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Trade and transfat in the Pacific

BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN) - Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition. full report

An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service

GOROKA, 5 May 2014 (IRIN) - When Mary, aged 45, got sick, residents in her remote highland village in Papua New Guinea (PNG) did not take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer believed to have magical powers. full report

Conflict in Indonesia’s Papua Region

GOHONG, 28 March 2014 (IRIN) - The clearing of forests inhabited by indigenous people in Indonesia's Papua* Region by agribusinesses is fuelling conflict in the southern Merauke Regency, say campaigners. full report

Papua New Guinea battles open defecation

GOROKA, 10 February 2014 (IRIN) - When Willie Savo needs to relieve himself, there’s only one place to go. “Near the mango tree,” the five-year-old said outside his family’s village home. “Where else am I supposed to go?” full report

Papua New Guinea’s battle over betel nut

PORT MORESBY, 31 January 2014 (IRIN) - Health officials in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are concerned over rising levels of oral cancer in betel nut chewers amid a controversial ban on its usage in the capital, Port Moresby. Upwards of 25,000 people die annually from mouth cancer, many more than the 15,000 just a few years earlier, according to the Department of Health. 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

Analysis: Why men rape in Asia - UN study

JAKARTA, 10 September 2013 (IRIN) - Nearly one in four men surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region admitted raping a woman or girl, according to the first multi-country study on the prevalence of rape and partner violence and the reasons behind it. full report

Acceptance of male circumcision in PNG

GITANUGA, 22 July 2013 (IRIN) - A significant number of men in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are prepared to be circumcised once they learn that this can reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS, opening the door to future interventions, say experts. full report

Papua New Guinea government improves disaster preparedness funding

PORT MORESBY, 18 July 2013 (IRIN) - The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has bolstered its funding for disaster preparedness, strengthening the country’s National Disaster Management Centre (NDC) to better respond to crises. full report

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