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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.
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.
Games, cartoons boost youth disaster preparation
27 February 2013 (IRIN ), NGOs and UN agencies warn that natural disasters disproportionately affect youths and that more creative use of media is needed to help brace them for natural calamities.
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).
How justice works in Pakistan’s tribal areas and beyond
20 February 2013 (IRIN ), Justice in Pakistan's tribal border areas is a contested issue. “We are quite clear what justice is. If someone kills, commits adultery or some other offence, they deserve to die,” said Javaid Khan of the Utman Khel tribe in Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal agencies (districts) along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Rising insecurity in northern Kenya
18 February 2013 (IRIN ), Over the past two months, an estimated 1,000 families have been forced from their homes in Baringo, a district in Kenya’s northern Rift Valley, because of recurrent conflict between the local Tugen and Pokot communities.
Vaccinator killings set back Nigerian polio eradication drive
15 February 2013 (IRIN ), Unknown gunmen on mopeds shot dead 10 polio vaccinators last week in separate attacks on two polio clinics in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, capital of a polio-endemic region where concerted global efforts are being made to stamp out the virus by the end of 2013.
Beyond free school feeding in Uganda's northeast
13 February 2013 (IRIN ), With food aid programmes in Uganda's northeastern region of Karamoja once again under threat from declining financial aid, experts are calling for more sustainable solutions to the region's food security challenges.

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