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19 Apr 2010 description
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DAKAR, 19 avril 2010 (IRIN) - Environ 200 000 femmes de moins que ce que l'on pensait meurent chaque année des suites de complications liées à la grossesse. Une étude mondiale réalisée par l'université de Washington, aux états-Unis, révèle que le développement de nouvelles méthodes d'études et de meilleures mesures de la mortalité maternelle permet de générer des estimations de la mortalité plus précises.

Selon la plus récente estimation des Nations Unies sur la mortalité maternelle dans le monde, 535 900 femmes sont mortes en 2005.

16 Apr 2010 description
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AKAR, 16 April 2010 (IRIN) - Almost 200,000 fewer women die each year from pregnancy-related complications than previously thought, because new survey methodology and better maternal mortality data mean more accurate mortality estimates, says a global study by the US-based University of Washington.

The most recent UN-funded assessment of worldwide maternal mortality estimated there were 535,900 deaths in 2005, while the new study put the number at 342,900 in 2008, after …

31 Mar 2010 description
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DAMASCUS, 31 March 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of non-Iraqi and non-Palestinian refugees and asylum-seekers in Syria risk deportation and ill-treatment, and cannot get the help they need, according to refugee agencies.

Most are Somalis but there are also sizeable communities of Afghanis, Sudanese and Iranians, as well as nationals from Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to agencies working on the ground.

There are no accurate numbers, but registrations by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) give an idea of the proportions, if not the sizes, of the various …

24 Nov 2009 description
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DAKAR, 24 November 2009 (IRIN) - It would take US$8.8 billion annually over several years to halve the number of malnourished children worldwide, currently at some 178 million, says Save the Children in a new eight-point action plan.

In its report, Hungry for change, Save the Children focuses on eight countries where it says half of the world's malnourished children live: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Sudan and Vietnam.

Political leaders have …

14 Oct 2009 description
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ROME, 14 October 2009 (IRIN) - The 2008/09 economic crisis has hit poor households in developing countries harder than any crisis in recent times, pushing more than a billion people into hunger, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its latest annual report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World.

Somalia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq and Eritrea top a list of 16 countries identified as the most vulnerable, all of which have experienced either man-made or natural crises, or both, at least once in the past 10 years.

The financial crisis has been …

18 Aug 2009 description
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DAKAR, 18 August 2009 (IRIN) - On the first-ever World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, when the UN spotlights fallen aid workers and growing humanitarian needs, experts say a trend toward integrating aid goals into broader social and security agendas has contributed to an erosion of "humanitarian space". IRIN looks at why, and at how donors, UN agencies and NGOs might ensure that it does not shrink for good.

Lacking any formal definition, the term "humanitarian …

27 Mar 2009 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 27 March 2009 (IRIN) - In a time of growing food shortages and high prices, humanitarian agencies have begun exploring ways to respond to crises sooner.

14 Nov 2002 description
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31 Oct 2001 description
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NAIROBI, 31 October (IRIN) - Participants in women's affairs in the seven countries involved in the regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have called for an enhanced role for women in peace-building and humanitarian programmes during and after armed conflicts in the East and Horn of Africa region.

07 Nov 2000 description
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NEW YORK, 7 November (IRIN) - Peter van Walsum is the Dutch ambassador to the United Nations. In an interview with IRIN he explained why the Netherlands wanted to draw attention to humanitarian issues during its presidency of the Security Council in November.

03 May 1999 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 3 mai (IRIN) - Lors de leur première conférence ouverte ce lundi à Maputo (Mozambique), les représentants des états signataires du Traité d'Ottawa portant interdiction des mines antipersonnel ont appris que trois des pays Africains qui ont signé la convention ne se conforment pas à ses dispositions.

03 May 1999 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 3 May (IRIN)=A0- Delegates attending the first meeting of signatories of the 1997 Ottawa Landmine Ban Treaty which opened in Maputo, Mozambique, on Monday, were told that three African countries which had put their signatures to the treaty had failed to comply with its terms.