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Industrial Pollution Brings Suffering to 125 Million People: Report | Common Dreams

One hundred and twenty-five million people around the world suffer from serious health problems that stem from industrial pollution — a public health crisis on par with malaria or tuberculosis (TB) — according to a report released this week by the Blacksmith Institute. The report documents sickness in 49 low and middle income countries with large industrial sectors, including toxin ...

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‘UN fetishizes peace over resolution of Syrian conflict’ | RT

Following a terror attack that left at least 55 people dead in Damascus, the UN increased the number of observers in Syria to 157 on Thursday. But journalist Patrick Hayes told RT that the UN “intervention” is only distorting the conflict. ­Twin blasts near a military intelligence building in Damascus left at least 55 people dead and 372 others injured ...

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ASIA: Indigenous groups – stateless and sick | IRIN Asia

BANGKOK, 9 February 2012 (IRIN) – The health of millions of indigenous people across Asia is at risk, experts say, as lack of recognition of their legal status hinders data collection, making their medical problems invisible in most national health surveys. Indigenous peoples – defined by the UN as people with ancestral ties to a geographical region who retain “distinct ...

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YEMEN: Changing the narrative | IRIN Middle East

DUBAI, 20 December 2011 (IRIN) – Aid workers in Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest country, appear to have made some headway in broadening the mainstream narrative to include the deepening humanitarian crisis. At a press conference in Dubai on 18 December, heads of UN aid agencies appealed to the media to better cover humanitarian needs which the UN says will ...

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SUDAN: Blue Nile hospital struggles to treat shrapnel wounds | IRIN Africa

KURMUK, 12 October 2011 (IRIN) – Kurmuk hospital in Sudan’s southern crisis-hit Blue Nile State is struggling to cope with an influx of war wounded, according to hospital doctor Evan Atar. So far he has treated 626 people for shrapnel injuries since clashes began last month between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) opposition ...

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SOMALIA: Displaced by drought, hit by rain | IRIN Africa

On 20 July, the UN declared a famine in Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions. Across the country, nearly half the population – 3.7 million people – are now in crisis, an estimated 2.8 million of whom are in the south. “The government is doing its best, but the problem is beyond its capacity,” the minister added. “For this reason we ...

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FOOD: Is it easy to grow what is good for you? | IRIN Global

NEW DELHI, 14 February 2011 (IRIN) – The debates at the three-day International Conference on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health in New Delhi were peppered with phrases like “think multi-sectorally”, “inter-sectorally”, and “break down the silos”. Participants pointed out that “nutrition and agriculture talk to each other, and so do nutrition and health”, but “health has never told ...

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HEALTH: Vaccine targets world’s biggest child-killer | IRIN Global

NAIROBI, 14 February 2011 (IRIN) – An estimated 700,000 deaths could be averted by 2015 with the widespread use of a vaccine against pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases that are the world’s biggest child-killer. More than half a million children younger than five die from pneumococcal disease every year, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). It accounts for ...

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