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    Taking vaccines to those who need them most

    Asia focus, Published on 18/03/2019

    » A four-year-old girl recently came to the emergency room where I work as a resident doctor. She was writhing in pain, her body convulsed with seizures. My team and I moved fast to activate seizure protocol, secure her intravenous drip, and deliver all appropriate medications.


    Saviours at sea

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/03/2019

    » The Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 took a terrible toll across South and Southeast Asia, with an estimated 230,000 people killed in 14 countries. In Thailand, the hardest hit area was in Khao Lak in Phangnga where some 4,000 people lost their lives when the wall of water overwhelmed them.


    Mastering the message

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 18/03/2019

    » Life rarely progresses the way we intended. Sometimes, we need to adjust to unexpected circumstances and always be ready for change. Once we master the ability to adapt to unforeseen events and to constantly absorb new knowledge, it usually allows our lives to blossom in beautiful ways.


    People from Nowhere

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/03/2019

    » A person can be born or made stateless, but either way the limitations such a status places on one's rights are severe. The issue has come into sharp focus with the case of Shamima Begum, a 19-year-old Islamic State supporter who was stripped of her British nationality for her decision to joined the self-declared caliphate in 2015.


    Power play

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 18/03/2019

    » Myanmar is coming under increased pressure from China to resolve the thorny issue of the Myitsone dam. Work on the massive hydroelectric project in northern Kachin state was suspended by the former government of Thein Sein in 2011 after strong protests.


    Medication muddle

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 18/03/2019

    » HIV patients in Indonesia have been forced to adjust their daily medication routine because of problems with the government's medication procurement programme.


    Time to bring sexism to heel

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 18/03/2019

    » I've never been a big fan of high heels. While they may be an easy way to add extra height, make my legs appear longer and my calves slimmer, I find them painful and uncomfortable. I tend to wear them only when it's absolutely necessary, such as at important functions or events.


    Indonesia-Australia pact could create economic powerhouse

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 11/03/2019

    » Indonesia and Australia have set their sights on becoming a joint economic powerhouse under a landmark trade deal that has finally been signed after nine years of negotiations.


    Little progress in war on graft

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/03/2019

    » Corruption is rarely out of the news in Southeast Asia, but the last three weeks have been busier than usual. In Vietnam, two former information ministers were arrested on suspicion of mismanaging public investment. The prosecution order issued on Feb 23 for Nguyen Bac Son and Truong Minh Tuan accuses them of "violations of regulations on management and use of public investment capital that cause serious consequences". The news cast a shadow over Hanoi's preparations fo the Trump-Kim nuclear summit.


    Powered by nature

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 11/03/2019

    » In 1984, a small biotechnology company began life in Sapporo, Japan to develop innovative materials for the agriculture sector. Founder Ken-ichi Kosuna named it Amino Up, after the ingredients of the first product the new venture was developing at the time.

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