This report analyzes comprehensive 2009 data on government social protection programs in 35 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) used its Social Protection Index to help assess the nature and the effectiveness of these programs, as well as to facilitate cross-country comparisons.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified anti- malarial resistance in four countries of South East Asia and launched an emergency response to prevent resistant strains of the malarial parasites from spreading further.

On the occasion of World Malaria Day today, the WHO has also cited concerns over resistance emerging to insecticides which countries like India and sub-Saharan Africa are using to treat mosquito nets for the purpose of vector control. The advice for such countries is — develop new insecticides.

About 1.3 billion people in South-East Asia continue to be at risk of malaria, even though substantial progress has been made in controlling the disease.

Bangladesh has been identified as one of the ‘star performers’ in the poverty reduction initiative globally as the world poverty is coming down rapidly.

Renewable energy-based mini-grids can be an important alternative to, or enhance the effectiveness of, central grid extension as a way to increase access to reliable electricity services. While there are a number of challenges to implementing RE mini-grids, many of these can be addressed by well-conceived policy measures.

Dengue poses a substantial economic and disease burden in Southeast Asia (SEA). Quantifying this burden is critical to set policy priorities and disease-control strategies.

Several species of Asian birds are likely to lose their habitat due to climate change, says a research published in the journal Global Change Biology.

Climate change is threatening the survival of a number of Asian bird species, including those in India, a new study warns.

Thailand's second-largest building contractor, Ch Karnchang Pcl (CK), said construction work at the controversial $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam in Laos was pushing ahead and it was on schedule to be co

Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a $3.5 billion hydropower dam pending further study, environmental activists said on Friday after a meeting of the Mekong River Commission.