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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.
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.

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