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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.
THAILAND: Children trafficked to sell flowers and beg
4 June 2012 (IRIN ), In an impoverished town in Thailand, a trafficker offered a desperate woman living near the Burmese border US$160 on the spot, followed by an additional $120 per month for two of her 10 children to sell flowers in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The rent-a-child deal was to last three months, after which the boys would return home to their widowed Burmese mother.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: “The Lady” brings hope to Burmese refugees
4 June 2012 (IRIN ), Spirits were high among the select group of Burmese refugees waiting in the stifling midday heat to catch a brief glimpse of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, affectionately known simply as “The Lady”, during her historic visit to Thailand's largest refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border.
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.

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