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Iraq 10 years on: Schools try to play catch-up
26 April 2013 (IRIN ), Iraq’s education system was once the jewel of the Middle East. Today, it is struggling to catch up, with five million children out of school, according to a 2007 survey.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97928/Iraq-10-years-on-Schools-try-to-play-catch-up
Smart science in the fight against malaria
26 April 2013 (IRIN ), Malaria continues to be one of the world’s deadliest diseases, annually infecting more than 200 million people and killing more than 660,000, most of them African children, according to the UN World Health Organization.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97924/Smart-science-in-the-fight-against-malaria
Building health systems from scratch in Somalia
26 April 2013 (IRIN ), Lul Mohamed, director of the paediatric ward at Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, treated five children after two bomb attacks killed 30 people on 14 April. "And they were shooting last night. One died, a bullet in his liver," she said of an eight-year-old boy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97927/Building-health-systems-from-scratch-in-Somalia
Children bear brunt of CAR crisis
25 April 2013 (IRIN ), Sporadic armed clashes, looting of orphanages, recruitment into armed groups, and widespread school closures have made life perilous for children in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the wake of a 24 March rebel coup by the Séléka alliance.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97921/Children-bear-brunt-of-CAR-crisis
South Sudan prioritizes immunization, keeps polio at bay
24 April 2013 (IRIN ), Through frequent door-to-door polio immunization campaigns, South Sudan has vaccinated more than 94 percent of children under age five against the disease, according to the Ministry of Health. The immunization effort has been one of the country's few health success stories since it achieved independence a year and a half ago.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97910/South-Sudan-prioritizes-immunization-keeps-polio-at-bay
Floods highlight disaster management challenges in Kenya
24 April 2013 (IRIN ), Assistance to thousands of flood-affected families in Kenya has been curtailed by lack of a national disaster management body, poor coordination, poor rural infrastructure and other challenges.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97916/Floods-highlight-disaster-management-challenges-in-Kenya
In Brief: Major price cut for five-in-one vaccine
18 April 2013 (IRIN ), The cost of vaccinating children with the pentavalent vaccine - a five-in-one formulation - is set to drop significantly following a deal between the GAVI Alliance and an Indian drug manufacturer that is reducing its price by 30 percent.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97873/In-Brief-Major-price-cut-for-five-in-one-vaccine
Far from home, but closer to school in Pakistan
17 April 2013 (IRIN ), Ten-year-old Aliya and eight-year-old Asma arrived at Jalozai refugee camp two weeks ago, after escaping a recent surge in hostilities between government forces and militants near the border with Afghanistan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97863/Far-from-home-but-closer-to-school-in-Pakistan
Uneven progress on child stunting in East and Central Africa
16 April 2013 (IRIN ), Improvements in nutrition and stronger government policies have led to a decline in childhood stunting, according to a new report on child nutrition. However, the condition continues to affect some 165 million children under the age of five globally.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97853/Uneven-progress-on-child-stunting-in-East-and-Central-Africa
UN makes “aggressive” push to reduce child mortality
15 April 2013 (IRIN ), The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched their Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, which aims to end preventable child deaths from these conditions by 2025. The launch was supported by the publication of a series of articles in the medical journal The Lancet showing that the tools to accomplish this goal already exist, and that the targets should be achievable at a reasonable cost.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97849/UN-makes-aggressive-push-to-reduce-child-mortality

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