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Working to tackle rabies in Myanmar
20 January 2014 (IRIN ), Unconfirmed media reports estimate that upwards of 75 percent of stray dogs in Myanmar have rabies, where the disease is endemic, but no one knows for sure. Hundreds of thousands of stray dogs are a serious threat, especially to people living in urban areas, health workers claim.
Bangladesh teaches disaster preparedness to reduce risk
17 January 2014 (IRIN ), Bangladesh is working to enhance children’s understanding of disaster preparedness with the introduction of 10 new supplementary books for teaching the subject, which has been part of the education curriculum in primary and secondary schools since 2004.
Teacher training offers hope for Myanmar’s rural education
17 January 2014 (IRIN ), A church school in India for young ethnic Chin migrants from northwestern Myanmar is training a new generation of missionaries, who will return to their mountainous homeland across the border to make education more accessible, especially in remote rural areas.
New low for Indonesian-Australian people smuggling cooperation
15 January 2014 (IRIN ), Levels of cooperation on people smuggling between Indonesia and Australia have sunk to a new low following claims by Jakarta that the Australian Navy turned back a boatload of asylum seekers on 19 December 2013, and another on 7 January, without first notifying them, officials say.
Hopes and fears as Indonesia rolls out universal healthcare
14 January 2014 (IRIN ), The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care.
Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains
14 January 2014 (IRIN ), Despite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services.
Rethinking Thailand’s war on methamphetamines
13 January 2014 (IRIN ), Despite an aggressive crackdown on drugs, Thailand’s fight against methamphetamines is failing, activists say. With supply and demand rising, these highly addictive substances, commonly known as “meth”, are now the drug of choice.
Few jobs for university grads in the north
9 January 2014 (IRIN ), University graduates in northern Sri Lanka, which is recovering from decades of civil war, are looking at a sparse employment landscape with few opportunities on offer, say officials.
Indonesian indigenous groups fight climate change with GPS mapping
8 January 2014 (IRIN ), Indigenous communities in Indonesia are using GPS technology to demarcate the boundaries of their ancestral lands, a move many believe could also help mitigate the negative effects of climate change.
Ferdinand Quieta, “We did not know water could kill”
8 January 2014 (IRIN ), Two months ago, when it was nearly 7a.m., 21 members of a family were gathered in the home of the 84-year-old family matriarch on Leyte island in the central Philippines, to protect themselves from a “storm surge” arriving up the coast. None of them knew what this warning meant. They understood wind damage from typhoons, but not the fatal combination of wind and water.

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