TRAFFIC Launches Sustainable Wild Medicinal Plant Project In Vietnam

TRAFFIC has launched its first project in Vietnam to protect plants that rural communities rely upon for traditional medicine.

Mild Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease Turns Deadly For Children In Vietnam

A dangerous strain of the typically non-lethal HFMD has affected more than 21,000 persons - mostly children younger than five - killing 16 thus far in Vietnam.

The Asia Foundation And OOCL To Distribute 400,000 Books Across Asia

The Asia Foundation will partner with logistics company Orient Overseas Container Line to distribute an estimated 402,000 books across Asia.

32nd Institut Pasteur Launched In Vientiane, Laos

The 32nd Institut Pasteur was launched in Vientiane, Laos this week. The new research center will focus on infectious and parasitic diseases prevalent in Southeast Asia.

Watson Pharma Buys Ascent Pharmahealth For AU$375 Million

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has acquired generics pharmaceutical maker Ascent Pharmahealth for AU$375 million.

Second Person In China Dies From H5N1 Avian Influenza Virus

A second person in China who contracted the bird flu virus died on Sunday, reported the official Xinhua news agency.

Sony Launches Sony University In Singapore

Sony has opened the Sony University in Singapore, as an integral part of the company’s efforts to expand its business in new growth economies.

UNICEF Launches Schools For Asia To Improve Education For Millions

UNICEF reports on a new fundraising initiative called Schools for Asia, to transform children’s lives through education.

IRRI: Insecticide Abuse In Rice Production Causes Planthopper Outbreaks

The International Rice Research Institute has called for a ban on certain insecticides in rice production as part of its new action plan to reduce planthopper damage to rice crops in Asia that costs millions of dollars.