UN CALLING ASIA: Economic growth for Asian countries expected to slow down

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IMF economist Olivier Blanchard (video capture)

Economic growth in Asia in 2015 is expected to be lower than previously projected, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Despite the sharp fall in oil prices across the world, a situation which can help to boost national economies, growth estimates have been revised down by 0.3 per cent for the next two years. IMF economist Olivier Blanchard explained to Bruce Edwards what's happening in Asia and in particular Japan and China, the region's two economic powerhouses.

Displaced Pakistan families struggle in camps

Displaced Pakistani children (video capture)

Displaced families in Pakistan who are living in crowded and unsanitary camps are at high risk of contracting diseases, the UN is warning. In 2014, thousands of people fled their homes in the north-western province of Bannu because of military strikes in the area. Grace Barrett has the story.

Herd of cattle in South Sudan. Hannah McNeish/IRIN

UN vet camp helps keep livestock in South Sudan healthy

Veterinary camps in South Sudan run by UN peacekeepers from India are helping to keep livestock in the country healthy. A camp recently opened in Wau town where the pastoralist Shiluk community can have their cattle dewormed and treated for diseases. Feeding supplements are also provided. The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and millions of cattle and has led to fresh outbreaks of disease. Dr Sandeeb Prakash, Indian battalion veterinary officer explains to Luka William Athiel what they are trying to achieve.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"

 

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