Why a 'no regrets policy' on disease outbreaks is a must for Asia-Pacific

15 August 2015

The Asia-Pacific region is among the most vulnerable to natural disasters, such as typhoons, floods and earthquakes. But the recent focus on the region’s sensitivity to such events has eclipsed another vulnerability that may also pose a significant threat to Asia-Pacific’s development: disease outbreaks and pandemics.


Record dengue outbreak fans fears in Malaysia

12 August 2015

Malaysia’s Health Ministry has warned the country is facing its largest dengue outbreak ever, with 201 deaths so far this year. The number of annual fatalities has been rising sharply. There were 215 deaths in the whole of 2014, with 92 in 2013, and 35 in 2012.


Strong family ties help to wipe out malaria in South Pacific island

11 August 2015

Building strong family and community links should be a vital part of strategies to eliminate malaria in developing countries, a study on a South Pacific island has found.


Podcast: CSIS press briefing on eliminating malaria in Myanmar

06 August 2015

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a press briefing to discuss the results of an unprecedented effort to reach across political and ethnic divides to eliminate malaria in Myanmar. Convened jointly by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the conference included senior officials from the Myanmar government, opposition, and minority communities including Myanmar’s office of the President, the Ministry of Health, Myanmar military medical experts, members of Parliament, the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy; and the Shan, Karenni, and Kayin ethnic minorities.


US$ 17 million to fight HIV, TB and malaria in the Pacific Region

04 August 2015

Two new agreements reached in the Pacific by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) are set to provide a major boost in the fight against the three diseases in the region. The second agreement of US$ 2.7 million aims to achieve universal coverage of lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLINs) for the population of Vanuatu while ensuring national coordination, adequate monitoring and proper community mobilization.