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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.
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.
Guinea-Bissau officials urge step-change on talibés
28 May 2013 (IRIN ), Local leaders in Guinea-Bissau’s northeastern Gabu Region have called for better protection of Koranic schoolchildren to curb exploitation at home and halt their transfer to neighbouring Senegal where they usually end up leading miserable lives.és
Displacement, trauma in northern Yemen
27 May 2013 (IRIN ), Travelling through northern Yemen, the scars of a decade of internal conflict abound - bullet-pocked store fronts, bombed out homes, abandoned villages.
Mixed messages on home deliveries in Philippines
24 May 2013 (IRIN ), Varied implementation of a Department of Health (DOH) policy advocating health facility-based delivery under the care of a skilled birth attendant (SBA) has health officials and advocates worried that the policy may be doing more harm than good.
Helping displaced children in rebel-held parts of Kachin
23 May 2013 (IRIN ), Children's laughter rings out from bamboo huts along the perimeter of the Lana Zup Ja camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in a part of Myanmar’s Kachin State controlled by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA): A group of pre-schoolers are playing in a plywood hut, seemingly oblivious to the squalid conditions surrounding them.
Somalia, beyond the famine
22 May 2013 (IRIN ), Over one million people in Somalia are currently food insecure, according to a May report by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET). This number is a significant drop from the 3.7 million considered food insecure in mid-2011.

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