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Turkey’s ambitions as a rising donor

ANKARA, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - From humble beginnings, Turkey is maturing into a major player in international humanitarian aid, becoming the world’s fourth largest government donor of humanitarian aid in 2012. And as it has grown, Turkey’s aid has taken its own form - largely bilateral and on the frontlines - arousing both critics and admirers. full report

UAE aid - a top 20 donor plans to get bigger

DUBAI, 6 March 2014 (IRIN) - Atop a tall metal pole some 80km north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, a giant United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag flaps near the entrance to a Syrian refugee camp. full report

Arab Spring complicates shifting demands in health sector

LONDON, 30 January 2014 (IRIN) - Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty. full report

Clashes strain health services in Libya’s south

TRIPOLI, 21 January 2014 (IRIN) - Clashes and insecurity in southern Libya are putting pressure on over-stretched health facilities as the government declares a state of emergency in the southern Fezzan region. 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

Libya calls for EU help to tackle illegal immigrants

TRIPOLI, 14 October 2013 (IRIN) - At the end of the Libyan civil war two years ago, Ben Suleiman’s militia brigade moved from fighting pro-Gaddafi forces to looking after more than 200 species of animal, including lions, crocodiles and hippopotami, in Tripoli’s zoo. full report

Preparing for MERS virus ahead of Hajj pilgrimage

DUBAI, 7 October 2013 (IRIN) - Public health officials in the Gulf states are playing down fears about an outbreak of the deadly MERS coronavirus among pilgrims travelling to the Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month, though doctors are advising the elderly, people with existing health conditions, pregnant women and young children to stay away. full report

Thousands detained in Libya outside state control

TRIPOLI, 24 September 2013 (IRIN) - Thousands of people in Libya remain locked up in militia prisons, outside of state control, more than two years after the revolution, according to a new UN report presented to the Security Council. The report says many are suffering torture and mistreatment and calls the situation “unacceptable”. full report

UN, Muslim NGOs draw closer

KUWAIT CITY, 23 September 2013 (IRIN) - In this IRIN podcast, we discuss progress made in improving the relationship between the UN and NGOs from the Arab/Muslim world. full report

In-Brief: How to come by aid funding in the Muslim world

KUWAIT CITY, 19 September 2013 (IRIN) - At a conference in Kuwait on partnerships in humanitarian action, representatives of Qatar Charity stood up with an impromptu announcement. full report

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