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13 Dec 2017 description

Over 1,000 people died of the disease in the country last year

By Tom Allard and Karen Lema

MANILA, Dec 10 (Reuters) - As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunise one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's "expertise" in research.

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12 Dec 2017 description

Countries across Latin America and beyond have received a growing number of Venezuelans fleeing economic hardship, crime and what critics call an increasingly authoritarian government

By Anthony Boadle

BOA VISTA, Brazil, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil.

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08 Dec 2017 description

No green light yet from Syrian govt for evacuation

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Nearly 500 sick and wounded patients still await medical evacuation from the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, which the Syrian government has not granted, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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07 Dec 2017 description

JAKARTA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunisation drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world's fourth most populous country this year.

The health ministry said at least 591 cases had been reported since January, a 42 percent increase from last year, and called the outbreak an "extraordinary event".

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02 Dec 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:14 GMT

For planners worried about growth rates, the starkest case remains Niger

  • Resistance to birth control from conservative clerics

  • Planners try to co-opt moderate Imams to help with message

  • Many see population policy as Western plot against Muslims

  • GRAPHIC-Family planning in West Africa: http://tmsnrt.rs/2zWftuY

By Tim Cocks

27 Nov 2017 description

The delivery is the first after more than two weeks of a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition

DUBAI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - A ship carrying 5,500 tonnes of flour docked in Yemen's Hodeidah port in the Red Sea on Sunday, the first after more than two weeks of a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement, local officials said.

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11 Nov 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 10 November 2017 16:20 GMT

ADEN/GENEVA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against Yemen's Houthi movement reopened a land border crossing, partly easing a blockade imposed earlier this week, but aid agencies warned of famine and a health catastrophe if other ports stay shut.

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31 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A convoy from the United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent entered towns in the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta on Monday, bringing aid to 40,000 people for the first time since June 2016, the United Nations said.

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18 Oct 2017 description

by Reuters Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:12 GMT

Ambulances break down, hospitals short of blood, communications jam.

  • More than 300 killed in worst bombing in Somalia's history

  • Country mired in conflict and clan warfare, lacks basic services

  • Military checkpoints often barred route for ambulances

  • Turkey, Qatar among those providing assistance

By Abdi Sheikh

18 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA (Reuters) - Children are starving to death in Central African Republic because violence has forced aid workers to pull out, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the country said on Tuesday.

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12 Oct 2017 description

A quarter of the Yemen population is starving

By Selam Gebrekidan and Jonathan Saul

DJIBOUTI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Late last year, the Kota Nazar, a Singaporean ship with 636 containers of steel, paper, medicine and other goods, set sail to Hodeida, the largest cargo port in war-torn Yemen.

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10 Oct 2017 description

Two and a half years of war have sapped Yemen of the money and medical facilities it needs to battle the contagion

By Abduljabbar Zeyad

HODEIDAH, Yemen, Oct 9 (Reuters) - One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath.

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01 Oct 2017 description

Some 8.5 million people in Ethiopia are currently in need of emergency food aid owing to severe drought

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 29 (Reuters) - The World Bank on Friday on Friday signed a $1.3 billion loan and grant agreement with Ethiopia to improve governance and fund an anti-poverty package that provides financial relief for people facing food shortages.

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07 Sep 2017 description

"We are lucky all of us are alive"

By Krishna N. Das and Nazimuddin Shyamol

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Mohammed Idrees, a 10-year-old Rohingya boy, does not remember how he landed at the hospital in Bangladesh with a part of his right ear blown off.

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06 Sep 2017 description

13,000 people are ill with diarrhoea and respiratory infections in densely populated Bangladesh after floods in its north

By Mohi Narayan

NEW DELHI, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Thousands of people are suffering from an outbreak of diarrhoea, malaria and dengue in Bangladesh and Nepal as the waters from the worst floods in a decade recede, officials and aid agencies said on Wednesday.

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05 Sep 2017 description

Some districts in Yemen still reporting sharp rises in new cholera cases

By Tom Miles

GENEVA, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Yemen's cholera outbreak has infected 612,703 people and killed 2,048 since it began in April, and some districts are still reporting sharp rises in new cases, data from the World Health Organization and Yemen's health ministry showed on Tuesday.

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21 Aug 2017 description

FREETOWN, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week's devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city's chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday.

One of Africa's worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town and overwhelming relief efforts in one of the world's poorest countries.

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22 Jul 2017 description

MSF hopes to begin building a new trauma center in Kunduz as early as 2018

By Josh Smith

KABUL, July 22 (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.

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20 Jul 2017 description

By Angus MacSwan

MOSUL, Iraq, July 19 (Reuters) - The battle for Mosul is all but over after nine months of devastating urban warfare between government forces and Islamic State militants, but Iraqi civilians are suffering in a humanitarian crisis of monumental scale.

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19 Jul 2017 description

Gaza hospitals short on power, medicine

  • Hamas-Palestinian Authority dispute at root of crisis

  • Gaza hospitals short on power, medicine

  • Cystic fibrosis patients in Gaza especially at risk

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, July 19 (Reuters) - Ritta al-Jalees doesn't care who's to blame for the deteriorating state of healthcare in Gaza. All she wants is to ensure her three sons get the help they need to breathe.

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