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Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99952/Hundreds-of-migrant-children-behind-bars-in-Indonesia
Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99919/Hunger-in-Myanmar-s-dry-zone
Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target. But in Indonesia - the country from which most of the boats previously departed - Australia’s tough new measures have stranded over 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees who can neither proceed to their desired destination nor, in many cases, return home.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99908/Asylum-seekers-left-high-and-dry-in-Indonesia
Filling Myanmar's Rakhine aid gap
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pending an agreement on the resumption of their operations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99910/Filling-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-aid-gap
Myanmar peace and development scorecard
8 April 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99899/Myanmar-peace-and-development-scorecard
Aid workers keen to return to tense western Myanmar
1 April 2014 (IRIN ), International aid workers forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs last week say they need to return to Rakhine State to help with food and water distributions for displaced people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99870/Aid-workers-keen-to-return-to-tense-western-Myanmar
Curbing Myanmar’s spread of drug-resistant malaria
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), Efforts to halt the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar have delivered encouraging results through the private health sector, but health experts warn the disease cannot be won outside the public health system - and that the country is still a potential “gateway” for the spread of drug resistance.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99852/Curbing-Myanmar-s-spread-of-drug-resistant-malaria
Muslims rebuild homes as communal tensions ease in central Myanmar town
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of residents displaced by inter-communal violence a year ago in this central town in Myanmar are being allowed to rebuild their homes.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99815/Muslims-rebuild-homes-as-communal-tensions-ease-in-central-Myanmar-town
Reaching out to men who have sex with men in Myanmar
7 March 2014 (IRIN ), A colonial-era law criminalizing "unnatural" sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar "hidden, silenced and shamed", hindering efforts to contain HIV/AIDS among this highly at-risk group, AIDS experts and activists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99752/Reaching-out-to-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-Myanmar
Myanmar still talking tough over MSF expulsion from Rakhine
3 March 2014 (IRIN ), Authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State say they are ready to take over the health programmes Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - Holland has been implementing in the conflict-hit state for the past 20 years, after the government ordered their closure.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99736/Myanmar-still-talking-tough-over-MSF-expulsion-from-Rakhine
“Hell is real for the Rohingyas in Thailand”
28 February 2014 (IRIN ), Abdul Kalam, 53, a Rohingya from Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, arrived in Thailand more than 30 years ago, after escaping forced labour in his home village of Nalywah. “I know I am not safe here. I worry a lot about it. I have seen too many people die in detention or in human trafficking camps,” said Kalam.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99717/Hell-is-real-for-the-Rohingyas-in-Thailand
Stepping up the fight against drug-resistant malaria in SE Asia
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), Efforts are being scaled up to stem a further spread of drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. “The emergence of resistance… threatens worldwide malaria control and treatment since there is no alternative to this drug if its efficacy decreases further and the resistance spreads outside the region,” wrote the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is providing some US$150 million for malaria prevention and elimination programmes in the Greater Mekong sub-region within the next two years.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99673/Stepping-up-the-fight-against-drug-resistant-malaria-in-SE-Asia
Action needed on Myanmar’s growing elderly-care gap
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Increasing economic migration is straining families in Myanmar, leaving the elderly to care for grandchildren as their own health diminishes, according to NGO HelpAge International, which warns this phenomenon will intensify in the coming years as migration increases.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99665/Action-needed-on-Myanmar-s-growing-elderly-care-gap
SLIDESHOW: Still displaced in Rakhine State
13 February 2014 (IRIN ), More than 170,000 people remain displaced and in need in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State after two rounds of inter-communal violence between Buddhist ethnic Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in 2012. The vast majority - 138,000 - are Rohingya, while close to 5,000 are ethnic Rakhine. Another 36,000 people are living in 113 isolated villages, with minimal access to livelihoods and basic services.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99638/SLIDESHOW-Still-displaced-in-Rakhine-State
Working to tackle rabies in Myanmar
20 January 2014 (IRIN ), Unconfirmed media reports estimate that upwards of 75 percent of stray dogs in Myanmar have rabies, where the disease is endemic, but no one knows for sure. Hundreds of thousands of stray dogs are a serious threat, especially to people living in urban areas, health workers claim.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99493/Working-to-tackle-rabies-in-Myanmar
Teacher training offers hope for Myanmar’s rural education
17 January 2014 (IRIN ), A church school in India for young ethnic Chin migrants from northwestern Myanmar is training a new generation of missionaries, who will return to their mountainous homeland across the border to make education more accessible, especially in remote rural areas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99489/Teacher-training-offers-hope-for-Myanmar-s-rural-education
Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains
14 January 2014 (IRIN ), Despite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99464/Push-to-decriminalize-sex-work-but-stigma-remains
Rethinking Thailand’s war on methamphetamines
13 January 2014 (IRIN ), Despite an aggressive crackdown on drugs, Thailand’s fight against methamphetamines is failing, activists say. With supply and demand rising, these highly addictive substances, commonly known as “meth”, are now the drug of choice.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99449/Rethinking-Thailand-s-war-on-methamphetamines
Burmese family planning left behind
7 January 2014 (IRIN ), Despite donor funding to advance Myanmar’s healthcare system, experts say more work is needed in life-saving family planning services, which have yet to receive the support they need.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99431/Burmese-family-planning-left-behind
Chin migrants face bleak prospects in India
6 January 2014 (IRIN ), Before a car accident injured him, 45-year-old Vanlathanga worked as a labourer cutting timber in the mountains of northeast India’s Mizoram State. Like many migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, he had left the grinding poverty of his village in Chin State and crossed the border to India, attracted by the prospect of earning some money.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99426/Chin-migrants-face-bleak-prospects-in-India

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