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23 Oct 2018 description
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“Cholera hits malnourished children easily”

HODEIDAH/Yemen, 23 October 2018

The doctors and nurses at Hodeidah city’s al-Salakhanah Hospital know what a cholera outbreak looks like: they’ve seen the influx of patients complaining of diarrhoea before, the crying children afraid of needles and intravenous drips, the nervous family members at bedsides.

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09 Oct 2018 description
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From diarrhoea to skin infections, early signs of trouble are surfacing in damaged hospitals and makeshift clinics

Ian Morse
Journalist based in Gorontalo, Indonesia

Water shortages and cramped conditions are posing new problems in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, where medical workers are reporting increasing cases of diarrhoea, skin rashes, and respiratory infections.

31 Aug 2018 description
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Anthony Morland

Peter Salama points to a “paradigm shift” in response, but warns the virus could still spread to blind spots or across national borders

It’s too soon to say the outbreak of Ebola that has infected 116 people and claimed 77 lives in a conflict-prone eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is fully under control, but great progress has been made in learning how to contain and respond to such emergencies, according to the World Health Organisation’s response chief.

24 Aug 2018 description
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Fiston Mahamba

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have approved several experimental drugs to treat people infected with Ebola as an outbreak in a conflict zone proves hard to stop, with probable cases rising above 100 and fatalities in the sixties.

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16 Aug 2018 description
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Aimee Ansari

August 2014 was a scary time in West Africa. Ebola was spreading rapidly and the international community was waking up to a disaster that ultimately killed more than 11,000 people.

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10 Aug 2018 description
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MANGINA/The Democratic Republic of Congo, 9 August 2018

Claude Sengenya Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor

Barely one week after the Democratic Republic of Congo declared an end to its ninth outbreak of Ebola, it announced, on 1 August, its 10th. Only this time, the deadly virus has struck a new part of the country, one rife with armed groups and long ravaged by conflict.

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30 Jul 2018 description
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Only half those who need counselling or other mental health services have access to it

Dene-Hern Chen, Freelance journalist based in Southeast Asia

When doctors and Western medicine couldn’t help him, Abdul Amin turned to a last resort in his own community: a religious healer in Bangladesh’s sprawling Rohingya refugee camps.

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07 Jun 2018 description
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Relatives ride in on motorbikes, bust three patients out of an Ebola treatment centre, and take them to a church to be prayed over by 50 people. Later, one dies at home, another in hospital, while the third lives but could have infected an untold number of people.

05 Jun 2018 description
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After enduring a year of drought and then the heaviest rainfall in over three decades, more than 750,000 Somalis must now figure out how to secure food and shelter and deal with emerging health risks. Last month, Somalia’s government and the UN appealed for $80 million to help people affected by flooding in the south and centre of the country.

30 May 2018 description
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Passengers and boat crews express concern at the lack of screening for the virus

As fish-seller Josephine Ikoko prepares to board a barge from Mbandaka to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she is painfully aware of the heightened risk of catching Ebola, which has already reached the outskirts of this city of one million people.

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29 May 2018 description
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A new financial mechanism that frees up emergency funding to ward off a pandemic has been activated for the first time, in response to an outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Efforts to halt the outbreak received an injection of $12 million from the new World Bank fund and, if Ebola spreads to other countries and infects more people, hundreds of millions more could be released from a sister insurance scheme.

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28 May 2018 description
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Aid groups have set up makeshift “learning centres” in Bangladeshi camps, but Rohingya parents say proper schools are needed

COX’S BAZAR, 28 May 2018 - Seventeen-year-old Mohammad Zubayer once dreamed of finishing school and getting a government job so he could help his Rohingya community in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

But today he’s a refugee living in Bangladesh, where the government bars formal education in the crowded camps, leaving a generation of young people like Mohammad out of school and stuck in limbo.

23 May 2018 description
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Experts fear the largest displacement crisis in Latin America is about to get even worse

Magnus Boding Hansen, Freelance journalist based in Latin America, and regular IRIN contributor

Tomás Ayuso, Award-winning photojournalist and regular IRIN contributor

22 May 2018 description
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KINSHASA, 21 May 2018 | The Democratic Republic of Congo has begun to administer an experimental vaccine to halt the spread of the Ebola virus in Mbandaka, a major transport hub that is home to more than one million people and connected by river to several other large cities.

The illness, a particularly deadly form of haemorrhagic fever, killed more than 11,000 people in an epidemic that swept through West Africa in 2014-16.

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11 May 2018 description
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Behind an iron gate in a mud-brick home in southern Afghanistan, one of the country’s newest polio patients is still learning how to walk.

Three-year-old Farid Ahmad teeters forward, his uncle hovering closely behind.

“He is so weak, mainly his hands and legs,” Abdul Jalil says, watching as the boy roams unsteadily inside the family’s compound here in Spin Boldak District, which stretches to the Pakistan border in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. “Sometimes when he tries to walk, he falls down.”

25 Apr 2018 description
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With the May-November rainy season, air evacuations become even more difficult

In the absence of a functioning state, outside NGOs are left to provide healthcare – even primary healthcare – to most of South Sudan. Yet those organisations continue to face major obstacles to doing their work: saving lives in a country beset by civil war is impossible without access to the wounded and the sick.

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18 Apr 2018 description
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In post-conflict Iraq, mental healthcare is scarce. So women turn to their hairdressers.

Hairdressers, barbers, cosmetologists, and manicurists have always served as confidantes for their customers. They are the keepers of untold secrets. But in post-war Mosul, a city freed from the grip of so-called Islamic State in January 2017 and still struggling to recover, the hair salon is more important than ever.

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28 Mar 2018 description
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A new initiative may be a first step in filling a global gap in emergency care

Kaamil Ahmed

With her neck contorted and head tilting onto her left shoulder, 16-year-old Sanjida looks decidedly uncomfortable as she sits on a blue plastic chair by the door of her family's shelter in a refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. But the fact she is sitting up at all has everyone beaming.

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16 Mar 2018 description
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A bullet-ridden hospital with one doctor and no ambulance is struggling to meet the growing needs of 25,000 people targeted by so-called Islamic State

Sinjar, in northeast Iraq, made headlines for the 2014 massacre, enslavement, and displacement of its Yazidi people by militants from the so-called Islamic State. Thousands have since returned to the shattered town, but they are struggling with a lack of basic services, especially medical care.

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08 Mar 2018 description
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Uganda struggles amid new Congolese refugee influx

By Samuel Okiror

As Congolese fleeing attacks in the northeastern Ituri province continue to stream into neighbouring Uganda, an outbreak of cholera with a worryingly high mortality rate is hampering efforts to respond to the sudden influx.

A lack of adequate funds is frustrating the response not only to the disease outbreak, but also to the wider needs of the new arrivals.

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