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Balochistan’s Great Internet Shutdown
"In late February of 2017, before beginning to collect population census data, 3G/4G mobile internet services were suspended in Kech district. The sole reason given was 'security reasons.' Over two years later, 3G/4G services remain suspended, and now the flood [which hit the region in mid-February] had ensured that even wired internet connections are no longer functioning. Kech is the second most populous district of Balochistan with 900,000 people. Some say it is the intellectual hub of Balochistan. The insurgency-driven district has produced politicians, academicians, bureaucrats, poets, and writers. Caught between the security forces and insurgents, people struggle for a better and peaceful life." - Shah Meer Baloch for The Diplomat
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33 minutes ago by dmcdev
ISIS lost its last territory in Syria. But the attacks continue.
The Islamic State lost its last foothold in Syria on Saturday after years of fighting. But the terrorist group remains a serious, violent threat.

Many of its top leaders are still alive. And it continues to carry out attacks, including one in January that killed 15 people, including four Americans, outside a shawarma restaurant in the city of Manbij, Syria. After a period of relative calm early last year, the United States-led coalition has ramped up strikes against ISIS in Syria since August.

By nearly every metric, the Islamic State is at its lowest point in the almost five years since it declared its caliphate. The group controls almost no territory in Iraq and Syria, attacks are down and the number of foreign fighters it continues to recruit is a fraction of what it was at its height. But analysts who have studied ISIS since its rise in Iraq more than 15 years ago point out that the group is far more powerful today than it was when American forces pulled out of Iraq in 2011.

ISIS has adapted to its losses, returning to the guerilla tactics it used in the past, like targeted assassinations, bombings, ambushes and raids. The group still has tens of thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria, according to United States Army General Joseph Votel. Territory that has been liberated remains insecure, as sleeper cells take root. Since last summer the group has carried out at least 250 attacks outside its controlled territories in Syria.

The shift toward hit-and-run tactics, which rely on methodical surveillance and clandestine networks to deliver targeted attacks like the one in Manbij, has allowed the group to remain effective in Syria despite its loss of territory.

“They realized you don’t have to mount 6,000 attacks per month. You just have to kill the right 50 people each month,” said Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The group’s acolytes continue to carry out attacks beyond the Middle East, claiming responsibility for a Roman Catholic church bombing in the Philippines on Jan. 27 that killed at least 20 people. Since 2017, ISIS and its followers have carried out attacks in at least 25 countries.
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yesterday by jtyost2
WHO | Integrated disease surveillance programme
This envisages all surveillance activities in a country as a common public service that carries our many functions using similar structures, processes and personnel. The surveillance activities that are well developed in one area may act as driving forces for strengthening other surveillance activities, offering possible synergies and common resources.

Surveillance is based on collecting only the information that is required to achieve control objectives of diseases. Data requested may differ from disease to disease and some diseases may have specific information needs, requiring specialized systems.
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3 days ago by prcleary
WHO EMRO | Weekly Epidemiological Monitor | Information resources | Epidemic and pandemic diseases
The Weekly Epidemiological Monitor is a Regional Office publication produced by the pandemic and epidemic-prone disease programme.
3 days ago by prcleary
DHIS.:District Health Information System:.
The primary objective of DHIS is to provide Key Routine health information from the health facilities for evidence based management and performance improvement of the District Health System.
9 days ago by prcleary
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"Some reporters and commentators called for India to use missiles and strike ba…
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