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Political Violence, Drought and Child Malnutrition: Empirical Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India

We analyse the combined effect of political violence and adverse climatic shocks on child nutrition. Instrumental variable models using longitudinal data from Andhra Pradesh, India, yield two key results: (i) drought has an adverse effect on child nutritio n in Andhra Pradesh only in violence - affected communities, and (ii) political violence has large negative effects on child nutrition through a reduction of the ability of households to cope with drought. FE - 2SLS results are complemented by the use of a unique natural experiment created by a ceasefire in 2004.

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Children in Urban Space: Making Child Friendly Cities, Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 108, March 2014

So much is said about future of cities and yet city planning is not done by those who have a long future: children. This is odd.

The 108th issue of Southasiadisaster.net is titled ‘Children in Urban Space: Making Child Friendly Cities’ highlights the concept of a ‘Child Friendly City’. This issue of Southasiadisasters.net outlines the key pre-requisites to make child friendly city by documenting the experiences and expertise of organizations and individuals that have strived towards this ideal. The content includes:

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Programming on the Right to be Heard: A learning companion (Revised Edition)

Report
Oxfam

The Revised Edition of the Right to be Heard is about people claiming their right to a better life. This Learning Companion aims to guide work and strengthen focus in this area.

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World + 11 others
Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

SEAR/PR 1570

3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Community volunteers help to ensure the effectiveness of TB treatment in India

By Maude Froberg, IFRC
Photos by Gopal Mukherjee

The stairs leading up to the apartment of the Singh family in the center of Jalandhar are steep and worn. Breathless, one arrives at the first floor only to discover another winding flight to climb.

A challenge for anyone, healthy or sick. Yet, 14-year-old Suchi Singh does it with determination.

She climbs though it makes her breathing heavier. She climbs although she can longer hear the echo of her heels. She climbs although her young body is over-run by a disease forcing her into a difficult treatment.

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Dengue fever raises its ugly head in state again

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Times of India

Sudha Nambudiri,TNN | Mar 23, 2014, 03.42 AM IST

KOCHI: Dengue cases in the state are on the rise, with as many as with 380 persons reportedly suffering from the viral disease already this year. Two even succumbed to the breakbone fever.

According to statistics available with the ministry of health and family welfare, Kerala which had reported the largest number of cases (7,911) last year also is closely followed by Tamil Nadu (339), Maharashtra (132) and Karnataka (101).

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Cases of malaria, dengue on decline in Ahmedabad

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Times of India

Piyush Mishra,TNN | Mar 22, 2014, 07.19 PM IST

AHMEDABAD: According to the latest data by the Health department of AMC, city has recorded a decline in the cases of malaria, dengue, typhoid and cholera in March 2014 compared to March 2013. Though chikungunya cases slightly increased in the same period.

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IRCS: An active partner in India’s march towards being Polio-Free

India is now a Polio Free country. From over 2,00,000 cases of Polio per year up to 1985, India is now officially Polio-Free; no new cases have been reported since 13th January, 2011.A function to commemorate the landmark achievement of Polio Free India was held at New Delhi’s Talkatora Indoor Stadium on 11th February, 2014.

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Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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New health hope for India's urban poor

Written by Susann Roth, Senior Social Development Specialist

The continued urban boom across Asia and the Pacific offers a host of exciting new opportunities for the region but it also presents huge challenges― not least in the critical field of health.

Asian Development Bank:

© Asian Development Bank

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Reducing risks to urban health and building climate resilience

Why are the health prospects for residents in informal urban settlements so poor, and what future issues will contribute to making these better or worse? These were among the questions discussed at the 11th International Conference on Urban Health held recently in Manchester.

As part of this event, a group of participants grappled with the ways in which climate change will affect urban health, based on experiences of both the threats and opportunities of managing health risks in countries including India, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Look at all the factors

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International Women’s Day: Salesian Missionaries inspire change for young women through education, workforce development

(MissionNewswire) For more than 100 years, March 8 has marked International Women’s Day. The day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women around the globe while focusing the world’s attention on areas requiring further action. Humanitarian organizations, human rights groups, governments and the United Nations come together around this important issue that affects everyone. Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco joins the international community in observance of International Women’s Day.

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An End to Polio in India?

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New York Times

ALIGARH, INDIA — On Jan. 13, 2011, a case of polio was discovered in the Indian state of West Bengal. India has been a hotbed of polio, often exporting strains to polio-free countries such as China. What’s remarkable is that this case, three years ago, may be the last ever discovered in India.

Read the full story on the New York Times.

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Philippines + 14 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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India Fights a Tougher TB

By Bijoyeta Das

NEW DELHI, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) - For years Joba Hemron, 50, prayed that her cough would go away. She was diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) in 2011. She was put on a Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS), provided free at a public health clinic in Bongaigaon district in Assam.

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Civic body finds dengue breeding in doctor's quarters

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Times of India

Sumitra Deb Roy,TNN | Mar 3, 2014, 12.15 PM IST

MUMBAI: The root of a cluster of dengue cases at the BYL Nair Hospital campus has been traced to the hostel room of one of the resident doctors. The civic body's extensive dengue campaign seems to have eluded their own doctors after all as the insecticide department found out over the weekend.

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Towards a Resilient Future: Children and Disasters, Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 104, February 2014

In building climate change related strategies and agendas, policy makers need to pay attention to the inclusivity of children, and how the changes will impact the lives of children.