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KYRGYZSTAN: Typhoid cases reported in south

OSH, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Almost half a dozen patients have been hospitalised in southern Kyrgyzstan with typhoid in a town near radioactive dump sites. “Eight local residents have been hospitalised over the past week in the Mailuu-Suu town in the southern province of Jalal-Abad and we have five confirmed cases," officials said.Full report

PAKISTAN: Roots of the Balochistan conflict run deep

QUETTA, 16 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - For two years, Faqir Hussain, 26, has been searching for a job. He goes about the task methodically from his tiny flat in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta, cutting out notices that appear each week in the Sunday newspapers and maintaining a meticulous list of the organisations he has already written to. Full report

TAJIKISTAN: UN appeal for 2006 launched

DUSHANBE, 16 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The United Nations launched its appeal for Tajikistan for 2006 in the capital, Dushanbe, on Thursday, requesting more than US $51 million from international donors. Full report

AFGHANISTAN: TB major health problem in the south - WHO

KANDAHAR, 15 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Zakera, a 40-year-old widow and mother of three, sits in a long queue of mostly female patients awaiting medicine at a tuberculosis (TB) control centre located in the Shar-e-Now district of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. Full report

IRAN: Deadly avian flu strain detected in wild birds

TEHRAN, 15 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The killer strain of avian influenza known as bird flu has been detected in dead wild birds in northwestern Iran, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Interview with United Nations Resident Representative

ASHGABAT, 15 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Richard Young is the United Nations' new Resident Representative in Turkmenistan. In an interview with IRIN in the capital, Ashgabat he spoke about the need to formulate an emergency preparedness plan for the earthquake-prone republic and about new programmes to promote human rights in the country. Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Farming organic cotton gains popularity in the south

JALAL-ABAD, 14 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Many cotton growers in southern Kyrgyzstan are joining an organic farming drive in the area, with numbers up almost six times since the initiative kicked off in 2003.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Criticism of NGO de-registration

KABUL, 8 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Civic groups in Afghanistan expressed varying reactions to a decision by the government on Tuesday to de-register some 1,600 NGOs in the post-conflict country. Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Pension cuts begin to bite

ASHGABAT, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Big reductions in state benefits announced late last year in Turkmenistan are having a serious impact in the reclusive Central Asian state - particularly on the lives of the elderly who already live marginalised lives in the country of six million people. Full report

PAKISTAN: Rights environment grim, says report

ISLAMABAD, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - A growing militarisation of society, coupled with an increased lack of transparency in matters of governance, has contributed to a grim human rights situation in the country, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said in a new report on Saturday. Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Health

TURKMENISTAN: Year in Brief 2005 - A Chronology of key events

IRAN: Year in Review 2005

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Health

TURKMENISTAN: Interview with United Nations Resident Representative

NEPAL: Families despair over missing relatives

TAJIKISTAN: Interview with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

PAKISTAN: Interview with WHO country head, Khalif Bile Mohamud

NEPAL: Interview with Sultan Aziz, Director Asia-Pacific Division, UNFPA

Related Internet Links

Afghanistan Online

The ICRC in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghanistan Information Management Service

Conflict Prevention Initiative portal on Central Asia

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