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Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries.
Summit spotlights Asia’s food and nutrition security
25 November 2013 (IRIN ), Representatives of the UN, governments, NGOs and private sector farming are expected to gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on 26 November for a two-day forum on how to fill the Asia-Pacific’s growing food demands and nutrition gaps in a region more devastated by natural disasters than any other worldwide.
When rebels retire in Indonesia
7 October 2013 (IRIN ), Joining a rebellion is not a typical career move. Yet up to 26,000 people in Indonesia spent years working for a separatist rebellion that lasted nearly 30 years in northern Sumatra. Children followed their parents into battlefields and war rooms. Sons went abroad for training. Upon leaving the force, a number received payment. But any similarities with gainful employment end there.
Analysis: How to tackle slavery in Asia
25 September 2013 (IRIN ), There was a time when slavery was synonymous with shackles, whips, cramped ships and white plantation owners. Today the face of bonded labour and forced migration around the world is a lot more disparate. In Asia, it could be the teenage bride from Myanmar, smuggled across the border by a Chinese wedding broker; the 29-year-old Cambodian whose passport was confiscated and is forced to work on a Thai fishing boat; or a 10-year-old Bangladeshi boy born into bonded labour .
Analysis: In search of less a deadly syringe
12 September 2013 (IRIN ), To someone who has never injected illicit drugs, all syringes may look similar, but recent research out of the US shows differences in design can be “dramatic” and may slow the spread of HIV infections.
Massive groundwater pumping in Asia may poison millions - study
12 September 2013 (IRIN ), Millions of people in South and Southeast Asia may be at risk of arsenic poisoning as massive pumping of groundwater pushes tainted water closer to uncontaminated aquifers, scientists warned in a new study published in the journal Nature.
Analysis: Sex workers bear brunt of war on trafficking
3 September 2013 (IRIN ), Laws and interventions aimed at reducing human trafficking by targeting commercial sex workers can, whatever their good intentions, actually endanger their health and result in human rights violations, experts say.
Call for stronger security for Thai teachers in south
30 July 2013 (IRIN ), Stronger security is needed for teachers in government schools in Thailand’s deep south, where an ongoing insurgency by Muslim separatist groups has left more than 150 teachers dead since 2004, say officials.
Taking the pulse on Burmese repatriation
25 July 2013 (IRIN ), A recent pilot survey of thousands of Burmese refugees in Thailand could play a key role in gauging possible large-scale repatriation.
Thailand’s MSM face alarming HIV rates
19 July 2013 (IRIN ), Health officials are struggling to stem alarming rates of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Thailand.

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