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17 Nov 2009 description

Burma is set to receive hundreds of millions of pounds from the Global Fund to tackle AIDS, TB and malaria.

At its conference in Ethiopia last week, the Global Fund agreed to provide approximately US$ 111 million from 2011 to 2013 and up to US$ 288 million over five years to fight these killer diseases.

The news is a massive boost for an estimated 238,000 Burmese people living with HIV - one of the highest infection rates in Asia - and for a country where thousands die each year from TB and malaria.

The Global Fund announcement comes after a successful proposal from a variety of …

20 Oct 2009 description

Every year the deaths of more than three million children under five - equivalent to the total UK population of that age - are attributable to undernutrition and yet the problem is being given low international priority.

This is according to a new report published by the Department for International Development which will form the evidence base for their forthcoming Nutrition Strategy.

80 percent of the world's undernourished children under 5 years of age live in just 20 countries .

20 Apr 2009 description

Weathering the storm

Bodies lay strewn across the flattened landscape. In the worst hit places, not even remnants of houses were visible. "The village looked like a cemetery," says Win Teingi, a young teacher from Ye-Dwin-Gone in the eastern delta. "Everything was quiet. No one knew what to do".

Win Teingi, 20, is a survivor of the terrible cyclone which struck Burma's Irrawaddy Delta on May 2 2008, killing 140,000 people and leaving millions more bereaved and displaced.

20 Apr 2009 description

Nobody is immune from the impact of the current global economic crisis, from large banks in the US to car manufacturers in Japan, and even trishaw operators in the Burmese city of Mandalay.

U Kan Saung has seen his business drop since the beginning of the year and, with a toddler at home and another child in primary school, he's struggling to make ends meet.

"I've been a trishaw driver by the central market for the last 15 years," he says, "earning anything between $2 and $4 per day.