Assessing the damage from the China earthquakeListen /
More than one and a half million people have been affected by the recent earthquake which rocked the Sichuan province of China. The earthquake measuring nearly 7 on the Richter scale killed more than 200 at this writing; two hundred forty five thousand have been evacuated.
Estimated cancer cases almost doubles in 20 years time in South East Asia
Cancer has always been a health problem in the South East Asia region, says Dr. Christopher Wild, who works at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). But, he adds, what has happened is the change in the scale and the magnitude of the problem.
In 2010, WHO says there were over 700,000 new cancer cases in the South East Asia region, but in just 20 years time, that number is expected to almost double to 1.3 million new cases a year. A new cooperative agreement has been signed by the IARC and the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Thailand to conduct research into the causes of cancer in the South East Asia region. In this interview with Beng Poblete-Enriquez, Dr Wild explains the first steps to this partnership.
UNICEF helps minority children in Vietnam
Tua Thang boarding school is high in the mountains of Dien Bien province in northern Vietnam. Giang Thi Me is one of the more than 300 students, all of whom belong to the Mong ethnic minority. She’s learning to read and write in Vietnamese, which is not her mother tongue.
These children are just a few of the thousands ethnic minority children in the region who are receiving UNICEF support, which protects them and ensures that they get a quality education.
Presenter: Gerry Adams