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New Cambodian bird flu cases highlight regional risk

PHNOM PENH, 14 March 2014 (IRIN) - Governments in Southeast Asia need to do more to combat the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus, say health officials. full report

Stepping up the fight against drug-resistant malaria in SE Asia

PHNOM PENH, 20 February 2014 (IRIN) - Efforts are being scaled up to stem a further spread of drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. “The emergence of resistance… threatens worldwide malaria control and treatment since there is no alternative to this drug if its efficacy decreases further and the resistance spreads outside the region,” wrote the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is providing some US$150 million for malaria prevention and elimination programmes in the Greater Mekong sub-region within the next two years. full report

Connectivity and emerging infectious diseases in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - Experts sometimes describe Southeast Asia as a “hotspot” for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) because several major outbreaks have started in this region. Now, with unprecedented levels of connection between animals and people through urbanization, and of people with other people through increased air travel, scientists say the threat level for new diseases is high. full report

Localizing treatment for emotional trauma in Cambodia

BANGKOK, 24 January 2014 (IRIN) - More than three decades after an estimated two million Cambodians died in a genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge, post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of emotional trauma continue to prey on the peace of mind of survivors and their descendants, say mental health experts who are advocating culturally adaptive trauma treatment. full report

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

Summit spotlights Asia’s food and nutrition security

BANGKOK, 25 November 2013 (IRIN) - Representatives of the UN, governments, NGOs and private sector farming are expected to gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on 26 November for a two-day forum on how to fill the Asia-Pacific’s growing food demands and nutrition gaps in a region more devastated by natural disasters than any other worldwide. full report

Cambodia in first measles-rubella drive

PHNOM PENH, 6 November 2013 (IRIN) - More than one million children and youths up to age 15 in Cambodia have been vaccinated against measles and rubella in a first-time campaign that aims to immunize another three million by the end of December. full report

Khmer Rouge sexual violence survivors break silence

PHNOM PENH, 1 November 2013 (IRIN) - For almost 35 years, Rys Yamlas kept a secret. The memory of being taken into a forest in her native village of Ochero in Cambodia, pushed against a tree and then brutally raped by a Khmer Rouge soldier was too painful to share - until recently. full report

Flooding unearths Cambodia’s landmines

PHNOM PENH, 21 October 2013 (IRIN) - Thanks to intensive demining in Cambodia’s Battambang Province, few residents in Rokha Kiri District have seen landmines in the past two decades, even though the country still ranks as one of the most heavily mined in the world. full report

WASH concerns over Cambodia flooding

PHNOM PENH, 9 October 2013 (IRIN) - With 60,000 people having fled floods across Cambodia in the past two weeks, and floodwater still not receding, aid workers are warning about the outbreak of water-related diseases due to a lack of sanitation and hygiene in evacuation sites. full report

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