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Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high

New York, 23 December 2013 (IRIN) - Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries. full report

ASIA: Isolation, poverty loom for an aging population

BANGKOK, 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. full report

HEALTH: How "totally drug-resistant" is a misnomer - for now

BANGKOK, 17 January 2012 (IRIN) - The "totally drug-resistant" tuberculosis (TDR-TB) reportedly emerging in India is actually an advanced stage of drug-resistant TB, which researchers called totally drug-resistant for lack of a better term. full report

ASIA: Boosting cities' food resilience

BANGKOK, 18 November 2011 (IRIN) - From rooftops to railroad tracks, Asia's largest cities will need to maximize every bit of space to feed one of the world's fastest-growing populations, said experts at a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) workshop in Bangkok on resilient food systems in Asia. full report

DISASTERS: A bigger role for Asia in humanitarian response

SHANGHAI, 12 October 2011 (IRIN) - A top UN official says Asia can, and should, play a more prominent role in the humanitarian response to major natural and man-made disasters. full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Tents delivered to earthquake victims

ISTANBUL, 22 July 2011 (IRIN) - A 19 July earthquake measuring eight on the Richter scale in southern Kyrgyzstan has left hundreds of people without shelter. full report

GLOBAL: Stillbirths could be halved

DAKAR, 27 April 2011 (IRIN) - Preventing stillbirths can cost just US$2.32 per mother if governments, the private sector and international institutions adopt a package of 10 health interventions, rather than allowing stillbirths to be an almost invisible problem. full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Violence victims prepare for winter

OSH, 1 December 2010 (IRIN) - With night-time temperatures currently hovering around zero and forecast to drop to minus 15 degrees Celsius in a few days time, communities badly affected by the June violence in southern Kyrgyzstan are worried about how they will manage over the winter. full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Quake-resistant homes for violence survivors

JALALABAD, 29 November 2010 (IRIN) - Hundreds of people who lost their homes during ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan in June are moving into new earthquake-resistant "transitional" dwellings: about 2,000 will be completed by the end of November, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). full report

HIV/AIDS: MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV

NAIROBI, 24 November 2010 (IRIN) - Gay rights groups have hailed the results of the first study to show that an antiretroviral (ARV) drug can prevent HIV as an important step in the fight against HIV, but say that in countries that criminalize homosexuality, the breakthrough is unlikely to have a significant impact. full report

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