Envoy reports on region's efforts to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS


Prasad Rao

Prasad Rao, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region, clearly remembers the day he met an HIV-positive orphan in Thailand who was only expected to live for five years. Fifteen years later, the picture is brighter for people living with HIV, thanks to greater access to life-saving anti retroviral medicines. Ben Malor spoke to Mr. Rao, who was in New York to brief UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The envoy says he looks forward to the day when no child is born with the virus.

Philippines recovers from Typhoon Bopha

Relief supplies in Compostela valley, Mindanao. Credit: OCHA/UNDAC

More than a thousand people died in the Philippines when Typhoon Bopha (locally known as Typhoon Pablo) ravaged southern Mindanao in early December 2012. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports on how people in the farming community of Compostela valley are coping in the aftermath of a storm which decimated nearly $950 million dollars of banana plants and coconut trees.

ILO report spotlights gender imbalance in science and technology

A solar engineering trainer at India's Barefoot College

Science and technology are advancing at a rapid pace, offering new opportunities in the workplace. But a report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) says women are in danger of being left behind. To understand how this is playing out in Asia and the Pacific, Beng Poblete-Enriquez spoke to Jane Hodges, Director of the Bureau for Gender Equality at the ILO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Duration: 10'00"

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