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In Brief: Malaria summit opens in Sydney
31 October 2012 (IRIN ), More than 200 health experts have gathered in Sydney for a three-day conference to bolster political commitment to tackle the spread of malaria.
In Brief: Southeast Asia wasting too much food
9 October 2012 (IRIN ), Food losses in Asia due to disasters or poor storage, packing and delivery are set to worsen, and governments are ill-prepared to stem the wastage, according experts recently convened by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies in Singapore.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Human Rights Watch’s Jan Egeland calls for faster progress
9 October 2012 (IRIN ), On the sidelines of a recent presentation he made in Bangkok on disaster prevention and preparedness, IRIN spoke to Jan Egeland, deputy director of Human Rights Watch, about progress on the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
CLIMATE CHANGE: Tackling the information void
9 October 2012 (IRIN ), Services to inform communities about the climate are available in higher-income countries, but are not reaching the people most in need of them in developing countries due to lack of government investment and a disconnect between experts and communities facing extreme weather.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: Burmese migrant workers risk deportation
20 September 2012 (IRIN ), Several hundred thousand Burmese migrant workers in Thailand could face deportation if they fail to register under the government’s National Verification Programme (NVP) before a 14 December deadline.
THAILAND: Activists call for greater refugee protection
13 September 2012 (IRIN ), Thailand's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is inadequate, with those outside designated refugee camps risking deportation, say activists and rights groups.
HEALTH: “Gene chip technology” deployed in fight against malaria
29 August 2012 (IRIN ), Scientists in the USA are looking to use “gene chip technology” to reduce or contain drug resistance to malaria, an increasing problem globally but particularly in Southeast Asia.
THAILAND: Rice pledge scheme one year later
23 August 2012 (IRIN ), Almost one year after Thailand’s government promised farmers a fixed price for their rice harvests, early concerns the system would boost world rice prices may be unwarranted as experts now forecast, instead, a price drop.
THAILAND: Ambivalent about needle exchanges
31 July 2012 (IRIN ), Needle exchanges for injecting drug users and the decriminalization of people who use drugs are the most effective ways of preventing HIV and hepatitis C infections in Thailand, say experts.
How to move floodwater through Bangkok
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), As flood season revisits Thailand, experts and policymakers look to 2011, which brought the worst floods in half a century, to glean lessons about how they might safely move floodwater through Bangkok, the Thai capital, should they need to.

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