Development assistance for health sector

Public health assistance NGOs

Progress made on medical cannabis, but challenges are ahead, Cannabis Walk Thailand was told

Although Thailand is still lagging behind other countries in developing cannabis-based medication, Thai medical researchers hope frozen knowledge could be renewed and extended to serve patients’ needs, especially in the field of traditional medicine. The latest progress on medical cannabis was shared with participants in a ...

Piyaporn Wongruang

Global Fund implements Malaria Elimination programs in Myanmar

The Global Fund is now driving malaria-elimination programmes to add momentum to eradicating the disease in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, including Myanmar, by the end of 2030.Keep reading ...

Ei Thin Zar Kyaw

Proposed cuts in foreign aid could cause malaria resurgence

If U.S. President Donald Trump cuts 44% of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) funding, a significant proportion of the global budget for malaria control, there would be a worldwide resurgence of malaria, British researchers say. [] To date, PMI has allocated over $5 billion to 19 countries ...

Cheryl Platzman Weinstock

Midwife crisis: Laos slashes maternal mortality but Trump defunding threatens the progress made

Medical training has reduced maternal and infant mortality rates in rural Laos. US president’s decision to cease funding UN body behind the program, over accusation it backs forced sterilizations in China, could undo all the good work. Keep reading  ...

Per Liljas

NGOs may have stymied government health care: report

A new study examining the development of health care in post-conflict societies suggests that the influx of NGOs in Cambodia may have weakened the government health sector. The report, published last week by BioMed Central, compares Cambodia’s health care development after the fall of the ...

PSI provides US$2.4 million to fight malaria

Population Services International to Laos  has agreed to provide over US$2.4 million for fiscal year 2017-2018 to strengthen the private health sector’s capacity to combat malaria. A signing ceremony for the agreement was held on December 20 between the Director General of the Communicable Disease Control ...

Adolescents with HIV struggle with drug regimens, stigma

Young people with HIV are facing unique challenges, according to a recent report from Doctors Without Borders Myanmar released ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1. Adolescents with HIV aged 10 to 19 are three times more likely to experience failure with first-line anti-retroviral treatment ...

HIV/AIDS infections increasing in Laos

The number of new Lao HIV-contracted cases annually is trending upwards because at risk groups are having unsafe sex and receiving treatment too late, National Committee to Combat HIV/AIDS reported on November 23. Currently, there are some 11,500 people living with HIV in Laos with ...

USAID funds project to monitor HIV prevalence

Laos has a concentrated HIV epidemic compared to other countries, with the prevalence of HIV still at a low level in key groups. But risk behaviours threaten to increase the prevalence of HIV transmission amongst the population so the National Centre for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted ...

Government and civil society groups meet for flood aid

Ensuring better coordination was the objective of an August 11 meeting between government officials and civil society groups in Magwe Region. The goal was to strengthen the network of civil society groups to ensure the proper distribution of aid supplies for flood victims while avoiding ...

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