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How Ready is ASEAN for Disasters?

Typhoon Haiyan was the worst natural disaster to hit Southeast Asia since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. ASEAN countries responded by supplying emergency supplies, relief aid and cash donations. But was it enough? Can ASEAN be relied upon to provide assistance in times like this? Charles Phang of ChannelNewsAsia takes a look at ASEAN’s disaster response efforts in his story for the ‘Reporting ASEAN’ media fellowship programme.

Tackling HIV in Myanmar Needs to Get to the Borders

MANILA, Dec 12 (IPS Asia-Pacific) – When Myo Thant, many years ago, forwarded a proposal that asked the government of Myanmar to help temper the rapid increase of HIV transmission and occurrence of AIDS in the population, his request was rejected. “Only Elizabeth Taylor works on HIV and AIDS,” he recalled one state official’s response written on his proposal paper, referring to the late American actress’ advocacy and philanthropy.

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