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Thai Foundation Partners with Global Fund to Eliminate Drug-Resistant Malaria in Greater Mekong

The Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation today became the first private sector partner to support the Global Fund’s largest regional initiative to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong. With a contribution of US$2 million over two years, the Thai-based private family foundation will support the Global ...

Fungus is the next 'superbug' to threaten human health

Humans and fungi have always coexisted. In fact, among microbes, fungi are our closest relatives, with far fewer genetic differences than there are for bacteria or viruses. So why are we now hearing so much about “mysterious” infections and “killer superbugs” emerging from the fungal world? When ...

Justin Beardsley

What Does China’s Belt and Road Have to Do with Myanmar’s Meth Problem?

If Myanmar is to break an addiction to methamphetamine production that has seen it become one of the world’s largest suppliers there is one country above all others that must act: China. That’s according to a report released on Tuesday that highlighted how complexities in ...

Law Enforcement from Mekong Nations Unite as Drug Trafficking Worsens in the Golden Triangle

Law enforcement agencies from Thailand, China, Myanmar and Laos will once again join together to boost measures against drug trafficking, following the worsening situation in northern Thailand. The drugs being carried through the Golden Triangle bore the same characteristics with pills imprinted with a symbol ...

Farmers in Thailand Welcoming New Law Allowing Cultivation of Marijuana for Medical Use

Farmers in Thailand are welcoming a new law allowing cultivation and use of marijuana for medical purposes Wednesday, in an Asian first that promises an economic bonanza but also fears that foreign companies could reap the rewards. Thailand’s National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday legalizing the use ...

Agence France-Presse

Methamphetamines from Myanmar are causing problems across Asia

The Chinese cemetery in Kutkai, a town in the north of Myanmar’s Shan state, is a popular spot to get high. Twitchy men with gaunt faces and wild eyes lurk near its entrance. The ornate tombs provide a good place to stash drugs and weapons ...

Cambodia frees 32 surrogate mothers after they vow to keep their babies following

Thirty-two Cambodian women who were charged with human trafficking for serving as surrogate mothers have been provisionally released from detention after agreeing to keep the babies rather than giving them up as originally planned, officials said on Wednesday. []Surrogacy was banned in 2016 because the country ...

New Strategies Needed as EAOs Adapt to Changes in Drug Demand

There is both good news and bad news for Myanmar on the drug front: a sharp decline in opium cultivation and a shift toward synthetic drugs, especially methamphetamine. In the past 20 years, opium cultivation has declined to 41,000 hectares, a 75 percent drop from ...

Meth epidemic in the Mekong region

This week, Vientiane played host to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) “High Level Conference on Transnational Organized Crime in Laos People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) and the Mekong Region”. The UNODC brought together senior Lao PDR officials, international partners and select experts ...

Over 10,000 have stroke in Mekong delta annually

Mekong delta has more than 10,000 stroke patients of 200,000 stroke cases, making up 5 percent of the cases reported in the whole country, said founder of the Stroke International Services Dr. Tran Chi Cuong. The founder made the statement at the international seminar “ Updating ...

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