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Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor

DHAKA, 11 April 2014 (IRIN) - A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say. full report

Inquiry urged into Bangladesh's "extrajudicial" killings

DHAKA, 4 February 2014 (IRIN) - Activists in Bangladesh have called for an investigation into a recent spate of killings described by many as ‘extrajudicial’. Activists claim most of those who died were affiliated to the opposition. full report

Minorities targeted in Bangladesh political violence

JESSORE, 31 January 2014 (IRIN) - Following attacks on religious minorities, mostly Hindus, activists in Bangladesh are calling for increased protection to forestall further violence in the majority Muslim country. full report

Bangladesh teaches disaster preparedness to reduce risk

DHAKA, 17 January 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh is working to enhance children’s understanding of disaster preparedness with the introduction of 10 new supplementary books for teaching the subject, which has been part of the education curriculum in primary and secondary schools since 2004. full report

Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high

New York, 23 December 2013 (IRIN) - Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries. full report

How Bangladesh achieved its “amazing” health statistics

LONDON, 26 November 2013 (IRIN) - In health terms, Bangladesh is a “positive deviant”, performing far better, given its widespread poverty, than anyone could have expected. The London-based medical journal, The Lancet, recently published a series exploring Bangladesh's surprising success, calling it “one of the great mysteries of global health”. full report

Bangladesh’s “Rohingya strategy” stokes concern

DHAKA, 26 November 2013 (IRIN) - The Bangladeshi government’s recent announcement of a “Rohingya strategy” has some observers concerned that this could spell a continued crisis for up to 500,000 Rohingya in the country, while local media reported that a survey will be conducted to identify all Rohingya living illegally in Bangladesh. full report

Bangladesh’s migrants also need HIV services

DHAKA, 26 November 2013 (IRIN) - Interventions aimed at curbing the burden of HIV among people migrating from Bangladesh to India in search of work risk having only temporary impact if such efforts are not institutionalized as part of cross-border policy, experts say. full report

Summit spotlights Asia’s food and nutrition security

BANGKOK, 25 November 2013 (IRIN) - Representatives of the UN, governments, NGOs and private sector farming are expected to gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on 26 November for a two-day forum on how to fill the Asia-Pacific’s growing food demands and nutrition gaps in a region more devastated by natural disasters than any other worldwide. full report

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