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Afghanistan trains thousands of new midwives
Nov 09, 2009 Afghanistan's capacity to address the issue of infant and maternal mortality has taken a remarkable turn for the better in the past few years. Decades of war had left the country’s health system in complete disarray.
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Afghanistan: Drier weather forcing farmers to adapt
Nov 11, 2009 Afghanistan appears to be getting drier. Many traditional irrigation sources such as springs, streams, rivers and man-made subterranean aqueducts have been drying up in the southern provinces.
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New US Afghan prison unveiled
Nov 16, 2009 Rights groups have expressed concerns after a new prison was unveiled on Sunday in Bagram, the main US military base in Afghanistan. The new facility is said to have better facilities for detainees, as well as vocational, technical, and other programmes to assist with peaceful reintegration of those released.
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Afghanistan to be polio-free in two years: WHO
Nov 19, 2009 WHO is targeting to eradicate polio from Afghanistan within next two years. Much of it will depend on how smoothly the agency is able to carry out its six-round immunisation drive.
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US to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2017
Nov 26, 2009 After repeated charges of dithering by the Republicans on Afghan policy, the White House has said that the US will not be in Afghanistan eight years from now. President Barack Obama is likely to announce a new counter-insurgency strategy and the time table for withdrawal.
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Afghanistan: The most dangerous place to be born
Nov 27, 2009 Half the population of Afghanistan comprises children, yet they remain deprived of the most basic necessities like food, shelter, safe drinking water, sanitation, healthcare and education. Forced labour and sexual exploitation make their condition even more precarious.
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Public space shrinks for Afghani women
Dec 02, 2009 Almost a decade after the end of the Taliban rule, women in Afghanistan continue to encounter hurdles in their growth and development. Prevalence of corruption, armed conflict and strong patriarchal culture translates into a hostile environment for women’s participation in public life.
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Obama's Afghan strategy draws more flak than praise
Dec 03, 2009 US President Barack Obama laid out his administration's plan to deploy an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and start a phased withdrawal beginning in 18 months. The UN chief has said that he remains committed to supporting a transition to increased Afghan ownership for peace and development in the country.
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Afghani women continue to suffer: HRW report
Dec 08, 2009 Human Rights Watch has castigated the US, the Afghan government and international donors for turning a blind eye to the situation of women in Afghanistan. Women continue to face brutal discrimination despite repeated assurances by Karzai government.
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Afghanistan to improve its immunisation coverage
Nov 02, 2012 Afghanistan is taking steps to improve its routine immunisation coverage, after a drop in coverage led to a sharp increase in measles outbreaks last year, killing more than 300 children.
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Pakistan resumes polio drive
Jan 04, 2013 Realising that more health workers vaccinating children in Afghanistan and Pakistan against polio have now been killed by militants than people killed by the polio-causing virus, the Pakistan government has decided to provide security to polio workers in order to resume its anti-polio drive.
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America in South Asia: Time for a fresh start
Jan 07, 2013 A recent report sketches a roadmap for America’s engagement with India and South Asia even as it lowers its engagement with Afghanistan and counter-terrorism from obsessive to serious. The US needs to phase out outdated hyphenations like Indo-Pak and Af-Pak and replace them with a comprehensive policy for the region hinged on China-India, the report says.
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Thousand splendid suns beginning to shine for women
Oct 06, 2008 Afghanistan may still be a hell for women but in the province of Bamian, they are pushing the boundaries far and wide to claim their piece of sky. They are not just breaking the physical barriers that kept them behind the four walls, but also the mental ones.
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'Imported values' fail Afghan women
Sep 24, 2009 Whether or not the greater cause of 'women's rights' will move beyond rhetoric in Afghanistan remains to be seen. There is, however, a sense that the initial enthusiasm among donors and Afghan returnees to push forward an agenda of women's rights is dissipating, write Tanya Goudsouzian and Fatima Rabbani.
