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Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments

KISUMU, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) - treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of whether they have the parasite. full report

Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants

NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so. full report

Analysis: Targeted assistance needed for DRC’s former child soldiers

THE HAGUE/BUNIA, 3 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Recent high profile moves against militia commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have done little to stem child recruitment into armed groups, and much more needs to be done to prevent it, stop re-recruitment, and rehabilitate victims. full report

Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap

DHAKA, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak. full report

Australian immigration policy piles pressure on Indonesia

BANGKOK, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened - potentially sparking unrest - as migrant arrivals continue and Australia’s maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say. full report

Pakistan’s traumatized war children play soldiers and Taliban

PESHAWAR, 16 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - More than 60,000 people have fled North Waziristan Agency to safer parts of Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan as Pakistan’s military launches an offensive in the region. Most of the people fleeing are children, and mental health experts are concerned that they will not have access to proper trauma care. full report

Curbing Guinea’s other outbreaks

DAKAR, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - With health authorities and medical personnel battling Guinea’s first outbreak of Ebola, there have inevitably been concerns about finding the human and physical resources to combat other diseases. Unlike Ebola, measles and meningitis are well known to Guinea and require a major, coordinated response from both the state and NGOs. Despite the ‘Ebola factor’, health organizations say they have maintained their operations and are combating measles and meningitis effectively. full report

CAR’s unaccompanied children stuck in limbo

SARH, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The violence in Central African Republic forced 97,000 civilians to flee across the border to Chad. Some 1,200 of those in flight were unaccompanied or separated children, who now long to find their families and return to school and to safety, or at least some semblance of normality. full report

Amid the violence, education suffers in South Sudan

NAIROBI, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The latest conflict in South Sudan has undermined much of the progress that had been made in education there since a 2005 peace accord between Khartoum and southern rebels ended decades of civil war. full report

Young Zimbabweans miss out on HIV testing

HARARE, 9 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Young people with HIV are dying in increasing numbers in Zimbabwe at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. full report

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