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Growing demand for family planning in Malawi
31 January 2013 (IRIN ), The waiting area of a clinic in northern Malawi’s Nkhata Bay resembles a kindergarten, with dozens of children running around or tugging on their mothers’ skirts. On average, each woman at the clinic has four small children with her.
Analysis: Tackling Ethiopia’s maternal deaths
31 January 2013 (IRIN ), Ethiopia has made progress in lowering maternal mortality rates, but a weak health system means many women are still succumbing to preventable complications before, during and after childbirth.
In Swaziland, child marriage still a grey area
29 January 2013 (IRIN ), The relief felt by health officials and activists several months ago at the apparent outlawing of child marriages now appears to have been premature, with Swaziland’s traditional leadership recently declaring that such unions are acceptable under customary law.
Concern over unsafe abortions in Papua New Guinea
25 January 2013 (IRIN ), Health experts are concerned about the number of unsafe abortions taking place in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Call for targeted investments in cholera-prone areas
25 January 2013 (IRIN ), Aid groups are urging donors to invest in water and sanitation in areas known as hotbeds for cholera. They say while such projects might directly affect a relatively small population, the indirect impact in terms of cholera reduction could be immense.
Analysis: Concern mounts over infant formula additives*
25 January 2013 (IRIN ), Yi Lee fell for the hype. “After I saw TV ads claiming infant formula with DHA [docosahexaenoic acid] and ARA [arachidonic acid] can help with eye and brain development, I gave my baby formula,” said the 30-year-old mother in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. “Then I learned from books and doctors that breast milk is actually best.”
Education disrupted by teachers’ strike in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp
25 January 2013 (IRIN ), Close to 40,000 primary school children in Kenya's northeastern Dadaab refugee complex have had their educations interrupted by a two-week-long teachers' strike over unpaid salaries.
Is Zimbabwe's education sector on the road to recovery?
24 January 2013 (IRIN ), Zimbabwe's education system, once regarded as the finest on the continent, was a casualty of the country's economic meltdown in the 2000s, when it nearly collapsed - but lately there have been signs of recovery.
Chad’s health system struggles to combat malnutrition
24 January 2013 (IRIN ), As darkness fell in the central-southern Chadian town of Bokoro, the very last patient, a listless girl, left a makeshift clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which had treated more than 4,000 children for severe malnutrition in the area since July 2012.
Navigating Madagascar's pneumonia vaccine roll-out
22 January 2013 (IRIN ), Even after days on an antibiotic regime, three-month-old Jean Marie Anselme struggles to breathe and eat at the Fondation Médical d'Ampasimanjeva, a hospital in Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, in southeastern Madagascar.

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