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Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill

KATHMANDU, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war. full report

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

Rude health - fear and violence in Nepal’s medical system

KATHMANDU, 21 March 2014 (IRIN) - Regular attacks and harassment of Nepalese health workers are undermining health care in the country, authorities and doctors say. full report

Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programmes

CHESKAM (EASTERN NEPAL), 14 March 2014 (IRIN) - Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in programme design, experts say. full report

Nepal's renewed hope for truth and reconciliation

KATHMANDU, 17 February 2014 (IRIN) - Victims of Nepal’s armed conflict from 1996 to 2006 have expressed the hope that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) could finally become a reality under the country’s new Constituent Assembly (CA) and prime minister. full report

Analysis: Finding the roots of Nepal’s rural mountain poverty

CHESKAM, 11 February 2014 (IRIN) - Despite six decades of development interventions and nearly a billion dollars in annual foreign assistance, Nepal is still struggling to combat rural poverty. Some experts and local leaders say improving the lives of the rural poor requires patient community-driven initiatives and proper management of the resources communities already have, rather than large-scale strategies. full report

Eco-friendly medical waste disposal in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 6 February 2014 (IRIN) - Managing waste is one of the most complicated and risky tasks among the many challenges of running a hospital in Nepal. Few health facilities comply with the applicable waste disposal laws, which can jeopardize patient and practitioner health. But one government hospital is using eco-friendly methods to reduce its waste. full report

Nepal’s health sector more earthquake-ready

KATHMANDU, 21 January 2014 (IRIN) - Nepal is steadily bracing its health sector for a long-predicted mega-earthquake, but disaster experts say most facilities are still ill-prepared. full report

Analysis: Nepal’s successful refugee resettlement operation

DAMAK, 30 December 2013 (IRIN) - Six years into the resettlement of tens of thousands of Bhutanese refugees to third countries from camps in Nepal, experts say there are lessons from the operation that can inform similar efforts around the world 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

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