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Battling militants’ ban on polio vaccines in Pakistan’s North Waziristan
28 March 2013 (IRIN ), Parents and officials are going to great lengths to immunize children after militants imposed a ban on polio vaccinations in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan Agency. Government officials are withholding money and identity documents from groups affiliated with the ban, and parents are travelling long distances to get their children vaccinated, in some cases smuggling the vaccine back home.
CAR coup comes amid deepening humanitarian crisis
25 March 2013 (IRIN ), The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is worsening as the security and political conditions there rapidly deteriorate, with the Séléka rebel coalition taking the capital, Bangui, in the latest offensive.
Drive for quality in global education post-2015
21 March 2013 (IRIN ), Education experts gathered in the Senegalese capital Dakar this week to discuss what priorities should look like once the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. The conclusion: more focus on quality and how to measure it; on equity and access for hard-to-reach children; and on what should happen during the first three years of secondary school.
Analysis: Rethinking food insecurity in Nepal’s Karnali region
21 March 2013 (IRIN ), Development assistance on its own will not resolve chronic levels of food insecurity in Nepal’s western Karnali Zone, described by many as a “silent emergency”. Rather, a more measured and integrated approach is required in some areas, including relief, say experts and government officials.
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.

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