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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.
ASIA: Breaking down legal barriers to HIV information access
9 February 2012 (IRIN ), While a number of Asian and Pacific countries are addressing legal barriers to accessing HIV information and treatment, there is still a gap between policy and implementation, say officials.
THAILAND: Authorities boost flood-control measures
1 February 2012 (IRIN ), The Thai government is pressing ahead with efforts to mitigate the risk of flooding during the upcoming rainy season, but greater coordination is still needed, flood experts say.
ASIA: Natural disasters becoming costlier than ever
30 December 2011 (IRIN ), Natural disasters in Asia in 2011 could well prove to be the costliest ever, experts say. "Never before has this world suffered so much economic loss due to natural disaster, most of which has been in Asia and the Pacific," Sanjay Srivastava, UN regional adviser for disaster risk reduction, told IRIN in Bangkok.
TECHNOLOGY: IRIN's pick of the year 2011
29 December 2011 (IRIN ), Computers and mobile phones are already essential to humanitarian planning, and 2011 saw the growth of technology-based humanitarian interventions, from the use of GPS (global positioning systems) to provide early weather warnings to real-time health reporting.
ASIA: Pick of the year 2011
27 December 2011 (IRIN ), Volcanic flooding (rain mixed with lava) greeted us at the start of 2011 in Indonesia and we wrapped up the year with billions of cubic metres of water bearing down on Thailand’s capital, and the southern Philippines caught off-guard by storms, which killed more than 1,000 in December.
SLIDESHOW: Counting the cost of Thailand's floods
15 December 2011 (IRIN ), More than five months after heavy monsoon rains began inundating large parts of Thailand, an estimated two million people are still affected, with many communities isolated and dependent on aid.
HEALTH: Malaria treatment in pregnancy - reassuring research
14 December 2011 (IRIN ), New drugs, based on artemisinin combination therapies, have recently revolutionized malaria treatment, but so far they have not normally been available to women in the early stages of pregnancy because of fears they could damage the embryo. Now a large-scale study, carried out in northern Thailand and published in the London-based medical journal, the Lancet, has provided some reassurance that any risk of harm is outweighed by the benefits they provide.

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