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UN deplores killing of civilians in Afghanistan's Farah state
Sep 02, 2014 On Saturday, a group of Taliban deliberately shot 16 labourers, killing 12 and injuring four in the Qala-e-Kah district.
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2014: Kids might be the future, but the present is bleak
Dec 31, 2014 South Asia enters the new year, 2015, with a backlog of unfinished work related to providing a healthy future for its children.
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Year 2014: Democracy, markets firmly grip South Asia
Jan 01, 2015 Governments across South Asia will be tempted to emulate India's politics and market-led priorities as the country revamps its development model.
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Fifth SAARC Energy Ministers Meeting begins Thursday
Oct 15, 2014 The agenda of the meeting include review of status of implementation of decisions of the Fourth Meeting of SAARC Energy Ministers held in Dhaka, on 15 September 2011.
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Global index reflects state of women and children worldwide
Jul 13, 2011 State of the World’s Mothers 2011 report by NGO Save the Children, uses the Mothers’ Index to compare the well-being of mothers and children in 164 countries. The index uses various health, educational and economic indicators for women and children across the globe.
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Urban radio impacts lives in Afghanistan
Mar 26, 2009 A new radio drama focusing on positive coping strategies in Afghan cities has struck a chord with urban listeners. Targeting urban migrants and their socio-economic issues, this radio show is helping them deal with the realities of modern life.
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Radio encourages Afghan women to run for office
May 25, 2009 Salam Watandar, a radio programme in Afghanistan, has successfully persuaded a large number of women candidates to contest provincial council elections. Due to growing insurgency, women were fearful of participating in the electoral process.
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Afghan telemedicine project expedites patient diagnosis
Jul 30, 2009 A tele-radiology machine in a Bamyan hospital is attracting patients as remote diagnosis with experts in Kabul save money and travel. The project is also helping health workers receive training and guidance over tele-sessions.
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Fibre-optic network makes surfing easier in Afghanistan
Aug 03, 2009 Once a costly affair, web access could soon have a wider outreach in Afghanistan due to the country’s new fibre-optics network. Amidst security challenges, officials say that the first overland internet link will slash prices for such services and bring more opportunities for Afghans.
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Low-tech aids monitoring of projects in South Asia
Jun 16, 2010 The World Bank ICT unit is promoting simple and sustainable tech systems in India and Afghanistan to improve project outcomes and result in better services for poor people. It has proposed GPS cameras, cell phones, and smart cards to get timely, reliable information, and monitoring of multi-site projects.
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Counselling centre aids remote Afghan youth
Aug 26, 2010 UNICEF-funded Psycho-social Counseling Training programme organised by YICC in remote Daikundi province of Afghanistan provided a platform for the young participants to discuss problems of domestic conflict and gender violence. The centers aim to empower them to develop skills and actively participate in society.
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Afghan children ready to walk down "Sesame Street"
Dec 08, 2011 An Afghan version of "Sesame Street" will debut on two local television channels to encourage learning capacities and cultural awareness among preschool children.
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Afghanistan's unsafe medical waste
Oct 15, 2008 Lack of experience and regulation in waste management could prove to be a major health risk for the public as untreated and unmanaged medical waste lie in large heaps in Kabul and other major cities. Cases of hepatitis B and syphilis have already been reported among city cleaners.
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Rise in disability affects education in Afghanistan
Oct 22, 2008 Over years landmine blasts have left hundreds of thousands of children disabled in Afghanistan. Lack of resources and political will have prevented an overwhelming majority of these children from accessing education.
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Afghanistan high on US agenda under new president
Oct 23, 2008 Drought affected areas of Afghanistan hold no promise for people except perhaps the rising insurgency. With millions reeling under food shortage, whether the commitments being made by US presidential candidates will bring any respite remains to be seen.
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Young Afghans learn amidst conflict
Oct 29, 2008 For the young boys and girls of Afghanistan, it has always been a war zone. However, an NGO run by a local doctor in the country’s eastern region has changed lives of many. With an aim to make them responsible citizens, it teaches English language, imparts computer skills and spreads awareness about women's rights.
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