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Myanmar + 6 others
Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

07/30/2014 22:12 GMT

PARIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday.

Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said.

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Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security


PHNOM PENH, 28 July 2014 (IRIN) - The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.

“Cambodia is going to pay the highest price for dam development basin-wide, to the point of affecting the food security of its 80 percent rural population,” Eric Baran, a specialist with the WorldFish Centre, an international research NGO based in Phnom Penh, told IRIN. “Worldwide, there is no bigger consumer of freshwater fish than Cambodia.”


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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Mothers Chart Course for Better Growth in Cambodia

Heam Theanglay is a village health volunteer in Cambodia’s Pursat province. She has tried for years to convince mothers in her area to use growth monitoring, a technique for tracking the relationship between a child’s weight and age. Although the practice can help ensure children develop properly, few mothers were monitoring their children’s growth.

Until recently, that is. With support from Feed the Future, growth monitoring has taken off among the 168 households of Wat Chre village.

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 15 July 2014

Update on countries experiencing a large increase in Dengue cases

Southern Hemisphere

Pacific Islands

Currently there are reports of dengue cases occurring in the Pacific including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Fiji.


No update available

French Polynesia

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UN human rights expert hails political breakthrough, calls for promised reforms

GENEVA (22 July 2014) – Following the announcement today of the agreement reached between the two main political parties in Cambodia and the subsequent release of the opposition party members arrested during the past week, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, issued the following statement:

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Cambodia: Food Price and Wage Bulletin: No. 64, June 2014


  • Food purchasing power of households remained stable in rural areas while in urban areas decreased 3.5% on a month-on-month.

  • Retail price of local lowest quality rice in rural and urban areas decreased 0.8% and 0.5% respectively month-on-month.

  • Wholesale price of local mixed rice decreased 4.9% month-on-month and decreased 7.4% year-on-year.

  • The Inflation Rate was 4.6% in May. Food prices increased 0.6% and gasoline prices remained stable month-on-month.

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11


  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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Philippines + 4 others
Pacific Partnership delivers on promises

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have improved the lives of thousands of people in Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines as part of the largest annual multilateral humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.

Exercise Pacific Partnership 14 has delivered medical, dental, veterinary and engineering aid while strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations.

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World + 1 other
Broadcasting Justice: Media Outreach at the Khmer Rouge Trials

East-West Center

Asia Pacific Issues
Analysis from the East-West Center
No. 115
July 2014

by Christoph Sperfeldt


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UN rights expert urges Cambodia to lift protest ban and appeals for calm amidst violence

GENEVA (16 July 2014) – In the wake of alarming reports of violence following opposition protests in Phnom Penh yesterday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, urged all sides to immediately exercise utmost calm and restraint, and reiterated his call for an end to the official ban on demonstrations.

“Yesterday’s events have shown that the shrinking of democratic space in Cambodia since January is having negative effects on the enjoyment of human rights for all,” Mr. Subedi said.

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Cambodia + 6 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 11 July 2014, vol. 89, 28 (pp. 309–320) [EN/FR]


  • 309 Human cases of influenza at the human-animal interface, 2013


  • 309 Cas humains de grippe à l’interface homme-animal, 2013

Human cases of influenza at the human–animal interface, 2013

This report describes the epidemiology of the 39 laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection that were reported from 7 countries during 2013, and summarizes the information on human infections with other nonseasonal influenza viruses.

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World + 4 others
Les pays d’endémie palustre s’unissent pour étendre la lutte contre la maladie afin de toucher les populations peu accessibles des migrants et des communautés mobiles

L'OIM et RBM collaborent pour améliorer l'accès aux interventions essentielles de lutte contre le paludisme

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World + 4 others
Malaria-Endemic Countries Unite to Extend Malaria Control to Hard-To-Reach Migrant and Mobile Communities

IOM and RBM collaborate to improve access to key malaria interventions

Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE, 5 July 2014: - Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has invited Ministers of Health from Southern Africa, Asia and other malaria-endemic regions, as well as the private sector to discuss the impact of migration on malaria control and elimination and address jointly the challenge of providing adequate health services to crossborder, mobile and migrant communities.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 14 others
Green Growth in Practice – Lessons from Country Experiences

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative has issued a new report to help governments transition their economies successfully to climate compatible development.

A new report launched today by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative, pulls together the many tangible benefits that governments and communities are realising through the adoption of green growth policies.

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Thailand + 1 other
After Crackdown Scare, Cambodian Workers Return to Thai Jobs

Voice of America

Cambodian workers are returning to Thailand after a mass exodus in the past six weeks drove an estimated 200,000 to their home country, fearful of a rumored Thai government crackdown on workers.

In Phnom Penh, Cambodia Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told his visiting Thai counterpart at least 10,000 workers were requesting visas under new, streamlined procedures. Many of them have already returned to Thailand.

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World + 7 others
Un programa de pesca de la FAO y la Cooperación Española recupera la pesca artesanal en los países afectados por el tsunami en 2004

Programa Regional de Medios de Vida Pesqueros (RFLP) es un programa de la FAO para los países del Sudeste Asiático afectados por el tsunami, financiado la Cooperación Española.

Son cuatro años de trabajo en el que 35.500 personas han recibido ayuda directa, en más de 1.100 actividades, que contaron con un presupuesto de 12 millones de euros.

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PP14 Teams with Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, Teaches Basic Medical Skills to Cambodian Deminers

By MC2 Karolina A. Oseguera

TAKEO, Cambodia, June 23, 2014 — U.S. Navy undersea medical specialists taught basic life support techniques to Cambodian deminers June 22 as part of Pacific Partnership 2014. The training was in support of the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation's efforts to address critical shortfalls in heavily-mine impacted countries across the globe.

Nine students took part in the training in a small classroom at the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), which is in charge of all mine action in Cambodia.

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Pacific Partnership Physical Therapists Assist Patients in Cambodian Physical Rehab Center

By MC2 Karolina A. Oseguera

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, June 24, 2014 — As part of a professional exchange with their Cambodian counterparts, U.S. Navy physical therapists provided services directly to patients at a local physical rehabilitation clinic as part of Pacific Partnership 2014, June 23. “Our goal here is to work with the staff and learn as much as we can from them, but also impart the knowledge that we have to them,” said Lt. Matthew Bush, a U.S. Navy physical therapist.

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Cambodia + 1 other
Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Professor Surya P. Subedi

Phnom Penh, 24 June 2014

I am about to complete my 11th human rights fact-finding mission to the Kingdom of Cambodia, the second since the National Assembly elections took place in July 2013. What I propose to outline are my initial findings and thoughts about the human rights situation in the country since my last mission. My final conclusions and recommendations will be contained in my report that I will present to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September this year.

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Cambodia + 1 other
Emergency Response for Cambodian Migrants Returning from Thailand, 20 June 2014


More than 225,000 Cambodian migrants have crossed back to their country from Thailand in an epic exodus which started a little over a week ago. Poipet border alone recorded 180,771 mi- grants returned (58,665 women and 12,011 Chil- dren). An additional 45,775 migrants (15,680 women and 3,221 children) have crossed through other border check points in Phsar Prum, O’Smarch, Laem Duong, Malai, Phnomm Dei, O'Rumduol and O'anluk.

International Organization for Migration:

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