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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

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

Global child mortality rates "halved"

NAIROBI, 13 September 2013 (IRIN) - Child mortality rates declined by 47 percent globally between 1990 and 2012, a major new study by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has revealed, although this still falls short of the targets required to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) relating to child survival. full report

Obstacles to improved maternal health care in Timor-Leste

DILI, 8 July 2013 (IRIN) - Greater efforts are now needed to tackle the many challenges women face in accessing health care in Timor-Leste, which has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios (MMR) in the world, experts say. full report

Calls for nutritional behaviour change in Timor-Leste

DILI, 2 July 2013 (IRIN) - More work is needed to improve nutritional behaviour in Timor Leste, where 58 percent of children under five are stunted (too short for their age) due to chronic malnourishment, experts say. full report

Bolstering disaster risk reduction in Timor-Leste

DILI, 25 June 2013 (IRIN) - Timor-Leste needs to do more at the national and district levels to boost disaster preparedness, especially in rural areas, say experts. full report

Timor-Leste farmers need seed support

DILI, 10 June 2013 (IRIN) - An increase in new, higher-yield seed varieties is helping some rural communities produce more food in Timor-Leste, but greater support is still needed, aid agencies say. full report

Timor-Leste promotes traditional conflict resolution

DILI, 7 June 2013 (IRIN) - ‘Tara bandu’, a traditional form of conflict resolution, can play a bigger role in mitigating conflict in Timor-Leste at the community level, local leaders and experts say. full report

Why civil registration matters in Asia

BANGKOK, 1 February 2013 (IRIN) - Stronger civil registration systems are needed in Asia, home to 60 percent of the world’s population, to ensure the legal and human rights of all, and facilitate health planning, experts say. full report

In Brief: Southeast Asia wasting too much food

BANGKOK, 9 October 2012 (IRIN) - Food losses in Asia due to disasters or poor storage, packing and delivery are set to worsen, and governments are ill-prepared to stem the wastage, according experts recently convened by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies in Singapore. full report

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