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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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07 Mar 2018 description
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Critics say the threat of looming aid sector shutdowns is already hitting the country’s most vulnerable

The closest government-run health clinic is more than an hour’s drive from the village of Bhagwal, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, but for expectant mother Mehreen Bibi, it might as well be a world away.

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28 Feb 2018 description
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More than a decade on, poverty and domestic abuse compound the conflict’s mental toll

Sarita Santoshini

Beatrice Adyero* woke up one July morning in 2002 to news that completely shattered her life. Her husband, four sons, and a daughter-in-law were among 56 civilians abducted and killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group. Her youngest granddaughter, only two-years-old, wasn’t spared either.

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01 Feb 2018 description
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Tonderayi Mukeredzi

Southern and East African countries are facing a severe cholera outbreak that is exposing the failure in public sanitation and the impact of government neglect.

Last year, there were more than 109,442 cholera cases resulting in 1,708 deaths in 12 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR), according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

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10 Jan 2018 description
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For Yemeni civilians, the deadliest killers in 2018 may not be the bombs or the bullets

Three-year-old Walid sits on a hospital bed, his bones and veins visible through his skin, tugging at the intravenous drip that is keeping him alive.

10 Jan 2018 description
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Millions are already in need of food aid and the situation is expected to worsen

Two consecutive years of failed rains have left 3.4 million Kenyans in need of food aid and 480,000 children requiring treatment for acute malnutrition. It’s the worst humanitarian crisis the country has faced since a major drought scorched the Horn of African region in 2011, and an emergency likely to persist well into 2018 and beyond.

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30 Dec 2017 description
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Over the last two decades, 200 million people across the world have been lifted out of hunger. But as climate change brings more frequent and severe weather shocks such as droughts and floods, and makes rainfall patterns less predictable, these gains are under threat.

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16 Nov 2017 description
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A reporter’s diary from boomtown Marib

MARIB, 15 November 2017

Annie Slemrod
Middle East Editor

In a city positioning itself as a bastion of stability and safety in the midst of war, Yemen’s humanitarian crisis (which the UN calls the largest in the world) is still palpable. You just have to peer through the cracks to see it.

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