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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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29 May 2017 description

The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine developed by Merck is not yet licensed but was shown to be highly protective against Ebola in clinical trials

By Aaron Ross

KINSHASA, May 29 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak in its northeast that has killed four people, a spokesman said on Monday.

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20 May 2017 description

Five cholera treatment centres installed in the most affected provinces have already been dismantled

MAPUTO, May 19 (Reuters) - Mozambique has declared an end to a cholera epidemic that was triggered by heavy rains and infected more than 2,000 people, a senior government official said on Friday.

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17 May 2017 description

By Angus McDowall and Ayat Basma

BEIRUT, May 11 (Reuters) - The Middle East's protracted conflicts have caused a region-wide health crisis that goes beyond war wounds to heightened resistance to antibiotics and a collapse in vaccination drives, leading to a resurgence of diseases tamed in peacetime.

Health threats are so varied that one of the Middle East's main teaching hospitals, the American University of Beirut Medical Centre, has introduced a conflict-medicine programme to equip students to cope in an environment afflicted by chaos.

14 May 2017 description

The disease has killed 51 people since April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, and 2,752 people are suspected cases

DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) - Officials in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, controlled by the armed Houthi movement, declared a state of emergency on Sunday after an outbreak of cholera, which has killed dozens of people.

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09 May 2017 description

by Reuters Tuesday, 9 May 2017 17:03 GMT

By Alexandra Ulmer

CARACAS, May 9 (Reuters) - Venezuela's infant mortality rose 30 percent last year, maternal mortality shot up 65 percent and cases of malaria jumped 76 percent, according to government data, sharp increases reflecting how the country's deep economic crisis has hammered at citizens' health.

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04 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 3 May 2017 16:34 GMT

Instead of bringing a joyous end to the conflict, the victories against Boko Haram have revealed communities gripped by hunger

By Alexis Akwagyiram

BANKI, Nigeria, May 3 (Reuters) - When he heard that the Nigerian army had declared his family's home town of Banki free from Boko Haram militants and safe to return, Bukar Abdulkadir did all he could to bring his family back to the place they had fled three years ago.

03 May 2017 description

By Abduljabbar Zeyad

HODEIDAH, Yemen, May 3 (Reuters) - Eyes half open and sunken deep into their sockets, little Jamila Ali Abdu already looked half dead for most of her 12-day stay at the malnutrition ward of Yemen's Hodeidah hospital.

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26 Apr 2017 description

More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in 2009

ABUJA, April 26 (Reuters) - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country's health minister said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections.

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