Table of contents


  1. PHILIPPINES: Still struggling to reach Typhoon Bopha survivors
  2. Briefing: Sri Lanka's ethnic problem
  3. DISASTERS: Asia’s 2012 figures and trends
  4. AFGHANISTAN: Working with the Taliban
  5. Analysis: Five reasons malnutrition still kills in Nepal
  6. HEALTH: How we live and die


PHILIPPINES: Still struggling to reach Typhoon Bopha survivors
NEW BATAAN، 10/12/2012 (IRIN) - Search teams in the southern Philippines continue to retrieve decaying bodies days after Typhoon Bopha tore through Mindanao's agricultural areas. Hundreds of thousands “desperately” need aid in the storm’s aftermath, according to relief workers on the ground. full report
Briefing: Sri Lanka's ethnic problem
COLOMBO، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - Prospects to improve relations between Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-dominated government and ethnic Tamils remain grim more than three years after the end of a civil war fought along ethnic lines, according to activists, law makers and the UN. The country’s balance of power and ethnic polarization look increasingly similar to the situation pre-dating Tamil rebels’ protracted separatist struggle, stoking concern about a return to conflict if the country does not manage its ethnic relations differently this time around. full report
DISASTERS: Asia’s 2012 figures and trends
BANGKOK، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - The good news: fewer people died from natural disasters in Asia in 2012 than in previous years. The bad news: between January and October, natural disasters still claimed more lives here than anywhere else in the world - and experts predict the trend will continue as populations and industries expand in a region that already houses the world’s largest number of urban residents. full report
AFGHANISTAN: Working with the Taliban
DUBAI، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - As international forces pull out of Afghanistan and anti-government forces gain influence, aid workers will increasingly have to engage with the Taliban, a new ODI report warns. Here's why and how. full report
Analysis: Five reasons malnutrition still kills in Nepal
KATHMANDU، 14/12/2012 (IRIN) - The number of children in Nepal with acute malnutrition hovers near emergency levels, something that has not changed even after 15 years of efforts and millions of dollars invested, say local and international nutrition experts. full report
HEALTH: How we live and die
LONDON، 14/12/2012 (IRIN) - We all know we are going to die, but how and when it happens depends largely on who we are and where we live. We think we know the major risks - perhaps malaria or AIDS-related diseases in Africa, or stroke, cancer and heart disease in North America and Western Europe. But, in fact, patterns of mortality and morbidity are rapidly changing around the world. full report