UN Calling Asia: focus on malaria, humanitarian aid and migration

A woman and a child sleep under an insecticide-treated net in Laos. File Photo: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

US$100b n cost  of  beating malaria

Malaria can be beaten in the next 15 years but it’s going to take US$100 billion to do it, UN health partners have said. South-East Asia is second to Africa in terms of malaria deaths. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), which calculated the staggering sum, said the global approach needs to change. RBM’s Dr Fatoumato Nafo Traore told Daniel Johnson that malaria should be viewed as an economic issue that costs the world economy billions every year in lost productivity, rather than just a health problem.

John Ging. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Resilience of Nepalis praised by humanitarian chief

The resilience of the people of Nepal has been praised by the director of operations at the UN humanitarian office, OCHA. The country was struck by two massive earthquakes in April and May which left over 8,000 people dead and destroyed thousands of buildings. The recovery effort is continuing. Operations director John Ging recently visited the country to assess the current situation. Maoqi Li asked him what he saw.


Abandoned migrant boats lie lifeless opposite the port of Lampedusa, Italy. UN Photo/UNHCR/Phil Behan

Irregular migration in Asia: Prosecuting smugglers, protecting victims

Over the past year nearly 90,000 people, mostly from the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar and citizens from Bangladesh, have risked their lives crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened a ministerial meeting this month on what's known as irregular migration. Among its recommendations was establishment of a task force and trust fund to assist people rescued at sea. Dianne Penn asked Vivian Tan, spokesperson with the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR), in Bangkok, Thailand, how irregular migration affects the region.

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