Human Rights »

SOMALIA: Activists laud ban on FGM/C, say implementation will require more

SOMALIA: Activists laud ban on FGM/C, say implementation will require more

dan.rafter@hrc.org August 13, 2012 0

NAIROBI 13 August 2012 (IRIN) - Activists have welcomed a ban on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the new constitution of Somalia – a country where 96 percent of women undergo one of

Read More »
PHILIPPINES: Banking breast milk to save lives

PHILIPPINES: Banking breast milk to save lives

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 13, 2012 0

MANILA 13 August 2012 (IRIN) - The Philippine government's state-run breast milk bank is intensifying collection efforts to boost breastfeeding among the poor and help women return to work immediately after giving birth

Read More »
UGANDA: Children’s HIV treatment must improve

UGANDA: Children’s HIV treatment must improve

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 9, 2012 0

KAMPALA 09 August 2012 (IRIN) - HIV activists have called on the Ugandan government to urgently address the rollout of paediatric HIV treatment; just 26 percent of children who need the life-prolonging antiretroviral

Read More »
SENEGAL: Texting for birth certificates

SENEGAL: Texting for birth certificates

August 9, 2012 0

KOLDA 09 August 2012 (IRIN) - Only a handful of births are registered in the remote Kolda region of southern Senegal, but a new mobile phone application that allows parents to text the

Read More »
ZIMBABWE: Divisions over a new constitution

ZIMBABWE: Divisions over a new constitution

August 9, 2012 0

HARARE 09 August 2012 (IRIN) - After three years in the making, Zimbabwe’s proposed 150-page draft constitution was deemed unacceptable by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and rejected by civil society. It was

Read More »
UGANDA: Scientists still in the dark about nodding syndrome

UGANDA: Scientists still in the dark about nodding syndrome

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 2, 2012 0

KAMPALA 02 August 2012 (IRIN) - A four-day international scientific meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, highlighted the many unknowns of so-called "nodding disease" or "nodding syndrome", which has affected more than 3,000

Read More »
TIMOR-LESTE: Alcohol-fuelled violence a growing concern

TIMOR-LESTE: Alcohol-fuelled violence a growing concern

carolyn.simon@hrc.org August 1, 2012 0

DILI 01 August 2012 (IRIN) - National police and NGOs in Timor-Leste have noted an uptick in alcohol-fuelled violence, especially among unemployed youths.

Read More »
INDONESIA: Low health awareness deadly for children

INDONESIA: Low health awareness deadly for children

dan.rafter@hrc.org July 30, 2012 0

JAKARTA 30 July 2012 (IRIN) - Poor knowledge of basic healthcare and lack of sanitation are contributing to the high number of deaths among children under the age of five in Indonesia.

Read More »
AID POLICY: New words, old challenges

AID POLICY: New words, old challenges

carolyn.simon@hrc.org July 30, 2012 0

DIAWOUT, GORGOL/JOHANNESBURG 30 July 2012 (IRIN) - Spending aid money on social initiatives like communal bore-wells, which affect and protect everyone’s lives, especially the poorest, will make people more resilient to climatic and

Read More »
NEPAL: Improved stoves for better health

NEPAL: Improved stoves for better health

dan.rafter@hrc.org July 26, 2012 0

KATHMANDU 26 July 2012 (IRIN) - Nepal will produce close to half a million additional improved cooking stoves over the next five years to benefit rural communities and bring the chance of better

Read More »