent in South Africa’s drug culture
17 June 2013 (IRIN ), In pink tracksuit and big sunglasses, Nomvula Mokonyane, premier of South Africa’s Gauteng Province, delivered a warning to the drug dealers of Eldorado Park that had the crowd buzzing: “Leave, your days are numbered!” But then a distraught mother, urged to speak but unable to, brought everyone back down to earth with the news that her addict daughter had just died.
Sierra Leone braces for cholera season
12 June 2013 (IRIN ), As the fleeting storms of May give way to the persistent downpours of June, the National Cholera Taskforce in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is working to prevent a repeat of last year’s cholera outbreak.
Uganda running out of ARVs, HIV test kits
12 June 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda has run out of most antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), HIV testing kits, drugs to treat opportunistic infections and several crucial diagnostic tools for HIV care, according to a recent Ministry of Health stock status report.
Ten ways to save a million lives
10 June 2013 (IRIN ), In London on 8 June, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, together with an array of presidents, prime ministers, businesspeople and philanthropists, signed the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact, an agreement to improve the nutrition of children and pregnant women around the world. Inside the meeting room, organizers said they had secured new commitmentsof up to US$4.15 billion to tackle undernutrition between now and 2020; outside, in Hyde Park, activists laid a carpet of flower petals to represent the lives of children lost each year through malnutrition.
Pakistani families forced to flee FATA “paradise”
10 June 2013 (IRIN ), The last thing Sher Mohammed remembers before fleeing fighting in his village in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan was watching an eight-year-old girl being shot and killed by her father.
Support groups help parents of disabled children in Vietnam
30 May 2013 (IRIN ), To stop people staring, Dao Van Cuong puts an anti-pollution mask on his son’s face whenever they leave their house in Cam Le District, Da Nang city, central Vietnam. Nine-year-old Dao Van Trong Nhan has a cleft palate and can’t speak.
Stiffer penalties, formal justice to curb rape in Somaliland
28 May 2013 (IRIN ), Stiffer penalties and reduced reliance on traditional justice systems could help end the rising incidence of rape in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, say officials.

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