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THAILAND: Mapping urban farming
16 May 2012 (IRIN ), A Geographical Information System (GIS) is being used to map vegetable production in the greater Bangkok region, seat of Thailand’s capital, to analyse how urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) contribute to food security in the city of more than 14 million.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: Struggling against malaria in conflict areas
4 May 2012 (IRIN ), Health workers carrying out malaria control activities - sometimes covertly - in conflict zones along the Thai-Myanmar border hope additional donor funding will help reduce infection rates that have remained almost impervious to health services.
ASIA: Containing anti-malarial drug resistance in Mekong
26 April 2012 (IRIN ), Resistance to an anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, is suspected along the Thailand-Myanmar border and in southern Vietnam, but scientists are hoping that it can be contained. Artemisinin resistance emerged on the Thailand-Cambodia border around eight years ago.
ASIA: Asbestos - deadly but not yet banned
21 March 2012 (IRIN ), Even though public health experts recognize how deadly asbestos can be, its use is on the rise in the construction industry throughout Asia, according to the US Geological Survey.
ASIA: Parliamentarians mull how to boost health
20 March 2012 (IRIN ), The World Health Organization (WHO) is bringing together on 19-21 March in Bangkok lawmakers from across Southeast Asia to discuss how to bolster their health systems back home.
THAILAND: Rice pests multiply post-floods
12 March 2012 (IRIN ), Heavy flooding across parts of Thailand in 2011 has fuelled outbreaks of a rice pest that can decimate harvests, experts say.
HEALTH: Malaria stunts foetal growth
6 March 2012 (IRIN ), Malaria infection during the earliest months of pregnancy stunts foetal growth even when the mothers do not have any malarial symptoms, according to a large-scale study conducted along the Thai-Burmese border.
ASIA: Isolation, poverty loom for an aging population
14 February 2012 (IRIN ), With 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges, experts warn.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: Dying for lack of reproductive healthcare
10 February 2012 (IRIN ), Lack of access to reproductive health services in Myanmar has led to high rates of maternal deaths and unplanned pregnancies among the country's displaced, migrant and refugee populations, say health experts.
ASIA: Indigenous groups - stateless and sick
9 February 2012 (IRIN ), The health of millions of indigenous people across Asia is at risk, experts say, as lack of recognition of their legal status hinders data collection, making their medical problems invisible in most national health surveys.

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