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Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants
8 September 2014 (IRIN ), South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100584/Heavy-health-toll-of-South-Africa-s-coal-fired-power-plants
Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100568/Mistrust-of-government-spurs-Ebola-spread
Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank's safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100569/Concern-over-World-Bank-proposals-to-roll-back-safeguards-for-indigenous-people
Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers
2 September 2014 (IRIN ), Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100566/Zimbabwe-s-neglected-elderly-farmers
Red Cross to Kenyatta: send troops to quell clan clashes
1 September 2014 (IRIN ), Frustrated by a resurgence of intercommunal conflict, Kenya's top humanitarian official has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to make good on a threat to deploy the army in perennially restive areas in the country's northeast.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100562/Red-Cross-to-Kenyatta-send-troops-to-quell-clan-clashes
"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border
29 August 2014 (IRIN ), Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100549/Third-wave-of-malaria-resistance-lurks-on-Thai-Cambodia-border
Silver lining in Ebola gloom
27 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid the horror of Ebola in West Africa, where more than 1,400 people have died of the disease, a few have found reason to celebrate after recovering from the virulent infection which has no known cure.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100540/Silver-lining-in-Ebola-gloom
Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak
27 August 2014 (IRIN ), Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100542/Lessons-to-be-learned-from-the-MERS-outbreak
Analysis: Iraq's forgotten displaced
22 August 2014 (IRIN ), In recent weeks the world’s attention has fixed on the plight of the Christians and Yezidis of northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands have fled advancing Islamic militants to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan. Yet across the country the same number again of Iraqis have fled their homes to other regions, receiving far less attention and support.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100524/Analysis-Iraq-s-forgotten-displaced
Ebola horror hastens use of test drugs
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola’s devastation in West Africa has catapulted experimental drugs from labs to patients and shaken up vaccine development, which was hitherto patchy as outbreaks of the virus have tended to be spasmodic and geographically limited.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100522/Ebola-horror-hastens-use-of-test-drugs

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